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Our pick of this week’s art events: 1 - 8 July

Published 1 July 2016

From gender-defying clothing to a lady hare and her Minotaur lover, we guide you through the best of this week’s art events and exhibitions.

  • Art Night

    Art Night @ ICA, London, 2 July
    Glastonbury may be over for another year, but festival season has only just begun. This weekend, London buzzes with creativity, as the city’s new contemporary arts festival, Art Night, bursts into life. Inspired by Paris’ ‘Nuit Blanche’, Art Night will see culture vultures evolve into night owls, as immersive commissions spring up in central hot spots, from Covent Garden to Charing Cross station. Hunt down performance artist Linder on the steps of the ICA, as she presents a new work accompanied by London’s LGBT-friendly chamber choir, The Fourth Choir.

  • Linder, Your actions are my dreams

    Linder, Your actions are my dreams, 2009.

    Courtesy of the artist and Stuart Shave/Modern Art, photo by Steve Tanner.

  • Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga

    October Gallery, London, until 30 July
    In his first UK solo exhibition, Congolese artist, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, casts a quizzical gaze upon the dynamic and often fraught cultures that make up his homeland. Kamuanga Ilunga explores the relationship of the Mangbetu people, a group recognisable by their cloth-bound heads, to the rise of modernisation. Visually, the paintings reference the Democratic Republic of Congo’s rich reserves of coltan – a metallic ore used in computer chips and mobile phones – which have contributed to much of the country’s ongoing conflict. The traditionally dressed figures have been ‘assembled’ so that they resemble a circuit board, but instead of a force for inclusion, here technology fosters exclusion as they sit dejected.

    There will be a talk by the artist at October Gallery on 2 July at 3pm. To reserve a place click here.

  • Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Oubliez le passé et vous perdez les deux yeux

    Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Oubliez le passé et vous perdez les deux yeux, 2016.

    Acrylic and oil on canvas. 200cm x 200cm. Photo by the artist, courtesy of October Gallery.

  • Brown’s London Art Weekend

    Hignell Gallery, London, 1 – 3 July
    As the Royal Academy gears up to play its part in Brown’s London Art Weekend, just around the corner Hignell Gallery is preparing to open its doors to sculptor Sophie Ryder. Known for her fantastical figurative sculptures of creatures with animal heads and human bodies, here Ryder presents a selection of scaled-down preliminary models and sketches from her concurrent exhibition Relationships at Salisbury Cathedral. As we enter the newly opened gallery space, we are transported to another world where Lady Hare rules with her Minotaur lover.

  • Sophie Ryder , Installation View

    Sophie Ryder, Installation View.

    Courtesy Hignell Gallery.

  • Utopian Voices Here & Now

    Somerset House, London, 6 July – 29 August
    Utopia: “An imaginary place in which the government, laws, and social conditions are perfect.”
    In the current social and political climate, Thomas More’s imagining of a utopian paradise seems more apt than ever. This year marks the 500th anniversary of More’s influential text and Somerset House have been running a year-long programme of art events in celebration. The latest exhibition, Utopian Voices Here & Now, showcases work by young, UK-based artists that challenges the viewer to question conventional ideas of gender, body, sexuality and race. Particularly pertinent at a time when gender-neutral fashion is beginning to infiltrate mainstream mentality is 2026, a collaboration between stylist Ibrahim Kamara and photographer Kristin Lee-Moolman, which uses recycled fabrics to imagine a future that doesn’t prescribe how masculinity should look.

  • Ibrahim Kamara, 2026

    Ibrahim Kamara, 2026.

    © Ibrahim Kamara.

  • New Gallery Space @ National Museum of Scotland

    National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, 8 July
    From the preserved body of Dolly the Sheep, to an Italian silk court dress. From Picasso’s Venetian glass goat, to a floral tapestry by William Morris’ daughter, May. This eclectic mix is just part of the 3,000 objects now clamouring for attention at the National Museum of Scotland, as it showcases ten new gallery spaces. The museum, which opened in 1866, is marking its 150th anniversary with a restoration of the original Victorian architecture, designed by Hoskins Architects. With four galleries dedicated to the museum’s significant decorative arts, fashion and design collection, the additional space allows for many items that have not been on display for over a generation to be seen once more.

  • May Morris, Embroidered hanging

    May Morris, Embroidered hanging, 1898-1902.

    Designed by May Morris, the daughter of William Morris. Worked by May Morris and Theodosia Middlemore for Melsetter House, Orkney..

    Tapestry. Courtesy National Museums Scotland.