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Riera Studio, Cuba

until October 31, 2019

"Stories from the Shire" features a series of canvas, woodcuts and drawings by Samuel Riera, artist and director of RIERA STUDIO. The works explore the concept of storytelling in towns and cities. 

Until November 30

"Art Brut Project Collection: Summer Exhibition 2019" includes new artists at RIERA STUDIO alongside artists represented last year by the studio.

RIERA STUDIO | Art Brut Project Cuba
Calle Marta Abreu No. 202 entre 20 de Mayo y Enrique Villuendas,
Municipio Cerro, Havana, Cuba

Ody Saban in Group Show in Atlanta, GA

until September 19, 2019

Organised by Peculiar Mormyrid, "The Polymorph Bodyshop" is a game and group exhibition that explores surrealism and the body. The show includes works by French self-taught artist Ody Saban.

The Bakery
825 Warner St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Sarah Zapata at Institute 193, Lexington, KY

until September 20, 2019

For the first exhibition of her work in the South, Sarah Zapata is presenting an intimate series of watercolour studies made as references for her larger works. The drawings are one part of the artist’s research-steeped practice which routinely engages with the personal and collective histories tied to her intersecting identities as a queer, Peruvian-American raised in an Evangelical Christian household in Texas.

Institute 193
193 North Limestone Steet, Lexington, KY 40507

American Folk Art Museum Outsider Ball, NY

The Outsider Ball provides a major source of funding for the American Folk Art Museum, allowing the museum to sustain and expand its wide range of initiatives and help make folk art accessible to all. Celebrating the museum's 60's anniversary, the 2019 ball will honour Audrey B. Heckler, Monty Blanchard and Leslie Tcheyan.

Location: Ziegfeld Ballroom, 141 West 54th Street
Date: Monday, October 7, 2019
Time: 6:00–10:00 PM


Venture Arts Artist Barry Finan at Major UK Ceramics Festival

British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) - the UK’s largest contemporary ceramics festival - has selected Manchester artist Barry Finan for its headline exhibition AWARD 2019, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this September in Stoke-on-Trent.


From September 7th – October 13th  Finan will be exhibiting amongst ten of the UK’s most talented ceramicists with a chance to win the £10,000 prize for excellence, innovation and creative ambition. Set in the magnificent China Hall on the former Spode Factory site, this opportunity will see Finan undertake his most ambitious project to date.


Barry Finan has been practising for over ten years at Manchester’s Venture Arts, which supports learning disabled artists to develop and showcase new art.


Finan’s art defies categorisation. He has an eye for producing bold, text-based visual art and his work straddles writing, painting, ceramics, banner-making and performance. With the support of an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant and ceramic artist Caroline Tattersall, Finan will create a large-scale site-specific ceramic installation.


Just under six hundred unfired bricks will form a malleable wall, a giant platform for the artist to broadcast personal messages, ambitions and life goals through live inscriptions, or ‘WRRIGHHTINNGSERRSS’, in which he uses repetitive letters to elongate his declarations of personal identity. This artwork will evolve throughout the festival, as his perspective on life and his hopes and dreams are etched into the impermanence of unfired clay.


Since 2014, Finan has been exhibiting his work nationally and has achieved critical acclaim. This year Venture Arts celebrated the acquisition of his piece YES I WANNT TO DO TRRICKSSERRS (2016) by the Whitworth Art Gallery for their Contemporary Fine Art Collection, with support from Nerys Johnson Contemporary Art Fund and the Friends of the Whitworth. This work is currently on show in their Exchanges Gallery and paired with Tracey Emin’s, MEOW, on display until 2020.


Past exhibitions include Charlie Smith Gallery, London, which saw Finan exhibit a collaborative installation with artist Rosanne Robertson in the company of Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger and nominee Fiona Banner; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; The Manchester Contemporary art fair; The Lowry, Salford Quays and national touring exhibition Radial Craft: Alternative Ways of Making with Craftspace and Outside In.


These achievements become more significant when considering the barriers to learning disabled artists in the mainstream art world: they lack the traditional routes through arts education and are routinely kept on the margins, with many never having the opportunity to reach their creative potential.  


Amanda Sutton, Director of Venture Arts said: 


‘Venture Arts is delighted to be able to support Barry in this brilliant project. As an organisation that strives to promote and profile the work of learning disabled artists, this represents quite an achievement for us but most of all for Barry.  He is an astounding talent and we are immensely grateful to all at BCB for recognising and supporting his ongoing success.


Barney Hare Duke, Artistic Director of the British Ceramics Biennial said:


‘We’re pleased that Barry has been selected as one of the shortlisted artists for the BCB 2019 AWARD exhibition. Barry's proposal which was put forward in association with Venture Arts represents an ambition to generate work on a scale that impresses but which equally offers potential to expand public understanding and appreciation of the vitality of what contemporary artists are doing with clay.’

Venue: Spode China Hall, Former Spode Works, Kingsway, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1JB


Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, FL

until September 15, 2019

“Lagniappe: Art of Andre and Pat Juneau” features the duo’s brightly coloured metal furniture and sculptures embodying the Cajun canon.

Jeanine Taylor Folk Art
211 E. 1st Street, Historic Downtown Sanford, FL

Outsider Art Galerie, Amsterdam

August 29 – October 27, 2019 

“I must be a mermaid” looks at the world through the eyes of the female outsider artist, with works by Brenda van Vliet, Jannemiek Tukker, Esrah van Rooij, Louise Schot, Janny Notmeijer, Belinda Thijssen and others.

Outsider Art Galerie in de Hermitage Amsterdam
Neerlandiaplein 7, 1018 DR Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, Portugal

until September 15, 2019

Curated by Antonia Gaeta, “Extravaganza” includes works by outsiders including Anna Zemánková, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Marilena Pelosi, Mose Ernest Tolliver, Pradeep Kumar and more.

Nucelo de Arte de Oliva, Oliva Creative Factory
R. da Fundição, 3700-119 São João da Madeira, Portugal

Creativity Explored, CA

until September 5, 2019

Curated by Isaac Haney-Owens and Francis Kohler, group exhibition “Cityscape” includes original paintings, drawings, and sculpture of San Francisco landmarks, architectural landscapes, and the city dwellers that create the fabric of urban life.

Creativity Explored Gallery
3245 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 


From Creativity Explored's website:

Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody. (Jane Jacobs)

The artist’s unique perspective has often found a warm welcome in cities. As hotbeds of imagination and creative thinking, urban centers have long fostered artists and artists have long contributed to their visionary and innovative spirit. This symbiotic relationship has been visioned expertly and often by so many Creativity Explored makers. Cityscape, curated by CE artist Isaac Haney-Owens, is an exploration of this timeless call and response and features works by eleven Creativity Explored artists.

Haney-Owens says, “The urban environment is fascinating to me because of the variety of architectural styles, the different types of people it attracts, and the amount of cultural diversity there is in a city.” Prompted by the radical creativity found in the city he calls home, Haney-Owens plans to re-work the Gallery into a simulated urban environment (including transforming our gallery desk into a classic outdoor newsstand). The space will house an array of urban-themed paintings, drawings, and sculptures which mirror the magnetic and eclectic energy of the real-life city just beyond.

Within Cityscape, San Francisco plays a starring role, while general urban aesthetics are explored as well. Exquisite architectural drawings by Lance Rivers promote a sense of memory and track changes to the urban landscape. The pure beauty of movement and the patterned flows of people, cars and traffic through the city are impressionistically represented in the drawings of Andrew Li and Kate Thompson, and a playful architectural sculpture by Lucinda Addison personifies an intimate relationship to San Francisco’s colorful vibrancy.

Artists have been captivated by the lure of the urban for centuries—the nonrural environment as muse having been explored in artistic histories from fresco painting to contemporary cinema. The artists included in Cityscape, aim to build upon this rich legacy through their own unique and personal artistic visioning.

A new issue of the long-running zine project Whipper Snapper Nerd (WSN) will be released into the urban wilds at the Cityscape opening reception. WSN 11 features the art of Isaac Haney-Owens. Haney-Owens regularly constructs sculptural re-creations of signs from historic small businesses. His detail-oriented and handbuilt models act as memento minisculo, recording urban changes and building social memory.

Arts Project Australia

until September 14, 2019

“I Think I Split My Tongue” considers the unique role of language in the work of Arts Project Australia studio artists.

Parallel exhibition “Windows: Warren O’Brien Solo” presents O’Brien’s luminous layers of ink and reflective metallic painting.

Arts Project Australia
24 High Street Northcote, Victoria 3070, Australia