Pick of the Week 2016

January's Picks Selected by Aldo Rinaldi

January 25 - 31

Exeter's Fine Art Collection

RAMM: Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Until Sunday 8 May

A rich source of information about Exeter and its inhabitants. Featured are distinctive city landmarks, such as Mol’s Coffee House and the Higher Market.

'This show is drawn fom RAMM's collection of topographical prints, drawings and watercolours however the exhibition largely spotlights the work of artist Cecil Collins (1908–89): an English visionary who drew inspiration from the prophecies of William Blake and Far Eastern philosophy. Long associated with the SW, Collins taught at Dartington between 1939 and 1943 and had a major retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1959.'

Guest Editor Aldo Rinaldi

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January 18 - 24

John Akomfrah: Vertigo Sea

Arnolfini
Until Sunday 10 April

Vertigo Sea, a three-screen film, first seen at the 56th Venice Biennale as part of Okwui Enwezor’s All the World’s Futures exhibition, is a sensual, poetic and cohesive meditation on man's relationship with the sea and exploration of its role in the history of slavery, migration, and conflict.

'Shot on the Isle of Skye, the Faroe Islands and Norway with the BBC’s Bristol based Natural History Unit, Vertigo Sea draws upon two remarkable books: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851) and Heathcote Williams’ epic poem Whale Nation (1988), a harrowing and inspiring work which charts the history, intelligence and majesty of the largest mammal on earth.'

Guest Editor Aldo Rinaldi

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January 11 - 17

The First Humans

Plymouth Arts Centre
Friday 15 January 2016 – Saturday 02 April 2016

A look at contemporary art with a prehistoric feel. Often incorporating synthetic colours and materials and a sci-fi look, many of the artworks are spoof or tongue-in-cheek.

'Curated by Angela Kingston and organised by the Pump House Gallery in collaboration with Plymouth Arts Centre and with a distinctly prehistoric thematic First Humans features wall hangings by Caroline Achaintre and a film by Ben Rivers based on how humans and fire first came into being.'

Guest Editor Aldo Rinaldi

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January 4 - 10

Craigie Aitchison RA - A Colourful Life in Painting

Swindon Museum & Art Gallery
Until Saturday 9 January

This free exhibition includes selected paintings from throughout Craigie Aitchison's life. He relished colour and is celebrated as one of our most important 20th Century artists for the intensity of his palette, his flat, almost two-dimensional forms and simple icon-like compositions.

'Closing on the 9th January this show pulls together works by the celebrated colourist (and Bristol visitor) Craigie Aitchison. Aitchison’s (who passed away in 2009) last large show was at the RA in London in 2003 so visit Swindon to catch this show before it ends.'

Guest Editor Aldo Rinaldi

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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.

Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network

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