Inspired by feminism and the politics of sexual liberation, Caroline Coon’s unique paintings contest binary notions of gender and oppressive patriarchal values. Her works cover a variety of subjects including sex workers, beachgoers, intersex people, still lifes, football players and urban landscapes. All are united by Coon’s unwavering rebellion against the status quo.
‘Mixing It Up’ brings together 31 contemporary painters, spanning three generations of artists who live and work in the UK. The exhibition celebrates paintings that bring together diverse images and ideas, highlighting the UK’s emergence as a vital international centre of contemporary painting whilst reflecting the international character of the painting scene in this country.
‘Dear Christine’ aims to reclaim and reframe Christine Keeler (1942-2017), a woman castigated for her role in the notorious 'Profumo affair' in the 1960s. The presentation comprises painting, ceramics, sculpture, music, film, photography, poetry, performance, artist talks and workshops.
Major survey exhibition 'The Great Offender' brings together a lifetime of Caroline Coon's paintings and her wider interests – punk, politics and counterculture. The solo exhibition is the highlight of the gallery’s 2018 programme, ‘Perpetual Provocateurs’, presenting the voices and artists of the British counterculture curated by DuoVision.
‘No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain’ examines seven moments that have had profound effects on Britain and its people. Each moment is explored through a combination of personal stories, commentary, photography and art from established and emerging British and international artists and contributors.
This major exhibition explores the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism.
Lucy O'Brien's publication 'She Bop II The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop and Soul' is the focus of this Bookshop Gallery display. 'She Bop II' is the second, updated and revised edition of the pioneering book first published in 1995 that gave a feminist perspective and comprehensive overview of women's contribution to popular music from the early American Blues singers of the 1920s up to the present day.
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