Culture Journal: Seven events for April
Words Daisy Gray
From an exploration of female artists in abstract painting to a study of the relationship between fashion and nature; here’s what we’re bookmarking for the month ahead…
Colour in Art Talk
City University London, 4th April
As part of the Weavers, Weaving and Woven programme, the Colour Group host a talk exploring the use of design in woven tapestry, from the perspectives of both ancient and modern tapestries. The speakers are Margo Selby, Anne Jackson and Philip O’Reilly, who all use similar weaving techniques. The talk will discuss how colour is used as a vehicle to carry a narrative and individuality within a woven work.
Messums Wiltshire, 7th April – 13th May
In her first solo exhibition since 2012, potter Joanna Still explores the second meaning of the word hinterland; an area lying beyond what is visible or known. Comprising only of new work, the exhibition brings to display a series of non-functional ceramic vessels which carry a visible and tactile expression on Still’s hand. They’re juxtaposed with her soft pastel colour scheme, achieved through a second ‘smoke-firing’.
Victoria Miro, London, 11th April – 19th May
A cross-generational exhibition of female artists who have influenced, developed and dictated abstract painting, creating a unique language and personal expression through colour, gesture and process. There will be work on display from artists such as Lygia Clark, Mary Heilmann and Mira Schendel – to name a few.
Realising Landscape by Forest + Found
Caro Somerset, April 20th – April 27th
Forest + Found, the collaboration of Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth, will exhibit a new ritualistic combination of wood, pigments and textiles with a natural dye palette at Caro in Somerset, where the audience are invited to spatially interact with the work. Bainbridge and Booth will also deliver a talk entitled Landscape in Practice at Hauser & Wirth on the 21st of April, on their connection to landscape through material, craft and contemporary art practice.
Fashioned from Nature
V&A London, 21st April – 27th Jan
An exhibition that will be diving into the complex relationship between 400 years of fashion and the natural world, Fashioned from Nature boasts couture garments and accessories (from both historical and contemporary designers) displayed alongside natural history specimens. The collection is looked at from the point of view of sustainability and materiality, focusing on innovative and future-forward fabrics and dyes.
Paul Feiler: One Hundred Years
Jerwood Gallery East Sussex, 21st April – 8th July
The Jerwood presents a major retrospective of abstract painter Paul Feiler as part of its year-long centenary celebration. Inspired by the landscapes and natural forms of Cornwall, Feiler was a key figure in the Modern Art movement. His gentle colours and gradations, patterns and textural use of paint characterised the abstract explorations of space.
Hackney Flea Market
Abney Hall, April 21st and 22nd
Abney Hall on Stoke Newington Church Street, London will see over 30 vintage traders gather to sell a great mix of 20th Century furniture, home items, music and collectables – a combination of handmade, one-off and salvaged objects. With the Nest Issue of Hole & Corner coming out in April – including a feature on some of the treasured homeware objects of some of our favourite creatives – this will be a great place to gather pieces of your own.