Pick of the Week 2015

April's Picks Selected by Katy Conner

April 27 - May 3

Spike Open 2015

Spike Island
Friday 1 May – Monday 4 May

The hugely popular annual Open Studios weekend invites visitors to explore behind the scenes of Spike Island, which, besides running a distinguished programme of contemporary art exhibitions, is a vibrant hub of creativity for Bristol and the South West. Home to over 70 artists’ studios, a print studio, UWE fine art course and many other creative practitioners including designers, film-makers, animators and photographers, Spike Island is a key contributor to Bristol’s thriving cultural life.

'Each year, Spike Island opens its doors, studios, corridors and commissioning bays to the public. This former tea-packing factory is home to many talented SW artists, whose work will be filling the labyrinthine spaces with audio-sculptures, installations, film, performances - alongside a plethora of family-friendly events and pop up cafes.

'(Great after parties too).'

Guest Editor, Katy Conner

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Apr 20-26                    

End Matter - The Loss Adjusters, B-Side Festival

Portland, Dorset
Sunday 26 April – Sunday 28 June

Since winning a commission from Artangel and BBC Radio 4’s open call for emerging British artists, Katrina Palmer has based herself on the Isle of Portland, Dorset.

'Artist Katrina Palmer hollows out some of the spectral routes and narratives around Portland, in a site-specific audio walk - part of the wonderfully multi-faceted b-side festival. For those (like me) who can't make it to the festival, thankfully Palmer's sound walk will be available online, as a download from the Artangel website.

'The walk is just one of Palmer's Portland-set stories: she also has a newly published  book, End Matter (Bookworks) and The Quarryman’s Daughters, a 30-minute broadcast for BBC Radio 4.'

Guest Editor, Katy Conner

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April 13-19

Somewhere Other Than Here, Tom Bayliss

Black Swan Arts
Saturday 18 April – Saturday 16 May
Preview: Friday 17 April 6-9pm
Artist Talk: Tuesday 28 April 7pm

“Somewhere Other Than Here” is a body of conceptual research starting from the pages of a found science fiction text that explores realms of gaming environments, period landscape paintings and theoretical architectures within the context of a meta-landscape.

'An intriguing exhibition by Frome artist Tom Bayliss, based on a conceptual interpretation of a found science fiction text. In his previous work, Bayliss builds prints and sculptures from hobbyist minutiae; assemblages from aircraft manuals, fragments of scale models framed by poured concrete. This new work references "kick-starter projects, adaptive architecture, Internet commissioned painting, and start-up businesses" in a proposed solution for an ideal spatial environment.'

Guest Editor, Katy Conner

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April 6-12

Cannibal Manifesto: Mimesis as Resistance

Until Sunday 3 May

Only cannibalism unites us. Socially. Economically. Philosophically.

Thus states the Brazilian poet Oswald de Andrade in his 1928 text Cannibal Manifesto. The exhibition takes inspiration from this proposition, encountered in a lecture by the artist Kader Attia.

'Yet another great show from Plymouth's KARST; this one curated by London-based writer, curator and art historian Dr. Ali MacGilp. Cannibal Manifesto seeks to question how a person lives in society, by investigating the spaces where rules and difference are policed; these include registry offices, job centres, city outskirts and national borders. The 4 channel video installation, 'Archipelago Science Fiction' by Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen looks simply brilliant. A must-see.'

Guest Editor, Katy Conner

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March 30 - April 5         

Uriel Orlow: Unmade Film

John Hansard Gallery
Until Saturday 25 April

Unmade Film is an ambitious body of work by Uriel Orlow shown for the first time in its entirety in the UK. The work takes the form of an impossible film, fragmented into its constituent parts.

'A little off the beaten track perhaps, but The John Hansard Gallery is always worth a visit: I've seen some fantastic shows here - Torsten Lauschmann, David Cotterell, Dark Places (a group show, developed with Arts Catalyst) - exhibitions that combine conceptual and interdisciplinary practices in a great exhibition space.

'Artist Uriel Orlow makes multi-media installations exploring the blind spots of history and forms of haunting. Working with text and drawings, video and photography, Unmade Film explores Deir Yassin, the invisible Palestinian village formerly on the outskirts of Jerusalem, which became a mental hospital for treating survivors of the Holocaust and remains a psychiatric clinic to this day.'

Guest Editor, Katy Conner

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What's On

The Artizan Garden Salon Open Show

7 Lucius Street

Friday 02 February 2018 – Sunday 23 December 2018

Portrait Art Sessions

The Old School, Newent Road, Highnam, Gloucester, GL2 8DG

Wednesday 25 April 2018 – Wednesday 19 December 2018

Workshops at The Guild at 51

The Guild at 51, 51 Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT

Thursday 03 May 2018 – Monday 31 December 2018

Visual Arts South West

Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.

Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network

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