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Image from 'Quick Child Run!'Rachel Maclean

Ten girls ruling the exhibition world

From purple mannequin legs to psych sketches, these current solo female shows will blow your mind

Once you start looking, you realise that girls are really on top when it comes to inventive solo shows. These ten are hanging on walls and filling up white cubes near you. Whether it is young guns making inventive sculptures of everyday objects or rediscovered older painters, this is all work worth getting out of bed for.


Bailey’s first London solo show, Space in Between, examines social identity in public space – from the office to the high street. The everyday is reconfigured into something strange and atmospheric.

Showing until Feb 1


Painter Annie Lapin’s current LA show Various Peep Shows consists of a series of canvases that resemble ripped advertising walls painted by an early Matisse. Smears, graffiti and abstraction feed into her refreshing approach to landscape.

Until February 22


Its hard to pin down Anissa Macks’ work. It ranges from a pair of pastel purple sculptural mannequin legs to black and white photos and day glo geometric paintings. Body Copy is a show that inspires thought.

Until February 20


Sit down. At least that’s what you want to do with Reus's past sculptural wall assemblages made largely of fold-out chairs. With In Luke and Dregs, her latest exhibition at The Approach, she has turned her eye to misusing kitchen items.

Until February 16


It is impossible not to love new talent Maclean – the Jarman award nominee with solo show at Zabludowicz (until Feb 23) and Trade in Nottingham this month. Think an acid pink, technologically infused Cindy Sherman making pop narrative videos. Sheer genius.

Until February 8


Saade, showing alongside Leah Capaldi at Vitrine, makes work about the process of diaply. Using found materials, the Beirut based artist can make anything from a padloack to a interesting. Expect a dose of welding.

Until February 22


German painter Moritz is going full-on cold war for her memories of her East German childhood in her first solo show at Pillar Corrias. This is an exhibition about memory, personal and political history.

Private view January 23 6-8pm, January 24–February 20



Bonneviot’s second solo show at Wilkinson is full of etched sheer plastic body forms and odd sculptures embedded with washing up items and scrubbers inspired by the work of feminist artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles.

Showing January 16–February 23


From rug tufting to beautiful psych watercolour sketches to strange ceramic and leather mask, Caroline Achaintre has a spot on take on the boundaries between the figurative and abstract. This drawing show is a must.

Private view January 23 6–8pm; January 24–March 1


Helen Marten’s solo show at Sadie Coles is highly anticipated after a hat trick of museum shows in 2013. Expect anything from hi-digital videos, neons, DIY furniture, floor pieces and an intelligent nod to art history.

January 29–March 15