Pick of the Week 2016

June's Picks selected by Sandy Kirkby

June 1-5

Photo Marathon 2016

M Shed, Bristol
Saturday 4 June

Don't worry, there is no running involved! The event is a day to challenge participants to think creatively, meet new people and have some fun. Each entrant receives a disposable camera and a list of topics to capture...

'Love this idea. In an era when the visual image is endlessly shared, edited, re shared, re gurgitated, re manipulated, re posted, re tweeted, re formed there is something about that lack of control, lack of refinement and element of surprise with print film that is very seductive and frustrating in equal measure. Can’t wait to see the results.'

Guest Editor Sandy Kirkby

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June 6-12

Terrain: Land into Art

Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset
Until Sunday 3 July

Terrain: Land into Art, brings together the work of 17 artists with works responding to the natural world. The show features a series of works from modernism to the present day. Artists include Peter Doig, Kathy Prendergast, Richard Long, Hamish Fulton, Anya Gallaccio and Simon Faithfull alongside recent works by Gary Hume, John Stezaker, Vicken Parsons, Raphael Hefti and Tim Knowles.

'I can't deny I am a little swayed by the fact that one of my favourite artists, Anya Gallaccio, is exhibiting in this (and a fellow Kingston Uni Alumnus too!), but I really look forward to seeing this show and exploring how artists have investigated the ground beneath our feet through new and re-discovered perspectives.'

Guest Editor Sandy Kirkby

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June 13-19

Drawing A Presence 2016

Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange
Until Saturday 25 June

A survey of the output of young artist-led collectives based in Cornwall. Drawing A Presence 2016 will pick up a question posed by the debate at the close of DaP2014 “Do you have to leave the county in order to establish yourself as an artist?” Many of the artists in this exhibition believe it’s not where you’re based that matters, but rather what you do and how you do it.

'Drawing a Presence (DaP) is a biennial platform offered by Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange to young artists to present their work within the Gallery’s main exhibition programme. I really respect what Newlyn have supported here, it's so hard for young artists to have a presence in established arts venues and even harder to establish a contemporary practice in rural areas. If emerging talent is going to enrich our arts ecology and ensure that the very best and most exciting contemporary art has a place outside of big cities then we need more of these opportunities and they need our support - so go and see!'

Guest Editor Sandy Kirkby

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June 20-30

Sean Lynch: The Weight of the World

Exeter Phoenix and Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art, Exeter
Until Saturday 2 July

Spacex, in partnership with Exeter Phoenix and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, presents The Weight of the World, a solo exhibition by Irish artist Sean Lynch featuring three new video commissions and the UK premiere of the projected video element of Adventure: Capital, that represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale 2015.

Split across the two adjacent sites of Exeter Phoenix and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), Lynch’s new works are directly informed by artefacts from the Museum’s collection of over one million objects, in particular its recent acquisition of the Seaton Down Hoard, one of the largest hoards of Roman coins ever found in Britain, discovered by a metal detectorist in nearby East Devon

'There's a quote by David Binder in one of the brilliant TED talks that we often refer to at b-side, which perfectly sums up why artists are important: "Artists are explorers....so who better to show us the town and the landscape anew? Artists take us into that building that we pass every day and never went into. Artists can show us people in our midst that we might otherwise overlook."
Need I say more?'

Guest Editor Sandy Kirkby

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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.

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