Pick of the Week 2017

December's Picks selected by Lindsey Hall

November 27 – December 3

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Limina VR Weekender – VR Arts Festival

Watershed, Bristol

Friday 1 – Sunday 3 December

'One of the great things about being asked to be Guest Editor for VASW is the spreadsheet they send you which lists everything visual art+ in the south west. I always knew we are lucky to live in a creative place, but the long list is eye opening and there is too much to choose from – when is someone going to invent a transporter to get round it all?

My first choice is the Limina VR Weekender – VR Arts Festival at the Watershed. Curated by the wonderful Pervasive Media Studios and one of their residents, Catherine Allen, this promises to be a feast for the senses – cutting edge dance; a VR Wildlife Safari; and a trip through a surrealist painting. It also asks questions about how we critically engage with VR – fascinating and very timely as VR and AR move into the mainstream.'

Guest Editor Lindsey Hall

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December 4–10

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The Collaborators

The Exchange, Penzance

Until Saturday 6 January

'Although it’s been on for a while, I haven’t yet made it to the fourth annual exhibition celebrating the work of The Collaborators at The Exchange in Penzance. Describing themselves as a “collective of art-based adventurers”, The Collaborators are a group of 15 – 25 year old emerging artists, linked to and supported by Newlyn Art Gallery. This show promises surprises and new perspectives, and contrasts with the other exhibition at The Exchange by Robyn Denny, an internationally acclaimed contemporary of David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Peter Blake. Interesting to reflect on the journey that talent takes.'

Guest Editor Lindsey Hall

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December 11–17

Native Makers Christmas Market

Ocean Studios, Plymouth

Saturday 16 December – Sunday 17 December

Native Makers is a platform for creative people in Devon, curating quality makers markets to support artisan craft in the South West.

'A bit of a perennial favourite and as it is taking place at Ocean Studios in Plymouth this year I’ll definitely be doing my Christmas shopping at Native Makers Winter Market. Founded in 2014 and now run by Rosie Drake-Knight, Native Makers aims to link designer-makers with people who love artisan craft and contemporary design. It has grown each year, is a great day out and you know you’ll come back with something unique plus a warm glow from knowing your money is well spent – a great antidote to Black Friday.'

Guest Editor Lindsey Hall

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December 18–24

Mad Dog Mcrea (+ The Leylines)

The Beehive, Honiton

Thursday 21 December, 8pm

From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.

'As it's Christmas, my final choice has to be a knees-up with Mad Dog McCrea and the Leylines at the Beehive. I’ve seen Mad Dog McCrea numerous times – they are a regular at local festivals and events in South East Cornwall. A mix of high energy folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz and bluegrass: great to dance to and just right to banish all thoughts of work and get ready for a festive Christmas.'

Guest Editor Lindsey Hall

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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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