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Magna Carta (An Embroidery)
8 August – 1 November 2015
The Whitworth, Manchester
Magna Carta (An Embroidery) is a major new artwork by the acclaimed British artist Cornelia Parker that celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015. Fabricated by many hands, it replicates in stitch the entire Wikipedia article on Magna Carta as it appeared on the document’s 799th anniversary. Hand embroidered by more than 200 people, a large part was stitched by prisoners supervised by Fine Cell Work and members of the Embroiderers Guild. Other contributors, selected to represent a cross-section of society, range from barons, baronesses, MPs, and lawyers, to human rights advocates and activists.
Magna Carta (An Embroidery) travels from the British Library, London.
Providence + ScreenTalk with Tacita Dean
Sunday 26 July 2015 / 15:00
Barbican Centre, Cinema 2
Tickets available via the Barbican Centre website
This first English-language film from French director Alain Resnais (Last Night in Marienbad, Hiroshima, Mon Amour) is a typically mesmerising and tricksy affair.
Providence has been chosen by artist Tacita Dean, and is screened at her request from an archive 35mm print brought in especially from France. Tacita joins the Barbican after the screening for a ScreenTalk.
At a time
16 July – 28 August 2015
Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland
Daphne Wright is known for her poignant sculptural installations, which use a variety of techniques and materials including photography, plaster, tinfoil, sound, voice and video. Her art is the result of a relentless curiosity into the way in which a range of languages and materials can create an involvement with often unspoken human preoccupations.
In this exhibition many of the works deal with the subject of children and childhood, both from the adult and the child’s point of view. Clay Heads, is a collection of 11 busts in unfired clay. This work developed from looking at children’s self-portraits and also references tribal masks and early modernism. It evokes different personalities with the sparest of means.
10 July – 1 November 2015
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
This summer BALTIC presents a survey exhibition and a major new commission by the Dutch artist and filmmaker Fiona Tan. The spectacular new commission DEPOT re-imagines ‘Jonah the Giant Whale’, a preserved whale exhibited inside a lorry which toured across Europe from the 1950s to the mid-1970s. Tan will rebuild the 76-foot-long vehicle; however, it will now contain a cabinet of curiosities, inviting the viewer to climb aboard. Drawing on Newcastle’s forgotten history as a major whaling port, Depot is an exhibition within an exhibition, an immersive presentation that will also include a new film installation incorporating footage from the depots of natural history museums internationally.
DEPOT is supported by Sfumato Foundation with assistance from the Art Fund, the Mondriaan Fund and the Embassy of the Netherlands.
June 2, 2015
The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and the Human Rights Project at Bard College has announced that Shuddhabrata Sengupta, an artist, curator, and writer based in Delhi, has been selected as the second winner of the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism. Sengupta is co-founder, along with Monica Narula and Jeebesh Bagchi, of the Raqs Media Collective. Made possible through a five year-grant from the Keith Haring Foundation, the Haring Fellowship is an annual award for a scholar, activist, or artist to teach and conduct research at CCS Bard and the Human Rights Project. Sengupta’s one-year appointment will begin in September 2015. He succeeds the Dutch artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, who has held the Fellowship during its inaugural year.
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