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Welcome to the November 2023 CBP newsletter!

Artist of the Month

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Susan Gunn in her studio. Photo: Andi Sapey.

Susan Gunn

Artist of the Month is an ongoing series where we highlight one of our members. This month we are pleased to introduce artist Susan Gunn selected and interviewed by Paul Newman.

“In Susan Gunn’s paintings there is a subtle tension between the golden section formalism of their geometry and the unruliness of the free-form cracking. They each balance control and abandon, deliberation and chance. This is not the frivolous feminine but the ferocious one, celebrating healing from trauma and taking up space, unapologetically…majestically. Her visceral, loaded work has the monochromatic discipline of Robert Ryman and the meticulous abstraction of Callum Innes” - Curator Cherry Smyth

Read the interview
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Susan Gunn: Divided Ground Bombay Orange, Wax, natural earth pigment & gesso on canvas & aluminium stretcher, 153cm x 153cm x 4cm, 2016

Contemporary British Painting Prize 2023

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Rich Jellyman: Anthropomorph (2), oil on panel, 34cm x 26cm, 2023 (winning artist)

Huddersfield exhibition....

Huddersfield Art Gallery:
Unit 7, The Piazza Centre, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2RS
Exhibition dates: 16 September - 11 November 2023
Opening times: Wednesday - Saturday, 11am to 4pm
Admission free

London exhibition and catalogue launch....

Thames-Side Studios Gallery
Thames-Side Studios, Harrington Way, Warspite Road
, Royal Borough of Greenwich, London SE18 5NR

Private view: Friday 1 December, 6pm - 9pm

Exhibition dates: 2 - 17 December 2023
Opening times: Thursday - Sunday 12 - 5pm

Admission free

The artists: Karolina Albricht, Robbie Bushe, Benjamin Deakin, Marcus Jefferies, Rich Jellyman, Lee Johnson, Allyson Keehan, Lee Maelzer, Melanie Miller, David Orme, Rosey Prince, Ellen Ranson, Claude Temin-Vergez, Emma Tod, Twinkle Troughton, Suzy Willey.

Many thanks to our 2023 judges Beth Hughes (independent curator), Caroline Walker (painter), and Grant Scanlan (Curator at Huddersfield Art Gallery).

The sixteen shortlisted artists were selected by members of Contemporary British Painting: Gordon Dalton, Susan Gunn, Mandy Payne, and winner of the 2022 CBP Prize Lesley Bunch.

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Robbie Bushe: Learney Incantations (Tornaveen), oil on canvas, 135cm x 145cm, 2021 (Highly commended artist)

International Exhibitions

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Paintings by Ruth Philo

Mark Rothko Painting Symposium 2023 Exhibition & No. 2 [Untitled], a new exhibition of selected artworks from its collection

An exhibition of work by painters on the International Painting Symposium 'Mark Rothko 2023' together with No. 2 [Untitled],a new exhibition of selected artworks from The Mark Rothko Art Centre collection with Mark Rothko's originals.

Each year, the Mark Rothko Symposium brings together artists from multiple countries. This year, the jury panel selected nine artists: Sue Beyer (Australia), Kevork George Kassabian (Armenia), Ruth Philo (UK), Zbigniew Olszyna (Poland), Ann Tarantino (US/Italy), Ritums Ivanovs (Latvia), Krista Autio (Belgium), Agata Borowa (Poland) and Inguna Liepa (Latvia).

The 2023 symposium is a tribute to Mark Rothko on his 120th birthday. It will be accompanied by other satellite events tied to the artist’s name and creative philosophy.

Mark Rothko Art Centre, Mihaila iela 3, Daugavpils, Latvia LV-5401

Exhibition dates: 29 September - 31 December 2023

Opening times: Wed - Sat 11am - 7pm, Tues & Sun 11am -5pm

Admission free

Website: https://www.rothkocenter.com/e...

Solo Exhibitions

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Linda Ingham: Weelsby Road Tree 2

Trees and town: an informal survey

Linda Ingham’s commissioned show for Lincs Inspire explores trees in Cleethorpes, Grimsby, and the surrounding area, through a series of photographs with painted interventions.

Trees and Town shows trees in their locations, most often with the human-created environment as a linear backdrop – place-specific, yet allowing the tree to be seen. Thoughts of place and the interconnected lives of humans and tree are the seeds from which this work grows.

‘Trees often wondered what their particular fate might be. Would they subside into the long sleep of coal, or blaze for an hour in a cottage grate, or find themselves reconfigured as a handle, hurdle, post, shaft, stake, joist, beam – or something more elaborate and rare: an abacus, a chess piece, a harpsichord?’ - William Fiennes, Why the Ash Has Black Buds, 2011

The exhibition will also show a selection of work from other series which includes trees.

Cleethorpes Library Albert Room, Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes DN35 8LG

Exhibition dates: 1 November - 23 December 2023

Opening times: 8.30am - 5.30pm Monday - Thursday; 9am - 1pm Saturdays; Friday & Sunday Closed.

Admission free

Website: www.lincsinspire.com/albertroom

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Roland Hicks' studio, preparatory work for 'The Fourth Wall'

The Fourth Wall

Combining aspects of drawing, painting, still-life, geometric abstraction, collage and performance with sculpture, artist Roland Hicks will transform two galleries at Hastings Contemporary this autumn.

Working directly on sea-facing walls, Hicks will create the illusion of a flimsy patchwork of found materials, as if someone with rudimentary carpentry skills had hastily assembled a barrier out of whatever came to hand, inviting visitors to interpret the result as they see it themselves. Is it merely an act of folly? Perhaps an inadequate response to rising sea levels, or a paranoid reinforcement against supposed invaders? Some onlookers may see The Fourth Wall as a comment on the need for ‘make do and mend’ resourcefulness during the cost of living crisis, or a critique on consumerism and wastefulness.

Hicks will create The Fourth Wall in two phases, the first in Hastings Contemporary’s Gallery 7, with the second taking over an entire wall in Gallery 6.

The Fourth Wall is the outcome of the £10,000 biennial Evelyn Williams Drawing Award made in association with the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 exhibition.

Hastings Contemporary, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3DW

Exhibition dates: 7 October 2023 - 3 March 2024

Opening times: Wed-Sun 11am-5pm
Admission ticketed

Website: www.hastingscontemporary.org

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Joanna whittle: Robert’s Ghost Train, GT11, Rugby/ Nantwich, 1980-1989, Dusk, oil on mounted copper, 2023

Ghosted Ground

An exhibition by Joanna Whittle at the University of Sheffield following a year-long period of research with the National Fairground andircus Archive.

Ghosted Ground explores otherness and disconnectedness whilst uncovering themes of mourning, love, and movement across the landscape emerging from letters, postcards, and photographs in the archive. These landscapes speak of the movement of people and the traces they leave behind, where the landscape becomes haunted by absence, becoming a ghosted ground of echoes.

The paintings produced consider how fairground architecture has been used to define the fragile boundaries of these ghosted spaces and the communities which exist within and beyond their real and imagined boundaries. This exhibition is a journey through the landscapes and structures of the fairground and circus as well as a celebration of the identity of Showmen* through the contemplation of the history of lives lived within and alongside these structures.

Ghosted Ground has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by the University of Sheffield Library. The project involved multiple collaborations with fairground Showmen, circus performers, photographers, academics, and community groups. The exhibition includes oral histories, collections from the National Fairground and Circus Archive, loans from the Sheffield and District African Caribbean Community Association, photographs by Bob Chase and Julie Pinnington Wright, and work from the Society of Explorers and The Big House.

*Throughout the exhibition the word Showman is used to refer to men, women and children from the British fairground community as the preferred term used by a large section of this community to refer to themselves.

The University of Sheffield, Western Bank Library, Exhibition Space, Sheffield S10 2TN

Private view: 8 September, details to be announced along with details of talks and events
Exhibition dates: 24 July 2023 - 10 December 2023
Opening times: Mon - Fri 9am - 7pm, Sat - Sun 12 - 6pm

Website: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/li...

Artist's Talks:

Two free online talks to accompany Joanna Whittle’s ‘Ghosted Ground’ exhibition at the National Fairground and Circus Archive (see entry under Artist's Talks below).

Two-Person Exhibitions

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Molly Thomson: Lodged, acrylic on panel construction, 42cm x 43cm x 10cm, 2023

Franziska Reinbothe and Molly Thomson

Two-person show of work by Franziska Reinbothe and Molly Thomson at Raumx, London.

RAUMX, 185 Queen's Crescent, Kentish Town, London NW5 4DS

Exhibition dates: 28 October - 11 November 2023

Opening times: Saturdays 2pm - 6pm and by appointment

Admission free

Website: www.raumx-london.com

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Pen Dalton: Hope Over Experience, acrylic hand printed decals on canvas, 120cm x 100cm, 2014

....Hope Over Experience

An Exhibition of paintings by Pen Dalton and Kally Laurence.

Each time we confront a new and expensive canvas we have a vague plan but don't quite know what we are getting into. Each time we hope that this time it will come out right. But we are soon led astray: the painted surface makes its demands, it answers back, has its own agenda. You end with the uncomfortable feeling that you've taken risks, bared your soul and you've no idea how you got there. Next time ...

["The triumph of hope over experience" c 1791 attributed to Samuel Johnson on the subject of second marriage]

Blackhorse Lane Studios, 114a Blackhorse Lane, London E17 6AA

Private view: Thursday 9 November, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition dates: Friday 10, Saturday 11, Sunday 12 November 2023

Opening times: 1pm - 5pm

Admission free

Website: https://www.barbicanartsgroupt...

Directions: Nearest Tube Blackhorse Lane. The studios are adjacent to Big Penny Social Beer Hall and several lively food outlets for eats afterwards.

Group Exhibitions

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Marguerite Horner: You'll believe in anything, watercolour on paper 20cm x 20cm, 2023

Elemental: Forces of Nature

Sandra Higgins Art is pleased to present Elemental: Forces of Nature

Sandra Higgins Art Projects has curated a group exhibition featuring the work of 12 distinguished contemporary female artists. Each of these women, these forces of nature, is admired by Sandra for their consummate skill and contribution to contemporary art. She has invited each of them to respond to nature’s elements for this exciting multidisciplinary exhibition.

Artists: Susan Mcdonald, Kaori Homma, Mary Romer, Louisa Burnett-Hall, Day Bowman, Catalina Christensen, Fiona McIntyre, Belinda Crozier, Marguerite Horner, Ruth Piper, Lynn Baxter, Maxine Foster.

The exhibition will be held at Lansdown Stores, a charming gallery space, just a stone’s throw from Bath’s city centre and will feature workshops and talks alongside the exhibition.

Lansdown Stores, Bath BA1 5EE

Private view: Tuesday 7 November, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition dates: 8 - 26 November 2023

Opening times: 12 - 5pm Monday through Saturday. Closed on Sunday.

Admission free

Website: https://www.sandrahiggins.art/...

Artist's Talks / Workshops:

Catalina Christensen: 10 Nov, 5pm - 6pm

Talk: Free and open to the public.

Kaori Homma: 26 November, 2pm - 3:30pm

Talk and workshop of fire-etching

Cost: £15 (Student concession £10)

Further talks and events are to be announced.

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Day Bowman: Swaling 1, oil and charcoal on canvas, 140cm x 150cm, 2023

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Paula MacArthur: And blazed through the sky, oil on canvas, 100cm x 100cm, 2020

The London Group Open 2023

rom over 1,900 entries submitted by more than 1,000 artists, The London Group have selected 79 artworks by UK-based artists, spanning all mediums and disciplines. The exhibition will include works by current London Group members including Jeff Dellow alongside works selected from open submission including Lesley Bunch, Paula MacArthur. Up to 200 works will be shown and at least half the exhibitors will be non-members.

The exhibited works offer thought-provoking insights into various themes and subject matters including, identity and belonging, consumerism and waste, sociopolitical issues, the relationship between nature and the manmade, and intersections of technology and humanity, among others.

Copeland Gallery, Copeland Park, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, London SE15 4ST

Private view: Thursday 9 November, 6pm
Exhibition dates: 9 - 26 November 2023
Opening times: 11am – 6pm daily
Admission free

Website: https://www.thelondongroup.com...

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Lesley Bunch: Shadow Sculpture 29, oil on aluminium panel, 50cm x 50cm, 2023

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Molly Thomson: Untitled (orange/grey), acrylic on panel construction, 63cm x 63cm, 2022

At Cross Purposes

'At Cross Purposes: three-way conversations between two artists and a curator' is a creative curatorial project commissioned by 56 Group Wales which, through correspondence and conversation, has led to the forging of new connections, the production of new art work, a group touring exhibition and accompanying book. There are 32 participating artists, including CBP members Molly Thomson, Judith Tucker and Paula MacArthur.

Elysium Gallery, 210 High Street, Swansea SA1 1PE

Private view: 10 November, 7pm

Exhibition dates: 11 November - 23 December 2023

Opening times: Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 9pm

Admission free

Website: www.elysiumgallery.com

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A three person show at The Royal Geographical Society exploring Inuit culture and Arctic exploration: Susie Hamilton, Naja Belsen and Eleanor Havsteen-Franklin.

Susie Hamilton will be showing her paintings on recycled cardboard of endangered species and paintings of Arctic explorers.

Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR

Exhibition dates: 15 November - 6 December 2023

Admission free

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Narbi Price: Self Portrait as Kendo Nagasaki by Peter Blake, Acrylic on Panel, 40cm x 30cm, 2023

Discerning Eye

The ING Discerning Eye annual exhibition is a show of small, domestic scale, works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics.

The selectors choose both from the publicly submitted works and works by personally invited artists. Each selector's choice is theirs own alone and is hung in separate sections to give each its own distinctive identity.

The impression emerges of six small exhibitions within the whole. It provides a rare opportunity for works by lesser-known artists to be hung alongside contributions from internationally recognised names. Includes work by CBP artist Narbi Price.

The only restrictions are that the pieces must be for sale, the artists UK based, the size of the work (50cm in any dimension) and that the selectors choose at least 25% of their section from the open submission.

The annual exhibition has been generously supported by our exhibition sponsor ING since 1999.

Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1

Exhibition dates: 17 - 26 November 2023
Admission free

Website: https://www.discerningeye.org/...

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Enzo Marra: Small snake, card, graphite, glue, hard back book cover, 2023

Bethlem Art Fair 2023

Bethlem Gallery has invited artists, patients, service users, carers and loved ones, staff and volunteers connected to the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust to contribute artworks to the Bethlem Art Fair 2023. Enzo Marra has two worked included in this year's selection.

Every year Bethlem Gallery runs the Founders Awards that aim to recognise the work of some of the most exciting new artists to join the gallery. We will invite a special guest working in the contemporary art field to come and select the 2 new artists. They will each receive £100 to spend on art materials.

Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham BR3 3BX

Exhibition dates: 25 November 2023 – 20 January 2024

Opening times: Wednesday - Saturday 9.30am - 5pm
Admission free

Website: https://bethlemgallery.com

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Andy Cropper: Memories From The Present - 'Gone', oil on board, 32 x 18cm, 2022


'Metrocholia' is a micro-exhibition featuring paintings by Andy Cropper, Thomas Marriott, Janie Moore and Lynne Wixon. They are of buildings and constructions that most likely go unnoticed. These are structures that have been used and abandoned. Each scene is unpopulated, bringing a bleakness, sometimes an eeriness to them. There is an undoubted melancholy that pervades so much of contemporary urban existence, particularly in the hinterland where conurbations end and something else begins.

The show is curated by Sean Williams.

Bloc Studios, Sheffield S1 4RE

Exhibition dates: 1 October - 12 November 2023

Opening times: Please contact Sean Williams at [email protected] to arrange to view.

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Love is the Meaning

An exhibition of new art celebrating Julian of Norwich

'Love is the Meaning', an exhibition of new art celebrating the 650th anniversary of Julian of Norwich and her words and showings. The exhibition is across 3 sites in Norwich at St Julian's Church, Rouen Road, St John's Church Timberhill and St Stephen's Church, Rampant Horse Street.

Ruth Philo has made a painting to celebrate Julian's writings 'Revelations of Divine Love' that will be situated in St Julian's Church.

St Julian's Church, St Julian's Alley Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1QT

Exhibition dates: 18 October - 16 November 2023

Opening times: 10am - 3pm

Admission free

Website: https://julianofnorwich.org/bl...

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Paul Newman: The Visitation, acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas and cardboard drums, 2023

Worlds Away: Art, Nature and Wellbeing

This exhibition brings together artists who have been inspired by the natural world and its power to stimulate feelings of belonging, mental and physical wellbeing. Artworks consider a range of views from the romantic vision of nature as a therapeutic companion to a new contemporary era of ‘climate anxiety’ and its enormous global challenges.

Featured Artists: Cheryl Beer, Frank Brangwyn, Dalziel + Scullion, Ming de Nasty, Joan Eardley, Ufuoma Essi, Madge Gill, Frederick Hubble, Juneau Projects, John Kippin, Dame Laura Knight, Rona Lee, Richard Long, Lisa Milroy, Rebecca Moss, Mariele Neudecker, Mary Newcomb, John Newling, Paul Newman, Kathleen Ryan, Ian Skoyles, Sir Stanley Spencer, Sarah Taylor Silverwood, Mimei Thompson, Georgia Tucker, Alfred Wallis, Grace Williams, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Curated by Rachel Bradley.

Kindly supported by The Grimmitt Trust in Memory of Marjorie Welch, MK Rose Charitable Trust, Roughley Trust, Arts Council England, and players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH

Exhibition dates: 2 September - 26 November 2023

Opening times: Mon - Sun 11am - 5pm

Admission free

Website: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/ex...

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Judith Tucker: Hideaway- temporary bungalow, charcoal and white pigment on paper, 56cm x 76cm, 2023


HackelBury is delighted to be hosting the group exhibition Medium and Memory curated by art historian and contemporary art writer Griselda Pollock.

Artists: Sutapa Biswas, Bracha L. Ettinger, Benjamin Hannavy Cousen, Asel Kadyrkhanova, Joanne Leonard, Christine Taylor Patten, Judith Tucker, Coral Woodbury.

Medium and Memory stages four conversations pairing eight artists from different countries, generations, ethnicities, and personal histories who all share a deep engagement with the materiality of their media - painting drawing, moving image, photography and photo-collage -while focussing on memory - personal, historical, cultural, suppressed, discovered, restored.

Putting a still resonant, modernist medium-consciousness into tension with a post-modern sense of responsibility to ‘the burden of history’, these artists explore an ethical dimension in contemporary art - a refusal to forget - and the potential of contemporary art for aesthetic transformation of traumatic legacies of war, famine, genocide, colonialism and de-industrialization as well as the memory-effacing effects of the digital age.

HACKELBURY FINE ART 4 Launceston Place London W8 5RL

Exhibition dates: 7 September - 21 November 2023

Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm

Website: https://hackelbury.co.uk/exhib...

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Arcadia for All? Rethinking Landscape Painting Now

‘Arcadia for All? Rethinking Landscape Painting Now’ is a new exhibition coming to Attenborough Arts Centre from The Stanley & Audery Burton Gallery at the University of Leeds that raises pertinent questions about who has access to nature, where and how.

The exhibition challenges a nostalgic, idyllic and elitist idea of landscape. It embraces and celebrates nature in all its forms, acknowledging that in the 21st century most people in the UK access nature on a regular basis through allotments, community gardens, public parks or even simply through windows and screens.

‘Arcadia for All?’ features a wonderfully broad spectrum of artworks by over thirty artists, including Hurvin Anderson, Andrew Grassie, Lubaina Himid, Matthew Krishanu, Elizabeth Magill and George Shaw. They all approach nature from many different directions, expanding the notion of landscape painting in new, unexpected and sometimes radical and playful ways. Moreover, the exhibition celebrates the vitality and variety of contemporary painting in all its materiality and visual richness.

The exhibition has been guest curated by Dr Judith Tucker, Senior Lecturer at the School of Design, University of Leeds and Geraint Evans, Pathway Leader MA Painting at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London.

Artists: David Ainley, Hurvin Anderson, Iain Biggs, Louise Bristow, Hannah Brown, Simon Callery, Lara Cobden, Kimathi Donkor, Sam Douglas, Natalie Dowse, Geraint Evans, Mark Fairnington, Andrew Grassie, Dan Hays, Lubaina Himid, Barbara Howey, Matthew Krishanu, Paula MacArthur, Elizabeth Magill, Cara Nahaul, Christopher Orr, Rebecca Partridge, Julian Perry, Narbi Price, Carol Rhodes, Greg Rook, George Shaw, Benet Spencer, Clare Thatcher, Judith Tucker, Phoebe Unwin, Joanna Whittle.

Gallery 1, Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA

Exhibition dates: 15 September 2023 – 28 January 2024

Opening times: Weekdays: 12 - 5pm & Weekends: 12 – 4pm

Admission free

Website: https://attenborougharts.com/

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Judith Tucker

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Geraint Evans: Photo: Ben Deakin

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Paula MacArthur: In her own mad mind, oil on canvas, 100cm x 100cm, 2021

Of Lightness

Of Lightness, eponymously titled after the late Milan Kundera's novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being, brings together four artists whose work probes the binary relationship between heaviness and lightness inherent in the narrative of the novel. On divergent yet syntonic paths the paintings of Perdita Sinclair, Paula MacArthur, Clare Chapman and the sculpture of Hermione Allsopp encapsulates the image and object in all its transient formlessness and solidifying mass.

Blyth Gallery Level 5, Sherfield Building, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road SW7 2AZ

Exhibition dates: 20 September - 2 November 2023

Opening times: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm

Admission free

Website: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/eve...

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Mandy Payne: Threshold, spray paint and oil on marble, 27cm x 22cm


Mandy Payne has 2 paintings shortlisted for the New Light Art Prize. New Light is a charity celebrating and promoting visual artists in the North of England. The exhibition will tour to 5 different venues over the breadth of the UK until December 2024. The first venue will be the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead.

Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Slatey Road, Birkenhead CH43 4UE

Exhibition dates: 30 September - 22 December 2023

Opening times: Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm (Friday 10am - 9pm)
Admission free

Website: https://newlight-art.org.uk/pr...

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Installation Image of Post Nature with JMW Turner's The Festival of the Opening of the Vintage at Macon and Heavy Water Collective's vitrine


CBP member Joanna Whittle is currently exhibiting work at the Graves Gallery Sheffield as part of her ongoing practice within the Heavy Water Collective comprising of Whittle, Maud Haya-Baviera and Victoria Lucas. This exhibition, curated by Victoria Lucas, is centred around JMW Turner’s painting The Festival of the Opening of the Vintage at Mâcon.

PostNatures sees Lucas draw on the constructed composition of Turner’s painting to highlight how imaginary subjects can affect our individual or cultural perceptions of reality. The exhibition features a range of artworks and objects from Sheffield’s collections including works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco Goya, Albrecht Altdorfer, Albrecht Dürer, Odilon Redon and Max Ernst among archaeological and natural artefacts which depict representations of the relationship between women and nature, alongside recent works from Victoria Lucas and the Heavy Water Collective.

The exhibition continues till Saturday 2nd December 2023 and is generously supported by the Ampersand Foundation.

Graves Gallery (Above the Central Library), Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1XZ

Exhibition dates: 16 March - 2 December 2023

Opening times: Tue–Sat 11am–4pm (Weds 1–6pm) Closed Sun–Mon and Bank Holidays

Admission free 

Website: https://www.sheffieldmuseums

Artist's Talks

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Joanna Whittle: Dark Ride (Concealed), oil on canvas, 18cm x 24cm, 2023

Ghosted Ground Talks

Two free online talks to accompany Joanna Whittle’s ‘Ghosted Ground’ exhibition at the National Fairground and Circus Archive

Monday 27th November, 7pm:

Joanna Whittle and photographer Julie Pinington Wright in conversation

Joanna and Julie discuss their recent collaboration for the ‘Ghosted Ground’ project. Julie will discuss her photographic methods and her project with a circus stranded in lockdown. Joanna will talk about her engagement work with circus performers and staff and the work she produced from this and material at the archive.

Julie Pinington Wright is an internationally published photographer, who uses her work to challenge established attitudes and perceptions. She is a member of the Royal Photographic Society, Women in Photography and Documentary and the Red Eye Photography Network. Her images reveal the socio-political aspects of the subject, uncovering the realities of lives lived in challenging circumstances and the fragile shelter within.

30th November, 7pm:

Joanna Whittle in conversation with Professor Stephen Walker

Joanna and Stephen will talk about fairground architecture and their conversations about archival material in the National Fairground and Circus archive. Stephen will discuss his research, books and text on the subject and Joanna will talk about fairground architecture in her research at the archive and the work produced for the ‘Ghosted Ground’ exhibition

Professor Stephen Walker trained as an architect and worked for architectural and design practices in London before joining the studio of Gabriel Allende and Antonio Ruiz Barbarín in Madrid, where he worked for two years. Since returning to the UK, he worked in practice before studying for an MA in Architecture and Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham and obtaining his PhD at the University of Sheffield. Professor Walker has been researching fairground architecture for many years and has published several books on the subject including the Fair Line and the Good Frontage and Fairground Architecture 50.

Further booking details and links to join the talks can be found linktr.ee/JoannaWhittle closer to the time.


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Ruth Calland: Jeffrey dancing, oil on paper, 42cm x 30cm, 2023

Susie Hamilton interviews Ruth Calland

Susie Hamilton interviewed Ruth Calland as part of the Artist to Artist series, curated by Robert Priseman.


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Jenny Eden in her studio

A Geography of Colour: Jenny Eden

his month Ruth Philo talks with Jenny Eden, a contemporary British painter who currently lives and works in the North West of England.

Emerging from a process of close making and the complex relationship between two active objects of being, Jenny’s paintings embody the potential for visual and psychological oscillation. In this exchange between painter and painting, the process arrives at curious and insubstantial 'part-objects', simultaneously ‘separate from’ and ‘part of’ monochromatic spatial fields, operating in obscure, surface-smooth colour (un)realities.

Jenny received a BA in Fine Art from Birmingham School of Art in 2000, an MFA in Fine Art from Manchester School of Art in 2017 and she is currently undertaking a By Practice PhD in Painting at Manchester School of Art. Jenny lectures in Fine Art Painting at Manchester School of Art on the BA Fine Art and MA Painting programmes and she is Level 4 Year Leader in Fine Art.

She also co-runs Oceans Apart, a gallery in Salford dedicated to contemporary painting, and she has exhibited her own work both nationally and internationally.

Websites: https://www.ruthphilo.co.uk


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Jenny Eden: Hunebeden. Photos copyright Jenny Eden.

Symposium / Conference

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Alchemy: Exploring Metaphoric Transformations and Arts-Based Research

CBP member Ruth Calland will be presenting her performance art project Hermaphrodite Wedding, which invited participants to explore their gender expression based on the 6th century alchemical woodcut series, The Rosarium Philosophorum. She will also introduce her new paintings of trans people dancing outdoors.

Keynote Speaker: Renowned Jungian/alchemy scholar and novelist Susan Rowland
Guest Speaker: NYT bestselling author/TV personality Lisa Oz

Join us for this incredible gathering of creatives, scholars, professionals, and other arts-based researchers from around the world to discuss the theme of alchemy in the context of transformation! This transdisciplinary event is a unique opportunity to explore the profound connections between alchemy, creativity, and scholarship. Delve into alchemy's rich symbolism, transformative processes, and its influence on the human psyche and creative expression.

St Annes College, University of Oxford OX2 6HS

Event dates: 4 - 5 November 2023
Admission: £170 in person, £90 online

Website: https://labrc.co.uk


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X - Contemporary British Painting catalogue

X - Contemporary British Painting was recently shown at Newcastle Contemporary Art. The exhibition was curated by Narbi Price and the catalogue incudes the work of over 80 artists. Featuring Andrew Grassie, George Shaw, HUSH, Biggs & Collings alongside members of Contemporary British Painting and recent graduates.

Full colour throughout, 96 pages including cover, 190 x 235mm
ISBN 978 1 7397818 3 5

We have a limited number of copies available to order at £10 per copy plus £2.75 P&P (UK only).

Designed by: idprojects.org

£10 + £2.75 P&P (UK only)


Cover image: Joe Packer

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Contemporary British Painting Prize 2022 catalogue

Showing works by all 17 exhibitors in the 2022 painting prize. Introduction by Casper White, selector, and an essay by judge and art critic Hettie Judah on the winning artist Lesley Bunch.

Full colour throughout, 88 pages including cover, 190 x 235mm
ISBN 978 1 7397818 2 8

We have a limited number of copies available to order at £10 per copy plus £2.75 P&P (UK only).

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Cover image: Lesley Bunch (winner of the 2022 prize).

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