And if you’ve resolved to take in more art this year, try:
Chris Crossley & Steven Montgomery – Grand Designs – Montgomery Arts Centre – 1st-28th January
A series of paintings about the microcosmic world.
I: Eva Budweg, Qiuyuan Fu, Jodie Norton, Nastaran Samii – SIA – 14th-25th January
‘I’ brings together four female artists from four different countries who explore the diversity of female identity.
Each artist has their own distinct voice within the show and examining both the underlying theme of identity but also the extrinsic factors which assist in its construction. Religion, feminism, culture and gender are presented through the work as identity and its constructs are collectively questioned.
Small Town Inertia – Jim Mortram – Bank Street Arts – 15th January – 2nd February
Jim Mortram is an entirely self-taught photographer and full-time carer for his parents who has spent the last three years following the lives and telling the stories of several people ‘stuck in a maddeningly unbalanced position’ and living within a three mile radius of Dereham, the East Anglian market town that’s his home.
Jim notes, ’These images depict the full stop of Welfare State cuts, housing benefit cuts, loopholes and failures of systems and what happens when the heart of a community is slowly eroded. These images also depict the lives of those hanging on, bowed yet not broken, of lives where a fight to survive is very real. Fighting apathy, addiction, fighting loneliness and illness, all the while clinging to self respect, adrift in the community, in life, but not yet lost.’
Reyt in t’Face – Heartbeat Gallery – 19th January -2nd March
Reyt in t’Face is a group exhibition featuring the works of Sheffield artists Saskia Palmer, Lyn Hodnett, Rocket01, Karin Hessenberg and Lucy Allen. The exhibition explores modern and contemporary practices in the genre of portraiture. The five art-ists broaden the scope of traditional portraiture by proposing the human face and form as a starting point to examine and subvert concepts of identity, history, popular culture and cultural archetypes.
The Seven Treasures: Japanese Enamels from the V&A – Weston Park Museum – 28th January-2nd June
Between 1880 and 1910, the Japanese enamelling industry reached a level of exquisite sophistication that would later come to be regarded as a Golden Age. This exhibition showcases some of the most beautiful Japanese enamels in the V&A’s extensive collection, alongside enamels produced in Sheffield, showing different but not unrelated traditions and techniques.