Here are just some of the great new exhibitions getting 2023 off to an arty start!
Clear of People photographs by Michal Iwanowski
In 2013, Iwanowski retraced the journey his grandfather and great uncle had made and mapped in 1945, following their escape from a Russian prisoner of war camp. They followed a simple rule; stay clear of people, in order to survive. His series of beautiful, stark landscapes, of quiet forests and snow-‐bound open spaces document the harsh environment of North Eastern Europe which is once again a site of conflict. This thought provoking exploration of home and displacement, reminds us of the personal stories behind the statistics of war. On until Sun 5 February 2023
Grayson’s Art Club Exhibition
The exhibition features over 100 artworks selected by Grayson Perry, Philippa Perry, and guest celebrities during season three of the popular TV series, Grayson's Art Club. The programme brings the nation together through art and encourages people to celebrate their collective creativity. Artworks submitted by the public have covered a wide variety of mediums, such as photography, painting, textiles and sculpture. Exhibition themes include Love, Heroes and Heroines, Normal Life, Inside my Head, Holidays, The Future, and The Queen.
EXTENDED until Sun 25th June 2023
Bigger and closer David Hockney
Lightroom’s vast walls and revolutionary sound system enable us to experience the world through Hockney’s eyes. In a cycle of six themed chapters that include iconic and rarely seen and new pieces, Hockney opens up his process to us, inviting us into his work.
I’m 85 years old, so I don’t know how much longer I have. But some young person might see something here and think, well, I can see what you could do with this. I hope what it will do is give young people some ideas – perhaps on how to make movies in a completely new way. Cinema is dying. You can see any Hollywood film on a big screen at home. But this is a new kind of theatre, a new kind of cinema. With this, you have to go out and see it. And people do like going out!
On until 23 April 2023
Venue: The Lightroom, London
Painting Poetry Dia al-Azzawi
Dia al-Azzawi is an internationally recognised Iraqi painter and sculptor who lives and works in London. Best known for monumental and colourful canvasses, his work includes a type of artist book – in Arabic ‘dafatir'. A combination of painting and text, they take various forms – accordions, square and oblong booklets, cigar boxes and more – which are not meant to be read or viewed in a traditional way. Rather than illustrating the poetry, the paintings are free and emotive responses to it.
On until 11th June 2023
Venue: The Ashmolean, Oxford
The Wilson Art Gallery, Cheltenham
The Printed Line
The Printed Line is the highlight of Print, celebrating the art of printmaking at The Wilson.
The Printed Line features work by around 50 of the most celebrated artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Work by artists including Hockney, Matisse, Picasso, Yinka Shonibare, Whistler and Rachel Whiteread are among the Arts Council Collection exhibition.
This Arts Council Collection exhibition in the second floor gallery explores how artists have used printmaking techniques to exploit the potential of the printed line since the beginning of the 20th century. The exhibition shows a variety of techniques from the thick velvety line of drypoint and the heavy cross-hatching of etching to delicate wood engraving and boldly coloured screenprints and lithographs. Arts Council Collection is managed by Southbank Centre on behalf of Arts Council England.
Admission is free, with a suggested donation of £3.
Worcester Art Gallery & Museum
From the Cornish Coast to the Malvern Hills: British Impressionism from the 19th and 20th C
Saturday 4th March – 1st July 2023 (closed Sundays) | Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
British Impressionists characteristically painted en plein air (outdoors) and, with free brushstrokes and joyful colours, focused on the interplay between working people, families at leisure and the landscapes they lived in.
This exhibition brings together wonderful works from the Worcester City collection, the Bowerman Trust and Southampton Art Gallery to celebrate the links between Worcestershire and the Newlyn School of artists who were pivotal in this magical moment of British art.
From the Cornish Coast to the Malvern Hills: British Impressionism from the 19th and 20th Centuries includes paintings by Stanhope Forbes, Dame Laura Knight and Elizabeth Forbes. Camille and Lucian Pissarro represent the influence of French Impressionists.
Number 8 Community Arts Centre
Pop Up Painting: Banksy
Join artist Kay Mullett for an informal evening of painting and create your own piece of street art inspired by Banksy, anonymous street artist, vandal, political activist, and film director. His satirical street art and subversive sayings combine dark humour with graffiti made using a distinctive stencilling technique.
All art supplies including canvas, paint, brushes and aprons are provided, and Kay is on hand to offer advice and guidance.
Thursday 11 May, 7.00pm - 10.00pm
Cost: £26 (includes a glass of wine/soft drink & nibbles)
see pop-up-painting-banksy for more details.
Sip & Sketch
Location: In The Foyer, Number 8
An informal afternoon ‘still life’ sketching provided by Number 8. Whether you’re a keen sketcher, like to doodle or just fancy having a go, anyone from accomplished artist to complete novice is welcome!
The sessions take place monthly on Thursday afternoons from 1- 4pm, so sharpen your 2B pencil and grab your sketchpad! Drop in anytime during the session to sip and sketch.
Monthly - Thursday 20 April; Thursday 18 May, 1.00 - 4.00pm
Exhibition on Screen: Vermeer
This new Exhibition on Screen film invites audiences to a private view of the largest Vermeer exhibition in history, exploring Vermeer’s artistry and the creative process behind his paintings. 1hr 30mins
Tuesday 18th April - 7.00pm
Tickets: £12, Students £10
See exhibition on screen for more details
Pershore Arts Photography Group
meets at Number 8 at 7.45pm on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Our photo group mentor, Geoff Moore is an accomplished and highly committed photographer with lots of experience and knowledge to share. While you are there, you can enjoy and discuss the current exhibition on the walls of the Foyer. Bring some prints of your recent work to share and discuss if you can. We are not charged by Number 8 for the meeting space, so please consider buying a drink at the bar. Open to all members of Pershore Arts. See our Calendar for meeting dates – further details for each meeting may be added from time to time.
Number 8 Community Art Centre
Thursday 16th November - Wednesday 3rd January
Potter Lorraine Bates' work has always explored the use of rock, minerals and fossils. This new collection, a collaboration between Woodsetton Art Pottery and The Lapworth Museum of Geology, includes pieces that incorporate materials harvested, with the permission of Natural England, from the Wenlock strata between Malvern and Shropshire.
Tuesday 21st November - 7pm
In this powerful and passionate new Exhibition on Screen, discover the rich tapestry of extraordinary influences behind Klimt's 'The Kiss', one of the most well-known paintings in the world.
Thursday 16th November 1pm - 4pm
Come along to these informal afternoons and sketch a 'still life' whilst socialising and enjoying a cuppa. Drop in anytime between 1 - 4pm to sip and sketch!. Admission free
We host a variety of interesting and creative workshops. If you have ever fancied the idea of learning a new skill in a fun, informal environment or simply want to treat yourself or a friend to an enjoyable day out, come along and join us. We regularly add new workshops so be sure to keep an eye on us!
Saturday 16th September 2023 - Saturday 6th January 2024
Celebrating the story of graffiti and street art in partnership with Worcester Paint Festival, Paint the Streets explores the work of pivotal artists from the US and UK such as Basquiat, Haring, Shepard Fairey (Obey), Banksy, Goldie and Inkie, alongside a selection of current street artists who have been part of Worcester Paint Festival. The Festival took place in September, but you can still enjoy the murals and street art across the city. Free entry
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
Always something new - a constantly changing display of studio ceramics, original prints, paintings, jewellery and greetings cards.
November - December: Winter Show
Ceramics by Louise Bell, Graham Williamson, Ruth Gibson, Shelagh Spear, Jeremy James, Matt Horne and Alex McCarthy.
Studios at Bevere
Five artists studios on site, open to visitors to meet with the artists and purchase original art: Jane Arthur, Susan Birth, Karen Dewson, Dan Holden, Jennifer Ng
25th November 2023 - 10th March 2024
Degas, Cézanne, Morisot, Van Gogh. In late 19th-century France, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists radically transformed the future of art, not just through their paintings, but works on paper - drawings, pastels, watercolours, temperas, gouaches - from something preparatory that you left in a studio, to artworks in their own right. This exhibition brings together 77 works on paper by leading Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists whose innovation would challenge traditional attitudes and ultimately pave the way for later movements like Abstract Expressionism.