Pick of the Week

October's Picks selected by Lara Goodband

October 1 – 7

Tania Kovats: Troubled Waters

Exeter Phoenix

Saturday 22 September – Sunday 11 November

'Exeter Phoenix has a lovely new contemporary art space and the ideal show to launch it. Tania Kovats is internationally renowned for her work that explores our environmental impacts on rivers, seas and oceans. I worked with her during 2017 for the City of Culture programme in Hull. Fortunately for us in the South West she lives near Exeter and has been increasingly contributing to the artistic life of the region with her thoughtful work. This show curated by Phoenix’s curator Matt Burrows brings together the commissioned work from Hull 2017 – where she worked with marine scientists at The Deep – and powerful new sculptural pieces made from wetsuit fragments, beautifully displayed in the sparkling new spaces. On Saturday 20 October at 2.30 pm I’ll be in conversation with Tania discussing the themes of the exhibition.'

Guest Editor Lara Goodband

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October 8 – 14

Shezad Dawood: Leviathan

The Dome, Plymouth

Until Sunday 21 October

'As part of the larger international series of commissions that make for the extraordinary Atlantic Project, Leviathan by Shezad Dawood is a site-specific installation, brilliantly curated by Ben Borthwick, in a usually disused underground space of The Dome on the Hoe. Among the three films, sculpture and hangings you walk amid ‘tidy’ rubble! Developed in dialogue with marine biologists, oceanographers, political scientists, neurologists and trauma specialists, the work explores interconnections between marine welfare, our impact on the environment, migration and mental health. I will be returning to Plymouth to see this again.'

Guest Editor Lara Goodband

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October 15 – 21

Benoit Maire: Thebes

Spike Island, Bristol

Until Sunday 9 December

Benoît Maire can be described as a visual philosopher, taking inspiration from a range of disciplines including geometry, sociology and mythology. His major solo exhibition Thebes at Spike Island features more than ninety works ranging from paintings and sculptures to furniture, everyday objects and films.

'I’m looking forward to seeing this in Bristol. A unique opportunity to experience Maire’s diverse and thought-provoking work in the UK. He’s influenced by so many language-based disciplines yet finds his own language through object and paintings – image here takes the place of the word.'

Guest Editor Lara Goodband

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What's On


RENATOS, 33 kings street, Bristol BS14DZ

Sunday 31 October 2010 – Wednesday 31 October 2018

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

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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