Where To See Great Art Outdoors This Summer

Art School, Alice Irwin, Peeps, Trinity Buoy Wharf, Public Sculpture London
Alice Irwin: Peeps at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London: Peeps depicts a series of multi-coloured imaginary figures and reflects themes central to Irwin’s practice including the importance of play and the innocence of childhood. The sculpture was commissioned by Sky Arts, for the series Landmark. Having been exhibited in Canterbury at The Beaney, the sculpture is now on display at Trinity Buoy Wharf and can be found against the magnificent backdrop of the Thames river. Irwin's newest series for Art School can be found here.

Sculpture in the City, London: This annual exhibition uses the urban landscape to turn London’s streets into a rotating gallery space. Transforming some of the City’s most famous buildings and public spaces, the art trail spans 100 Bishopsgate to Leadenhall Market, with 19 works by some of the world’s top artists. Kicking off its 11th edition, Jocelyn McGregor’s Earthing, is now on display at Aldgate Square. Until Spring 2023.
Art School, Shelia Hicks, Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross Public Art London
Sheila Hicks: Woven Wonders at Coal Drops Yard, London: Coinciding with her first UK museum retrospective (shocking!) at the Hepworth Wakefield up in Yorkshire, Woven Wonders, brings a riot of colour and floating forms to Coal Drops yard this summer. The installation by the renowned American artist, features repurposed textiles suspended like the threads of a giant loom, echoing the textile industry's rich history in the Kings Cross area. Until October 16th. Check out the Granary Square Photography Exhibition while you’re there which is on until August 22nd.

Serpentine Pavilion, London: Designed by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, the Serpentine Pavilion 2022 Black Chapel draws inspiration from many of the architectural typologies that ground the artist’s practice. The structure, realised with the support of Adjaye Associates, appears at first to be imposing amongst the parkland setting of Kensington Gardens but this stark contrast is meant to draw people in. The artist designed the space inside to be a sanctuary for gatherings, meditation and performance and to give refuge to those escaping the sun and the worries of life. Until October 16th.
Albion Fields, Oxfordshire: Situated just outside London, Albion Fields is a new sculpture park set within 50 acres of Oxfordshire countryside. Works by Wimm Delvoye, Bernar Venet and Erwin Wurm sit between rewild fields, spanning open vistas and secluded woodland areas. Until October 2022.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield: We would be remiss if we did not mention this renowned 500-acre open-air gallery in West Yorkshire. The park’s collection of works by British and International artists, include Ai Weiwei, Henry Moore, James Turrell and Elisabeth Frink. Alongside their permanent collection they currently have multiple exhibitions on during the summer. Be sure to also check out Sheila Hicks at the nearby Hepworth Wakefield gallery if you have time.
White Cube Arley Hall & Gardens, Cheshire: White Cube hosts its first-ever sculpture exhibition to bring International Contemporary art to the historic setting of Arley Hall & Gardens. The 18th-century grounds are now home to more than 20 contemporary artworks, with visitors invited to explore the works of Isamu Noguchi, Antony Gormley and Danh Vo, all while taking in the garden’s world-famous herbaceous border. Until 29th August.
Art School, Tracey Emin, Jupiter Artland Scotland, Public Art
Tracey Emin: I Lay Here for You at Jupiter Artland, Scotland: Tracey Emin’s exhibition at Jupiter Artland brings together an extraordinary body of work spread across the park’s 100-plus acres of meadow, untamed woodland and indoor gallery space on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Described as an expression of love and hope, Emin’s selection of works which incorporate sculpture, painting and works on paper, address the power and fragility of the human form. Until 2nd October. Don’t forget to check out the Nicolas Party designed café while you’re there.

Henry Moore: Sharing Forms, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton: This major exhibition, spans six decades of the artist’s work across all five gallery spaces alongside an open-air presentation of seminal works amongst the beautiful gardens of Hauser & Wirth. Not to be missed. Until 4th September.

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