Artlyst has selected twelve art exhibitions that will take place out of London and around the UK during 2023. If you didn’t get a chance to visit last year’s Venice Biennale, Turner Contemporary is staging Sonia Boyce’s Golden Lion-winning installation. 2023 is a Liverpool Biennial year where the largest festival of contemporary art takes place at Tate Liverpool and various venues around the city. The Turner Prize exhibition will take place at the Towner Eastbourne and a new world-class cultural space, Factory International, opens in Manchester with a new Yayoi Kusama immersive exhibition.
Sonia Boyce: Feeling Her Way
4 February – 8 May 2023
Turner Contemporary is going to show Sonia Boyce’s exhibition Feeling Her Way, which won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia last year.
Commissioned by the British Council for the British Pavilion, the installation combines video, collage, music and sculpture to present a body of work that centres around the vocal experimentation of five Black female musicians.
Lucie Rie: The Adventure of Pottery
4 March 2023 – 25 June 2023,
The exhibition celebrates one of the most significant potters of the twentieth century and is a rare opportunity to experience Lucie Rie’s (1902-1995) ground-breaking practice across six decades. Lucie Rie: The Adventure of Pottery will feature more than 100 works, from functional tableware to elegant bowls and vases decorated with sgraffito lines and expressive glazes.
Empowering Art: Indigenous Creativity and Activism from North America’s Northwest Coast
12 March -30 July 2023
Empowering Art is a ground-breaking exhibition of rich but rarely seen artworks, bringing together exceptional contemporary and historical pieces from across the Northwest Coast of North America.
Developed in close consultation with Indigenous artists and community leaders from across the Northwest Coast, Empowering Art showcases the talent of their artistic and cultural creations on a scale unseen in the UK since the 1970’s. The exhibition includes works from renowned Indigenous artists breaking the lens of history, such as Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Marianne Nicolson and Susan Point, as well as a new generation of artists reclaiming the power of the present, including Morgan Asoyuf, Phil Gray and Danielle Morsette.
If Not Now, When? Generations of Women in Sculpture in Britain, 1960 – 2022
The Hepworth Wakefield
31 March – 24 September 2023
This exhibition will present the outcomes of a significant research project, Hepworth’s Progeny, hosted by The Hepworth Wakefield (2021-23) in collaboration with art historian Griselda Pollock and sculptor Lorna Green.
The exhibition will invite audiences to consider issues of gender and time in order to suggest new narratives about sculpture by women in Britain during this period, looking at lives, work and social change. Selected from the nearly 320 artists who responded to the 1988 and 2022 surveys, the exhibition will present work by Phyllida Barlow, Glenys Barton, Helen Chadwick, Kim Lim, Veronica Ryan and Shelagh Wakeley, among many others.
Soutine | Kossoff
1 April – 24 September 2023
Soutine | Kossoff is the first-ever museum exhibition to explore the artistic relationship between British artist Leon Kossoff (1926-2019) and Belarus-born painter Chaim Soutine (1893-1943).
Soutine grew up in Belarus before migrating to Paris as a young man, while Kossoff was born and raised in London, his parents having arrived there from Ukraine as children. Although their life experiences were very different, the two artists shared an Eastern European Jewish heritage which perhaps brought a particular cultural sensibility to their work. To create transcendent works from the stuff of everyday life became Kossoff’s mission, as it had been Soutine’s.
The main focus of Soutine | Kossoff is on the areas of interest shared by both artists: landscape and portraiture.
13 May – 8 October 2023
The first major exhibition in 20 years focussing on John’s career as an independent woman living between London and Paris at the turn of the 20th century. John moved among like-minded contemporaries, including Rilke, Rodin and Paul Modersohn-Becker. The exhibition will feature over 100 works, including paintings, watercolours, drawings and sketches.
Casablanca Art School
Tate St Ives
27 May 2023 – 14 January 2024
Tate St Ives will be the first museum in the UK to explore the intense period of artistic rebirth that followed Morocco’s independence, forged by the experimental teaching methods of the Casablanca Art School in the 1960s and 1970s.
Led by Farid Belkahia alongside Mohammed Chabâa, Mohamed Melehi and others, this pioneering school paved the way for a new generation of socially engaged modern artists who formed an influential avant-garde network.
Works by 21 artists will be brought together to demonstrate the wide variety of the Moroccan’ new wave’, from vibrant abstract paintings and urban murals to applied arts, typography, graphics and interior design.
The exhibition will also include a selection of rarely-seen print archives, vintage journals, documentary photographs and films.
Liverpool Biennial 2023
uMoya: The Sacred Return of Lost Things
Tate Liverpool and various venues around Liverpool
10 June – 17 September 2023
Visit the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK.
The 12th edition of Liverpool Biennial ‘uMoya: The sacred Return of Lost Things’ addresses the history and temperament of the city of Liverpool and is a call for ancestral and indigenous forms of knowledge, wisdom and healing. In the isiZulu language, ‘uMoya’ means spirit, breath, air, climate and wind.
The festival explores the ways in which people and objects have the potential to manifest power as they move across the world while acknowledging the continued losses of the past. It draws a line from the ongoing Catastrophes caused by colonialism towards an insistence on being truly Alive.
More than 30 international artists and collectives have been invited to engage with uMoya as a compass, divine intervention, and thoroughfare. Taking over historic buildings, unexpected spaces and art galleries, a dynamic programme of free exhibitions, performances, screenings, community events, learning activities, and fringe events unfolds over 14 weeks, shining a light on the city’s vibrant cultural scene. Liverpool Biennial 2023 is curated by Khaniyisile Mbongwa.
You, Me and the Balloons
Factory International, Manchester
30 June – 28 August 2023
Yayoi Kusama’s You, Me and the Balloons celebrates three decades of Kusama’s spectacular inflatable artworks, which are brought together for the first time in this major exhibition. Created especially for Factory International, You, Me and the Balloons will be the artist’s largest ever immersive environment, featuring works that are over 10 metres tall. The exhibition will invite visitors to take an exhilarating journey through Kusama’s psychedelic creations, including giant dolls, spectacular tendrilled landscapes and a vast constellation of polka-dot spheres.
Factory International is a world-class cultural space being developed in the heart of Manchester backed by Manchester City Council, HM Government and Arts Council England. It has been designed by one of the world’s leading architects, Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), led by Ellen van Loon and will be the architects’ first major public building in the UK. Spanning 13,350 square metres, the ultra-flexible building will offer multiple configurations, enabling large-scale artistic work of invention and ambition not made anywhere else in the world. It will be a permanent home for the world-famous Manchester International Festival (MIF), commissioning and presenting a year-round programme of extraordinary, ground-breaking and interdisciplinary work by leading artists from across the world.
Scottish National Gallery (Royal Scottish Academy)
Sat 22 Jul 2023 – Sun 12 Nov 2023
Next summer, see the biggest-ever exhibition of Grayson Perry’s work, covering his 40-year career. Perry has gone from taking pottery evening classes to winning the Turner Prize, presenting television programmes on Channel 4 and writing acclaimed books. Pottery allowed him the opportunity to indulge his fascination with sex, Punk, and counterculture, amongst other things, in the most unlikely and polite of art forms. Today he is one of Britain’s most celebrated artists and cultural figures.
Popular and provocative, Perry makes art that deals with difficult and complex ideas in an accessible and often funny way. He loves taking on big issues that are universally human: masculinity, sexuality, class, religion, politics and more. On view will be subversive pots, brilliantly intricate prints, elaborate sculptures, and huge, captivating tapestries – all imbued with Perry’s sharp wit and social commentary. Working with traditional art forms, Perry addresses the controversial issues of our times.
23 Sep 2023 – 14 Apr 2024
Jonathan Baldock is a British artist who works across sculpture, installation and performance. His work is saturated with humour and wit, as well as an uncanny, macabre quality that channels his longstanding interest in myth and folklore.
These fabled worlds intersect with an exploration of the possibilities for alternative queer realities and histories. Baldock often uses biographical forms – such as casts of his face, feet or hands – to consider our relationship to the body and the space it inhabits, addressing related themes of stress, trauma, sensuality and mortality. For YSP, he will create new work that takes inspiration directly from the site, and rural crafts and industries entwined with it, as well as from his own working- class roots and connections to farming.
Turner Prize 2023
Towner Gallery Eastbourne
28 September 2023 to 14 January 2024
Towner Eastbourne will host the Turner Prize 2023, the world’s leading prize for contemporary art, as the centrepiece of its centenary celebrations. The winner will be announced on 5 December 2023.