Pick of the Week 2015

January's Picks Selected by Fiona Cassidy

January 26-1 February

Griffin Art Prize

White Moose
Until Friday 30 January 2015

The Griffin Art Prize show presents shortlisted artists from across the world.

'I was drawn to this exhibition, my last selection, for a number of reasons.

'For me the work must always come first. Browsing images by the ten artists who make up the shortlist of the Griffin Art Prize I see a good range of contemporary painting. Elisha Enfield's explosive, cinematic paintings look particularly interesting as do Jinge Zhoa's intimate portraits of her Grandma.

'Having previously selected shows in southwest cities I wanted to pick somewhere a bit more off the beaten track and Barnstaple certainly is that.  

'Reading about White Moose Gallery I am interested by their enterprise. If feels to me that the art world is on the cusp of change. I am not yet sure what the path will be but like the music and book industries we are having to remodel the way artists create their living. In taking advantage of opportunities in both the commercial sector and the public, White Moose Gallery seems set to be part of that change.'

Guest Editor, Fiona Cassidy

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January 19-25

PIGDOGANDMONKEYFESTOS

Exeter Phoenix

Preview: Thursday 22 January 6pm
Friday 23 January 2015 – Saturday 07 March

Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5.30pm

I was initially drawn to the broad concept of this exhibition, doesn't everyone love to read a heartfelt artists' pronouncement? Then the way the curators Shaun Doyle and Mally Malinson write lured me in further. The statement that really piqued my interest being ‘PIGDOGANDMONKEYFESTOS Embraces all the half-baked ideas, dead ends and prejudiced rants that make artists manifestos wondrous artworks in themselves’.

‘When interviewed about the exhibition in its previous incarnation at AirSpace Gallery, Mally Malinson said:

'There seemed to be a dearth in manifesto writing in contemporary art or at least in what we, historically, consider a manifesto to be. We thought it would be interesting to see what we got if we invited fellow artists to respond to the concept of the manifesto.

We didn’t want PIGDOGANDMONKEYFESTOS to be an academic genre defining survey show, that would be way too dry, the exhibition was conceived as an installation and not a run of the mill group show’.

‘The installation photographs from AirSpace show artworks crammed, layered and overlapping throughout the gallery. I will look forward to seeing how the show morphs and colonises the spaces at Exeter Phoenix.’

Guest Editor, Fiona Cassidy

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January 12-18

The Space Between

Salisbury Arts Centre
15 January - 22 February

Exhibition Opening - Wednesday 14th January from 6-8pm
Performances, Artists Talks and Discussion - Saturday 21 February 11am-4pm

Each year the team at Salisbury Arts Centre have a broad theme in mind when selecting work across our programme which for 2015 is 'Worth Fighting For?'. Our annual call-out for exhibition proposals asked curators to respond to this theme. The Space Between was conceived by Bath-based Fay Stevens. She brings together sculpture, video and sound works by seven artists which offer the potential to create space and a chance to pause.

The artists are: Suze Adams, Seta Antonova, Mary-Jane Evans, Marieke Gelissen, Robert Good, Lee Riley, Zejing Liu

'I have been fortunate to work with a number of external curators at Salisbury Arts Centre, a process I find really rewarding. It is always interesting to see how others approach our building, each time finding locations for works that I might not have considered. Fay's desire to create an exhibition which provides a pause from hectic daily life has in my view been a success. Even the installation of the work has been a calm experience. I am looking forward to discussing the individual works with the artists and seeing their works performed on February 21st'.

Guest Editor, Fiona Cassidy

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January 5-11

You Move Me

Antlers Gallery at the Create Centre
Until Saturday January 10

You Move Me is an ambitious exhibition of new work that revolves around a large-scale site-specific installation by Bristol-based artist Jo Lathwood. You Move Me takes over Bristol’s Create Centre, transforming the environment centre into a wooden tunnel-like space for visitors to journey through and explore. In dialogue with this main framework a select group of artists have been commissioned to respond to Lathwood’s work. The invited artists are Helen Jones, Laurie Lax, Olivia Jones and Synnøve Fredericks.

‘I am intrigued by the structure of this exhibition. The narrowing chain of decision making from the selection of the space, the installation of Jo Lathwood’s work then the individual artists own choices in making their work to sit alongside those already determined factors. I wish I was able to take advantage of the opportunity to talk with the artists about these choices at one of the programmed events, but instead I will have take my last chance to visit this weekend.’

Guest Editor, Fiona Cassidy

Exhibition ends this Saturday.

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What's On

Free art classes for over 50s

SPACE, 6 West Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0BH

Sunday 06 December 0217 – Wednesday 28 March 2018

Radical Clay: Teaching with the greatest potters of the 1960s

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

Saturday 22 July 2017 – Sunday 10 June 2018

Sculpture Class at Bath Artists' Studios

Bath Artists' Studios, The Old Malthouse, Comfortable Place, Upper Bristol Road, Bath, BA1 3AJ

Thursday 07 September 2017 – Thursday 14 December 2017

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.

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