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The Best Art Exhibitions This Autumn

Plan your next art adventure

With the days getting shorter and darker, and the weather getting wetter - there's no better time to explore the galleries and museums that you've been excited to visit in a while. Take a look at our quick guide to the Best Art Exhibitions this Autumn, and plan your next art adventure. There's so much to see!

William Kentridge: Thick Time @ Whitworth Gallery, Manchester
21 September 2018 - 3 March 2019

This major touring exhibition of South African artist, William Kentridge's work, focuses on large-scale film installations. Combining drawing, tapestry, music, film and sculpture, the exhibition draws on global histories of revolution, exile and utopian aspirations, and explores how they are shaped by memory and imagination. Kentridge's personal experience of apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa influence his work - proposing time and history as concepts that are open to re-imagination.

Chiharu Shiota: Beyond Time @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
Until 4 November 2018

Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota has created stunning installations within the grounds of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, including inside the 18th Century Chapel. Responding to the unique architecture and heritage of the Chapel, Shiota's work activates the space in a new way - resonating with memory and human relationships through the use of objects. Interlacing the physical with the conceptual, the work appears like a 3-dimensional painting: strung around the room in mid-air.

Lubaina Himid: Our Kisses Are Petals @ Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, Gateshead
Until 28 October 2018

Turner Prize-winner Lubaina Himid returns to Baltic Gateshead for a solo show of new work, held in the BALTIC's ground floor gallery. The kanga is a vibrant cotton fabric traditionally worn by East African women as a shawl, head scarf or baby carrier.Typically, kangas consist of three parts: the pindo (border), the mji (central motif), and the jina (message or ‘name’), which often takes the form of a riddle or proverb. Our Kisses Are Petals originates from new paintings on cloth that employ the patterns, colours and symbolism of the kanga. These multicoloured fabrics become 'speaking clothes' that employ the language of image, pattern and text through which one woman's outfit communicates with another's - similarly, Himid's works engage in a dialogue with each other and with the viewer. Visitors are invited to rearrange the conversation with a system of pulleys to form their own poetic language.

John Moores Painting Prize @ The Walker Gallery, Liverpool
Until 18 November 2018

The 60th edition of the John Moores Painting Prize is one of the most exciting of recent years. Internationally-renowned, the prize was founded in 1957 and is entered and judged anonymously - open to all UK-based artists who work in the medium of painting. The competition culminates at this exhibition, which provides a compelling cross-section of contemporary British art. Shown above is Prize Winner Jacqui Hallum's King and Queen of Wands - made from ink daubs on cotton sheets.



Doris Salcedo @ White Cube, Bermondsey
28 September - 11 November 2018

Columbian artist, Doris Salcedo, makes sculptures and installations that function as political and mental archaeology, using domestic materials charged with significance and suffused with meanings accumulated over years of use in everyday life. In this major exhibition of her work, the White Cube gallery is the setting for large-scale installations such as Palimpset (2013-17) and a new series of sculptures entitled Tabula Rasa (2018). The exhibition reflects Salcedo’s continued focus on the experience of mourning and the connection between violence, anonymity and public space. By questioning and exposing trauma and grief, her work carves a space for mourning that is poignant and insistent.

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