Culture Journal: six things to do in July
From new materials and makers at the Festival of Stuff to the serene work of Agnes Martin and an immersive sculpture by Laura Ellen Bacon; here is what we are bookmarking for the month ahead…
An Evening with Christo
Serpentine Gallery, 16th July
As the exhibition Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba 1958–2018 continues at the Serpentine Gallery and Christo’s first large-scale public sculpture in the UK, The London Mastaba, floats on The Serpentine Lake the artist holds a discussion of his work. The artist talk will cover his works from the last six decades which are part of the exhibition as well as his latest piece. At the end of the evening, Christo will also be in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, as well as take questions from the audience.
Festival of Stuff
Institute of Making, 3rd – 7th July
Organised by the Institute of Making at UCL, Festival of Stuff is a yearly event which brings together making and materials through demonstrations and workshops. This year there will be a varied programme of masterclasses, from embroidery and 3D-printing to working with Jesmonite and an exploration of perfumery. The five-day festival culminates in a phenomenal Saturday Extravaganza where making stalls and materials demos take over the whole street outside the Institute of Making.
Nordic Craft and Design
Manchester Art Gallery, 6th July – 7th July 2019
A year-long exhibition on influential craft and design from Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden opens this July at the Manchester Art Gallery. The show will include a varied collection of objects from 20th and 21st centuries, ranging from furniture, fashion, and lighting to ceramics, glass and metalwork. Highlighting the creativity and infallible quality of Nordic designers and makers who continue to influence design today from aesthetics and materials to their philosophy of democratising design. It can be seen not just in our homes but throughout contemporary art, textiles, graphic design and fashion. The exhibition explores the work thematically, comparing different mediums and countries, taking visitors through international art movements from Surrealism to Pop art.
Artist Rooms: Agnes Martin
The Gallery, the Winchester Art Centre, 7th July – 7th October
As part of Tate’s touring Artist Rooms collection of 1 600 works, the Winchester Art Centre will welcome the works of renowned abstract painter Agnes Martin. Often referred to as a minimalist due to her pared-down aesthetics, Martin herself used the term an abstract expressionist. Her work predominantly features variations of vertical lines which for her represented the joy and freedom she felt looking at a natural landscape – an expanding horizon or the open sea. The exhibition will showcase Martin’s large-scale works and two smaller exhibitions by local young artists in response to Agnes Martin’s work will also be on display at the City Space gallery.
Liberty Art Fabrics & Fashion
Dovecot gallery, 28th July – 12th January 2019
The Dovecot gallery is bringing a major retrospective on the fabrics of Liberty Art Fabrics to Scotland this July. The exhibition celebrates Liberty Art Fabrics’ influence on fashion since 1875 and charts their journey through the decades as a source for key trends in cultural history well beyond the realm of fashion. Taking visitors through the company’s history, from early garments influenced by Far East and the Artistic Dress popularised by the Pre-Raphaelites, through the iconic sixties, all the way to the botanical prints of the 21st century, the exhibition tells the tale of an influential studio who collaborated with the likes of Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood. As a contemporary response to the exhibition emerging artist, Lucy Wayman will showcase her recent sculptural pieces.
Laura Ellen Bacon
The Harley Gallery, 28th – July 7th October
Laura Ellen Bacon, who we featured in the Natural Issue, is taking over the ground floor of The Harley Gallery with a huge twining sculpture called LAID. A new piece, created using silver birch gathered from around the vast Welbeck estate in Sherwood Forest and willow from Somerset, the site-specific sculpture installation takes inspiration from the inner working of hedges. The ‘human-scale’ installation is so massive that visitors will be able to enter the sculpture and wonder inside it in an immersive experience. The entire piece will be hand-built by Bacon and a small team of helpers from thousands of branches.