The Culture24/7: Top art exhibitions to see during July 2012

By Mark Sheerin | 30 June 2012
Colour photo of a tapestry featuring a club singer with fans against an industrial backdrop
Grayson Perry, The Agony in the Car Park, 2012© Grayson Perry. Courtesy Victoria Miro

One benefit of this mixed weather must be increased gallery attendance. And so this July here are seven more handpicked exhibitions where you might want to go when it rains.


Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences, Victoria Miro, London, until August 11 2012

Although this show was heavily trailed in Perry’s three part Channel 4 documentary on class, Victoria Miro deserve the crowds which his six tapestries and three or four new vases have been drawing. Nearby Islington surely features in the 'middle' bracket.

Stanya Kahn: It’s cool, I’m good, Cornerhouse, Manchester, until September 16, 2012

The acid colours and DIY feel of Khan’s title film may recall that of artworld sensation Ryan Trecartin. But this tale of a rogue hospital patient follows its own bleakly comic road. Her first UK solo show includes four films, with new commission Who Do You Think You Are

John Gerrard, Exercise (Djibouti), The Old Power Station, Oxford, July 7 – July 29 2012

Gerrard’s cinematic installation in Oxford will come as close as any to an autocritique of the London 2012 festival. His durational, virtual footage of US troops training in the horn of Africa forms basis for an exploration of links between sports, dance and military training.

Rebecca Chesney: Hope's Whisper, South Square, Bradford, July 7 – July 29 2012

The delicate Bronte sisters really did suffer from the Yorkshire climate, and of course weather found its way into their books. Now Chesney sets out to compare daily conditions in present day Haworth with their letters along with the stories which made their name.

The Bruce Lacey Experience, Camden Arts Centre, London, July 7 – September 16 2012

Expect much sixties zaniness from this octogenarian artist who once teamed up with the Beatles and the Goons. Highlights promise to be his robot collection. And the hand of co-curator Jeremy Deller is sure to be felt in this celebration of the most folky of artists.

Keith Coventry: Black Bronze White Slaves, The Bowes Museum, Durham, July 14 – September 16 2012


This is not what you would expect from bronze. Coventry has updated the classical medium with new works such as Looted Shop Front Kebab Machine and Crack Pipe. So watch art history clash with recent history in a rare three dimensional show from the painter.

Thomas Houseago: Where the Wild Things Are, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, July 31 2012 until January 27th 2013

Houseago is another who puts a contemporary spin on traditional materials. Works in bronze and plaster nod to Moore and Epstein, both in the Sainsbury collection. But the LA-based artist employs a rough finish and visceral immediacy that are all his own.

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