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The Ryedale Festival in North Yorkshire has a reputation as one of the most exciting and enterprising in the country in a wide range of events in spectacular venues including Castle Howard, Hovingham Hall, and Ampleforth Abbey. Major artists in this year’s line-up includes Simon Callow, Sir Mark Elder, Sally Beamish, The Tallis Scholars and John Tomlinson (pictured). The Ryedale Festival runs from July 14-30.
A new exhibition at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery promises an alternative look at portraits. Reportrait demonstrates how traditional figurative, often classical, portraiture continues to inspire artists today, and remains relevant within contemporary artistic discourse. The exhibition includes commissions made in direct response to the Nottingham City Museums & Galleries collections, along with loans and works straight from the artist’s studios, and include works by Philip Gurrey, Maisie Broadhead, Glenn Brown, Sasha Bowles, Paul Stephenson, Annie Kevans, and Matthieu Leger. Reportrait runs until September 10.
Castlefield Gallery is exhibiting a new body of work by Manchester-based painter Lindsey Bull, alongside a new mixed media installation and performance by London-based collective Plastique Fantastique. The figures in Bull’s paintings are outside of mainstream culture and have an uncanny and untimely texture and display a mystical relationship between with their environments. The exhibition runs from June 22 to August 6.
Picts and Pixels is a new exhibition at Perth Museum which allows visitors to explore the Pict era through virtual reality headsets and interactive stations, including a reconstruction of Moredun Top Hill Fort in Perth. Ancient Pictish objects on view will include the Inchyra Stone with its cryptic inscriptions and a ‘Celtic’ stone head originally found in 1965. Picts & Pixels runs until August 12.