Arcadia for all? Rethinking landscape painting now

School of Design Senior Lecturer Judith Tucker and Geraint Evans from the University of the Arts London co-curated Arcadia for All? Rethinking Landscape Painting Now at the Attenborough Arts Centre.

Arcadia for all exhibition poster


‘Arcadia for All? Rethinking Landscape Painting Now’ is a new exhibition coming to Attenborough Arts Centre from The Stanley & Audery Burton Gallery at the University of Leeds that raises pertinent questions about who has access to nature, where and how. 

The exhibition challenges a nostalgic, idyllic and elitist idea of landscape. It embraces and celebrates nature in all its forms, acknowledging that in the 21st century most people in the UK access nature on a regular basis through allotments, community gardens, public parks or even simply through windows and screens

‘Arcadia for All?’ features a wonderfully broad spectrum of artworks by over thirty artists, including Hurvin Anderson, Andrew Grassie, Lubaina Himid, Matthew Krishanu, Elizabeth Magill and George Shaw as well as works by Judith Tucker (School of Design) and Geraint Evans. They all approach 'nature' from many different directions, expanding the notion of landscape painting in new, unexpected and sometimes radical and playful ways. Moreover, the exhibition celebrates the vitality and variety of contemporary painting in all its materiality and visual richness.

'Arcadia for All?' will open to the public from 15 September 2023 – 28 January 2024 in Gallery 1 at Attenborough Arts Centre.

 All the galleries are free entry and open 7 days a week, weekdays 12pm – 5pm and weekend 12pm – 4pm.