Arty England: new events and openings

by Katie Rowe

Category: Culture vulture
July 4 2014

From the opening of Hauser & Wirth’s new gallery to the Liverpool Biennial, England is once again leading on the art front. VisitEngland rounds up the best events and new attractions that are bringing a breath of fresh air to contemporary art.

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Browns London Art Weekend

With free talks and tours, the Browns London Art Weekend offers a unique opportunity for art lovers to get closer to pieces ranging from antiquities to contemporary art featuring Disney's Snow White, as 80 Mayfair galleries and auction houses open their doors to the public on July 5 and 6. As a first for this year, Browns Hotel in Mayfair is joining forces with Master Paintings Week and Master Drawings & Sculpture Week, which will see 75 exhibitions spanning three thousand years of art. In addition, the hotel is also offering a sumptuous Hix Art Brunch, created by restaurateur Mark Hix, priced at £60 per person. Look out for the neon Emin glowing above the fireplace.

Pure Evil at Southwold Arts Festival

Visitors to Southwold Pier during Southwold Arts Festival can catch British street artist Pure Evil during an exciting stint as artist-in-residence at the beginning of July. One of the key British artists at the heart of the booming international street art scene, Pure Evil – the moniker for Charlie Uzzel-Edwards – has exhibited his all over the world. Pure Evil will spend July 3 and 4 on the Suffolk coast creating a new, unique piece of contemporary work on Southwold Pier; the seaward wall of the Pier’s main building will serve as a vast blank canvas for a work which visitors will be able to see being created in person.

Hauser & Wirth head to Somerset

Forget whitewashed galleries, the new Hauser & Wirth art gallery is pulling art down from the walls and setting it against the scenic landscapes of Somerset. Located on Dursdale Farm in Bruton, the gallery, set to open on July 15 aims to become the countryside destination for experiencing art, architecture and the remarkable Somerset landscape all in one go. In addition to the new gallery, a six-bedroom guesthouse is also set to open nearby, adding a touch of the contemporary to a traditional countryside setting.

The Liverpool Biennial

Experience one of the biggest art festivals in Europe as Liverpool is transformed into a massive hub for contemporary art from July 5 until October 26. Stumble upon weird and wonderful creations in iconic venues and on the streets of this vibrant city, and experience an array of one-off events covering talks, screenings and performances by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

The programme is jam-packed with events, but if you only see one thing, make sure it’s the Dazzle Ship. The centrepiece of the Biennial – an historic pilot ship conserved by Merseyside Maritime Museum – is moored in dry dock adjacent to Liverpool’s Albert Dock and has been given a vibrant makeover by world famous shipyard and engineering services company Cammell Laird.  Co-commissioned by Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool and 14-18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commission, it explores the idea of 'dazzle' camouflage and the role of artists in the First World War.

Alfresco art on the Scilly Isles

Tresco is home to a unique outdoor art exhibition this year that lets you compare abstract landscape paintings with the very thing that inspired them. An Island on Canvas - Art Alfresco on Tresco showcases the works of renowned landscape artist, Anthony Garratt in the very spot they were painted. The artist has been capturing the sub-tropical island’s blissful scenery on canvas at four locations across the Scilly Isles and until September, you can make enjoy the two and a half metres wide canvas while soaking up the sea air and idyllic surroundings. 

Art in the park at Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery

Come October 25, Whitworth Art Gallery will bring art into the elements with two new wings elevating the gallery into Whitworth Park. The glass and steel wing will be juxtaposed with leafy trees and house a first floor 'café in the trees', while a ground floor learning studio will open on to a new art garden. Other additions include a new landscape gallery with views over the park and a ground floor study centre. These two new wings are linked by a promenade that wraps around the back of the original building.

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Katie Rowe

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