Tate Britain, London, 11 September to 2 February
The political and visionary art of painter, poet and printmaker William Blake is always worth revisiting. In this major exhibition, the largest of his work for nearly 20 years, some 300 works will be displayed, including his watercolours, paintings and prints. Some of them will be hung in a recreation of the domestic room in which Blake showed his own work in 1809. Despite the offputting Tate price tag, this is definitely one to catch.
Inna de Yard
This uplifting documentary follows a group of veteran Jamaican musicians through Kingston as they prepare for and perform a series of open air reggae recordings for an album called Inna de Yard. Ken Boothe, Kiddus I, Cedric Myton, Winston McAnuff, Judy Mowatt and more join together with younger artists for the sessions, telling the story of reggae as they go. Director Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring) draws out the personal stories of the musicians, including the racism and state oppression they faced.
The Big Meeting
Out 6 September
Every second Saturday in July the city of Durham is taken over by miners, trade unions and the public for a major event known locally as The Big Meeting. The Durham Miners’ Gala is an annual celebration of solidarity, class culture and creativity, attracting 200,000 people, banners and brass bands to honour their heritage. On the 150th anniversary of the Gala, this documentary seeks to reflect its past, present and future, by following four protagonists over the course of the festival.
Hull Maritime Museum, until 27 October
Award-winning photographer Craig Easton brings together over 20 large-scale portraits and landscapes relating to women in the fishing industry. Easton said, “Women have been the backbone of fishing communities for centuries and in the long tradition of the east coast herring trade, their work was done come rain or shine on bustling quaysides as they gutted and packed the salted fish into barrels. My aim with this work is to connect today’s fisherwomen to that long heritage and to celebrate the essential role they still play in the modern fishing industry.”
On BBC One and iPlayer
Set in 1929, the season five of the Birmingham-set drama begins with the Wall Street Crash. Tommy Shelby is forging a career as a Labour MP and Oswald Mosley is lurking, played by Sam Claflin. The slick production values, top-notch acting and soundtrack make this quality viewing, even if some of the plots are rather ludicrous.