Previously featured artists include Turner prize winning
Himid and Douglas Gordon, award winning artists Tacita Dean
and Vija Celmins, leading graphic designer Ivan Chermayeff and internationally
acclaimed artist and sculptor Peter Randall-Page.
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What's on this season
- Bite size: Portraying power, as part of the Kehinde Wiley exhibition (POSTPONED) 28 October 2020 13:00 - 14:00
- Bite size: In conversation with Kimberley Cumberbatch, Assistant Curator at Royal Museums Greenwich and Emma Philip, Senior Curator at Th... 25 November 2020 13:00 - 14:00
- Exhibition: Kehinde Wiley – Ship of Fools 24 January 2021 17:00 - 17:00
- Exhibition: Everywhere: Life in a littered world 22 November 2020 - 31 January 2021
The Levinsky Gallery | 29 September 2020–24 January 2021
When confronted with large bodies of water, a duality is often experienced: we are in fact at once attracted to but also frightened by the unknown.
New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley's mode of enquiry, and his interest in the portrayal and modulation of power will be explored through the works on show, which also include paintings and sculpture. The exhibition aims to investigate the ways in which the artist masterfully uses traditional representation to challenge power relations and art historical norms. Curated by The Box in partnership with The Arts Institute and Royal Museums Greenwich.
Kehinde Wiley, Narrenschiff, 2017, Three-channel digital film. Duration: 16.40 minutes. Copyright Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy of Stephen Friedman Gallery
22 November 2020 – 31 January 2021
What might the future look like in our littered world? Are there ways that humans, animals and plants can co-exist with or even prosper amongst the rubbish? And what will it take to clean up our act?
This online exhibition presents works by international artists who explore everyday practices of littering and consider its effects.
Everywhere is launched alongside the international conference MICRO2020 which explores the fate and impacts of microplastics in the environment.
Held every five years to showcase the work of British artists who have made a significant contribution to international contemporary art, British Art Show will be in Plymouth – for the second time in its history – from 6 November 2021 until 13 March 2022.
"In framing the exhibition, we have grouped practices into three expansive categories: healing, care and reparative history; tactics for togetherness; and imagining new futures. While these themes were shaped at the end of 2019, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the protests against racial injustice, make them even more urgent. We want the exhibition to present a multitude of voices and viewpoints and evolve from city to city. ‘British Art Show 9’ will be responsive to each city’s local collections, communities, urgencies and histories, enabling meaningful engagement for its local audiences." Irene Aristizábal, BAS9 curator.
Hetain Patel - Don’t Look at the Finger, 2017 © the artist
Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition curated by writer and critic, Martin Herbert, featuring the work of 19 talented artists.
An exhibition of paintings that take their time, and invite us to do the same. Find out more.
Investigating issues around ecology, the environment, immigration and displacement, Mariner: a painted shop upon a painted ocean was The Arts Institute's first national touring exhibition in partnership with The Box, Plymouth.
Featuring 15 artists this exhibition showcased a series of new commissions and selected international artworks retelling this epic tale for a 21st century audience. Find out more.