Want to check out the must-see exhibitions this June? Here are just some of our favourites.
This month’s picks include everything from celebrations of bygone days to London at night and explorations of surrealism.
Two thought-provoking contemporary artists explore the central theme of parental loss in this captivating exhibition.
Fay Ballard’s mother died suddenly of pneumonia when she was seven years old. She never discussed her mother with her father again.
However, 45 years later, the death of her father unearthed unresolved, deep-seated feelings about her mother which she has been exploring in drawings ever since.
Judy Goldhill’s father died of polio when she was one. He spent the last three months of his life encased in an iron lung.
She has been considering unresolved questions about her father since returning to Central Saint Martin’s ten years ago, to complete an MA in Fine Art.
Breath, and the act of breathing, permeate the work of both artists, consciously and unconsciously, referencing not only personal loss, but also life as a creative force.
Ballard addresses these themes through drawing while Goldhill addresses them through photography, film and artist’s books.
Breathe, FREUD Museum London, until July 15.
Sussex Days: Photographs by Dorothy Bohm
This exhibition of black-and-white photographs of Sussex life during the 1960s and 70s by celebrated photographer Dorothy Bohm, provides a candid and often humorous window on a bygone era.
Renowned for her portraiture and street photography of London, Paris and Moscow, this group of photographs reveal Bohm’s personal connections to the county in which she arrived from Nazi Europe in 1939.
They have never before been shown as a complete body of work.
Sussex Days: Photographs by Dorothy Bohm, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, until September 2.
A dramatic, nocturnal study, London Nights is a chance to explore the city after dark.
This exhibition fuses portraiture, documentary, conceptual photography and film.
It features more than 200 photographs by 50 artists, ranging from the late 19th century to the present day, some never seen before.
Contributors include Alvin Langdon Coburn, Bill Brandt, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Tish Murtha and Nick Turpin.
London Nights, Museum of London, until November 11.
Main image: Piccadilly at Nightc. 1960, © Bob Collins, issued by the Museum of London
Lee Miller & Surrealism in Britain
Starting off as a model in Vogue in the 1920s Lee Miller soon moved behind the camera, establishing her own studio in Paris.
This exhibition will explore the creative networks between artists in the UK in the 1930s and 40s through Miller’s lens.
Miller’s photographs of and collaborations with, surrealists working in the UK will be displayed alongside their own paintings and sculptures.
Featured artists include Eileen Agar, Leonora Carrington, Max Ernst and René Magritte.
The exhibition will also look at Miller’s own practice and how she brought surrealism to the worlds of fashion and journalism.
Lee Miller & Surrealism in Britain, The Hepworth Wakefield, June 22 to October 7.
Viviane Sassen: Hot Mirror
Echoing Miller’s career, Viviane Sassen straddles both fashion and art.
The inspiration of surrealism is once again central to this exhibition and can be seen in the dreamlike landscapes of her work.
Hot Mirror will bring together photographs from collections made over the last 10 years alongside new photographs and collages.
It will also present a new version of her immersive film installation, Totem.
Viviane Sassen: Hot Mirror, The Hepworth Wakefield, June 22 to October 2.