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30 August – 29 September

What’s going on here? Only intrigued visitors enjoying Playing the Picturesque

EXHIBITIONS Until 23 September

ART AT THE HEART OF THE RUH AUCTION Bath Artists Studios and Art at the Heart of the RUH are joining forces for a rather tempting art auction. Check out all the pieces that’ll be available to buy at the RUH before it all transfers to The Roper Gallery at the end of September. Mon-Sun, 8am-8pm; free; Central Gallery, Royal United Hospitals; Final auction takes place 27-29 September at BAS Open Studios;

7 September – 6 October THE ENGLISH WOMAN’S FLORA Like much of the rest of nature, Britain’s wildflowers are having a


little bit of a crisis. In an exhibition that is part celebration and part mourning, artist Fiona Hingston will display wildflowers made from masking tape and graphite, based on illustrations from The Observer Book of Wild Flowers, a popular pocket book from the 1960s. Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; free; Black Swan Arts, Frome;

Until 14 September

THE THEATRE OF ROBERT ANTON Robert Anton made creepy figurines that he then had star in plays he’d written for them. Inspired by the people he watched in the park near his New York apartment, Anton told fantastical stories about the anti-heroes, monsters, fantastical creatures and witches that

populated his meticulously sculpted miniature New York City. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm; free; The Edge;

Until 15 September

A TALE OF TWO CITIES Bernard Ollis’ paintings are known for their depictions of major cities, among them Bath (his birthplace) and Paris. This exhibition brings the two of them together in unconventional yet enjoyable ways. Mon-Sun, 10:30am-5pm; included in admission fee; Victoria Art Gallery, Bath;

21-25 September

DESIGN MA EXHIBITION Have a gander at the big names of the future at Bath Spa University’s exhibition of postgraduate work.

With three graduate exhibitions and a selection of fascinating speakers on hand, it’s a great chance to enjoy a wide-ranging collection of work. 10am-5pm; free; Schools of Art and Design, Bath Spa University, Sion Hill Campus;

24 September – 14 December

PLAYING THE PICTURESQUE A lot of people think our obsession with the ideal ‘Insta-perfect’ life is a new phenomenon, but this exhibition is here to reject that assumption. Playfully traversing the space between real and virtual realms, the work shows the way that eighteenth century artists and architects became obsessed with producing aesthetically pleasing, stylistic, ‘ideal’ landscapes.

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Bath Life – issue 399  

Bath Life – issue 399