Front is a new exhibition space in Hackney and from 24 April until 16 May presents works by Emma Bennett, Marion Coutts and Anna Lucas, three artists who work with themes of time, passion and devotion.

Venue: Front, 174 Victoria Park Road, London E9.

Contemporary Arabic calligraphy by Mustafa Ja’far featuring verses from al-Hallaj and other poets are on display during his exhibition Recitations in cishq, which continues until 28 May.

Venue: The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B.

During the Chinese Cultural Revolution Mao Zedong recruited photographers for propagandist purposes. Hou Bo & Xu Xiaobing: Mao’s Photographers chronicles the work of two photographers who unwittingly contributed to his personality cult. Their images documenting the upheaval are on show until 30 May.

Venue: The Photographers’ Gallery, 5 Great Newport Street, London WC2.

Until 30 May, Engineer Part Five features London-based sculptor Kerry Stewart’s piece of a performing Blackbird. The artist is known for disquieting sculptures and installations made from synthetic materials.

Venue: Beaconsfield, 22 Newport Street, London SE11.

Typography Etcetera – Exhibition of a graduate’s work 1954-2004 showcases the work of Derek Birdsall, one of Britain’s most established book designers, and is on show from 26 April until 29 May.

Venue: Central St Martins College of Art and Design, Southampton Row, London WC1.

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