Why not head into a nice warm gallery this weekend to see some of the cracking new exhibitions and events being launched around the UK? Beats staying in and trying to motivate yourself to wash up…
Bob Dylan on Canvas, Halcyon Gallery London
Opens: 13 February 2010
On 13 February 2010 the prestigious Halcyon Gallery at 24 Bruton Street, Mayfair will open Bob Dylan on Canvas: an exclusive exhibition of Bob Dylan’s first paintings on canvas. This unique body of work witnesses the culmination of his artistic progression in The Drawn Blank Series: from drawings to works on paper and now finally to canvas. The Bob Dylan on Canvas exhibition signifies an end to this chapter in his artistic career as he moves forward from The Drawn Blank Series and onto the next phase. Based on drawings and sketches made while on the road during the period of 1989 – 1992, the paintings in Bob Dylan on Canvas visually echo the stylistic hallmarks of Dylan’s prose, poetry and music. Just as Dylan’s songs are constantly reinvigorated and rediscovered through his live performances, so these paintings revisit images and scenes which were captured in all their immediacy by the artist.
Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm
24 Bruton Street, London, W1J 6QQ
Phone: +44(0)20 7659 7640
Myths And Monsters, Horniman Museum. Opens: Saturday 13 February 2010
Cyclops, unicorn, yeti, dragon, the chimera… are these creatures real or imagined? Take a journey into the strange world of Myths and Monsters and unravel the truth behind universal legends and myths. Discover the origin of the Cyclops, the links between dragons and the dinosaurs, and why the yeti is the monster most likely to be real.
Daily 10.30am – 5.30pm
Cost: Adults £5, Concs £3, Children £2.50, Children under 3 FREE, Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £13, Schools (pre-booked) £2 per person, Schools (not pre-booked) £2.50 per person, Family season ticket £26
Phone: 020 8699 1872
Horniman Museum & Gardens
100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ
The Real Van Gogh; The Artist & His Letters, Royal Academy Of Arts, London
OK…..so it’s not opening this weekend. But by golly you should try and see this one!
The focus of the exhibition is the artist’s remarkable correspondence.
Over 35 original letters, rarely exhibited to the public due to their fragility, are on display; together with around 65 paintings and 30 drawings that express the principal themes to be found within the correspondence. The first major Van Gogh exhibition in London for over 40 years, this is a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the complex mind of Vincent van Gogh.
Cost: Adults £12, Concessions £10 (seniors, disabled, NADFAS etc), Students £8, Corporate Guests £8, Income support, unwaged £4, Children 12-18 years old £4, Children 8-11, £3, Under 7 years old free. Price includes £2.50 gallery guide.
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
General enquiries: 020 7300 8000
Tickets: 0844 209 1919
Live Arts Event; Wrong Love, A Foundation, Liverpool
Opens: 13 February, 2010
Liverpool’s biggest Independent Live Arts Event of 2010. WRONG LOVE is a night of intimate performances, site-specific installation, audio visual art and live music which will use the banner of an alternative Valentine’s Day celebration to ask questions about romance, sexuality, unconventional love and where art is headed in this new decade. With over forty individual artistic contributors, WRONG LOVE is the first happening produced by the new live arts event collective LAND and is completely self-supported by three young creative directors in an energetic response to the growing desire for independent, self-made culture. The event aims to showcase thought-provoking works from local, national and international artists while providing a platform for the live arts to reach a wider audience than ever before.
Cost: £10.00 / £6.00 CONCS* IN ADVANCE AVAILABLE ON GIGANTIC
A Foundation, Greenland Street, Liverpool, L1 0BY
Tel: 0151 706 0600
Tuesday – Saturday, 12-18.00
Tullie House, Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle
Various events & exhibitions over February half-term….well worth a look at this site to see what takes your fancy….suitable for adults and children alike! One is sold out already so don’t hang about too long!
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery
Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria,
Tel: 01228 618718
Fax: 01228 810249
The Stitch And Creative Craft Show, Excel, London
Opens: 11-13 February 2010
Workshops, demonstrations, hundreds of products….catering for the beginner to the dedicated enthusiast. Whether it’s beading, knitting, quilting, cardmaking or needlecraft..this is one show where you’ll be well and truly catered for!
Cost: £9.50/£7.50 and concessions available (see site for details).
‘In My Mind’s Eye’, The Grand Pavilion, Cardiff
Opens: 12 February 2010
An exhibition of paintings by Bridgend artist and teacher Margarita Liddiatt, who draws upon the environment and nature for her inspiration
The Esplanade, Porthcawl, Bridgend, Wales. CF36 3YW
Tel: 01656 815995
‘Artworks’, Forest Row Visual Artists, Dick Chester Rooms, Michael Hall School, Forest Row
Opens: Sat 13 February 2010
The Ashdown Artists and Artisans Group, is holding a major visual arts exhibition on 13 February. The Ashdown Artists and artisans are building on the runaway success of its inaugural event and holding a major visual arts exhibition in February. More than 1000 people – buyers, art critics and the media (local and national) – attended its Christmas fair in late November. Ashdown Forest has long been home to a wealth of artists and artisans of all sorts – from painters, installation artists, sculptors and photographers, to musicians, actors, storytellers and writers.
Dick Chester rooms, Michael Hall School, Forest Row
Tel: 07 923 178 033
Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, Nature in Art, Gloucester
11 – 28 February 2010
The Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, fresh from its debut at the Natural History Museum in London.
Creative animal portraits, captivating action shots and jaw-dropping vistas taken from the furthest corners of the planet are all captured in this photographic exhibition of the world’s most striking natural moments, represented by more than 100 winning and commended entries from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2009, which is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine. The largest and most prestigious event of its kind in the world, this year’s competition was the most successful and competitive in its 45-year history – and the judges spent three months scrutinising over 32,000 entries for their composition and originality to find the winning shot. Well worth a look!
Cost: Tickets costs £4.75 for adults, £4.25 for concessions, £13.50 for families, and under 8s are free of charge.
Tuesday to Sundays from 10am to 5pm
Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth
Artist Studio Clear-Out, Brighton
Running till 21 February 2010.
Does what it says on the paint tin! January and February will see the gallery explode in artwork. They are having an Artist Studio Clearout and have asked all their artists to have a purge of their studios and get all those nice little bits and pieces that normally don’t see the light of day. The artists have been asked to bring in some odd items from the studios for sale. It will be a chance to get some thing a little different from your favourite artist for a January friendly price! Alongside this they will also be having a sale on their custom frames and some very generous discounts on limited edition prints just while the show is on.
Cost: N/A – apart from if you buy anything!
Ink_d Gallery and Studio
96 North Rd, Brighton, BN1 1YE
Monday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm, Sunday 12 – 4pm
(In between shows we are closed to the public but here for deliveries, collections and enqiries Monday to Friday 10am-6pm).
Tel: +44 (0)1273 645299
Fax: +44 (0)1273 645290