Culture 24/7: Top art exhibition recommendations around the UK for July 2013

By Mark Sheerin | 27 June 2013

It may be high summer, but there are plenty of reasons to stay indoors this July. Here's our regular pick of art exhibition highlights, from Brighton to Gateshead...

Colour photo of a mobile home on a truck bed
Site Gallery gets its show on the road with Mike Kelley© sitegallery.org
Mike Kelley, Mobile Homestead Videos, Site Gallery, Sheffield, until July 30 2013

South Yorkshire enjoys the European premiere of three films by Kelley. His unusual road trip is among the last work made before the influential artist's death last year. He tows a replica of his family home around Detroit meeting locals on the way.

Leandro Erlich: Dalston House, London, until August 4 2013

Here’s another commission, this for the Barbican. Argentinian Erlich is has a track record in captivating illusion. This time he’s working with a terrace house in Dalston, which he’s flattened and rigged with mirrors to give visitors a sense of climbing the façade.

Susie MacMurray, Fabrica, Brighton, July 6 – August 26 2013

Former classical musician MacMurray aims to give her art audiences the sensation of “playing at the centre of an orchestra”. So the forthcoming show at Fabrica immerses you in musical scores in this deconsecrated chapel, with results as ephemeral as a performance itself

Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture, Pallant House, Chichester, July 6 – October 13 2013

Collage takes many forms in this major show in West Sussex. Film, sculpture and prints were all part of Paolozzi’s inventive work. Now around 150 assemblages have been assembled, alongside Modern British Collage and its Legacy, also at Pallant.

The Hecklers, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, July 19 – September 13 2013


Playful politics are on offer in the midlands in a group show pulling in some 20 artists. Beermats designed by Bob and Roberta Smith and Gavin Turk also offer an excuse to retire to the Black Country Arms in Walsall following an uproarious exhibition.

Thomas Scheibitz: ONE-Time Pad, BALTIC, Gateshead, July 26 – November 3 2013

Mining a seam between figuration and abstraction, German artist Schiebitz produces works which can be either. More than 200 works from recent years include painting, sculpture and works on paper by this leading European figure. Check out this film for more info.

Quentin Blake: As large as Life, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, July 27 – November 3 2013

Ticking the family-friendly box, this show in Coventry showcases the talents of an artist whose work is recognised in homes up and down the land. Interestingly, Blake’s work is also often found in hospitals, where it is perceived to have therapeutic effects.

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