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Welcome to the March 2024 CBP newsletter

Solo Exhibitions

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Sean Williams: Horse Power, acrylic on card, 28cm x 20cm, 2023

Oak Park to Meadow View

In his first solo show at Cupola Gallery, Sean Williams presents a collection of paintings based on a walk around a fictional English town. The walk takes place on the edges of the town, highlighting the places that, while containing both urban and rural elements, are neither quite one thing nor the other. There are signs of life, of building work and farm animals, but no people. It includes views of parks, those essential oases of relative calm within the bustling conurbation, and farms – buildings which mark where the town ends and the countryside begins. There are also views of the curiously manufactured, artificial terrain of golf courses. The walk occurs across the year, encompassing all weathers.

Cupola Gallery, 178 Middlewood Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield S6 1TD

Exhibition dates: 20 February - 9 March 2024

Opening times: Mon - Sat, 10am - 6pm

Admission free

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David Lock

In-between Us

The award-winning artist David Lock brings an exciting mix of existing work and new paintings to Firstsite in early spring for his first solo public exhibition.

The Colchester setting is also appropriate, as Lock’s work reflects his interest in Roman antiquity and classical statues, which he juxtaposes with contemporary images and representations of the male body in his own inimitable style.

David Lock: In-between Us will feature approximately 20 works, including oil paintings, watercolours and large-scale vinyl collage.

Highlights of the exhibition feature works commissioned by Barrie Drewitt-Barlow from Essex who along with his former partner Tony, were the first gay men in 1999 to father children through surrogates; 'Saffron and Aspen' is a portrait of the Drewitt-Barlow’s eldest children who were the first children to be born, via a surrogate, to a gay couple. From being castigated and creating a furore throughout tabloid newspapers in the late 1990’s and into the millennium, they are now perceived as icons of changing family structure, something which Firstsite actively explores and celebrates through its artistic and engagement programme.

Other works in the show explore the influence of working-class men’s fashion such as sportswear and its style within queer culture.

Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JH

Private view: Friday 22 March, 6pm - 10pm

Exhibition dates: 23 March - 23 June, 2024

Opening times:

Monday: Closed, Tue - Wed: 10am - 5pm, Fri - Sat: 10am - 10pm, Sun: 10am - 5pm

Admission free

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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.


Hastings Contemporary, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3DW
Exhibition dates: 7 October 2023 - 3 March 2024


International Exhibitions

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Oderwane / Detached

Oderwane / Detached, at Galeria S35 with Fundacja Sztuki Współczesnej AA+, Łódź, Poland, opening 8 March 2024 and continuing through March.

Curated by Agata Chinowska. Artists: Krista Autio, Sue Beyer, Agata Borowa, Ruth Philo and Ann Tarantino.

Galeria S35, Sienkiewicza 35/3A, Łódź, Poland

Private view: 8 March, 7pm - 9pm

Exhibition dates: 8 - 31 March 2024

Admission free

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gale...

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Lesley Bunch: Shadow Sculpture 17, oil on canvas, 120cm x 80cm, 2021

The Symmetry of Our Steps (virtual exhibition)

2112, Inc. was formed in 2012 as a “100-year project” to explore experiments and conversations at the intersection of art and science.

In October 2023, 2112Inc launched an Invitation to participate in The Symmetry of our Steps, a virtual show, in dedication to Italo Calvino’s 100th Birth Anniversary, inspired by the travelling exhibition Transparent as a Dragonfly.

The Symmetry of our Steps will include 2D and 3D work in various media, music, video, short movies, data science, poetry, quantum mechanics, streams of thought, and personal reflections inspired by the short story The Odd Slipper, from Mr. Palomar, by Italo Calvino.

Contributors include: Kevan Shaw, Dr Marco Zaider, Matthew Longoria, Roberto Copreni, Sudha Hajela, Lesley Bunch, Alek Zarifian, Amir Firouz, Dr Alessandro Morganti, Natasha Lipkina, Nadia Naum-Stoian & Rossana Naum-Stoian, Özer Arusoğlu, Alan Codd, Grant Singer, Edith Zaider, Antonio Gioco, Aviva Litman-Cleper, Levi Lustman.

Exhibition dates: 17 March - 18 April 2024

The gallery takes the form of a deliberate relationship to the imaginary world around a physical space; part fictional – The Atelier and the Lab – and part real – the Gallery at 2112inc in San Francisco. A link to enter the virtual gallery will be available on www.2112inc.org from 17 March.

Website: www.2112inc.org

Group Exhibitions

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A Room of One's Own

This group exhibition brings together an outstanding collection of artworks by more than 70 women and non-binary, contemporary artists. The participating artists were also invited to submit a voice recording in which they speak briefly about their selected artwork and their practice. These voice recordings will be available to listen to in the gallery during the exhibition, or online at the Irving Gallery website.

Participating CBP artists: Susan Absolon and Barbara Howey.

Irving Gallery, 28 Essex Street, Oxford OX4 3AW

Private view: 2 March 12-5pm and 3 March 12 - 3pm

Exhibition dates: 2 March - 5 April 2024

Opening times:

Tuesday & Wednesday by appointment. Thursday & Friday: 10am - 3pm (closed 29 March). Saturday 16 & 30 March: 12 - 5pm. Sunday 17 March: 12 - 3pm. Late night opening and closing drinks Thursday 4 April: 6pm - 8pm.

Admission free

Website: https://www.irvinggallery.com/...

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Gavin Maughfling: I lost my mind, oil on canvas, 2023

This Year's Model: Part I

The first part of 'This Year's Model' members show with artists:



Studio 1.1, 57a Redchurch Street, London E2 7DJ

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

Exhibition dates: 7 - 31 March 2024

Opening times: Thursday - Sunday, 12 - 5pm
Admission free

Website: http://www.studio1-1.co.uk/

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Enzo Marra: Why She Cries, I Do Not Know, watercolour on vintage paper, 2024

RWS Open

Formerly known as the Contemporary Watercolour Competition (among many other names during the exhibition's 50+ year history), the RWS Open is the largest open-submission water-media exhibition in the world, attracting thousands of submissions nationally and internationally each year. Includes work by Enzo Marra.

Bankside Gallery
, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 9JH

Exhibition dates: 8 - 24 March 2024
Opening times: Open daily, 11am - 6pm
Admission free

Website: https://www.royalwatercolourso...

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Lesley Bunch: Shadow Sculpture 9, oil on aluminium panel, 50cm x 50cm, 2021

. . . a d r i f t . . .

An exhibition of paintings by: Barbara Howey, Deb Covell, James Quin, Jeffrey Dennis, Joanna Whittle, Julian Brown, Katie Pratt, Lesley Bunch, Lisa Ivory, Lisa Milroy, Molly Thomson, Roland Hicks.

The word ‘adrift’ reflects the condition of having willingly relinquished one’s moorings and loosened one’s grip on a predetermined destination. It is in this watchfully ‘drifting’ zone of possibility that questions can surface, possibilities co-exist and ideas take shape. For every artist this space will be different in its scope and extent.

Being adrift entails tolerating uncertainty, and the viewer is invited to embrace that position - to be cut loose from the confines of an explanatory text and experience meaning as something fluid and perhaps provisional.

While the work of the participating artists covers a range of current painting practices the aim of the exhibition is not to be a comprehensive overview of what is a wide field but to open up unpredictable exchanges between works; exchanges that can suggest fresh perspectives, and new ‘adrifts’.

The exhibition will coincide with CONTRAcurricular - a Summit for radical and alternative art education organised by originalprojects.

…adrift… is organised by original projects in collaboration with Molly Thomson and Barbara Howey and supported with funding from the East Anglia Art Fund and Contemporary British Painting.

PrimeYarc, Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth NR30 2BG

Exhibition dates: 15 March - 28 April 2024

Opening times: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 12 - 4pm or by appointment

Artist's talk: Saturday 23 March at 4.00pm

A talk by exhibiting artist Jeffrey Dennis. Some of the exhibiting artists will be present during the event. Drinks will be available and members of the public are very welcome.

Admission free

Website: originalprojects.co.uk

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Roland Hicks: Quad-Zip Boogie, acrylic and acrylic gouache on shaped MDF panel, 61cm x 35cm, 2022

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Contemporary Modernist Painters exhibition

Contemporary Modernist Painters Exhibition at John Davies Gallery,Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. Artists: Jerry Browning, Neil Canning, Julia Chance, Nick Heap, Ruth Philo, Marc Yeats and Andrew Watt and to view works by David Prentice and David Tress.

John Davies Gallery, The Old Dairy Plant, Fosseway Business Park, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire ​GL56 9NQ

Private view: 16 - 17 March 2024

Private view times: Saturday 11-4.30, Sunday 11-3

Exhibition dates: 16 March - 11 May 2024

Opening times: Wednesday -Friday 10.30am - 4.30pm, Saturday 11am - 3.30pm

Admission free

Website: https://www.johndaviesgallery....

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Day Bowman: Shades of Green 5, Household paint, charcoal and graphite on cartridge paper, 20cm x 20cm

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours

The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Open Exhibition takes place annually at the Mall Galleries and includes works that are all water-based works. Includes work by Day Bowman.

Mall Galleries, the Mall, London SW1

Private view: Wednesday 27 March, 2pm - 8 pm.

Prize-giving at 3pm.

Exhibition dates: 27 March - 13 April 2024

Opening times: 10am - 5pm

Admission free

Website: www.royalinstituteofpaintersinwatercolours.org

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Linda Ingham: Precipice IV, oil on linen, 25cm x 20cm, 2024

Silson Contemporary Winter/Spring Show 2024

Gallery owner and curator, Sarah Collier has personally selected the exhibiting artists to create a show full of fabulous work from a talented group of female artists from around the UK. Included work by Linda Ingham.

Silson Contemporary,17 Harlow Oval, Harrogate HG2 0DS

Exhibition dates: 28 January - 6 April 2024

Sat and Sun 9th and 10th March, 11am – 3pm

Sat and Sun 23rd and 24th March, 11am – 3pm

Saturday 6th April, 11am – 3pm

Admission free

Website: https://silsoncontemporaryart....

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Susie Hamilton: Ecstasy 6

Fierce Scandal

Alternative Valentine’s exhibition of shocking, sexual content. Includes work by Susie Hamilton.

Lido Stores, Margate CT9 1RX

Private view: 2 February 2024, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition dates: 1 February - 2 March 2024

Admission free

Website: www.thelidostores.com

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Day Bowman: Marking Out the Boundaries 4, oil and charcoal on canvas, 140cm x 150cm, 2023

Aesthetica Art Prize

Aesthetica Art Prize Open 2024. Incudes work by Day Bowman.

York Museum and Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW

Exhibition dates: 15 February - 21 April 2024

Opening times: 10am - 5pm daily

Admission free

Website: www.yorkartgallery.org.uk


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Ruth Calland in her studio (copyright: Ruth Philo)

A Geography of Colour: Ruth Calland

This month Ruth Philo talks with Contemporary British Painting member Ruth Calland, a painter and also a Jungian analyst, living and working in London.

Emergence and attunement to what is emergent, are the experiences that engage her. She has a deep interest in alchemy, which provides a framework for how she thinks about painting as process. She will often utilise two different points of reference and see them as creating an interactive field, within which she operates in order to investigate their relationship. She has a longstanding interest in gender, and her exploration of gender fluidity in her participative performance project Carnival of Souls took place across the E17 Arts Festival and the Folkestone Triennial in 2013. She presented this work at the conference ‘Alchemy: Exploring Metaphorical Transformations and Arts-Based Research’ at Oxford University in 2023.

In the pandemic she was inspired by the early vampire film Nosferatu, with its monochrome landscapes, haunted by anxiety about infection by the supernatural other. At this time she also began researching trans experiences of being feared and othered, discussed by creators on TikTok. Her current work uses stills from these videos to amplify and celebrate trans voices, using high key colour to celebrate their cultural emergence from the shadows, and a redefinition of what it means to be natural, or true to nature.

Ruth is a member of Contemporary British Painting and has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Transition Gallery, Flowers East, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Vestry House Museum, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, and the Dulwich Festival. She has curated shows for APT, Walthamstow Wetlands, and Salthouse Gallery. She was included in the Made In Britain, 80 Painters of the 21st Century, at Yantai Museum, Nanjing and Tianjin in China, and Gdansk, Poland in 2019; she was selected for the New Contemporaries at the ICA and Bluecoat Galleries, was a prize-winner at Southwark Gallery Open, Painting Fellow at Gloucester Art College, a Rome Scholar runner up, Boise Travelling Scholarship winner, and included twice in the Marmite Prize for Painting. In 2022 she was artist in residence atPasture Project Space, Sudbury andrecently a finalist at the Artworks Open 2023, (Barbican Arts Trust). She lectures and writes on creative processes within Jungian psychoanalysis and in 2018 won the Fordham Prize for her paper ‘Race, Power and Intimacy’.

Listen here:
CBP website: https://www.contemporarybritis...
Ruth Philo website: https://www.ruthphilo.co.uk/a-...

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Ruth Calland: Self-sacrifice Scene, oil on paper on canvas, 122cm x 183cm, 2023 (copyright: Ruth Calland)

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