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From Vivienne Westwood shoes to paintings of Dorset's movers and shakers in the 18th century, Geraldine Kendall selects the pick of January's exhibitions
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Plain, Stripe, Check, Museum in the Park, Stroud

8 January-20 February

A chance meeting between two weavers in 2003 led to this touring project, which originated in Tokyo and features contemporary and historical hand-woven textiles selected from collections in Britain and Japan.

The exhibition showcases ongoing work and research by English weaver Tim Parry-Williams and Japanese kimono weaver Ikuko Ida, and explores design trends common to the two cultures. Each leg of the tour features new creations, as well as textiles drawn from the host museum’s collection. Stroud is showcasing fine-quality woven cloth produced in local mills.

Cost £2,000 (Stroud leg of the tour only)
Funding in-house. Start-up funding came from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Crafts Study Centre (University for the Creative Arts), ANA, Bath Spa University
Curators Tim Parry-Williams, Ikuko Ida
Graphics and branding Yamaguchi Design Studio, Tokyo, in association with photographer Takao Oya

Lucien Pissarro in England: the Eragny Press 1895-1914, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

8 January-13 March

This is the UK’s first comprehensive display of the works produced by Lucien Pissarro’s Eragny Press. Drawn from the museum’s extensive Pissarro archive, the show features a set of 32 handmade books, including The Queen of Fishes by Gerard de Nerval, and Un Coeur Simple by Gustave Flaubert, which were printed using wooden blocks designed and cut by Pissarro and his family.

Often printed in colour or incorporating gold leaf, the books are a blend of French artistry and English craft. They are displayed alongside artworks by Pissarro’s English contemporaries and his father Camille.

Cost about £15,000
Main funders private collectors, Stern Pissarro Gallery
Curator Jon Whiteley
Exhibition design and graphics in-house team

Ways of Seeing, The Lightbox, Woking

15 January-13 March

This exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the museum and people with mental-health problems from the local community. Over the past two years, the participants have worked with professional artists and curators on developing their interpretive and artistic skills.

The display features works from the Ingram Collection, including pieces by artists such as Henry Moore and Elisabeth Frink. They have been positioned, mounted and lit by the participants. Alongside each work are personal responses to the art. The project was designed to give a voice to people with mental-health issues and to allow visitors to view familiar works in a different light.

Cost undisclosed
Main funders Heritage Lottery Fund with support from the Ingram Collection
Curators community participants with assistance from project director Rib Davis
Exhibition design and graphics in-house team

Georgian Faces: Portrait of a County, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

15 January-30 April

A display of more than 60, mainly unseen, portraits of people who shaped Dorset during the 18th century. The exhibition was inspired by the museum’s recent acquisition of George Romney’s portrait of the Rev Thomas Rackett as a young boy, and aims to show how 18th-century Dorset was not an isolated rural county, but a vibrant, intellectual hub.

Highlights include William Hogarth’s Thomas Coombes, a Dorset boatman who was reported to be 108, which is being exhibited for first time in more than a century. Also on show are silhouettes produced by George III’s daughter Elizabeth, while the king recovered from porphyria on the Dorset coast.

Cost £30,000
Main funders Anthony du Boulay Charitable Trust, Duke’s of Dorchester, Farrow & Ball, RK Harrison Insurance Services in partnership with AXA Art Insurance, Henry Ling, Mansel-Pleydell Trust, Henry Moss-Blundell, Heritage Lottery Fund South West, Humphries Kirk, NADFAS: Wessex Region and Dorset County, Anthony Pitt-Rivers Trust
Curator Gwen Yarker
Exhibition design Gwen Yarker and Jon Murden with support from Farrow & Ball
Graphics Lam-Art Exhibition & Display

Modern British Sculpture, Royal Academy, London

22 January-7 April

The first exhibition for 30 years to examine 20th-century British sculpture. Works are displayed in a chronological series of themed galleries. The exhibition aims to take a fresh approach to the subject and is juxtaposing pieces to break away from previous interpretations. Key works include Barbara Hepworth’s Single Form, Festival Figure by Henry Moore and Damien Hirst’s Let’s Eat Outdoors Today.

Cost undisclosed
Main funders Henry Moore Foundation. The American Express Foundation is the Preservation Partner
Curators Penelope Curtis, Adrian Locke

A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes, The Hub: National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford

29 January-2 May

Pirate boots, Roman sandals and pedestal platforms all feature in this chronological display of footwear spanning the 40-year career of British designer Vivienne Westwood.

Best known for inventing punk fashion with Malcolm McLaren in the 1970s, Westwood has a reputation for using traditional styles and materials in surprising ways. The exhibition is based on a footwear collection amassed over 15 years by a private collector, and explores society’s continuing obsession with shoes.

Cost £25,000
Main funders Arts Council England, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Spafield Plastics, Swarovski, Cole and Sons
Curator and exhibition designer David Sinclair
Graphics Eleven Design

The Poetry of Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Designs, Studies and Watercolours, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham

29 January-15 May

Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery (BMAG) says this is the largest survey of Pre-Raphaelite drawings and watercolours ever staged. It displays works from BMAG’s collections alongside key loans from public and private lenders, including drawings by DG Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and Edward Burne-Jones that have never previously been exhibited.

The exhibition includes watercolours as well as works in pen and ink, and pencil. There is also stained glass, textiles and ceramics. Following its showing in Birmingham, the show will tour to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, from 17 June.

Main funders The City of Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery Development Trust, Limoges Trust, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, William A. Cadbury Charitable Trust
Curator Colin Cruise

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