The Culture24/7: Top Art Exhibitions to see in September 2012

By Mark Sheerin | 29 August 2012
Colour photo of a performer with painted face
Ben Judd's performance can be found in Whitstable this month© Ben Judd. Courtesy Whitstable Biennale.
There's a good spread of shows all around the UK mainland this month. Plus, you wait ages for a decent Biennial and two come along at once...

Whitstable Biennale, various venues, Whitstable, September 1-16 2012 (three weekends)

Younger artists are represented at this six-year-old festival, whose Italian spelling and coastal setting nods playfully in the direction of Venice. Highlights this year should include Emma Leach’s programme of performances and Patrick Staff’s series of town-wide stages.

David Blandy: Odysseys, Phoenix Brighton, Brighton, September 1-23 2012

There’s another shindig down the road in Brighton, where the city is celebrating its 2nd annual Digital Festival. Arcade games play a key role in this survey of work by video and performance artist David Blandy. Expect manga, hip hop and soul from the Street Fighting man.

Art of Change: New Directions from China, Hayward Gallery, London, September 7 – December 9 2012

The essential condition of all life is reflected in this show of major artists to come out of China since the 1980s. Which means you cannot fault the Hayward for ambition. Dancing hose pipes, silk worms and floating human beings all feature in a shifting show.

Imagine Being a World Leader, DCA, Dundee, September 8 - November 18 2012

The ongoing race for the presidency of the US offers a nice backdrop for a community arts show in Dundee. Dash Macdonald and Demitrios Kargotis have worked with kids from Blackness Primary School and the results should be more inspiring and endearing than Obama Vs Romney.

Liverpool Biennial, various venues, Liverpool, September 15 - November 25 2012

You could spend the rest of September in Liverpool and still not see everything in the UK’s largest art biennial. But if only there for a day or a weekend, get started with Doug Aitken’s film and pavilion, the John Moores Painting Prize and Bloomberg New contemporaries.

The Future's Not What It Used To Be, Chapter, Cardiff, September 20 -  November 4 2012

Chapter pulls out all the stops with a show that breaks out of the gallery into the café and a lightbox in the arts centre window. Once again the theme is ambitious (time), the media is mixed, but the line up is tight and includes Susan Hiller and Jeremy Millar.

John Court, Spacex, Exeter, September 29 – November 24 2012

There’s some good old fashioned durational performance work in place at Spacex as John Court endeavours to stand still for an eight-hour stretch. Elsewhere, you can see drawings by the Finland-based artist who came to use the medium as a way of dealing with his dyslexia.

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