Pick of the Week 2017

August's Guest Editor: Dawn Giles

Image: Dawn Giles, Wall of Protest

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 artist Dawn Giles is making the selection.


Dawn Giles is an artist, organiser, embroiderer, and feminist.

She loves small, long dogs and glitter.

After 15 years living and working in the East of England she is now enjoying re-discovering the South West, having previously lived and worked in both Bath and Cardiff. Although she developed an appreciation for the eerie flat lands of East Anglia, she is now enjoying being surrounded by hills again!

Having worked full-time as a producer, curator and arts administrator she has returned to her art practice, relocating from Bedford to Bristol in February this year and moving into a studio in The Brunswick Club, an artist-run studio of over 30 artists, performers, film-makers and curators.

Prior to this she was CEO of Bedford Creative Arts, commissioning artists to make new work in non-arts settings. Producing work that was site specific and responsive to context, work that embraced participation and collaboration with the public.

Her own practice embraces the delights of pattern making, repetition and decoration to explore and make connections between art, craft and ideas of work and leisure.

Dawn will be taking part in the Nasty Women London exhibition in September this year.

Twitter @utopiandawn
Instagram @dawngiles

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

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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