Our Hot List: UK Spring/Summer 2020 Exhibitions

Between now and the summer, there’s a rich bounty of art exhibitions blooming in galleries around the country. From far-flung places such as St. Ives in the South West of England, right up to Aberdeen in the North East of Scotland; and from Llandudno in North Wales, across to Cambridge in the East of England.

We have a selection of beautiful publications relevant to all of these exhibitions, particularly the artists themselves. What’s more, we’re delighted to be the distributor of the official catalogues (published by Hayward Publishing) for the first two group exhibitions on the list below.


Among the Trees at Hayward Gallery, London (4 March – 17 May)

“This exhibition brings together artworks that explore our relationships with trees and forests. Beginning with pioneering works from the late 1960s – a decade that saw the emergence of the modern environmental movement – Among the Trees surveys a remarkably expansive artistic terrain, including sculpture, painting, installation, video and photography.” 

We recommend — Among the Trees 


Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945 at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (4 April – 16 June)

“This major Arts Council Collection survey exhibition seeks to redefine post-war British sculpture by presenting a diverse range of work by artists identifying as women.” 

We recommend — Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945


Linder Sterling: Linderism at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (15 February – 26 April)

“A new solo exhibition of work by Linder. Most well known for her photomontage, this exhibition explores the diverse range of Linder’s practice. It explores Linder as performance artist, zine-maker, musician, documentary-photographer, collaborator, muse, guru, medium and body-builder.” 

We recommend — Linder 


Steve McQueen: Year 3 at Tate Britain, London (until 3 May)

“Turner Prize-winning artist and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen unveils his epic portrait of London’s Year 3 pupils. Explored through the vehicle of the traditional school class photograph, this vast new art work is one of the most ambitious portraits of children ever undertaken in the UK.”

We recommend — Steve McQueen: Giardini Notebook


Theaster Gates: Amalgam at Tate Liverpool (until 3 May)

“The first major UK exhibition of American artist Theaster Gates. The exhibition takes the history of Malaga as its point of departure. During the 19th century, this small island off the coast of Maine, USA, was home to an ethnically-mixed community. In 1912, on the orders of the state governor, Malaga’s inhabitants were forcibly removed to the mainland. They were offered no housing, jobs or support.”

We recommend — Theaster Gates: Black Madonna


Haegue Yang at Tate St. Ives (23 May – 11 October)

“Major exhibition of existing and new work by South Korean artist Haegue Yang, renowned for her vast and non-binary artistic languages. The materiality and aesthetics of her work are derived from her inventive methods, from using industrial and everyday materials to labour-intensive and craft-based procedures that create creature-like sculptures.” 

We recommend — Haegue Yang: Accommodating the Epic Dispersion


Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years at The Holburne Museum, Bath (24 January – 25 May)

“The first exhibition to survey Grayson Perry’s earliest forays into the art world will re-introduce the explosive and creative works he made between 1982 and 1994. These ground-breaking ‘lost’ pots will be reunited for the first time to focus on the formative years of one of Britain’s most recognisable artists.” 

We recommend — Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences 


Sheila Hicks at The Hepworth, Wakefield (24 June – 7 October)

“Sheila Hicks is one of the world’s foremost artists and sculptors working with textiles, fibre, colour and form. Drawing together over 70 pieces from international public and private collections, this major exhibition will explore the many facets of Hicks’ ground-breaking work…”

We recommend — Sheila Hicks: A Matter of Scale


Martin Parr in Wales at National Museum Wales, Cardiff (until 4 May)

“Martin Parr… has always been drawn to Wales, having lived just over the border in nearby Bristol for thirty years. Throughout that time, he has undertaken several editorial and cultural commissions, covering subjects from working men’s clubs to coal mining. This exhibition brings together, for the first time, works that explore different aspects of Welsh life and culture, from male voice choirs and national sports to food, festivals and the seaside.”

We recommend — Martin Parr: Return to Manchester 


Kiki Kogelnik: Riot of Objects at Mostyn, Llandudno (14 March – 5 July)

“Riot of Objects is the first institutional presentation in the UK to focus on Kiki Kogelnik’s ceramic works. Considered one of the key figures of the post-war avant-garde, Kogelnik’s multidisciplinary oeuvre spans five decades. Her multi-faceted artistic style evolved from painterly abstraction to Pop Art and the representation of the (female) body.”

We recommend — Kiki Kogelnik: Fly Me to the Moon 


Haroon Mirza: Waves and Forms at Aberdeen Art Gallery (21 March – 7 June)

“Waves and Forms is the first major solo show of Haroon Mirza’s work in Scotland. The exhibition highlights the artist’s ongoing exploration of waveforms: how they are perceived, the emotional and physical responses they create and the various ways in which we relate to them.” 

We recommend — Haroon Mirza: Movement 1


Image credit: Myoung Ho Lee, Tree...#2 (detail), 2011. Featured in the exhibition, Among the Trees at Hayward Gallery, London.
Posted on 6th February 2020
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