GALLERY REOPENINGS IN APRIL
Art galleries have shown exceptional resilience in the face of the global pandemic, with virtual walkthroughs and digital talks offering some much-needed visual stimulation, inspiration and escapism.
However, nothing beats the physical experience of visiting a gallery and and, as they open up again, on April 12, we’ve picked a selection of must-see exhibitions just in time for their final weeks.
SoShiro – Crafting a Difference
Independent curator Brian Kennedy has brought together five London-based contemporary craft and visual arts galleries under one roof for Crafting a Difference at the SoShiro Gallery, London.
A challenging period for the craft industry has also proved to be an incredibly fruitful one, shown here with a diverse selection of works of varying materials. Displayed over the gallery’s four-storey Georgian townhouse, the exhibition includes more than 200 objects, with work by some of our favourite makers including Alice Walton, Abigail Booth and Max Bainbridge of Forest + Found, Emma Witter and Vanessa Hogge, as well as many craftspeople to discover from all around the globe. SoShiro only opened in October of 2020, but with Crafting a Difference to mark the reopening of this new art space, we’re excited for what’s to come.
Crafting a Difference reopens until April 30
The Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers – Alison Jacques
On display for the first time in Europe, this vibrant exhibition is a representation of the spirit of Gee’s Bend, officially known as Boykin, Alabama, and the female quiltmakers of the African American community who make it so special. Due to popular demand after months of virtual viewing, The Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers exhibition has been extended until April 25. Featuring several rich and unique geometric quilts made by three generations of women spanning 100 years, each quilt represents the importance of heritage, tradition, communality and continuity in this sisterhood. This explosion of shape and colour together in one space at the Alison Jacques Gallery in Berners Street, London, makes for a must-see exhibition – a true historical journey visualising each generational interpretation of traditional techniques.
The Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers reopens April 12 until April 25
From Nature – Informality Gallery
As mankind is forced to change its habitual use of the world’s natural resources, Informality Gallery has brought together seven artists whose respect for resource and material is at the forefront of their practice. Featuring the work of Forest + Found, Jamie North, Rain Wu, Peter Matthews, Nienke Hoogvliet, Jesper Eriksson, and Harriet Hellman, From Nature shows how each artist finds meaning through their given choice of material. Featuring an array of different elements, including coal, wood, root and bone pigment, slag, clay and even the ocean, the works of these seven artists inspire a more appreciative and respectful approach to nature.
From nature runs until April 24
Wycliffe Stutchbury Solo Exhibition
Witness the breathtaking artworks of Wycliffe Stutchbury in his solo exhibition, Fall Line, at Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London. Inspired by the countryside landscapes Stutchbury has been surrounded by for his entire life, his work takes the woodlands of the South Downs and fenlands of East Anglia not just metaphorically but physically, as he uses hollybush, oak and bogwood to create magnificent pictorial wall panels. Each mosaic-like wooden fragment’s texture and colouring creates the illusion of movement – as if the elements are living within them.
Wycliffe Stutchbury’s solo show at Sarah Myerscough Gallery runs from the April 12 – 30th
Cécile Daladier – Flow Gallery
We first discovered the raku-fired Pique-Fleurs of French ceramicist Cécile Daladier for Issue 15: The Natural Issue, and are thrilled to see her ceramics in person again at Flow Gallery, West London. Solitary Flowers is a solo show inspired by the poetic ensemble of Robert Schumann’s ‘Einsame Blumen’, a delicate musical composition that resonates strongly in Daladier’s relationship with clay, flowers and nature. As a former musician, Daladier’s passion for the botanical world governs her work; each vessel built to bring the natural world indoors, displaying flora in a unique way, creating miniature gardens for inside the home.
From 14th April – 25th April Solitary Flowers at Flow Gallery is open by appointment only Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm. Arrange a viewing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the gallery 02072430782