Play and Optimism

“I always try to bring out people’s inner child.” Camille Walala’s most recent geometric artwork in Plymouth plays with tricks of perspective.

Spheres of Influence

A new retrospective of Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi opens this month at Barbican Centre. We trace his inspiration.

Under Starlight

Since the 2000s, British-American artist Anthony James has been creating sleek, post-minimalist sculptures. A new infinity room opens in London.

Self Reflections

A painter whose primary medium is oil, Monica Vanzant explores how pattern and texture interrelate to help tell a story. Ideas spring forth through a variety of subject matter, including portraits, landscapes and still lifes.

Human Emotions

How far are we willing to go for entertainment? What does it mean to be human – and to hope? A new show at Sadler’s Wells asks these questions.

Mapping Futures

An exhibition in New York presents socially engaged work by contemporary Black artists – reclaiming ideas of physical, personal and cultural space.

Reaching Skyward

All over the world, every year, birds are on the move. Bastien Pourtout and Edouard Taufenbach’s collages capture flights of swallows.

Pioneering Functionality

Charlotte Perriand started her career by knocking on the door of Le Corbusier. Design Museum explores her life and work in a key retrospective.

Scorched Earth

The theme for this year’s Prix Pictet – the award for photography that sparks discussions around sustainability – is fire. It couldn’t be more timely.

Art on the Airwaves

We preview five of the most exciting contemporary art podcasts, from deep dives into the lives of women artists to 20th century sculpture.

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Liu Wei’s sculptures – crafted with sweeping polished aluminium – position us in an imagined future, looking back at the ruins of today’s world.

Heritage Reimagined

Aesthetica Art Prize 2021 longlisted artist Steve Messam has worked with the National Trust to create three inflatable, floating installations.

Cosmic Reflections

Scottish-Zimbabwean artist Sekai Machache explores identity, spirituality, and the body in a new show at Stills for Edinburgh Art Festival.

Tidal Mysteries

The ocean covers more than 70% of the planet’s surface but retains a profound sense of mystery. 10 photographers explore its depths through the lens.

A Bird’s Eye View

Over the past year, protests have grabbed our attention worldwide. But how are these events documented? Who is clicking the shutter?

5 to See: Helsinki Biennial

Featuring 41 artists from Finland and around the world, this year’s festival is titled The Same Sea, responding to the theme of interconnectedness.

Art and Photography Now

“Photography is integrated into contemporary experience to such an extent that we consume the world through it.” A new book outlines 50 artists.

Building the Modern Museum

The Art Museum in Modern Times is a richly researched book that transports us through the history of today’s contemporary galleries.

Erin Ledsom

Through my Eyes is a personal story that focuses on Ledsom’s hometown: Hull. The artist uses unconventional materials to explore preconceptions.

Shakhina Mirjonova

Mirjonova’s work was inspired by the artist’s cultural heritage and a technique known as Ikat, used by old master weavers in Uzbekistan.

Philippa Hornsby

“Whether it’s gender or sexuality, having visibility matters.” Philippa Hornsby created and styled clothing for queer punk band The Dagger Tops.

Frames of Gratitude

Rohina Hoffman’s portraits – created during the pandemic – pay homage to food and family, encouraging us to pause, reflect and give thanks.

Emily Larkin

Emily Larkin is a multi-award-winning animator whose 2D hand-drawn animation that aims to raise awareness about Vestibular Disorders.

Lucia Matano

Lucia Matano’s animation explores fears of growing up and being forced out of one’s comfort zone. It focuses how we can leave the past behind.

Alicia Miller

This picture book is for children that struggle with anxiety. The story is about a young boy who is up late worrying about school, and a magic candle.

Bianca Rodrigues

Bianca Rodrigues’ graduate urban formalwear menswear collection is based on the Mughal reign in India and its influence on architecture.

India Ashe

For her final major project, India Ashe explored the concepts of identity and memory. She represented these ideas through abstraction.

Henriette M Lillegaard

It Just Isn’t Home is written and illustrated by Henriette M Lillegaard. It tells of experiences of loneliness whilst studying abroad in the UK.

Betty Onion

Signs of the Times is a document which captures a unique time in history through illustration and words, reflecting on the pandemic.

Holly Jo Crowhurst

Holly Jo Crowhurst graduate collection is historically inspired and focuses on the real story of mariner Michael Greenwood (1731–1812).

Yasmine Cerbah

Cerbah’s collection is an exploration of the North African nomadic Amazigh tribe, combined with the designer’s personal penchant for animal print.

Wen-Yi Yap

Wen-Yi Yap wants to teach young children how important it is to keep the planet clean, but not in a daunting and overwhelming way.

Naddy Mizan

Naddy Mizan’s work looks at the rising seawater temperatures which cause coral to ‘glow’. “I am keen to capture the beauty of what we may lose.”

Alicia Latham

Graphic designer Alicia Latham’s children’s storybook, Someone’s Bad Hair Day, stems from personal experience as a woman of colour.

Tom Clayson

Tom Clayson’s graphic design project was inspired by The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel, about a woman who mysteriously disappeared.

Hollie Phillips

Hollie Phillips’ bold, explicit and sometimes disturbing collection challenges the traditional idea of embroidery as a ‘feminine pastime.’

Jude Gibbs

Digital illustrator Jude Gibbs finds inspiration in nature, plants and animals. The artist created a children’s graphic novel exploring kindness.

Aryana Deen

Aryana Deen has a passion for image-making and various illustrative techniques. Key pieces in this showcase are focused on narrative storytelling.

Joe Fernandez

Fernandez’s work is about important people from the past: those who were forgotten by history despite doing something significant for the world.

Lucy Munt

50% of the Great Barrier Reef is dead. Illustrator Lucy Munt decided to take action towards helping to protect the coral reefs from destruction.

Bradley Beckett

Bradley Beckett’s graphic design project depicts a voyage of self-healing and self-discovery during a period of uncertainty and mental health issues.

Grace Anderson

“Humans are widely regarded as human because they are controlled by their emotions.” Grace Anderson ask questions about machine intellect.

Annie Matthews-Bruce

Playful Apparel is a genderless children’s wear collection created by Annie Matthews-Bruce. The clothing was inspired by toys and play.

Charlotte Hickman

Hickman’s cushions, chair covers and blankets were influenced by collections of artefacts: prized possessions accumulated over time.

Lizzie Lovell

Lizzie Lovell is driven by the desire to deliver compelling responses to the landscape, especially those surrounding the artist’s hometown.

Ellie Thomas

Ellie Thomas’ Remote series captures images of young dancers who have been forced to train within their homes due to lockdown.

Muriel Lagoutte

Boys by Mu is a visual response by photographer Muriel Lagoutte to conversations about masculinity. See more here.

Hao Fu

Hao Fu uses photography to explore their hometown of Harbin in China. “The city has transformed into a lonely, ordinary, abandoned space.”

Sukhwinder Singh

Sukhwinder Singh’s practice is inspired by the personal experience of living with bone cancer as a child; the work includes a selection of X-rays.

Jodie Bateman

Jodie Bateman’s series challenges UK society to view Muslim women differently, by inviting the viewer into their private spaces.