Autumn has well and truly arrived, and although the evenings may be drawing in there are plenty of inspiring exhibitions on at the moment to draw you out. Here’s our pick of the arts this month:
Threadneedle Prize: Figurative Art Today
Mall Galleries, London
Awarded for contemporary figurative and representational art, the Threadneedle Prize is one of the most prestigious annual art prizes in the UK. With over 60 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, it gives an exhilarating overview of new directions in contemporary practice. Not to be missed is installation artist James Tailor’s striking acrylic awning installation, whose work will also be featured at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea in October as part of the Recent Graduates’ Exhibition. Make sure you remember to vote for your favourite piece to win the Visitor’s Choice Prize too!
25 September – 11 October 2014, 10am – 5pm
Tate Britain, London
This week sees the opening of the 2014 shortlist exhibition of the coveted and controversial Turner Prize. The four shortlisted artists include Duncan Campbell and James Richards, both of whom present challenging works in film, Ciara Phillips, who showcases her distinctive printmaking practices and Tris Vonna-Michell who develops intriguing stories through audio recordings and live performance. Always an exciting exhibition date for the diary!
£11 adults, booking advised
30 September 2014 – 4 January 2015
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014
The Royal Observatory Greenwich
For the stargazers amongst you, the Royal Observatory is holding its annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition – showcasing incredible images taken by photographers from around the world. The exhibition really will leave you star-struck as you gaze upon images of eclipses, star trails, the solar system and planets as you’ve never seen them before.
Until 24 February 2015, 10am – 5pm
Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War
Imperial War Museum
On a blustery Sunday, what better way to spend an afternoon than wandering around the recently renovated Imperial War Museum? Newly opened after a lengthy sabbatical, the museum is now fresh and light, and its current exhibition marks the Centenary of the First World War. A thought-provoking combination of art and history, ‘Truth and Memory’ explores the dual perspectives of war art. Split across two galleries, the first tackles art produced during the war, the second art produced in retrospect. With work from well known artists such as Paul Nash, as well as from others you may not have come across, this exhibition takes an insightful look at the impact of war on the artists who experienced it.
Open daily, 10am – 6pm
Malevich: Revolutionary of Russian Art
Tate Modern, London
If you haven’t been yet, don’t miss your last chance to see ‘Malevich’ – the widely acclaimed blockbuster show at Tate Britain closing this month. In the first ever retrospective of the Russian artist in the UK, Malevich’s work is used as a visual map to trace the turbulent period of Russian and world history in the early-twentieth century. If you only associate Malevich with his infamous ‘Black Square’ – then think again – you’ll be amazed at the power, colour, and complexity of his artistic output. Definitely worth a visit!
£14.50 adults, booking advised
Until 26 October 2014
Quentin Blake, Inside Stories
House of Illustration, Kings Cross
Whether it’s the BFG, Matilda, or Esiotrot, everyone has a favourite Roald Dahl character bought to the life by the drawings of the wondrous Quentin Blake. An inspiration to writers and illustrators alike, Blake’s work is the centrepiece of this charming show where we see his early sketches take their recognisable forms. The exhibition also features his lesser-known, more recent collaborations with writers such as David Walliams and Michael Rosen, giving us an illuminating insight into the relationship between artist and illustrator, and the processes that link the first drawings to the final form. A brilliant show about a much-loved illustrator – highly recommended!
£7 adults, £4 child
Until 2 November 2014