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Dora Carrington, Iris Tree on a Horse, courtesy The Ingram Collection

What’s on in November 2016: the best C20 architecture, art and design

Century: 100 Modern British Artists
Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, from 23 October to 8 January 2017
Curator James Russell presents a thematic collection of 20th century works by famous and lesser-known British artists (including Dora Carrington’s painting, above). Watercolours from the 20s and 30s and British sculpture from the 1952 Venice Biennale are just two aspects of an exhibition that promises to be ‘wide-ranging and fun’. More.

Heath Robinson At War
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner, Middx, from 15 October to 8 January 2017
His name is synonymous with extraordinary inventions, but this new museum reveals the versatility of William Heath Robinson (1872–1944) as an artist, illustrator and humorist. A separate display of more than 60 artworks, magazines and books reveals his unique contribution to the propaganda campaign in both World Wars. More.

Well Built: Designing for Health and Wellbeing in Architecture
Museum of Architecture, London, from 1 to 29 November FREE ENTRY
From hospitals and workplaces to schools and housing, this month-long show examines new and more integrated approaches to health and wellbeing in all areas of the built environment. Projects range from pop-up cultural centres for the elderly to alternative healthcare spaces and floating lidos. More.

The Mythic Method: Classicism in British Art 1920–1950
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, from 22 October to 19 February 2017
How modern British artists and sculptors, including William Roberts, Wyndham Lewis and Frank Dobson, adapted elements of classical myths and ideals to create a ‘return to order’ in the aftermath of the First World War. More.

Shaping Ceramics: From Lucie Rie to Edmund de Waal
Jewish Museum, London, from 10 November to 26 February 2017
Grete Marks, Hans Coper and Lucy Rie were among the pioneering Jewish émigré ceramicists of the mid-20th century. This exhibition examines the work of 13 artists, who used European modernism to forge a sophisticated new style in British studio pottery. More.

City Sculpture Projects 1972
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, from 24 November to 19 February 2017 FREE ENTRY
Historic England’s Out There: Our Post-War Public Art exhibition, at Bessie Surtees House in Newcastle until 23 December, highlights the City Sculpture Projects from 1972, which brought large-scale works like Nicholas Monro’s imposing fiberglass King Kong to eight cities in England and Wales. This new exhibition uses sculptures, maquettes and archival material to examine the ambitious and controversial project. More.

Still showing
Ardizzone: A Retrospective
House of Illustration, London, from 23 September to 15 January 2017
Former C20 Society Chairman Alan Powers has co-curated the first major exhibition of illustrator Edward Ardizzone’s work for 40 years. You can see more than 100 pieces, including the manuscript for Little Tim, poster designs, mural artwork and sketchbooks. More.

We Live in the Office
RIBA, London, from 22 September to 5 February FREE ENTRY
This site-specific installation by multi-disciplinary artist Giles Round turns the RIBA gallery into a production studio and shop, exploring the tension between the changing interior and static exterior of buildings. More.

Paul Nash
Tate Britain, London, from 26 October to 5 March 2017
Renowned as a surrealist and a war artist, Paul Nash was fascinated and influenced by the landscapes and ancient past of Britain. This wide-ranging exhibition covers his earliest drawings through to his final works from the Second World War. More.

You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966–1970
V&A, London, from 10 September to 27 February 2017
From psychedelia to the ‘Space Race’, via Carnaby Street, Paris and Woodstock, this exploration of a turbulent and influential era explores the concept of revolution on many different levels. More.


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