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Welcome to the September 2023 CBP newsletter!

Artist of the Month

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Lesley Bunch: Shadow Sculpture 12, oil on aluminium panel, 50cm x 50cm, 2022

Lesley Bunch

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

Lesley Bunch won the Contemporary British Painting Prize in 2022. Lesley talks about her enigmatic ‘Shadow Sculpture’ painting series which are based on the creation of casting shadows on objects with personal connections lent by other people.

Read the interview
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Lesley Bunch: Shadow Sculpture 29, oil on wooden panel, 50cm x 50cm, 2023

Contemporary British Painting Prize 2023

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We are pleased to announce that the first leg of the CBP Prize 2023 exhibition will open in Huddersfield on 16 September with the prize giving on Saturday 23 September.

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.

The prize judges for 2023 are: Beth Hughes (independent curator), Caroline Walker (painter), and Grant Scanlan (Curator at Huddersfield Art Gallery).

The winner will receive £8000, a catalogue essay on their work, an invitation to become a member of Contemporary British Painting as well as a selector for the CBP Prize 2024. The judges will also select the recipent of the Highly Commended Award of £2000.

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

Huddersfield Art Gallery: Unit 7, The Piazza Centre, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2RS

Prize winner announcement & opening event: Saturday 23 September 2023, 2pm - 5pm
Exhibition dates: 16 September - 11 November 2023
Opening times: Wednesday - Saturday, 11am to 4pm
Admission free


International Exhibitions

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Matthew Krishanu: Two Boys in a Tree, oil and acrylic on canvas, 270 x 200cm, 2023. Photo Peter Mallet.

On a Limb (solo exhibition)

The title of the exhibition On a Limb references an idiom that dates to 19th Century America. To be “out on a limb” suggests vulnerability, and its origins refer to a person or an animal climbing a tree and going slightly too far. This sense of intimate fragility pervades Krishanu’s new paintings. In Two Boys in a Tree, 2023, the boys’ legs criss-cross, inverting and echoing the shape of a tree branch that supports them. These paintings are pervaded by echoes and refrains with the body and landscape perpetually mirroring each other. These reverberations are thematic and formal. The land in Krishanu’s paintings becomes site and subject; the figure’s emotional state extending into the environment.

Jhaveri Contemporary, 3rd Floor Devidas Mansion 4 Merewether road Apollo Bandar Colaba Mumbai 400 001, India

Exhibition dates: 3 August – 9 September 2023

Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6.30pm

Website: https://jhavericontemporary.co...

Solo Exhibitions

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Ghosted Ground

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

Ghosted Ground Talks

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

Joanna Whittle will be running an afternoon of talks on 8 September to explore the different aspects of engagement and collaboration in this project.

Talk 1- Creative Collaboration through Archives by Bob Chase

15.00-15.45 - Introduced by Joanna, this talk will give an overview of the collaborative work carried out between Joanna and Bob Chase.

Talk 2- Showmen Identity by Sheldon Chadwick

15.50-16.35 - Introduced by Joanna, fairground showman Sheldon Chadwick will talk about his experience growing up in the showmen community: touching on themes of cultural identity, transience and movement through the landscape.

Engaging with Archives Panel Discussion

16.40-17.25 - with Joanna Whittle and project collaborators; The Big House, Society of Explorers, Bob Chase, Sheldon Chadwick, Prof Stephen Walker, Ella Barrett (SADACCA) and photographer Julie Pinington Wright

PLEASE BOOK with eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e...

Please note: The talks will be livestreamed. The link to access these are here: https://echo360.org.uk/section...

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Multipolar - NADA (online exhibition)
Curated by Itzel Vargas Plata

NADA is pleased to present Multipolar, an online exhibition curated by Itzel Vargas Plata, Chief Curator at Museo Universitario del Chopo.

The fifth edition of NADA Curated brings together 21 artists from NADA’s international community, now live on newartdealers.org, including CBP artist Marius von Brasch.

“Multipolar brings together artworks highlighting income inequality and social, political, and ecological emergencies. Embracing openness, flexibility, and a humanistic conscience has the potential to bring about a more sustainable future where we can reconsider our relationship with the planet and each other, achieving empathy without having to share the same ways of thinking.” – excerpted from the curatorial statement by Itzel Vargas Plata.

Exhibition dates: 28 August - 30 September 2023

Website: https://www.newartdealers.org/...

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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

Private view: Friday 1 September, 6.30pm - 8pm

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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Paula MacArthur: With you forever, oil on canvas, 100 x 100cm, 2022

New Road Artists’ Autumn Exhibition & Open Studios

The New Road Artists Autumn Exhibition showcases fine art and crafts from the resident studio holders at Rye Creative Centre. The exhibition is curated by the Dr. Julian Day, Gallery Director at Rye Art Gallery and includes works by Nick Archer, Melanie Comber, Richard Elliott, Luke Hannam, Paula MacArthur, Jenny Pockley, Stephanie Rubin, Sarah Seymour and Beverley Thornley.

On 15 September (6pm - 8pm) and 16 September (10am - 4pm) the artists will be holding their annual open studios event where you can meet the artists in their studios, find out more about their work and buy direct.

Rye Creative Centre, New Road, Rye, TN31 7LS

Private view: Friday 1 September, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition dates: 1 - 4 September 2023

Opening times: 10am - 4pm daily

Admission free

Website: https://ryecreativecentre.co.u...

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Late Summer at the Beach Exhibition

Summer at the Beach is a fantastic opportunity for Waterbeach’s artistic community to come together, celebrate and share the place that so inspires them. This year’s art exhibition will include ceramicists, milliners, textile artists, painters, photographers, filmmakers, sculptors, instillation artists and printmakers.

This year’s event will be held exclusively in the evocative and historically distinctive Cold War architecture of the ‘Terrace Units’.

Includes CBP artist Gideon Pain.

Terrace Units, Waterbeach Barracks, Waterbeach Cambridgeshire CB25 9PA

Private view: 1 September, 7pm - 9pm

Exhibition dates: 2, 3, 9,10,16,17 September 2023

Opening times: 10am - 5pm

Admission free

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Day Bowman: Full flood 3, oil, charcoal and conte on canvas, 26cm x 30cm, 2023

Thelma Hulbert Gallery Open 2023

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery Honiton Open 2023 includes work by CBP artist Day Bowman.

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX

Private view: 2 September, 3pm - 5pm

Exhibition dates: 2 September - 28 October 2023

Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm

Admission free

Website: thelmahulbert.com

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From the Big Splash to the Last Splash Glasgow

This is the second in a series of group exhibitions curated by Glasgow based artist Toby Messenger - the first being held at Terrace Gallery London in March 2023.

A cross generational group show featuring artists from the UK, Canada, Germany and France.

Artists: Beagles and Ramsay, Karl Bielik, Lewis Bissett, James Brown, Alice Delhanty, EC, Ruth Faulkner, Carole Gibbons, Henry Guy, Tom Hammick & Toby Rosenbloom, Charlie Hammond, Vincent Hawkins, Brian Love, Brendan Lyons, Derek Marks, Paul Martin, Ted McKenzie, Mac Mcnaughton • Sarah Messenger, Toby Messenger, Owen Piper, Cornelius Quabeck, Tom Robinson, Richard Walker.

Iota, Unlimited Studios, 25 Hyndland Street, Glasgow G11 5QE

Private view: 2 September, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition dates: 2 - 16 September 2023

Opening times: Tues to Sun, 12 - 5pm

Admission free

Website: https://www.iotaarts.space

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No Place Like Home

ArtHouse Jersey presents No Place Like Home, an ambitious multi-disciplinary exhibition that reaches beyond the gallery to locations around Jersey. For this exhibition twenty-three artists build a rich narrative that delves into personal stories, global issues, childhood memories, and speculative worlds as well as the bleak realities of the current housing market to look at a broader concept of home and what it might mean today.

Curated by Rosalind Davis and Laura Hudson. Home may be a sanctuary or a place of danger, it might be stable or temporary, intimate or shared, rooted for generations or a refuge in times of need. Home might be a person, place or planet, a community to which we belong or contested land no longer available to us. We may all yearn for a Home, but homes are full of histories, meanings and tensions; charged with political, social and economic realities they are subject to both external forces and internal dramas. ‘Home’ means something important and different to each one of us.

For this exhibition ArtHouse Jersey has commissioned new work by Ana Čvorović (Bosnia/UK), Sasha Bowles (UK), Justin Hibbs (UK), Will Romeril (Jersey), and Lindsay Rutter (Jersey). Alongside the commissions the curators have selected existing work by artists who resonate with the broad ranging themes of No Place Like Home including: Jananne al-Ani (Iraq/UK), Rachel Ara (Jersey), Jackie Berridge (UK), George Bolster (Ire/USA), Peter Jones (UK), Daria Koltsova (Ukraine/UK), Peter Liversidge (UK), Harriet Mena Hill (UK), Kate Murdoch (UK), Ravelle Pillay (South Africa), Saba Qizilbash (Pakistan/UAE), Martha Rostler (USA), Judith Tucker (UK), Lisa Traxler (Isle of Wight/UK), Joanna Whittle (UK), Eddie Wong (Malaysia/NZ) and Andrea V Wright (UK).

At ArtHouse Jersey at Capital House + unexpected locations around the Island Capital House, 8 Church Street, St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, UK

Private view: 5 September, 5.30pm - 7.30pm (by invitation)

Exhibition dates: 6 September - 15 October 2023

Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10:30am - 6pm. Closed Mondays

Admission free

Website: https://www.arthousejersey.je/

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Judith Tucker: Hideaway: evening dwellings, oil on linen, 30cm x 40cm, 2023

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Paula MacArthur: Until I remember that you've gone, oil on canvas, 100x100cm, 2022

At Cross Purposes

At Cross Purposes: three-way conversations between two artists and a curator.

We live in a time when borders, identities and loyalties are being called into question. The ways in which many artists approach this situation is by undertaking creative and dialogical practice with others. Dialogue exposes artists and their practice to the unfamiliar and overlooked and generates new perspectives. This project has the potential to create new, creative and sustainable, professional and friendly, networks beyond the group’s usual milieu, now and into the future. Includes work by CBP artist Paula MacArthur.

Dr Frances Woodley curated the project and resulting book and touring exhibition. Central to her projects are conversation and publication which she approaches as complementary creative practices to that of making and curation.

The Arches Centre, 11-13 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast BT5 5AA

Private view date: Tuesday 7 September, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition dates: 7 - 28 September 2023

Opening times: Tuesday – Thursday 10am – 5pm and by appointment

Website: http://56groupwales.org.uk/at-...

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Enzo Marra: Snake variation, concentrated watercolour on paper, 2023

A Drawing Box Group Show

In Scotland, an old poetic tradition of ‘flyting’ was a competitive spoken word poetry session, something like a rap battle. Poets would take it in turns to respond to each other’s work, building a performance of a series of responses. In this show, we want to consider how the ‘call-and-response’ creates its own form, incorporating the curator, artists, and audience.

The act of drawing can reflect on the developmental process particular in the arts. Leaps forward in practise are made in the contemplative spaces between making. The step back and away from your art often awards a perspective on previous work that enables a transformative step in another direction. Much like flyting, this inaction, creates a call and response.

In turn and on arrival of artwork, the conversational element will extend between artists. As curators Anoushka and Pearl will find a visual murmering of links and oppositions in the visual signature marks that create a tangential movement within the space.

The installation aspect will develop through the artist curatorial role that Anoushka and Pearl take on. This group exhibition will be an experiment in explorative curation, and the final installation will be presented as part of this years Glasgow Project Room programme. Includes work by CBP artist Enzo Marra.

Glasgow Project Room 103 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD

Private view: Thursday 7 September, 6pm - 9pm

Exhibition dates: 8 - 15 September 2023

Admission free

Website: https://gis.uk.com/

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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

Private view date: 20 September 2023

Exhibition dates: 7 September - 21 November 2023

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

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

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Susie Hamilton: Fire Cottage

Holding Space

Hospital Rooms Charity auction of commissioned paintings.

Bonhams, New Bond Street, London

Private view: 12 September, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition dates: 12 - 24 September 2023

Admission: By invitation only

Website: hospitalrooms.com

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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

Private view: Thursday 21 September, 5pm - 7pm (free to attend: Please book via website)

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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Curated by Karl Bielik and Rob Hall

Included work by CBP artists: Karl Bielik, Gordon Dalton, Narbi Price, Judick Tucker and Sean Williams

The Art Studio, Calder Art Supplies, 2nd Floor, Byram Arcade, Huddersfield HD1 1ND

Private view: 22 September, 6pm - 9pm

Exhibition dates: 22 September - 20 October 2023

Opening times: Friday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm

Admission free

Website: https://www.instagram.com/terr...

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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

Private view: Tuesday 26 September, 6pm – 8.30pm

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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Susie Hamilton: Tourist Tower Bridge

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

Shortlisted drawings shown at Trinity Buoy Wharf includes CBP artist Susie Hamilton.

Trinity Buoy Wharf, London

Private view: 27 September, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition dates: To be announced

Admission free

Website: https://tbwdrawingprize.artopp...

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Paula MacArthur: Incomprehensible treasure, oil on paper, 10cm x 15cm, 2023

Art on a Postcard X St Wilfrid's Hospice

Art on a Postcard (AOAP) are thrilled to have the opportunity to fundraise for St Wilfrid's Hospice, a charity they hold in high regard. The funds raised from this auction will contribute to providing expert and compassionate care for individuals nearing the end of their lives, as well as their families, both within the hospice and in their own homes. The dedicated nursing and medical teams at St Wilfrid's Hospice work diligently to manage patients' pain and other symptoms, while therapists strive to enhance their mobility and independence.

This exhibition and auction was curated by Gemma, the founder of Art on a Postcard (AOAP), in honour of her father, Mark Peppé. Mark was a key contributor to every Winter Art on a Postcard since its inception in 2014 until just before he died last year. In Mark's final weeks, the amazing staff at St Wilfrid’s provided invaluable home care. When they told us about the funds necessary to maintain their operations year-round, we felt compelled to support St Wilfrid’s.

Participating artists include, Donna Mclean, Grayson Perry CBE RA HON FRIBA, Jake Chapman, Lothar Götz, Mali Morris RA, Mick Rooney RA, Nick Carrick, Nick Grindrod, Patrick Hughes, Paula MacArthur, Peter Clossick NEAC PPLG, Peter Jones, Ruth Philo, Susie Hamilton, Tom Wilmott, Vanessa Jackson RA

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ

Private view: Sunday 29 September, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition dates: Bidding open Saturday 14 September - Thursday 3 October

Admission info: RSVP to [email protected], places are limited and are filling up.

Website: https://artonapostcard.com/pag...

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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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Lesley Bunch: Shadow Sculpture 16, oil on aluminium panel, 50cm x 50cm, 2021

Leeds Summer Group Show 2023

The Leeds Summer Group Show returns for its 9th year, with an exhibition of visual art from 54 UK based artists at Leeds Playhous. The work on display was selected by curators Court Spencer and Helen Dryden with guest selector Nigel Walsh, the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art for Leeds Museums & Galleries.

Exhibiting Artists: Alison Edmonds, Andy Cahill, Ashley Reaks, Barbara Larkin, Bren Head, Catherine Hill, Catherine Smith, Christopher Campbell, Christopher Tansey, Claire Murray, Clare Phelan, Dayle Helsby, Edd Jones, Farwa Rizvi, Gareth Bell, Gareth Kemp, Gavin Mclntosh, Gillian Holding, Hannah Guy, Hannah Robson, Helen Davies, Howard Eaglestone, James Mellor, Jamie Avis, Joe Black Ardy, Jonny Sutton, Julia Pomeroy, Kate Evans, Kate Jennings, Kenneth F Yates, Lesley Bunch, Lisa Denyer, Liz Foster, Liz Tolan, Louise Ventris, Lucy Wright, Mariel Borst Pauwels, Martin Gittins, Martin Hayes, Nima Javan, Peter Symonds, Phil Hopkins, Rhiannon Kendall, Richard Baker, Roy Best, Sally Spinks, Sam Judge, Sarah Grant,Titus Agbara, Tom Palin, Wayne Clough, Wendy Galloway, Xiaonan Wang, Zoe Boswell.

Leeds Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP

Exhibition dates: 22 July - 7 September 2023

Opening times; 10am - 5pm (excluding Sundays and bank holidays)

Admission free

The exhibition is also available online at www.courtspencer.com

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Mandy Payne: Britannia Mill, Spray paint and oil on roofing slate, 39cm x 60cm, 2023

Travels Through The Valley Of Stone

An exhibition of paintings, textiles and poetry responding to the Rossendale Valley in Lancashire by artists, Mandy Payne and Harriet Mena Hill and poet Helen Angel at the Whitaker Museum, Rawtenstall. Using local materials such as felt, quarry stone, slate and experimental concrete from a nearby works, the trio reflect on the ever changing nature of where we live.

Whitaker Museum, Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall, Rossendale BB4 6RE

Exhibition dates: 27 July - 24 September 2023

Opening times: Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm (except Thursday 10 - 8pm)

Admission free

Website: https://www.thewhitaker.org/wh...

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Abstract Alchemy

"We look forward to welcoming you to the next exhibition opening at Detail Framing Studio & Gallery titled Abstract Alchemy, a group exhibition held durning the Edinburgh Arts Festival 2023. 

This exhibition brings together works from Edinburgh based, Lisa Denyer, Berlin based, Duncan Passmore and Oslo based Billie Thackwell. From adapted Polaroid works to large oil canvases, this exhibition has power and scale to inspect detail and step back in awe. To compliment the exhibition, a small selection of Raku fired ceramics will be on display by artist Wayne Galloway."

Detail Framing Studio & Gallery, 11 Lochrin Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9QX

Exhibition dates: 5 August - 2 September 2023

Admission free

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Simon Carter: Deep Water, Acrylic on canvas, 162cm x 200cm, 2017 & 2023

Nature Tamed and Unbound

An exhibition by Cuckoo Farm Studios honorary associates artists Simon Carter, Jane Frederick and Jevan Watkins Jones.

Benham Gallery Cuckoo Farm Studios Boxted Rd, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5HH

Exhibition dates: 12 August - 3 September 2023

Opening times: Saturdays and Sundays 11am - 4pm, Wednesdays 5pm - 7pm

Admission free

Website: www.cuckoofarmstudios.org.uk

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Lisa Lewis: Point of View, acrylic on board, 25cm x 16cm, 2023

The Gr8 Cur8or

Prosaic have invited architect and curator Ian Ellis to put together a micro exhibition in our Projects Gallery within Bloc Studios. He has selected work by Lisa Lewis, Ewan Mills and Bristol-based collective SWANS - artists whose work explores the relationship between Painting and Sculpture, and the architectonic nature of artwork in a gallery. They each have unique concerns yet enough in common to enable Ian to form a coherent display. His curatorial approach is a welcome antidote to Sean Williams' staid and conservative style of hanging paintings at eye height. Ian will more accurately reflecting the zeitgeist in gallery display.

Lisa Lewis is concerned with reflecting gallery spaces back in to her paintings, abstracted yet with architectural references. Ewan Mills is a recent design graduate and his artwork is based on systems and patterns, with a nod towards Op Art and incorporating simple trompe l'oeil techniques. SWANS have built their reputation on producing wall-based objects that could not satisfactorily be described as Painting or Sculpture. They are simultaneously both and neither, revelling in this constructed ambiguity. They often make work on the gallery wall itself. This show is curated by Ian Ellis and Sean Williams.

Bloc Studios, 198 Arundel Street, Sheffield S1 4RE

Exhibition dates: 21 August - 30 September 2023

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

Admission free

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Day Bowman: Marking Out the Boundaries 4, oil, charcoal and cote on canvas, 140cm x 150cm

Through the Looking Glass

Curated by Swanfall Art, Through the Looking Glass celebrates the boundless nature of artistic expression.

Embodying the ethos of art as a free discipline, the exhibition presents a variety of works including paintings, sculptures, installations, digital media and more. Disciplines and mediums freely intertwine and the artists dissect, reconstruct, and reimagine our understanding of the world, leading us ‘through the looking glass’ to a realm of untamed creativity. Embracing the inherent complexity of reality, the exhibition invites contemplation on the myriad of ways in which we perceive the world around us.

Includes work by CBP artist Day Bowman.

Mall Galleries, the Mall, London SW1

Exhibition dates: 28 August - 2 September 2023

Opening times: 10am - 6pm daily

Admission free

Website: https://www.swanfall.art

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Matthew Krishanu: Life Is More Important Than Art, Whitechapel Gallery, London. Photo: Damian Griffiths

Life is More Important Than Art

Taking inspiration from African American writer and novelist James Baldwin (b.1924, USA – d.1987, France), who observed that life is more important than art ... and yet that is why art is important, Whitechapel Gallery presents a free three-month programme of collaborations with artists, performers and thinkers to examine the interface between art and everyday life, and connections between local and global concerns at a time of uncertainty and change.

Visitors are invited to find meaning and create poetic, playful and reflective connections as they explore works by artists including Rana Begum (b. 1977, Bangladesh), William Cobbing (b. 1974, UK), Sarah Dobai, (b.1965, UK), Susan Hiller (b. 1940, USA - d. 2019, UK), Matthew Krishanu (b. 1980, UK), Jerome (b. 1991, UK), Janette Parris (b. 1962, UK), John Smith (b. 1952, UK), Alia Syed (b. 1964, UK), Mitra Tabrizian (b. 1954, Iran), Mark Wallinger (b. 1959, UK), and Osman Yousefzada (b. 1977, UK) spanning sculpture, photography, film and installation.

White Chapel Gallery, 77 – 82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Exhibition dates: 14 June – 3 September 2023
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm; Thursdays, 11am – 9pm
Admission free

Website: whitechapelgallery.org

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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

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Simon Carter: River Crossing II, watercolour, 30.5 x 43cm, 2020

East to East

East to East is an exhibition of 30+ artists and makers based in East Anglia, who share their appreciation for the aesthetic and techniques originating in Chinese and Japanese art and craft. They explore how a natural colour palette, handcrafted techniques in glass and ceramics, and structured textiles like weaving have struck a chord in the east of England, finding favour with an audience looking for more sustainable design principles. Includes work by Simon Carter.

The Stables, Houghton Hall, Norfolk PE31 6UE

Exhibition dates: 23 April - October 2023

Opening times: Sunday, Wednesday and Thursdays, plus Saturday July to September, 11am - 4pm

Admission free

Website: https://contemporaryandcountry...

Art Fairs

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Paula MacArthur: All the joy that could be, oil on canvas, 30cm x 30cm, 2023

Art Car Boot Fair Goes Pop! Online

Around 60 invited artists including Julian Brown, Susie Hamilton, Paula MacArthur, Freya Purdue and Geraldine Swayne will be riffing off the notion of 'POP' and present an exciting array of artworks to our global online audience - unmissable art deals will abound from a stellar carefully selected line-up.

The online event will start at 12pm on 22 September and will stay open until midnight, 1 October.

Your Premium Access Ticket will give you a two-hour head start to pursue all the incredible art deals online!

Event dates: Premium access only 12-2pm on 22 September & free access thereafter until midnight on 1 October 2023

Opening times: 12pm Saturday 22 September - midnight Sunday 1 October 2023

Admission info: Premium access tickets 12-2pm on Saturday 22 September of ‘Pop’ Online are £5 each. After 2pm the site is FREE to access for all.

Website: https://www.artcarbootfair.com...


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Erin Lawlor in her studio. Photo: Peter Mallet. Copyright Erin Lawlor.

A Geography of Colour

This month on 'A Geography of Colour' podcast Ruth Philo talks with painter Erin Lawlor about her relationship with colour. Erin is a contemporary British painter who lives and works in London. After receiving her BA History of Art in 1992 from the Sorbonne University Paris, Erin was based in France until 2013 when she returned to the UK.

Since her first solo show in Paris in 2010, she has exhibited extensively around the world. Recent solo gallery exhibitions have included 'Earthly Delights' at Vigo Gallery, London in 2023 and solo shows at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York in 2022, at Luca Tommasi in Milan in 2021 and at Fox/Jensen/McCrory Gallery, Auckland, in 2020. In 2017 a survey exhibition of Erin’s work ‘Onomatopoeia' took place at the Rothko Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia, and her work was showcased in 'Maleri.Nu/Paint.Now' at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum, Copenhagen in 2016. Earlier in 2023 she had her first institutional exhibition in the UK, ‘Invincible Summer’ at Wellington Arch, London in partnership with Apsley House and English Heritage.

In a recent catalogue essay David Anfam speaks of Lawlor’s paintings as ‘Cutting-edge contemporary, her work nevertheless has roots as deep and distant as Ovid’s Metamorphoses in which being is forever in a state of becoming.’

Erin’s work is in numerous public and private collections include the Women’s Art Collection, Cambridge, UK; the Mark Rothko Centre, Latvia, and the Kolon Museum Collection, Seoul. She is represented by Vigo Gallery, London; Miles McEnery Gallery, New York; Fox/Jensen and Fox/Jensen/McCrory galleries, Sydney and Auckland, and Luca Tommasi, Milan.

Listen here: https://www.contemporarybritis...

A Geography of Colour website: https://www.ruthphilo.co.uk/a-...

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Erin Lawlor: ‘Earthly delights’, oil on canvas, 2023. Photo: Colin Mill. Copyright Erin Lawlor.

Articles & Features

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Lisa Denyer: Chrysalis, acrylic on sandpaper, 28cm x 23cm, 2023

Soanyway Magazine - 
Escaping the frame: conversations in paint

CBP artist Lisa Denyer is featured in this issue of Soanyway Magazine.

In this piece, Denyer's deliberate choice of sandpaper as a painting substrate introduces an interplay of textures, as it facilitates and obstructs the application of paint. Denyer plays with a sense of balance and tension between the natural world and the artificial, urban environment and digital spaces. Everyday visuals from architecture, fashion and digital aesthetics infiltrate the work.

Website: https://www.soanywaymagazine.o...

International Painting Symposium & Residency

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Mark Rothko Centre, Daugvapils, Latvia, International Painting Symposium and Residency 'Mark Rothko 2023'

Ruth Philo has been selected to take part in the International Painting Symposium and Residency 'Mark Rothko 2023' at the Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugvapils, Latvia from 15-29 September 2023. The symposium aims to recognise the artistic heritage of Mark Rothko, drawing attention to Daugavpils, the birthplace of the artist, to foster interest in Daugavpils as a creative environment and increase the collection of the Art Centre with artworks from symposium participants. Ten international artists have been selected to take part.

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


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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).

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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

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

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Paradoxes Catalogue

The catalogue includes the work of all 52 exhibitors with an introduction by Phil Illingworth and an essay by Paul Carey-Kent. It accompanied the exhibition held at Quay Arts from 12 March to 7 May 2022.

Full colour throughout, 120 pages including cover, 235mm x 190mm
ISBN: 978-1-7397818-1-1
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