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Mon 14 - Sun 20 Oct

NEW EXHIBITION: Tale of Mother’s BonesNewlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, 19 Oct – 4 Jan

This week you can see this, erm, interesting painting and more like it at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange’s new exhibition A Tale of Mother’s Bones. A collaboration between surgeon Dr Grace Pailthorpe and artist Reuben Mednikoff the collection of over 90 works explores the duo’s experimentation with surrealism and pairs drawings and paintings with  psychoanalytic interpretation.


SKATING: Indoor ice rink, Eden Project, until 23 Feb 

Christmas may be a way off (we haven’t even had Halloween yet!) but the Eden Project is getting festive early with its indoor ice rink, the only one found in Cornwall.



KIDS: Tate Create: Picture My WorldTate St Ives, 19 – 27 Oct 

Across the October half term Tate St Ives is hosting a hands-on workshop for families Tate Create: Picture My World, where kids can decorate the Foyle Studio with weird and whacky creatures.


EVENT: The Good, the Bad and the Bugly!, Gardens of Heligan, 19 – 27 Oct

It wouldn’t be October without a handful of spooky events to endure, *ahem*, enjoy with the fam. Over in St Austell, The Lost Gardens of Heligan’s Halloween event The Good, the Bad and the Bugly! will have a Creepy Creatures Trail throughout the woods, plus a Halloween Yurt with live creatures and animals. There’ll also be games, crafts and workshops.


THEATRE: WOMANS (like ROMANS but with a ‘W’!)The Barbican, Plymouth, 19 Oct 

Just over the border in Plymouth, at The Barbican, you can see the brilliantly titled WOMANS (like ROMANS but with a ‘W’!), a hilarious physical theatre production by Devonshire-based all-female arts company Scratchworks. Set in 44BC, Ancient Rome, the play explores the first female resistance.


EVENT: Abseiling, National Maritime Museum, West Cornwall, 19 Oct 

Feeling adventurous? This weekend you can abseil down the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Funds raised will go towards supporting the museum and West Cornwall Search and Rescue Team, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.


NEW EXHIBITION: Thomas Duggan, Tate St Ives, 19 Oct – 3 Nov 

At groovy gallery, Tate St Ives, there’s a new advanced robotics installation, created especially for the gallery by inventor Thomas Duggan. The exhibition will feature Duggan’s new work using porcelain and robotics, as well as new pieces created over the duration of the exhibit.


EVENT: Halloweden, Eden Project, 19 Oct – 3 Nov

The Eden Project are celebrating Halloweden (see what they did there?) with more creepy crawlies, potion making, pumpkin carving and more.


SCREENING: Children of the UnquietTate St Ives, until 5 Jan 

Image: a still from Children of the Unquiet

There’s also still time to see Mikhail Karikis’s speculative film Children of the Unquiet at Tate St Ives. Filmed with 45 children living in Devil’s Valley, Italy, the film explores the relationship between land, industry and community with the children taking over an abandoned village (until 5 Jan).



For a bit of Cornish history there’s Creative Tensions: The Penwith Society of Arts 1949-1960at Penlee House, Penzance (above), an examination of the tension between the St Ives Society of Artists and the Penwith Society of Arts (until 16 Nov). Plus, it’s your last chance to check out From Cornwall to Korea at Leach Pottery – a collaboration of new works between Falmouth potter Michel Francois and Korean potter Young Gi Seo created during their recent joint-residency in Falmouth, Cornwall (until 27 Oct).

At the Tate you can see Nigerian-born artist Otobong Nkanga’s work in From Where I Stand, which showcases the performance artist’s vast portfolio as well as pieces created especially for the Tate (until 5 Jan, pictured above). And over in St Just-in-Penwith at the Jackson Foundation there’s a collection of contemporary artist Kurt Jackson’s work titled Frenchman’s Creek, a collection of paintings of the Helford River that famously inspired Daphne du Maurier’s 1941 novel of the same name (until 22 Feb).



THEATRE: Lungs, Old Vic theatre, London, 14 Oct – 9 Nov

The Crown alumni Claire Foy and Matt Smith (aka The Queen and Prince Philip, of course) are reunited in Lungs at the Old Vic (14 Oct–9 Nov), playing a couple wrestling with life’s big issues, such as whether to have children, against the backdrop of a world teetering on the edge of environmental and political disaster.



Vogue fashion and portrait photographer Tim Walker‘s enchanting, fantastical, frankly insane work is the subject of a new V&A exhibition (until 8 March). Tilda Swinton, Björk and, er, Sir David Attenborough are among his subjects and he’s also created 10 new works for the show.

Meanwhile this autumn’s big-hitter is William Blake at Tate Britain, below, (until 2 Feb 2020). The visionary painter and poet’s work will be imaginatively displayed – some of it blown up to enormous scale using digital technology, other works in an immersive room that recreates the space in which Blake first showed his art in 1809.

Elsewhere Into the Night: Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art at the Barbican (4 Oct – 19 Jan) is probably the nearest I’ll get to clubbing this autumn. It’s such a cool concept – a history of cabarets, clubs, dancefloors and party spaces that inspired artists from the 1880s to the 1960s, including the Berlin cabaret scene in Weimar Germany and Harlem’s jazz clubs and lifesize recreations of some of the hotspots.

Then there’s a major retrospective of 88-year-old Bridget Riley‘s life’s work at the Hayward Gallery (23 Oct – 26 Jan), taking in her famous monochrome, makes-your-eyes-go-funny Op Art paintings from the 1960s among its 70 year career span.

And finally, playing “spot the Angel Of The North” as we drive up the A1 to Newcastle is a family ritual in our house (Geordie in-laws, you see), so I’ve got a soft spot for Antony Gormley’s striking sculpture. His new show at the Royal Academy (until 3 Dec) is billed as his most ambitious in a decade and involves six tonnes of steel mesh, eight km of coiled tubing and a gallery flooded with clay and sea water. Blimey.


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