Can't Make it to Venice? Check Out These 5 Related Events A Little Closer to Home

By Kate Perutz

Can’t make it to the opening of the 57th International Art Exhibition for the Venice Biennale this week? Kate Perutz suggests exhibitions and events closer to home so you can engage with the happenings in Venice without having to dig out your passport.

Geta Brătescu

The Studio: A Tireless, Ongoing Space at the Camden Arts Centre

Fri 7 April – Sun 18 June 2017

Installation view of Geta Brătescu: The Studio: A Tireless, Ongoing Space at Camden Arts Centre (2017).
Installation view of Geta Brătescu: The Studio: A Tireless, Ongoing Space at Camden Arts Centre, 2017. Photo: Damian Griffiths. Courtesy Camden Arts Centre.

The 91-year-old artist Geta Bratescu is representing her home country, Romania, at the Biennale. Those in London can catch her first London show at the Camden Arts Centre which explores the role of the studio as a space for critical reflection. Exhibited works represent the full range of her multidisciplinary practice, with textiles, drawings, photography, installation, collage and film on display. 

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Gabriel Orozco

Designed Garden at the South London Gallery

Permanent display open every weekend

South London Gallery garden by Gabriel Orozco (2016).
South London Gallery garden by Gabriel Orozco, 2016. © Gabriel Orozco. Photo: Andy Stagg.

Gabriel Orozco’s work features in the biennale’s Arsenale exhibition, VIVA ARTE VIVA, curated by Christine Macel. If you haven’t been yet, this provides an ideal excuse to visit his garden designed for the South London Gallery. Circular forms, a central motif in Orozco’s work, abound in the garden - multilevel swirls of brick form seating, planters and water butts. Built with the support of the horticulturists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, this spot is a calming cultural oasis.

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Phyllida Barlow

ARTIST ROOMS at Turner Contemporary, Margate

Sat 27 May – Sun 24 Sep 2017

In Venice, Phyllida Barlow has packed the six rooms of the British Pavilion with her monumental sculpture. To mark the occasion Turner Contemporary in Margate is showing a taster selection of her works from the ARTIST ROOMS collection and it’s only a train ride, rather than a flight, away. The show will include Barlow’s work untitled: upturnedhouse, 2, 2012, a large-scale sculpture of an inverted house cobbled together from recycled materials, as well as other sculptures and selected drawings made throughout her career.

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Venice Agendas, London Exhibition: 'The Contract'


Thu 4 May – Fri 26 May 2017

Carey Young, Artistic Licence (2005), exhibition image, DACS London 4 - 26 May 2017.
Carey Young, Artistic Licence, 2005, exhibition image, DACS London 4 - 26 May 2017.

Venice Agendas returns in 2017 with a number of events across London, Venice, Margate and Folkestone including an exhibition, a publication, talks and performances, all of which explore the concept of the contract. This year’s programme kicks off with an exhibition in London at DACS including artworks by Keith Arnatt, Hollis Frampton, Hew Locke, Donald Rodney, Monica Ross and Carey Young and is curated by Gilane Tawadros.

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Chris Ofili

'Weaving Magic' at the National Gallery

Wed 26 April – Mon 28 August 2017

Installation view of Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic, National Gallery, 26 April – 28 August 2017.
Installation view of Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic, National Gallery, 26 April – 28 August 2017. © Chris Ofili. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London, The Clothworkers’ Company and Dovecot Tapestry Studio, Edinburgh. Photo: Gautier Deblonde.

Chris Ofili’s exhibition of works on paper, Poolside Magic, is the inaugural show at Victoria Miro’s new Venice space. Luckily for those in London, the Turner Prize-winning artist’s first tapestry, The Caged Bird’s Song, 2014 - 2017, is also currently the subject of the Weaving Magic show at the National Gallery. Hand-woven by the renowned Edinburgh-based Dovecot Tapestry Studio, this is Ofili’s first ever tapestry. Preparatory works on paper have also been selected by the artist to accompany the exhibition.

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Want more ideas of what to do in London in May? Check out our May Round-Up.

Kate Perutz is Head of Operations for Artworks London.

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