July Monthly Arts Round-Up


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Well, the first half of 2020 is officially in the rear-view mirror (phew!) and the summer season is upon us. 

Here in the UK we are ever-so-warily beginning to crawl from out our enforced hibernation; and with word now that many ‘non-essential’ establishments such as pubs, restaurants and cafés will be allowed to invite patrons in again as of Saturday July 4th, many of us are salivating over the prospect of seeing friends in the flesh for the first time in months. Pair that with the news now that museums and galleries are also scheduling dates to reopen their doors again this month and it’s hard not to contain our jubilation. 

Commencing this July, Chrom-Art will be compiling a monthly round-up of news, events, exhibitions and screenings that you can catch either online or out in the field. Later in the month we will also spotlight one of these events, exhibitions or artists with an in-depth discussion or interview. So watch this space, as there is certain to be a treasure trove of goodies to stay inspired. 

Sunil Gupta, ‘Untitled’ from the series ‘Christopher Street’ -1976

Leading the artistic charge this month is Barbican Centre and Whitechapel Gallery; who have both announced dates for their reopening to the public. Scheduled to launch on Monday July 13 is Barbican’s Masculinities: Liberation through Photography – a brand new exhibition exploring through film and photography how masculinity has played out in society from the 1960s to the present day.

The following day, over at Whitechapel Gallery it will be business as usual, with their spring exhibitions program being extended to run through the summer. This is an opportunity for those who may not have already had the chance to see the various works and figurative paintings of Radical Figures, the installations and architectural environment of artist Carlos Bunga, or the final instalment of Spain’s heralded la Caixa Collection of Contemporary Art. For more information on Radical Figures, you can read our previous article here.


Scheduled to reopen its doors for late July, you can still keep up to date with Tate Modern – who are running their Uniqlo Tate Late Nights on their digital platform, with their next show to air on Friday July 3. This online series of talks, workshops, music and more features artists including Ajamu X, Wednesday Holmes, Ashton Attz. Their Late at Tate Britain event is also scheduled for July 17, so keep an eye out in the coming week for more information on that too. 

‘Bodybuilder with a Bra’ – 1990 Ajamu X

Over at Autograph Gallery’s blog you can tune in to multidisciplinary artist Sharif Persaud’s video diary, for Out and About on Lockdown; a series of short films in collaboration with Project Art Works (PAW), that follow Persaud as he adapts to life post-Covid. Autograph had planned for the young autistic painter and filmmaker’s first solo exhibition to be held at their gallery, however the pandemic had forced them to close their doors and postpone the show. 

 Scheduled too for Tuesday July 14, is a free online event headed by arts directors, community activists and artists – who will be discussing how Coronavirus has impacted disability activism, rights for neuro-minorities and socially engaged artistic practices. Rights in Light of Covid-19: Disability Justice forms part of Autograph’s online series exploring human rights issues in light of Covid-19. More information on this can be found on their website.

‘Night Talk’ by Jiab Prachakul

For a glimpse at some of the year’s most notable contemporary portrait paintings, be sure to catch the virtual walk-through exhibition for the 2020 BP Portrait Award on National Portrait Gallery’s homepage. The gallery is currently closed, however until 2023, whilst essential building works and refurbishment take place.

Also worth mentioning this month is Collective Ending’s first major show at their new HQ, A Land of Incomparable Beauty – which kicks off on July 11, and features work from a number of prominent young artists. In collaboration too with Somerset House, is the Courtauld Institute of Art’s first online exhibition curating the student’s collected works for Unquiet Moments: Capturing the Everyday. Spanning 4-centuries of artistic practice, this new digital programme features over 30 major works from the seventeenth century to the present day.

‘Boundary II’ -2000 Barbara Walker


For those of you after something different, commencing July 3 on Zoom and running for six consecutive Fridays is The Body Series; a string of creative workshops hosted by artist Natasha Muluswela that endeavour to explore the complex relationship we have with our bodies. Sessions will be varied week-to-week, and will include a variety of mediums such as painting, collage and charcoal drawing. You can find more information or purchase tickets for The Body Series here.

Article written by Sonny Arifien @sonnyandhispen


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