Pick of the Week 2016

August's Guest Editor: Tessa J Fitzjohn

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 August, curator and producer Tessa J Fitzjohn is making the selection.

Tessa J Fitzjohn is a Bristol-based curator and producer. She has over twelve years' experience of developing publically engaged arts projects for museums, galleries and the public realm.

Her interest lies in commissioning work that focuses on enquiry, engagement and active collaboration between place and public. Her current project is Resilience Lab: an uncertain world, with research partner The Cabot Institute, Bristol University, co-curated with Aldo Rinaldi. The programme includes a series of artist residencies and public art commissions with artists Marinela Senatore, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Fourthland, Mariele Nuedecker, Marjetica Potrc and Ooze.

Tessa’s recent curatorial work includes The Furthest Place from the Centre of the Earth with artist Kathy Prendergast, Kinsale Festival 2014, and Artestirium 2015, Tblisi.

Past projects include Charles Fort Commissions, Kinsale Festival 2014, Cork; Garden of Reason, for the National Trust at Ham House, London; Ballast Seed Garden/Seeds of Change, Bristol; Positive Places, five public art projects for homeless and vulnerable people; and North Devon Ceramic Events.

As a past Arts Council Officer for the South East and South West region, she had responsibility for artists, media and organisations and major projects, including Photoworks; Aspex Gallery; Ruskin School University of Oxford; Brighton Photo Biennial; Whitstable Biennale and Exeter Phoenix.

Tessa has a background as a practising artist from 1974 – 2002.


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


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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