Pick of the Week 2015

October's Picks Selected by Louisa Fairclough

October 26 - November 1

Subversion in Switzerland: International Art and Politics in Exile 1914-1918

Peninsula Arts
Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University
Tuesday 27 October 7pm

Dr Deborah Lewer’s research interests lie in the field of the German-speaking avant-garde of the period 1910-1933. In particular, she works on many aspects of Zurich Dada, Dada in Germany, Expressionism, ‘Neue Sachlichkeit’ and the wider literary and visual culture of the Weimar Republic.

'My last pick takes me back to the artist as radical, in this case Dada’s mischievous and dissenting anti-logic. In her talk Deborah Lewer, Senior Lecturer in the History of Art, University of Glasgow, will discuss the period during the first world war when neutral Switzerland became an extraordinary place of action and dissent for avant-garde artists, poets, deserters, pacifists, spies, racketeers and many others who took exile there. The talk focuses on the emergence of the Dada movement in Zurich with Lewer examining the radical culture and politics which Hugo Ball, German author and Dada artist, referred to as 'this birdcage surrounded by roaring lions'. 

'Finally, check out the packed programme for Art Weekender Bristol & Bath with events running from Friday 31 October to Sunday 1 November.'

Guest Editor Louisa Fairclough

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October 19 - 25

death: the human experience

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Saturday 24 October – Sunday 13 March 2016

Family event

Mexican Day of the Dead
Saturday 31 October, 10am - 5pm

An exhibition that asks you to consider the science, ethics, attitudes and process of death, as well as the variety of ways human remains are used and the importance of end-of-life choices in contemporary society.

'death: the human experience will show how human beings have approached death and dying around the world and across time, exploring the rituals and symbols we use to understand death from Victorian mourning to grave goods and mummification. In relation to this, Max Porter will be at Spike Island’s Novel Writers event on Thursday 29th October, to discuss his acclaimed debut Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Part poetry, part play-for-voices, the novella opens on a scene of desolation (drained of light). His passion for Ted Hughes’ Crow, Emily Dickinson, RS Thomas and Alice Oswald suggests this is one not to miss.'

Guest Editor Louisa Fairclough

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October 12-18

Bideford Black - Next Generation

The Burton Art Gallery & Museum
Until Friday 13 November

An eclectic exhibition that represents the Next Generation of artists to use Bideford Black, and offers a 21st century response to a pigment that took millions of years to evolve.

'Bideford Black - Next Generation is the outcome of a year of research and making during which eleven artists selected from an Open Call have been exploring the Bideford Black pigment. Found in the North Devon earth, Bideford Black is a dark sticky substance valued for its pitch-black hue. Devon-based sculptor Tabatha Andrews shows a drawing object visualising the seam of Bideford Black underground, Gloucestershire based artists Neville and Joan Gabie continue to draw as performance to camera with the resulting films shown on stacked monitors, and Spike Associate Sam Treadaway presents a scent-based installation re-imagining the origin of the material with drums brimming with the pigment.'

Guest Editor Louisa Fairclough

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October 5-11

Bristol Radical Film Festival


Friday 9 – Sunday 11 October, 1-10pm
£40/35 festival pass, tickets for individual events also available

The Bristol Radical Film Festival returns for its fourth edition in October 2015. The festival is brought to you by The Bristol Radical Film Festival collective in partnership with The Centre for Moving Image Research (CMIR UWE), Arnolfini and Bristol Experimental Expanded Film (BEEF). 

'Bristol Radical Film Festival celebrates the 40th anniversary of The First Festival of British Independent Cinema hosted by the Arnolfini in 1975. The original festival was a landmark event screening overtly political film alongside avant-garde and experimental work. Many of these films will be shown over the weekend including The Amazing Equal Pay Show by London Women’s Film Group (1974), a rarely screened classic of 1970s radical film-making: an angry, funny exposition on the place of women in capitalist society (8pm, Friday 9 October). Trace and Labour in Structural/Materialism: Then and Now (3.30pm, Sunday 11 October) is a panel discussion chaired by BEEF with Alia Syed (currently shortlisted for the Jarman Award) and Nicky Hamlyn (artist and writer working in Structural Film) who will debate how the radical political gesture of British Structural/Materialism of the 1960s and ’70s might be reframed in a contemporary context. There will be 16mm screenings of Guy Sherwin's Newsprint (1972) and Lis Rhodes Dresden Dynamo (1971-2) and examples of recent work by Stephen Cornford, Louisa Fairclough and Vicky Smith.'


Guest Editor Louisa Fairclough

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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

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