Private View Tomorrow:
Grayson Perry: The Life of Julie Cope
First Site, Colchester. Private view Friday 17 November, 6-9pm.
Exhibition open until 18 February 2018
Grayson Perry: The Life of Julie Cope is a unique presentation consisting of tapestries, woodcuts, ceramics and tiles designed by the Turner Prize-winning artist for A House for Essex (2015), the building designed by the artist in collaboration with Charles Holland of FAT Architecture.
A House for Essex serves as a secular chapel to the memory of a fictional Essex woman, Julie Cope, created by Perry. Situated overlooking the scenic Stour Estuary in the village of Wrabness in north-east Essex, the House is both an artwork in itself, and the setting for a number of artworks by Perry that explore the special character and unique qualities of the county.
More details on the website here.
Member’s Show selected by Andy Holden
Outpost Gallery, Norwich
10 November – 17 December
Full details on their website.
Chris Dobrowolski: Remnants of Utopia
Art Exchange, Colchester
16 November – 16 December
Taking inspiration from their focus on the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Chris Dobrowolski brings together an exhibition in which scenes from the former Soviet Union are played out in front of us.
May Day parades, Soviet Agit-train and Siberian winters come to life in dioramas that fill the gallery space. A complex array of mechanisms are incorporated to set the scene, with a ‘make do and mend’ aesthetic that would have gone down well in post-war Russia. Dobrowolski’s thoughtful insights distil distance between communism and capitalism, as we are brought up straight by references to life in the UK today.
More info on their website.
Wysing Arts Centre launches their annual Open Call for residencies for 2018 – Deadline: Monday 11 December 2017.
Wysing are taking a different programming approach during 2018 and have changed how they structure artist residencies. Instead of offering a fixed timeframe and fee, they want to enable residencies that might last a weekend, a month, two months, a year, or over multiple visits; however long artists think they need. There is no fixed number of residencies in mind and they will shape next year’s programme in response to the open call.
More information here
New Geographies Artist Open Call
East CVAN received just over 265 nominations from the public for artists to respond to overlooked or forgotten sites in the East of England. They are now seeking expressions of interest from artists who have experience of working with community engagement and/or in the public realm in response to places or sites.
The call is open to artists living and working both nationally and internationally and they are aiming to appoint ten artists to the project. Delivered by the nine ECVAN core partners, they envisage that each commission will be different but that all will in some way respond to the nominated locations on the map on the website here, and the stories shared; responses to individual locations, themes or other unexpected connections could be realised.
The full artist brief is on the website www.newgeographies.uk and the deadline for expressions of interest is Sunday 28 January 2018