Pick of the Week

February's Picks selected by Caraboo Projects

February 4 – 10

Exhibition Tour: Christopher Kulendran Thomas, led by Lucia Fortune-Ely

Spike Island

Saturday 9 February, 2–3pm

New Eelam is a real estate technology company founded by artist Christopher Kulendran Thomas in order to develop a global housing subscription based on collective co-ownership rather than individually owned private property. Initiated as a long-term artwork in the form of a startup, the venture has brought together an interdisciplinary team of specialists across the fields of technology, art, real estate, finance and architecture to explore how a more liquid form of citizenship could be constructed beyond national boundaries.

'Algorithms are predicting our shopping, spending, and travelling habits, while smart apps are offering to manage our professional and social lives, perhaps better than we can. Software is increasingly consuming personal choice while its profitability benefits a privileged few. However there is an alternative to our society of anxiety, debt and increasingly nationalist rhetoric around our physical borders – if you are ready to embrace a life without material things. Welcome to liquid citizenship. This tour is an opportunity to find out more.' – John

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February 11 – 17

Criminal Ornamentation: Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection


Until Sunday 17 March

From a sequined dress by Alexander McQueen to nineteenth-century wallpaper by William Morris, Shonibare's selection tells a story of objects that refuse to be confined. Showing nearly 100 works by more than 50 artists including Andy Goldsworthy, Sarah Lucas, Sonia Boyce, Susan Derges, Mona Hatoum, David Nash, Bridget Riley and Yinka Shonibare MBE.

'This looks like a really interesting and eclectic show, and a chance to see a huge variety of artists and creatives under one roof. Shonibare has curated this exhibition mostly from the Arts Council Collection. It explores pattern and ornamentation, combatting the assertation of Adolf Loos, early 20th century architect, that decoration and craft are the lowest levels of cultural development. This collection of works will contradict his belief.' Jenny

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February 18 – 24

Katie Schwab: A Working Building

Plymouth College of Art

Until Saturday 16 March

Through a collection of new and reconfigured existing works, this exhibition explores the design histories of Plymouth's Council House in relation to contemporary concerns around reused and scrap materials. Embracing bold, abstract and improvised patterning, the exhibition incorporates works produced at Plymouth College of Art, including block-printed wallpaper, tufted and stitched textiles, upholstered stools, enamel wall panels and videos. With a focus on room dividers, screens and wall-based works, the installation incorporates divisions of space drawn from models of the shopfront, cinema, living room and council chambers.

'We really love Katie Schwab's work and are very excited to see PCA's new exhibition showing the culmination of her 18 month residency. It promises to be a really dense eclectic mix of research, experimentation and craft: from wall hangings, block printed wall paper, hand-tufted rugs and video, there's a lot to delve into and explore. We think it looks colourful and fun too!' – Felicia and Phil

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What's On

Groundwork: Steve Rowell, Points of Presence

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Eastern House, Old Cable Lane, Porthcurno TR19 6JX

Thursday 21 June 2018 – Monday 01 April 2019

Fabric Africa: Stories told through textiles

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

Saturday 30 June 2018 – Sunday 19 May 2019

Phizogs - Bedwyr Williams at RAMM

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX

Tuesday 17 July 2018 – Monday 01 April 2019

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