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Dates for your diary - February to April 2011

  • Date: 2 February 2011
  • Area: South East
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Towards a Gestalt Image - Loch Ness & Fact, Gerard Byrne. Credit: Photo courtesy of Gerard Byrne

The south east is teeming with great art, which we're sure will appeal to people from all walks of life. We've selected just a few of the art highlights happening around the region this year. 

These exhibitions, performances, activities and events are all supported by Arts Council England, either through regular funding or Grants for the arts, our open access scheme. 


Now until 31 March: Moving Portraits, De Le Warr Pavilion

Moving Portraits explores the past 60 years of portraits in moving image by significant international artists practising in the field of film and video technology. Includes works from Jordan Baseman, Richard Billingham, Candice Breitz, Duncan Campbell, Willie Doherty, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, Peter Gidal, Robert Mapplethorpe, Rebecca Marshall, and many more.


4 to 13 February: Archivia, Lighthouse

Archivia is an exhibition of new digital films and artworks made from and inspired by archival film footage and describes life in the south east of England from the 1890s to the present day, through stories of home, place and identity.

Now until 13 June: Grey Area Gallery, Brighton

A series of four interconnected contemporary art projects which explore the concepts of Utopia and ideology in the context of the gallery space at Grey Area Gallery. Featuring Chicks on Speed, John Russell and Plastique Fantastique.  


A selection of shows from The Hawth's two-year Going Global programme, which celebrates diverse cultures and artists from all over the world as they count down to 2012.

3 February: Stepping Out East, The Hawth

A showcase for British East Asian choreographers and dancers featuring four works: The Art of Forgetting choreographed by Lucia Tong (Hong Kong) explores memory and forgetting; The Other Side by Julia Cheng (UK) is inspired by the Morecambe Bay tragedy; Re-encounter by Yuyu Rau (Taiwan) combines dance, music and song from different cultures; and New Beats by deaf dancer Chisato Minamimura (Japan), a former member of CandoCo Dance.

24 February: Plastic Fantastic (Ukraine), The Hawth, 6.30pm

Ukrainian, unique and utterly bonkers! Fast-paced physical comedy, hilarious slapstick and buckets of mayhem, nothing compares to the pure joy that is Mimirichi - suitable for the whole family. 

25 March: Les Frères Guissé (Senegal) , The Hawth, 8.15pm

The three Sengalese Guissé brothers mesmerize audiences with their swirling harmonising voices, melodic guitar lines and understated percussion.


Now until 6 March: Tomoaki Suzuki Solo Exhibition, Towner Museum of Contemporary Art 

This free exhibition showcases Tomoaki Suzuki's intricate figurative sculptures that are extraordinarily lifelike, handcrafted in lime wood and standing at one third human scale. 


Sunday 20 March: U.Dance South East 2011, Frensham Heights School

This regional youth dance platform will showcase the very best youth dance work being created in the south east of England and will include a range of exciting workshops for participants. Includes performance from Ekanatyam, the new South Asian company. Presented by the Dance Movement, in association with Hampshire Dance and with support from Youth Dance England.

Milton Keynes

Now until 3 April: Gerard Byrne's Case Study: Loch Ness (Some possibilities and problems), 2001-2011, Milton Keynes Gallery

Photographs, film, text, sound, and archival material by the Irish artist Gerard Byrne, exploring the myth of the Loch Ness Monster. This is his first major solo show in a UK public gallery. He presents 10 years of research around the Loch Ness and its supposed monster. Visiting the site a dozen times, he captures images that blur fiction and documentary, myth and reality.  


Saturday 12 March (midday): UK premiere of La Photo Communale II, Newhaven town centre 

Renowned French street arts company, Generik Vapeur will be visiting Newhaven Town Centre with a larger than life mobile camera that will rove around the streets of Newhaven immortalising the character of the town and the many faces of its people through a giant photographic lens. Produced with Zap Art, ZEPA and other partners. 


Now until 20 February: Thomas Houseago's What went down, Modern Art Oxford 

Modern Art Oxford presents British artist Thomas Houseago's first major solo exhibition in a UK public gallery, showing new and recent sculptures. Houseago is known for his monumental, figurative sculpture, working primarily with materials associated with classical and modernist sculpture; carved wood, plaster and bronze. 

19 February to 19 March: Dancin' Oxford Dance Festival 2011, various venues around the city

Dancin' Oxford celebrates its 5th anniversary with a very special line-up. French aerial dance company Retouramont will transform one of Oxford's oldest buildings into a magical setting of sound, light and movement. Professional performances from Oxford Dance Forum's Moving with the Times, Phoenix Dance, State of Emergency, Company Chameleon, and Tavaziva. The festival also sees In Moving the Boundaries, a series of talks with academics and dance practitioners and even more Dance-A-Thon workshops and student, young people and community performances.


Friday 18 February: The Creole Choir of Cuba, Turner Sims, 8pm 

The most original vocal sound to come out of Cuba in a long time - passionate singing from the Creole Choir of Cuba celebrates roots, resistance and the rhythms of life. 

Tuesday 22 March: Baaba Maal, Turner Sims, 8pm 

If anyone personifies the new Africa, with its need to balance the demands of modernism and tradition, it's elegant Senegalese singer, Baaba Maal.