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Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave Until 13 August British Museum, London

Jonathan Michie - Exit, pursued by a bear

British Glass Biennale 25 August - 9 September Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge The British Glass Biennale is a cutting edge showcase of contemporary British based glass talent, with work by established artists and new talent on display; ranging from the small scale to large installations. The emphasis is on new work demonstrating the highest level of excellence in design, creative imagination and technical skill. The 63 selected artists – who were chosen from over 200 applications – have been brave and innovative, using a wide range of styles and techniques both traditional and experimental. All work is available for purchase. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from August 25th to September 9th, at the Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge; the heart of the historic glass industry in the UK. The awards ceremony marks the start of the International Festival of Glass, a four day event celebrating the drama and excitement of glass. ‘Confident Collecting’ tours are available, led by Matt Durran, the British Glass Biennale Curator.

Widely regarded as one of Japan’s most famous and influencial artists, this new exhibition displays outstanding works from the last 30 years of Katsushika Hokusai’s life. The iconic 'Great Wave' introduces a selection of superb landscapes, while intimate domestic scenes capture fleeting moments in private lives and exquisite depictions of flora and fauna display an innate skill in representing the natural world. The exhibition also explores Hokusai’s personal beliefs, giving us a fascinating insight into the artist’s spiritual and artistic quests in his later years.

Coming Out: Sexuallity, Gender and Identity 28 July – 5 November Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales, this major exhibition will bring together a diverse range of artists who have used their work to explore sexuality and gender since 1967. Drawn from the Arts Council Collection and the gallery’s own collections, the exhibition will include work from David Hockney, Steve McQueen, LINDER, James Richards and Sarah Lucas among others.

Inside Artists - Issue 9  

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