Culture 24/7: the top art exhibitions to see around the UK in November 2013

By Mark Sheerin | 29 November 2013

If Frieze Art Fair is yesterday's news, public galleries up and down the country continue to deliver the goods. Winter approaches, but from Chichester to Scarborough there are plenty of seasonal consolations...

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Sean Scully: Triptychs, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, November 2 2013 – January 26 2014

Take away the figures from a three-panelled altarpiece and what are you left with? The answer can be found at Pallant House, where they devote a whole show to the abstract triptcychs of Irish American painter Sean Scully, including major new acquisition, Dark Pink Triptych.

Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789–2013, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, November 9 – February 2 2014


Liverpool is a natural home for any show about left wing art. But the surprise is just how far back this tradition goes: from the French Revolution through to May '68. With its avant-garde roots, modern art is often callled left wing. Here are some of the reasons why.

Painting Now: Five Contemporary Artists, Tate Britain, London, November 12 2013 – February 9 2014

By choosing five well-established painters, Tate sidesteps the problems that face more populated survey shows. So this line-up includes Tomma Abts, Gillian Carnegie,  Simon Ling, Lucy McKenzie and Catherine Story: all born between 1967-77 and at the top of their game.

Turner and the Sea, National Maritime Museum, London, November 22 – April 21 2013

Given his enduring fame, there is a sense of déjà vu about a major Turner show. Indeed, this one features the nation’s favourite painting (The Fighting Temeraire) and Keelman Heaving Coals by Moonlight, recently sighted at the National Gallery. But familiarity may be no bad thing.

The Art Party Conference 2013, Scarborough Spa, Scarborough, November 23 2013

Promising an "antidote to all other conferences", the Art Party bash in Scarborough is less likely to provoke despair. But with many artists in attendance, plus reps from ACE, the Art Fund, NSEAD and DACS, Bob and Roberta Smith's event is more serious than it first appears.

Llareggub: Peter Blake illustrates Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff, November 23 2013 – March 16 2014

Blake has been working around "play for voices" Under Milk Wood for 25 years. Now his project culminates with the 100 year celebration of writer Dylan Thomas’s birth. The new show at Cardiff features pencil drawings, watercolours and collage. Literature lovers, expect a treat.

‘A New Reality’: Part 1, The Tetley, Leeds, November 29 2013 - February 28 2014   

Leeds gets a new and much-needed space for contemporary art, and so The Tetley celebrates with a show about the building itself. Once a brewery, with plenty of art deco style the new gallery will be christened by half a dozen artists and curated by Project Space Leeds.

What are you looking forward to this month? Leave a comment below.

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