4 brilliant things to do in September

4 brilliant things to do in September

1 Sep 2023

Follow a dazzling sculpture trail, see Grayson Perry live on stage, discover works by contemporary makers… Here is our pick of great days out for this month 

See Grayson Perry live on stage

The Turner Prize-winning potter, writer and broadcaster embarks on a new tour this month with his A Show All About You. He will be taking to the stage at venues up and down the country, from Nottingham to Cardiff, to grapple with the idea of ‘identity’ in his unique satirical style. For those who can’t make it to a live event, there will be a streamed broadcast from Bath Forum on 11 October, available for a week via Fane Online (see link below). 

Grayson Perry: A Show All About You, various venues, 15 September–28 November

Book via fane.co.uk

Sculpture unveiled in Wakefield – the work seen here is by British artist Annie Morris​

Experience sensational sculpture in Wakefield

Wakefield city centre has come alive with world-class sculpture thanks to a brand-new art trail conceived in collaboration with The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. See Annie Morris’s brightly coloured stacked spheres outside the West Yorkshire History Centre and Halima Cassell’s artfully carved columns at Wakefield Westgate station; and enjoy Ro Robertson’s walkway and garden at The Springs, which bring a dose of nature to a busy thoroughfare.

Wakefield Sculpture Trail, various locations


Potter Matthew Foster

Discover contemporary works by talented makers

It’s a craft takeover at Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange in Cornwall, where both sites are hosting the second annual The Art of Making exhibition. From ceramics and metalwork to sculpture and textiles, there is a host of wonderful works of art for sale from makers based in Cornwall and the South West. Highlights include wax cast jewellery from Dorset’s Ritual Studio, with pieces inspired by tarot and astrology, etchings by Rachel Duckhouse, informed by her time on an artist residency in Newlyn, and ceramics by Matthew Foster (above), who joined the esteemed Leach Pottery in 2015 as an apprentice. 

The Art of Making, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, until 28 October


Go back in time in Bath​

Relive all things Regency at the Jane Austen Festival

Bath’s Jane Austen Festival is the largest and longest running in the world, where fans come together in the city in which her novels were so often set. Grab a bonnet to take part in the Regency Costumed Promenade, learn about the art of Georgian theatre, hear from history and literary experts and enjoy some leisurely pursuits. With a jam-packed 10-day programme, there is sure to be something for every Austen follower to enjoy.

Jane Austen Festival, various venues in Bath, 8–17 September

Visit janeausten.co.uk for more information

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Holly Black

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