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April Arts Newsletter

Looking out to Lundy, 60x80cm oil on canvas
This will be going into a joint exhibition that I’m organising in early Summer, more information to come in due course…It’s April, the clocks have changed and apparently the sun might even come out in the next few days, there is much to look forward to. There are lots of exhibitions opening too, a few suggestions from me below.
Portraits of Dogs: From Gainsborough to Hockney. As a painter and lover of dogs I will definitely catch this exhibition at the Wallace Collection. The show reflects on our changing relationship and understanding of animals across the ages. There are over 50 different depictions of dogs, mostly paintings – starting from around 1700. This will be popular so I would book. Woof. Wallace Collection until 15 October

Rather outrageously Gilbert and George are opening the Gilbert and George Centre this month where you can see their art, watch their films and learn more about them. They have always slightly reminded me of Mr Wint and Mr Kidd in Diamonds are Forever: the most sinister Bond baddies ever. In a good way, obviously. Gilbert and George Centre, free

Berthe Morisot: Shaping Impressionism is a long overdue exhibition of this influential painter (the last was in 1950). As a founding member of the Impressionists, Morisot’s paintings centre on everyday scenes. Fresh research makes new comparisons in her early vs late work and paintings of women’s private spaces. Fascinating. Dulwich Picture Gallery until 10 Sept

If you’d like a bit of culture-bonding with your teen, Beyond the Streets at the Saatchi gallery could be the answer for you this Easter break. The most comprehensive exhibition on graffiti ever to take place in the UK, it encompasses work from 150 artists across 60 years and multiple cities. It’s sensory over-load and also really quite expensive (£25 per adult). If you prefer your graffiti ‘en plein air’ hike around some of London’s best street art spots instead. Saatchi Gallery until 9 May.

Lots of challenging fun was had last week at my Wallace Collection Sketching Tour. If you go and see the dogs exhibition, make sure you have time to look around the rest of the museum too. Such a fantastic collection and not too big, just lovely.
If you are interested in joining one of my future sketching tour/ workshop days then keep an eye on my Instagram account @katharine_rowe. I announce them there first.
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  1. I love the way that you have caught the light in the sea on “Looking out to Lundy”. I have stood on Gower and looked out to Lundy from the other direction too!

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