Pick of the Week 2017

January's Picks, selected by Letty Clarke

January 9-15

Oliver Sutherland: And then

Plymouth College of Art
Until Wednesday 15 February

Exploring possibilities for agency in digital production and the anxieties that spawn from submerging a body within technology, this exhibition of new work by Oliver Sutherland presents dislocated narratives that pull in and out of focus, coming together and falling apart as an artificially intelligent camera encounters them.

Guest Editor Letty Clarke

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January 16-22

The Twenty Metre Rule: Freedom in the Digital Age

University of Portsmouth
Wednesday 18 January, 1.30-5pm

'The Twenty Metre Rule' is a metaphor for how the digital age has impacted upon individual freedoms and privacy. It asks: 'What is autonomy or independence within online culture?' This symposium uses gameplay to question supposed freedoms, discuss advances of increased independence whilst worrying about the rise of censorship, user monitoring and analysis.

'The Twenty Metre Rule' is also the name of a new online game developed by artist as researcher Howard Hardiman whilst in residence at Art Space Portsmouth. Digital and physcial movement are used to explore the overlap between choice-based narrative gaming and critical contemporary art.

Guest Editor Letty Clarke

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January 23-29

Exhibition Tour: Lubaina Himid Led by Valda Jackson

Spike Island
Saturday 28 January, 2pm

Spike Island studio artist and writer Valda Jackson considers questions of dislocation and identity in the work of Lubaina Himid.

Lubaina Himid was a pioneer of the Black Arts Movement in Britain in the 1980s, which offered a forum for black artists exploring the social and political issues surrounding black history and identity.

Spike Island’s exhibition focuses on migration, labour and creativity, longstanding concerns for Himid. Anchored by Naming the Money (2004), a spectacular installation of 100 life-size, painted figures that has been shown only once before in its entirety, the presentation brings into dialogue major works from the past 25 years, honing in on Himid’s theatrical use of cut-outs, colour and pattern.

Guest Editor Letty Clarke

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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.

Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network

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