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Little Wharfe by Sheila Bownas

What’s on in December 2017: the best C20 architecture, art and design

Our latest round-up highlights exhibitions outside London, with sculpture, paintings and textiles by Jean Arp, David Bomberg, Kaffe Fassett and Sheila Bownas.

Sheila Bownas: A Yorkshire Life in Pattern
Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, until 7 January 2018 FREE ENTRY

Sheila Bownas (1925–2007) was best known for her colourful, mid-century textile designs for Liberty and Marks & Spencer. This exhibition includes other works discovered since her death, including portraits, still lifes and landscapes of the Yorkshire countryside she loved, such as Little Wharfe, above. More

Arp: the Poetry of Forms
Turner Contemporary, Margate, until 14 January 2018

More than 70 sculptures, drawings, wood reliefs and collages by the German-French artist Jean Arp explore his role in Surrealism, Dada and Abstraction. More

Kaffe Fassett’s Colour at Mottisfont
Mottisfont, Romsey, Hampshire, until 14 January 2014

Textile artist Kaffe Fassett has selected 70 of his colourful pieces, ranging from quilts and cushions to needlepoint and vases. The rooms are themed by colour groups, covering the spectrum from spring greens and sunny yellows to rich shades of red. More

Percy Kelly – Line of Beauty: a Retrospective
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle, until 28 January 2018

This retrospective of the varied work of Cumbrian artist Percy Kelly (1918–93) features watercolours, prints and charcoals of local landscapes and life. More

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, until 4 February 2018

Marking the 60th anniversary of David Bomberg’s death, this exhibition explores the artist’s Jewish upbringing, his contribution to pre-war British modernism and his role as a war artist in both World Wars. Bomberg’s landscape paintings in Palestine and Spain are also featured. More

RIBA North, Liverpool, until 19 February 2018 FREE ENTRY

Find out how traditional ceramic techniques and digital engineering can be combined to produce meaningful and sustainable architectural features, such as light-diffusing façades and ceilings. More

Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, until 18 March 2018 FREE ENTRY

A selection of cut-out figures from Turner-Prize winner Lubaina Himid’s installation, Naming the Money, tell the individual stories of slaves from the 18th and 19th centuries. You can also see watercolours by Himid and her choice of works by other women artists. More

Still showing

Tove Jansson (1914–2001)
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, from 25 October to 28 January 2018

Renowned as the creator of the Moomins, Tove Jansson was also an exceptional illustrator and painter. This exhibition of more than 150 works celebrates the wide-ranging talents of one of Finland’s best-loved artists. More

Designs on Britain
Jewish Museum, London, from 19 October to 15 April 2018

From Tom Karen’s Marble Run toy to posters by Hans Schleger, FHK Henrion and Dorrit Dekk, Jewish émigré designers revolutionised post-war British design. More

Susannah Straughan


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