The Culture24/7: Art picks for September 2011

Mark Sheerin | 31 August 2011
Film still-style photo of a man in a suit dramatically checking a mobile phone
Promotional shot from Blast Theory at Brighton Digital Festival
© Blast Theory
It’s a month of latitudinal extremes for the most interesting shows in September. Two are in Scotland, two on the south coast. But all seven are worth a look.

Brank & Heckle: Ruth Ewan, DCA, Dundee, until October 9 2011

Not the first show of the year to feature Paul Robeson, but this actor and activist was bound to feature on Ruth Ewan’s list of radical historical types. A first major UK show also brings in striking schoolchildren, rabble-rousing millworkers and witches.

Stephen Sutcliffe Runaway, Success, Stills, Edinburgh, until October 30 2011

As supercut videos fill up YouTube, lens-based gallery Stills presents an artist with as much time for VHS as movie files. British Art Show 7 curator Lisa Le Feuvre collects more than 10 films in which popular culture falters at the hands of Sutcliffe’s edit.

Transmitter / Receiver: The persistence of collage - From the Arts Council Collection, mima, Middlesbrough, until November 6 2011


Middlesbroughians will be the first to see a new touring exhibition of British collage. Work by Ben Nicholson, Roland Penrose, Richard Hamilton and at least more three present day artists demonstrates the ongoing currency of this 20th century invention.

Blk Art Group - why here, why now? Graves Gallery, Museum of Sheffield,  until March 24 2012

It is hard to imagine the 2011 UK riots throwing up an art movement, but the racial unrest of the 80s did just that. Black artists showed for the first time in cities such as Sheffield, and many of those works have been restored for this timely show. See our Curator's Choice from the show.

Camulodunum, First Site, Colchester
, from September25th 2011

Forget London this month and head for the former Roman capital of Britain. First Site is a newbuild art space set around a mosaic dating back to 200AD. New commissions, loaned work and Latin American art complement this antique exhibit.

Brighton Digital Festival, various venues, throughout September 2011

The Sussex city gets a focal festival for its web designers, games developers and other techie types. Highlights include an interactive heist on your mobile phone, courtesy of Blast Theory, and a Semiconductor show at Phoenix, where the duo are based.

John Piper in Kent & Sussex, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, until September 25 2011

What’s not to like about this landscape show which oozes affection for the Sussex and Kent countryside? Piper’s coastal scenes are especially picturesque and this survey of a 60-year career in art also comprises stage, costume, tapestry and stained glass design. See our Review.

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