CR’s pick of current and upcoming exhibitions, design events and creative activities including Beacons Festival in Yorkshire; Jeremy Deller in Bristol; Lucy Sparrow’s Corner Shop in London; illustrator Tom Frost and 3D paper artist Sarah Bridgland at Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Chicago Design Museum’s first show in their new home, Starts/Speculations; and Antoine de Galbert’s Le mur in Paris…
Heslaker Farm, Skipton
7-10 August 2014
The lovely Beacons Festival returns this weekend to the glorious rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales, drawing creative folk from around the country to enjoy another joyous weekend of music and art.
Joining Jon Hopkins, British Sea Power, Daughter, East India Youth, XXYYXX, Toy and a whole lot more from the music line-up, there’s plenty of arts and culture alongside. Dawsons Arthouse returns, with a programme curated by independent Leeds book store and gallery Village, bringing together creatives from a variety of disciplines, including Olio Studio, Last Straw Collective, Preston is my Paris and Mates. There’ll be exhibitions, Q&As, film screenings, and workshops including sign painting, screen-printing, zine making and street photography.
The Print Project also return with the chance to screenprint your own Beacons poster, plus have your portrait drawn in the Artomatic illustration photobooth. Keep an eye out for experimental audio-visual work Arborescent using ‘graphic scores’; outdoor visuals and projections from AV specialists Lumen; and other art installations and indie design stalls around the site.
Click here to check out our round-up from last year. It’s set to be another magic weekend for party-goers and families alike. Day passes (which include a night’s camping) and weekend tickets are still available here.
Jeremy Deller: English Magic
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Until 21 Sep
Previously exhibited as part of the Venice Biennale exhibition last year, and following a stint at Walthamstow’s William Morris Gallery, Deller’s English Magic comes to Bristol. Mixing large-scale murals, installations, drawings, photographs, film and historical elements, the exhibition explores the artist’s interest in the nature of English culture, from politics to Ziggy Stardust.
Deller also works with each venue to present the exhibition in a way that is specific to that space, with Bristol including paintings of the 1831 Bristol Riots by William James Miller and a display of taxidermy. After Bristol, the show will tour to Turner Contempory in Margate (11 Oct – 11 Jan).
Lucy Sparrow’s Cornershop
19 Wellington Row, London E2 7BB
Until 31 Aug
Over 4,000 felt versions of grocery items fill this formally derelict shop in Bethnal Green – sweets, fish fingers, cigarettes, toilet roll, newspapers, condoms, ice lollies and more, even the till and functioning pricing have all been hand-sewn by Sparrow over the last seven months.
Everything is for sale, (but stays in the store for the month), and workshops run alongside, including fluffy drinks cans and stitched crisp making – click here for dates..
Starts/Speculations: Graphic Design in Chicago Past and Future
Chicago Design Museum
Until 30 Sep
Having recently relocated to a new permanent home this June (after a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign), the Chicago Design Museum celebrates 100 years of design activity in Chicago with the first exhibition in the Block Thirty Seven space.
The show aims to be “an anthology of work from Chicago’s graphic design legacy and a glimpse into how the tools we use to design and communicate could evolve and influence our interactions in the future”. Archival pieces come from AIGA, Bauhaus Chicago Foundation Archives, and many others, plus a variety of new work from emerging design studios.
The Wild Collection by Tom Frost and Drawing with Paper with Sarah Bridgland
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Tom Frost until 7 Sep
Sarah Bridgland 13 Sep
There’s always some lovely stuff to see and do at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in every season. Currently in Garden Gallery there’s work from illustrator Tom Frost, with The Wild Collection, inspired by YSP’s historic landscape and varied wildlife. The show includes collectors cards, school charts and specimen matchboxes, plus a limited edition screenprint, Ram Brand (above left), created especially for YSP.
Next month, join artist Sarah Bridgland for a workshop on 3D collages (above right), with shapes, objects and textures inspired by YSP gathered after a stroll around the park (below).
Le mur (The wall)
La Maison Rouge – Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris
Until 21 Sep
As part of its tenth anniversary more than 1,200 works from founder Antione de Galbert’s private collection are being presented in a 3m high, 200m long ribbon around the walls of the foundation.
A computer programme was used to curate the show, with the size and inventory number as data, with paintings, videos, sculptures, sketches and anything that can be hung collected together in one vast unending frieze. The unconventional presentation, mixing the likes of Anders Petersen, Eadweard Muybridge, Gilbert & George, Jan Fabre, Hans Bellmer, Jochen Gerner and many more, aims to “raise questions about the actual art of collecting, hanging, storing and showing art”.
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