Pick of the Week

September's Picks selected by Zoe Li

September 3 – 7

Image: Hamad Butt, Cradle. Vacuum sealed glass, steel cables, chlorine gas, water. Courtesy Tate: presented by Jamal Butt, 2014. Commissioned by John Hansard Gallery, 1992

Time After Time

John Hansard Gallery

Saturday 8 September – Saturday 3 November

'Curated by Stephen Foster (John Hansard Gallery's Director 1987–2017), this exhibition reflects on the gallery‘s history and programme since its beginning in 1980. Artist Walter van Rijn has worked closely with the gallery’s exhibitions team and archives to create a new work and an extensive database of all artworks that have ever been shown throughout the gallery’s 39-year history, while re-examining key site-specific installations by artists Caroline Bergvall, Victor Burgin, Hamad Butt, John Latham and Charlotte Posenenske.'

Guest Editor Zoe Li

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September 8 – 16

b-side Festival 2018

Isle of Portland, Dorset

Saturday 8 September – Sunday 16 September

b-side festival returns for 9 days of art that shines the spotlight on the rugged Isle of Portland’s intriguing history, geology and landscape.

'A "not-to-be-missed" visual arts festival in the region. Featuring site-specific new commissions including performances, installations and walks, which reflect Portland's landscapes and history. This year, look out for works by Alistair Gentry, Ania Bas, Tim Spooner, Rosie Leventon, Leni Dothan and Lucy Large, among more than 30 other artists in the festival.'

Guest Editor Zoe Li

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September 17 – 23

Somerset Open Studios 2018

Venues across Somerset

Saturday 15 – Sunday 30 September

Somerset Open Studios 2018 draws Art Weeks back to its roots, focusing on artists in their working environment. Featuring over 300 artists in nearly 200 venues, visitors will be able to see how artists make their work; their process, practice and inspiration.

'One of the largest open studios events in the UK, you will be spoiled for choice with more than 300 artists in 192 venues. Pick your favourite venues and visit Hestercombe Gallery, Hauser & Wirth and other attractions in Somerset on the way. Personally, I am looking forward to visiting Fiona Hingston in West Horrington, Georgina Towler at Contains Art and being busy at Eastville Project Space in Yeovil – where Wyrd Wild West Festival takes place on the 22 September, featuring exhibitions across music and visual arts and the evening performances of bands, electronics and improv sounds.'

Guest Editor Zoe Li

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September 24 – 30

Image Credit: Edwin Burdis & Tom Woolner, The Shining Salty Spectacle of Salty Singing Sailors, 2017, photo Rod Gonzalez

Plymouth Art Weekender 2018

Venues across Plymouth

Friday 28 – Sunday 30 September

Plymouth Art Weekender is an ambitious annual event that takes place across the city, confidently celebrating Plymouth, its people and the visual arts.

'I have always enjoyed visiting the Art Weekender, a three-day visual arts event packed with innovative and excellent work created by Plymouth-based, regional, national and international artists and shown in different locations across the city. This year, the event takes place in conjunction with the opening of the Atlantic Project, which features new work by Ursula Biemann, Liu Chuang, Nilbar Güreş, Ryoji Ikeda, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Marie Lund, Carl Slater, Hito Steyerl, Tommy Støckel, SUPERFLEX and Vermeir & Heiremans.'

Guest Editor Zoe Li

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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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