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Ian Hamilton Finlay – The Courtauld Institute of Art – Symposium

The Garden at War: Deception, Craft and Reason
Stowe House, Buckingham
Saturday 8 July 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Bringing together world-leading academics, art-historians, and contemporary artists, The Courtauld Institute of Art and Aganippe Arts present a day-long symposium held at Stowe House to open the exhibition The Garden at War. The collaborative event aims to provide a forum for exploring issues and ideas raised by the exhibition on the development and relevance of Stowe and its history of neoclassicism. The primary strand of inquiry which informs the symposium concerns the use of the gardens at Stowe as a collaborative art-form. Looking at Stowe in this manner it is possible to read its design through a number of different frameworks; from the influence of the classical world, to the work of conceptual artists like Ian Hamilton Finlay, to the French landscape paintings of Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorrain.

Speakers include Stephen Bann, Joseph Black, James Cahill, Antoine Espinasseau, Patrick Eyres and Joy Sleeman. Tickets cost £16.50. For booking and full details visit The Courtauld Institute of Art website here:

Frank Walter – La Biennale di Venezia

Frank Walter: The Last Universal Man 1926–2009
Pavilion of Antigua and Barbuda
57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
13 May–22 November 2017
Curated by Barbara Paca, Ph.D.

Frank Walter: The Last Universal Man 1926–2009 marks Antigua and Barbuda’s inaugural representation at the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition invites visitors into the world of Caribbean artist Frank Walter through a selection of his paintings, sculpture, audio recordings, and writing—as well as through video exploration of his entire oeuvre. The Last Universal Man also represents a posthumous fulfilment of Walter’s intention to open his house and studio as a centre for art.

Fittingly situated in the tranquil setting of central Venice’s fifteenth-century monastery, Don Orione Artigianelli, the exhibition extends outdoors to an Antiguan garden. This sets the contemplative mood of Walter’s artistic retreat and paradisus terrestris, which he built above the southern Antiguan coastline in the last decades of his life. The artwork that once filled Walter’s house and studio is inextricable from his postcolonial experience. Yet the issues he engaged with—such as identity, memory, and environment—still resonate today.

Click on the following link to visit  Frank Walter’s artists page

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Katie Paterson – Author Handover Ceremony

Future Library – Author Handover Ceremony
2 June 2017
Nordmarka forest, Oslo, Norway

On Friday 2 June Icelandic author Sjón will be the third author to hand-over their manuscript which will be held, unread, in trust until its publication in 2114 as part of Katie Paterson’s 100 year long artwork.
The annual Ceremony takes place in Nordmarka forest, outside Oslo. The day involves a public walk into the forest, where the author gives a reading; then a question and answer event in the Deichmanske library in Oslo. The story-telling event in the forest and the in-conversation event in the library will continue for generations.

This event is free and open to all. Download directions to the Future Library forest by clicking here or visit

Future Library is commissioned and produced by Bjørvika Utvikling, managed by the Future Library Trust.
Supported by the City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs and Agency for Urban Environment.

Drawing Room – Drawing Biennial Auction

Drawing Biennial 2017
Tannery Arts, London
exhibition: 2 March – 26 April
Online auction ends 26 April 9 pm.

Drawing Biennial 2017
showcases how artists through an expansive range of method, material and conceptual properties translate their concerns into the medium of drawing. The format of the exhibition encourages highly subjective and personal responses to drawing, which is what makes this exhibition so unique. In this alphabetical hang there are some happy coincidental associations between works- that speak to one another. Inevitably, this year there are a number of works that comment on the current state of world disorder and from artists all around the world.

Including works on paper by David Batchelor, David Austen, Richard Forster, and Peter Liversidge, the online auction continues until 26th April, with 247 drawings by leading contemporary artists starting from £250. The proceeds of the Biennial auctions provide crucial funding which will enable The Drawing Room to deliver its ambitious programme over the next two years.

To view artworks and bid online please click on the following link:

Callum Innes: With Curve

Callum Innes: With Curve
Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
17  March – 29 April, 2017

The title of this major solo-exhibition by Callum Innes, With Curve, is inspired by the artist’s newest series of paintings made on large-scale, asymmetric aluminium panels. These works are a sculptural development of the site-specific, monochromatic wall paintings Innes first created for his recent survey exhibition at the De Pont Museum in Tilburg, Netherlands. Each painting is subtly distorted by an almost imperceptible curve on one or more sides. The large-scale panels both occupy and activate the walls on which they hang. The exhibitions also includes new works on paper and works from the Exposed Painting series.

For further information visit Sean Kelly Gallery website at

These Rotten Words – David Austen

These Rotten Words
18 March – 11 June 2017
Chapter, Cardiff

A group exhibition curated by George Vasey, These Rotten Words encompasses photography, painting, sculpture, sound and moving image works and focuses on the physicality of textual, gestural and vocal forms of communication. These artists call attention to the physical properties of communication: the mouth and the hand are inextricably linked and while the hand enables us to shape materials, the voice — and our use of language — offers a further tool to manipulate the world around us.

David Austen will present a text painting alongside a series of figurative watercolours. Further exhibiting artists include Rebecca Ackroyd, Johann Arens, Anna Barham, Marie-Michelle Deschamps, Foundation Press, Anneke Kampman, Joanna Piotrowska and Devlin Shea.

For further information please follow the link to he exhibition webpage:

Between poles and tides – Talbot Rice Gallery

Between poles and tides
Talbot Rice Gallery, Old College, Edinburgh
11 February – 6 May 2017

Between poles and tides is a dramatic display of work recently acquired by the University of Edinburgh. It features work by established artists, recent graduates and works connected to the Talbot Rice Gallery programme including David Batchelor, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Jonathan Owen and Katie Paterson.

For more information, visit the Talbot Rice Gallery website here:


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