Culture Diary w/c 09-01-2017

A brand new year, a brand new culture diary — and most of it’s free! Our pick of this week’s arts, design, film and music events from around the UK… 

Monday – Exhibition OpeningProject Space: Soheila Sokhanvari, Paradise Lost 10am—5pm @ Jerwood Visual Arts, London — FREE

Crude oil and gold is the palette of choice for artist Soheila Sokhanvari: depicting both her personal history and political events in the Middle East via blurry, delicate drawings of family photographs taken in Iran before a relocation to Britain. See it until 13 May.

Tuesday – Bowie by Duffy 10am–7pm @ Proud Chelsea, London — FREE

See David Bowie the way that fashion photographer Brian Duffy (Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar) saw him… A collection of images taken over a prolific eight year period, this is the last remaining signed collection of Duffy’s Bowie shots, including that superb Aladdin Sane album cover (pictured, below). See it until 5 Feb.

David Bowie as Aladdin Sane. Photography by Brian Duffy

Wednesday – Beyond Boundaries: Art By Email 10am–4pm @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield — FREE

What happens when artists can’t travel? They send email… Responding to YSP’s callout for artworks that shared the political and social realities of living in the Middle East and North Africa, expect photography, film, performance and one 3D-printed sculpture from 16 very different artists, that showcase “resilience, hope and creativity”.

Thursday – Exhibition Opening: Ruby Tingle: The Land Is 6—9pm @ PAPER Gallery, Manchester — FREE

Planning a series of in-gallery “living portraits” – accompanied by live music and set within three-dimensional collage installations – expect to experience an invented natural history and alternate folklore through Tingle’s amateur naturalist character. Until 18 Feb.

Jake and Dinos Chapman, Sad Presentiments of What Must Come to Pass (2003)

Exhibition Opening: People Never Notice Anything 6—9pm @ Guest Projects, London – FREE

“I want art to become a facilitator for recovery”: so said Broken Grey Wires artist/founder Lizz Brady when we interviewed her back in 2015. A collaborative project challenging ideas around mental health via contemporary art, Brady’s first major exhibition features an impressive line-up — including Jake and Dinos Chapman (pictured, above) and David Shrigley. Don’t miss the accompanying exhibition workshops on 23 Jan at The Dragon Café; see the show until 26 Jan.

Paul Lewis Plays Mozart 7.30pm @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall — £15/£20/£26/£32/£42

Expect joyous renditions of Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Liszt’s “barnstorming” Les Préludes (Mozart’s final piano concerto) – the perfect way to welcome in 2017. Until 13 Jan.


Friday – Ferens Art Gallery Reopens @ Hull — FREE

Founded by politician, women’s rights campaigner and industrialist, Thomas Robinson Ferens (pictured, above), the Ferens Art Gallery reopens in Hull this week after a lengthy £4.5m refurb. Housing the town’s treasures, a trip to see this loving makeover is a great way to start your experience of the 2017 City of Culture Award. Clue up on Ferens’ legacy, plus a newly conserved 14th-century acquisition: Pietro Lorenzetti’s panel painting, Christ between Saints Paul and Peter.

Manchester By The Sea (2016) @ Picturehouse Cinemas Nationwide — Ticket Prices Vary

Starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s new drama (trailer, top) is his third feature in 16 years; and is looking to be worth the wait. Expect the story of a reclusive man handling the sudden death of his much loved older brother, and, more challenging, discovering that he is now legal guardian of his teenage nephew.

Esther Hovers, False Positives Overview E – Timeframe 6 min. 02, 2015. Courtesy of the artist. Holden Gallery, Manchester, 2016

Exhibition Opening: Glut: Images, Information & Excess 5.30—7.30pm @ The Holden Gallery, Manchester — FREE

How has our relationship to the image changed in recent years? Expect artists Viktoria Binschtok, James Bridle, Esther Hovers (pictured, above), James Richards, Thomson and Craighead to tackle themes of (in)visibility, surveillance, data capture and appropriation head-on. Until 3 March.

Saturday – Corridor8 Publication and Website Launch @ The Tetley, Leeds — FREE

Our friends have a brand website and limited edition publication to celebrate… Join Corridor8 magazine this weekend for a few drinks to mark a rebrand, and the end of an inaugural writer-in residence project at the Leeds-based art space.

Laura Robertson, Editor

Posted on 08/01/2017 by thedoublenegative