Pick of the Week 2016

November's Picks, selected by Louise Coysh

November 1 - 6

The Mother's Bones: Abigail Reynolds

Plymouth Arts Centre
Thursday 1 - Thursday 10 November

'Set against an epic Lizard Peninsula in West Cornwall, Abigail Reynolds’ new film The Mother’s Bones offers a sensual enquiry through image and sound, into the essential elements that constitute ‘place’.

Under the microscope is Dean Quarry. Magnified splices of the area’s mineral formations, aerial shots and a performing brass band are combined to create a sumptuous portrait of this unique site. Dressed in their uniforms at first the band members appear at odds with the area’s ancient geology, however their presence belies a strong association with the site, having been established over one hundred year ago, by the quarry workers whose hands reshaped the local stone.'

Guest Editor Louise Coysh

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November 7 - 13


Newlyn and Exchange
Until Saturday 7 January 2017

'How far have we come in the 40 years since the Sex Discrimination Act? At a time when the tabloid press and politicians at home and abroad increasingly undermine women’s rights either by policy or personal behaviour, this question, raised by curators Eliza Gluckman and Lucy Day, has never felt more urgent. This touring exhibition brings together a diverse range of work from over 20 female artists exploring the role of women since the Act came into force.

A must-see show, and part of an essential debate raised by a number of current feminist exhibitions taking place at The Photographers’ Gallery and Guerrilla Girls at The Whitechapel Gallery.'

Guest Editor Louise Coysh

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November 14 - 20

The Tardi(nes)s* - Paul Vivian

K6 Gallery, Southampton
Until Thursday 14 January 2017

Two telephone boxes have been transformed into spaces of immersive otherness.

'With the demise of the once ubiquitous red phone box, Southampton’s artist-collective have appropriated two such design icons into the aptly named K6 Gallery.

K6’s commitment to supporting artists and inserting beguiling artworks into the city, along with a fervent interest in the public realm, is a valuable contributor to the city’s burgeoning artistic community.

Alongside the juggernaut of British Art Show 8 in Southampton, transport yourself to another dimension in The Tardi(nes)s* by Paul Vivian. This intimate offering, inspired by Dr Who’s trusty Tardis and Foucault’s revolutionary spatial theories, invites the viewer to step into the void. With the recent turn in global events, this offering as part of the Southampton Fringe, is an opportunity not to be missed.'

Guest Editor Louise Coysh

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November 21 - 27

Test Space: Rebecca Swindell, Surface Stories

Test Space, Spike Island
Saturday 26 November – Sunday 11 December

Rebecca Swindell’s exhibition Surface Stories is an exploration of drawn narratives on a variety of different surfaces and found objects.

'Bristol’s Spike Island provides fertile ground for artists to meet and develop their practices alongside each other. From workspace and studios for over 70 artists, alongside an international programme of residencies, exhibitions and events, this site of production and display enables new networks and opportunities to evolve.

Sitting within this dynamic ecology is Test Space. Run and curated by Spike Island Studio holders, it provides a vital space for artists to present ‘finished work and works in progress’. Opening this week is Surface Stories by Bristol-based artist (and Winchester School of Art alumna) Rebecca Swindell.

Drawing directly on found objects, Swindell cultivates narratives of people and situations she encounters. Shown together, these works offer up a larger picture of society, from the perspective of individual experiences. Located within the context of Spike, this exhibition resonates with ideas of language and drawing at play within the wider programme of artists’ work.'

Guest Editor Louise Coysh

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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

Empire Through the Lens

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

Saturday 30 September 2017 – Friday 31 August 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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