Things to look out for in 2014


Jeremy Deller's English Magic, part of the British Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, is touring in 2014. It includes We Sit Starving Together Amidst Our Gold, Deller's protest at the meddling of big business in art. In January the exhibition starts its UK tour at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow before visiting the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and Turner Contemporary in Margate.

Once Art Turning Left ends at Tate Liverpool in early February, space is given over to Keywords, an exhibition building on New Left academic Raymond Williams's study of the same name, and featuring some of the best British art from the 1980s. Throughout July and August, Birmingham's Ikon Gallery also looks back with Ikon 1980s with an emphasis on the effect of postmodernism on art.

A show of David Hockney's prints is on at Dulwich Picture Gallery from February until May to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the artist's first exhibition.

At Weston Park in Sheffield there is an exhibition on the city and the First World War starting in February, which will perhaps mark the start of a trend for local museums across the country. More interesting is Pole Position: Polish Art in Britain 1939-1989 at the nearby Graves Gallery. It aims to pull together the work of Polish artists living in Britain throughout the 20th century, many of whom came to live here at the start of the Second World War.

In Oldham an exhibition of Albert Adams continues through to April. Born in Johannesburg in 1929, Adams's work reflects his struggles growing up as a mixed-race child in apartheid South Africa. Repression is a key theme of his work including the etching The Prisoner from 2002. This looks an enlightening and enjoyable show.

There is an adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic Of Mice and Men on at West Yorkshire Playhouse throughout March and a production of Brecht's The Threepenny Opera on from 24 April until 10 May. Harper Lee's classic of American literature To Kill a Mockingbird starts at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park in the summer before embarking on a nationwide tour.

Darren Aronofsky, the director of 2013's Black Swan, gives us Noah, the main character who he describes as "a man who loves Earth and all of its animal inhabitants but has become disillusioned with the way humans have treated their planet". This is a big budget biblical tale which looks like it could have an interesting spin.

After Tiller is a documentary looking at the doctors bravely providing abortions in the US and follows them as they attempt to work despite harassment. Well received at film festivals last year, it is set for release in the UK in January.

Bristol Radical Film Festival takes place in early March. It looks at a diverse and creative programme and includes highlights such as The Happy Lands, History Workshop Scotland's epic take on the General Strike of 1926.

(Still) The Enemy Within, featured in the culture pages of December's Socialist Review, will be out in the summer. Marking the 30th anniversary of the Great Miners' Strike, it seeks to tell the real story behind the headlines.