No matter how long ago you left the school gates, September conjures up the feeling of turning a fresh page. As the seasons change – and, hopefully, the sunshine stays a little longer – we bring you five inspiring events to add to your diary. From mushroom cultivation workshops to exhibits exploring the intricate beauty of recycling techniques, there’s plenty to keep you occupied this month.
Connect. Reveal. Conceal. at Make Hauser & Wirth
Through diverse approaches to process and technique, artists Amy Revier, Donna Lynch and friend of TOAST Celia Pym explore the materiality and symbolism of textiles in Make Hauser & Wirth’s summer exhibition in London. Proposing ideas such as the nurturing practice of repair and the protective and architectural nature of garments, Connect. Reveal. Conceal. invites visitors to consider the fluidity and functionality of fabric and the evolving relationship we have with handcrafted clothing.
Connect. Reveal. Conceal. is at Hauser & Wirth, London, until 16 September.
Mushroom Cultivation Workshop at Where the Light Gets In
Anyone who has had the opportunity to visit Sam Buckley’s Stockport restaurant, Where the Light Gets In, will know about the chef’s commitment to fair food. Every dish on the ethically and environmentally minded menu is dictated by what the season has to offer and is served along with its origin story. Alex from Stockport Fungi, who teaches mycology in Manchester, has been growing mushrooms in the basement of the restaurant since 2021. Join Alex for a workshop focusing on mushroom cultivation using recycled materials, and learn the growing techniques needed to produce your own food at home.
The Mushroom Cultivation Workshop will take place at Where the Light Gets In, Stockport, on 11 September
Japanese Aesthetics of Recycling at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS
Showcasing the intricate beauty of Japanese recycling methods, the Brunei Gallery at SOAS has gathered over 100 items from the Karun Thakar Collection, dating from the Edo and Tokugawa periods. From washi wrappings and kintsugi (‘golden joinery’) pottery to textiles patched together using the boro technique, the exhibit celebrates an approach to salvaged materials that is a key pillar of respect and resilience in Japanese culture.
Japanese Aesthetics of Recycling is at Brunei Gallery SOAS, London, until 23 September
Jonathan Baldock: Through the Joy of the Senses at Charleston
With a new cultural centre in Lewes, this month the Charleston Trust makes the first move towards its goal of opening a permanent gallery to house over 100 works of the inimitable Bloomsbury group. Alongside a free programme of co-produced community projects and artist-led workshops, it’s launching with two headline exhibitions; the Charlie Porter-curated Bring No Clothes: Bloomsbury and Fashion, and Jonathan Balkdock: The Joy of the Senses. The latter sees the leading contemporary artist, with an ongoing exploration of myth, folklore and the uncanny, collate colourful large-scale sculptures that examine the relationship between the body and the space it occupies.
Jonathan Baldock: Through the Joy of the Senses is at Charleston, Lewes, from 13 September until 7 January
Leonor Antunes: The Apparent Length of a Floor Area at Fruitmarket
Paying homage to women excluded from modernist history, Berlin-based Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes utilises artisanal techniques to confront the shortcomings of the canon. As you wander through the layered and abstract sculptures, intricately crafted using materials such as rope, leather and fabric, you will find each installation is named after 20th-century artists and designers often overlooked, from Lena Bergner to Sadie Speight.
Leonor Antunes: The Apparent Length of a Floor Area is at Fruitmarket, Edinburgh until 8 October
Words by Georgia Murray.
Image 1: Jonathan Baldock, 'Facecrime', solo exhibition, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2019. Copyright Jonathan Baldock. Courtesy of the artist and Camden Arts Centre. Photograph by Luke Walker.
Image 2: Connect. Reveal. Conceal. at Make Hauser & Wirth.
Image 3 & 4: Stockport Fungi, photographs by Jacob Timms.
Image 5: Brunei Gallery SOAS and Karun Thakar Collection.
Image 6: Jonathan Baldock, 'Just a wild mountain rose', 2022, copyright Jonathan Baldock. Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photograph by Mark Blower.
Image 7: Jonathan Baldock, 'Moment in the sun', 2023, copyright Jonathan Baldock. Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photograph by Todd-White Art Photography
Image 8: Leonor Antunes, photograph by Nick Ash.