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August Roundup

Who has exhibitions coming up? Which are the big shows you don't want to miss? We've got it all covered.

By Aimee Morris | 01 Sept 2017

August has been a whirlwind. Of school holidays and temperamental weather. Of Brexit trade negotations and talk of nuclear threats. What awaits us in September? Well we can't predict the next political upset. And BBC weather only gives us a 10-day forecast (it's looking pretty pleasant actually). What we can tell you though, is that there are some great exhibitions and activities coming up in the art world - a number of which involve our very own Rise Art artists.

Before we get into upcoming events, we do have to boast.


Artist Achievements


MonoVisions Black & White Photography Awards | Anup Shah

Kenyan born wildlife photographer Anup Shah has won the Black & White Series of the Year Prize at the 2017 MonoVisions Awards. Regular visits to the Nairobi National Park over the course of his childhood instilled in Anup a fascination with wildlife that would become the foundation of his career. 



Proud by Anup Shah


National Open Art Competition | 3 Nominees

Our very own Richard Colson, Nicola Beattie and Patricia McParlin have been shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition. The competition, now in its 21st year, accepts submissions of original artworks - specifically paintings, drawings and art photography.



(from left) Red Azalea by Richard Colson

To Sit and Dream by Nicola Beattie

Catch the World Before it Goes by Patricia McParlin


artist events and exhibitions


Christie's Charity Art Auction | Rays of Sunshine

When? 7th September, 6:30pm (online auction in session now until 4:30pm on the 7th)

Where? Christie's, 8 King Street, London

Tracey EminPeter Blake and Dave White are contributing works for Christie's upcoming benefit auction for Rays of Sunshine. See the works on auction here.


Dave White's Orangutan print is being auctioned.


Conceal / Reveal | Aisling Drennan's Debut Solo Show

When? 1st September, 12-5pm

Where? 5th Base Gallery, London

Aisling Drennan opens her debut solo show today. This is an exciting marker in the road for the Irish painter, who's known for her playful compositions and flamboyant palette. 


Look Outside Me by Aisling Drennan


Dreamers | A Group Exhibition Featuring Michelle Hold

When? 2-3rd September

Where? Moleto, Italy

Michelle Hold has organised a group show in the village of Moleto, Northern Italy. The exhibition features artists who explore states of consciousness - and Michelle's layered abstracts make a powerful addition to the artworks on display. The artist also has a solo exhibition coming up in Valenza, called 'Turning Inside'.



Power of Focussing by Michelle Hold


events to put in the diary


1. Grayson Perry @ The Serpentine (until 10th September) LAST CHANCE

Book your tickets for The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever. Because it is. You'll queue for ages.



2. Giacometti @ The Tate (until 10th September) LAST CHANCE

See the Swiss artist's famous elongated figures in the flesh. It's rare to see such an extensive collection of his sculptures and drawings. Find tickets here.



3. London Design Fair @ The Old Truman Brewery (21-24th September)

This is such a fun way to spend a day out with friends or the fam. Around 500 exhibitors from around the globe showcase all things craft. Get tickets on Eventbrite.



4. Basquiat @ The Barbican (opens 23rd September)

Boom for Real. What a title. This is the first major exhibition of Basquiat's work in the UK. Experience his bright, edgy style closeup. Buy your tickets here.


5. Jasper Johns @ The Royal Academy (opens 23rd September)

"One hopes," Jasper Johns once said, "for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least, in the work". Something Resembling Truth is set to offer an ultra-impressive collection of the American artist's paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints. 




that's all folks...

... but if you'd like to keep going, browse our Head Curator's August picks.



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