Pick of the Week

July's Picks selected by Sarah James

July 2  – 8

Groundwork: Francis Alÿs, The Silence of Ani


Until Sunday 8 July

Francis Alÿs’ film The Silence of Ani (2015) was shot on location in an ancient Armenian city near the border with Turkey, where the quiet of a ruined city is broken by birdsong.

'In my previous role as Director of the Architecture Centre, I was constantly highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of architecture and am interested to note that artist Francis Alys originally trained as an architect before actively pursuing an ambition to challenge the status quo through his artistic practice.'

Guest Editor Sarah James

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July 9  – 15

Sculpture at The Walled Garden

Walled Garden, Moreton

Until Friday 31 August

A beautiful three acre landscaped garden with stream-fed ponds, large lawn spaces, wetland features and woodland creates an inspiring backdrop for contemporary sculpture.

'Sculpture at the Walled Gardens in Moreton was part of Dorset Art Weeks (DAW) but runs until September. DAW is still the largest open studios event in the UK and is a great showcase for the quality and range of work in Dorset.'

Guest Editor Sarah James

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July 16  – 22

Woman's Hour Craft Prize

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Until Sunday 2 September

Showcasing the most innovative and exciting craft practice in the UK today, this exhibition from the V&A marks the 70th anniversary of BBC Woman’s Hour. Twelve finalists have been selected for their originality and excellence in concept, design and process.

'Craft and the fight for women’s rights are inextricably linked and today, the maker movement across the UK is thriving and the Arts Development Company is recognising a number of emerging craft makers from Dorset in our Contemporary Dorset Makers short film series'

Guest Editor Sarah James

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July 23  – 29

Colin Higginson – There will always be rocks on the road

Test Space

Until Sunday 5 August

Colin Higginson’s current work is motivated by an interest in experimental archaeology, language, display and where the natural and built environment meet.

'At the Arts Development Company we work across sectors and in particular with environment agencies to support the commissioning of site specific work inspired by our incredible natural environment and landscapes – Colin’s own fascination with rocks and the built and natural environment chimes with our passion too.'

Guest Editor Sarah James

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What's On

Get Creative this Summer

17 Townsend Cottage

Wednesday 02 July 2008 – Thursday 30 August 2018

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

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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