Pick of the Week 2015

February's Guest Editor: Stephen Foster

Every month we invite a Guest Editor to select our Pick of the Week feature. Chosen from the activities listed in our events pages they select highlights from across the region.

This February we welcome Stephen Foster, Director, John Hansard Gallery.

Stephen Foster has been the Director of the John Hansard Gallery since 1987 and during that time has developed a very particular style and approach. The Gallery has shown many artists of the early conceptual movement, either from the artist’s archives or Estate when they have died, or often commissioned new work from them when they are alive. Additionally, the Gallery has commissioned thematic shows that explore related issues; around conceptual art since the 1960s, working with archives and other forms of documentary material. The remainder of the programme is dedicated to artists who owe a debt to these early conceptualists and, wherever possible, is based on commissioning new work.

The Gallery has been based on the campus since it was founded in 1980, and acts very much as a research centre, working with artists and curators to develop new work. Much of its work tours internationally, and the Gallery enjoys a much wider reputation than its modest premises should attract. However, in October 2016 the Gallery will occupy brand new purpose built premises in the centre of Southampton. It will form part of a complex that includes performing facilities, film training facilities, and seven bars and cafes, providing an impetus to the further development of a significant cultural quarter. It will open with the final leg of the 2015/16 British Art Show.

What's On

Empire Through the Lens

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL

Saturday 30 September 2017 – Friday 31 August 2018

Plymouth Art Weekender 2018

Plymouth

Tuesday 09 January 2018 – Sunday 30 September 2018

The Artizan Garden Salon Open Show

7 Lucius Street

Friday 02 February 2018 – Sunday 23 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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