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A glance at art exhibitions, cinema screenings, theatre performances and music concerts that catch our eye.

All our events are in the UK (unless otherwise stated).

To find out details about the exact date, time, venue and how to book tickets, please email us via the Contact Form, mentioning the event’s name. You can also sign up to our mailing list through this form, stating your first and last name and your email address. 

 

DECEMBER

ART EXHIBITION – Gordon Rushmer: Every picture tells a story – 50 years of painting

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery – 9 Causeway, Horsham,W Sussex, RH12 1HE

For 50 years, Gordon Rushmer has been developing his skill and prowess as a painter and has been acknowledged as an artist of international repute.

This exhibition includes paintings from his latest book Every Picture Tells a Story.  The book charts his progress as a painter; tells his stories from his travels in his typical forthright way; and shows his great variety of subject matter and paint application in a lavishly illustrated production.

Tickets – free admission to the museum

Review – “Beautiful water colours with vibrant colours and diverse subjects.”

 

ART EXHIBITION – Tiger Tiger

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery – 9 Causeway, Horsham,W Sussex, RH12 1HE

Featuring talented local amateur photographer Michael Vickers, this fascinating exhibitions demonstrates his love of Tigers, his skill in photographing them in their natural environment and his support to charities trying to protect these magical animals.  Prints are available to purchase alongside the exhibition.

Michael’s love of animals and birds which began as a child and the encouragement by his parents to love and respect wildlife.

Tickets – free admission to the museum

Review – Wild about tigers.

 

ART EXHIBITION – Lake Keitele – A vision of Finland

Room 1 – National Gallery – Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

A leading figure in modern Finnish painting, Akseli Gallen-Kallelawas mesmerised by the landscape of his native country throughout his life. In 1904, he spent the summer by Lake Keitele, in central Finland, painting its scenic shores and crystalline waters bathed in brilliant northern light.

For the first time in the UK, this exhibition unites all of Gallen-Kallela’s ‘Lake Keitele’ landscapes. They are displayed side by side, showing the gradual shift of the composition, between naturalistic landscape and highly stylised, abstracted image. They also illuminate the various influences, Finnish and foreign, absorbed by this highly distinctive and versatile artist.

The four ‘Lake Keitele’ feature alongside nine other works by Gallen-Kallela, including paintings, stained glass, and pastel, showing the genesis and meaning of this arresting series.

‘Lake Keitele: A Vision of Finland’ is the National Gallery’s first exhibition devoted to Finnish painting and marks 100 years of Finland’s independence.

Tickets – free admission

Meeting point – We meet at the entrance to the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery on the date/time outlined in the event mailing.

Further M2M link: A vision of Finland and Akseli Gallen-Kallela – Finland’s visionary

 

ART EXHIBITION – Monochrome – Painting in Black and White

Sainsbury Wing – National Gallery – Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

See the history of art differently in the first major exhibition to explore black and white painting – from its beginnings in the Middle Ages through to the 21st century.

With more than 50 works painted on glass, vellum, ceramic, silk, wood, and canvas, ‘Monochrome’ explores the tradition of painting in black and white over 700 years, from its beginnings in the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and into the 21st century.

Paintings by old masters such as Van Eyck, Duerer, Rembrandt and Ingres appear alongside works by some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today, including Gerhard Richter, Chuck Close, and Bridget Riley. Olafur Eliasson’s immersive light installation ‘Room for one colour’ (1997) brings a suitably mind-altering coda to the exhibition.

With major loans from around the world, and works from the National Gallery Collection, ‘Monochrome’ is a radical new look at what happens when artists cast aside the colour spectrum and focus on the visual power of black, white, and everything in between.

Tickets – £14 on weekdays and £16 on Saturdays and Sundays (standard adult ticket – other options available). Please book your ticket via this link:

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/monochrome-painting-in-black-and-white

Meeting point – We meet at the entrance to the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery on the date/time outlined in the event mailing.

 

ART EXHIBITION – Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

Sunley Room – National Gallery – Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

The exhibition will bring together for the first time the ‘Arnolfini Portrait’ with paintings from the Tate collection and loans from other museums, to explore the ways in which Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882), Sir John Everett Millais (1829–1896) and William Holman Hunt (1827–1910), among others, were influenced by the painting in their work.

Exhibition organised by the National Gallery in collaboration with Tate Britain.

Tickets – £10 on weekdays and £12 on Saturdays and Sundays (standard adult ticket – other options available). Please book your ticket via this link:

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/monochrome-painting-in-black-and-white 

Meeting point – We meet at the entrance to the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery on the date/time outlined in the event mailing.

 

ART EXHIBITION – Dali & Duchamp

Weston Galleries – Royal Academy – Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

On the surface, these two great 20th-century artists could hardly be more dissimilar, but Dalí and Duchamp maintained a lasting bond of friendship and mutual admiration throughout their careers.

What fuelled this seemingly unlikely friendship was deeper than their shared artistic interests – amongst them eroticism, language, optics and games. More fundamentally, the two men were united by a combination of humour and scepticism which led both, in different ways, to challenge conventional views of art and life.

This original exhibition brings together around 80 works, including some of Dalí’s most inspired and technically accomplished paintings and sculptures, and Duchamp’s groundbreaking assemblages and readymades. It will also showcase the less familiar: photographs by Dalí, paintings by Duchamp, correspondence and collaborations between the two artists.

The exhibition has been organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and The Dali Museum, St Petersburg, Florida, in collaboration with the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and the Association Marcel Duchamp.

Tickets – £16.50 (standard adult ticket – other options available). Please book your ticket via this link:

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/dali-duchamp 

Meeting point – Please check the event mailing for precise details on the meeting point, date and time.

 

ART EXHIBITION – Bomberg

Rooms 12-16 – Pallant House Gallery – 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TJ

A major review of the life and career of David Bomberg (1890– 1957), recognised as one of the 20th century’s leading British artists. Through more than 70 works representing all significant periods of Bomberg’s oeuvre, this exhibition will illustrate profound developments in the artist’s own work as well as his significant achievement within the context of British modernism.

Marking the 60th anniversary of the artist’s death, the exhibition is curated by Ben Uri Gallery and Museum in association with Pallant House Gallery and draws upon the significant holdings of Bomberg’s work held by both institutions, alongside loans from major public and private collections. After Chichester, it tours to The Laing Art Gallery and Ben Uri during 2018. It will be accompanied by an illustrated monograph.

Tickets – for entry to the exhibition spaces, a ticket costs £11 (standard adult ticket – other options available).

Meeting point – We meet at the ticket desk inside the Pallant Gallery on the date/time outlined in the event mailing.

 

ART EXHIBITION – Paula Rego: The sketchbooks

Rooms 3-4 – Pallant House Gallery – 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TJ

A rare opportunity to see Dame Paula Rego’s preparatory drawings for her paintings, providing an insight into her remarkable draughtsmanship and the development of her ideas.

The exhibition draws largely from sketchbooks from the 1980s and 90s, including studies for some of her most famous works and provides a new understanding of the work of one of Britain and Portugal’s most loved figurative artists.

Tickets – for entry to the exhibition spaces, a ticket costs £11 (standard adult ticket – other options available).

Meeting point – We meet at the ticket desk inside the Pallant Gallery on the date/time outlined in the event mailing.

 

ART EXHIBITION – An Architect’s Eye: the Peter Collymore Gift

De Longhi Print Room – Pallant House Gallery – 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TJ

A view of Modern British art through the eyes of the architect Peter Collymore, who designed the Library for the Britten-Pears Foundation and whose collection has recently been gifted to Pallant House Gallery. The exhibition includes drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures by Eileen Agar, Antony Caro, Prunella Clough, John Piper and Pablo Picasso.

Tickets – admission to this exhibition is free.

Meeting point – We meet at the ticket desk inside the Pallant Gallery on the date/time outlined in the event mailing.

 

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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