Pick of the Week 2013

July's Pick's, Selected by Simon Lee Dicker

29 July - 4 August

Universalism, Lola Nevado

THE BIG ROOM, The Parlour Showroom, 31/31a College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TB

Friday 02 August 2013 – Tuesday 06 August 2013
Preview: Thursday 1 August, 18:00 - 23:00
Opening hours: 10:00 - 20:00

For his last selection as Guest Editor, Simon Lee Dicker has selected Universalism, Lola Nevado at The Parlour Showrooms:

'Making a mark in this messy world Lola Navado grapples with personal anxiety, doubt and confusion, trying to find her place in the universe, in ‘the big room’ at the Parlour Showrooms.

'Described as two adjacent empty shops, the Parlour Showrooms are anything but vacant space, the Black Hole of the retail world. This thriving artist-run space presents arts and community based exhibitions and events that gives us a glimpse of how creativity can flourish in our most public of places.'

Lola Nevado’s inspiration for her current series of artworks arises from her experiences of extreme situations such as exposure to intense fears and panic attacks. Consequently this has led her to look for new ways to conceive her own existence, from which a question arises: does reality from our perspective deserve so much relevance given the infinity of the universe?

Find out more here.


22 - 28 July

Ecologies of Value, John Newling

The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, TR18 2NL
Saturday 20 July 2013 – Saturday 14 September 2013

This major survey exhibition presents a selection of John Newling’s work, from the 1970s to the present day. John Newling is a pioneer of British public art, exploring religion, the natural world and the social and economic systems of society.

Our Guest Editor Simon Lee Dicker expands on this weeks selection:

‘From intimate public realm interventions in hotels, swimming pools and burnt out cars to major commissions for large institutions including the Post Office and The Inland Revenue John Newling’s work explores what he describes as ‘The tacit agreements of Place’.

‘Pulling no punches the Exchange promises a major survey exhibition of this pioneering British artist with work exploring the big issues of the day such as currency, belief and our relationship to the natural world.’

Find out more about the event here.


15 - 21 July

Archaeology in Reverse, Andy Harper

Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5PZ
Saturday 06 July – Saturday 28 September

Archaeology in Reverse, Andy Harper, has been selected by Guest Editor Simon Lee Dicker as our Pick of the Week:

‘My first experience of Andy’s work was in 2011 whilst on a research trip to Assembly, the artist-run space he set up with Abigail Reynolds in a converted Wesleyan Chapel in St Just, only 7 miles away from his current show at the Newlyn Art Gallery.

‘The Newlyn Art Gallery provides a perfect homecoming for this internationally exhibiting artist, and a great retreat from the unpredictable Cornish weather, inviting you to visit new, intricate worlds frozen in a thin layer of paint’.

Over the past decade, Andy Harper has gained critical acclaim for an extraordinary and varied body of paintings. Harper considers painting to be an instrument to capture the patterns and processes of his mind. He works into a thin film of oil paint; the surface worked and re-worked. For a period of time the painting remains totally malleable, but then, like archaeology in reverse, the surface stiffens and embedded in the paint is a trace of thought itself.

Find out more about this event here.


8 - 14 July

Tue Greenfort and the Feeder Canal Sand Martin Colony

Thursday 11 July
18:30 - 20:00
£6/£5 concs, Advance booking required.
To book: please phone 0117 917 2300, or email [email protected]
Please meet at Arnolfini box office, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

Guest Editor Simon Lee Dicker has selected Tue Greenfort and the Feeder Canal Sand Martin Colony as our Pick of the Week:

'Art as environmental instrumentalism, this mix of the exotic and familiar brings together our most gregarious riparian visitors with the architecture of Bristol’s industrial heritage.

'As Bristol trims its beard in preparation for its inauguration as European Green Capital in 2015 what better way to view the city than from on board a boat in the company of the artist and those involved in producing this project'.

Meet and hear from artist Tue Greenfort about his recent project for Bristol which involved the creation of a roost to encourage the growth of a small Sand Martin colony on Bristol's Feeder Canal.

Find out more about this event here.


1 - 7 July

Against All Odds, LOW PROFILE

Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy St, EX4 6LZ
Until Saturday 06 July 2013

In his first selection as guest editor, Simon Lee Dicker has chosen Against All Odds by LOW PROFILE. Simon says,

"Creative survival in a culture dominated by notions of success that are defined by material wealth is the everyday terrain of artists and those working in the arts.

"Like a giant post-it-note reminder the façade of the Exeter Phoenix is telling me to never never never never give up. I keep making work, and I will get to see the exhibition Against All Odds by artist duo Low Profile that ends tomorrow, (Saturday 6 July)".

Against All Odds is an exhibition of recent works by collaborative duo LOW PROFILE spanning live performance, video, installation and artists’ publication.

Their work investigates ideas around survival, preparedness and perseverance, testing their own commitment to keeping going and not giving up. Drawing on a range of cultural reference points they address themes of everyday survival with humour, absurdity and a light touch, actively calling into question notions of expertise, usefulness and redundancy.

Find out more about this event here.

What's On

Family Saturdays

Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF

Monday 01 October 2018 – Thursday 31 October 2019

Craft Workshops

Various Venues

Friday 08 February 2019 – Tuesday 31 December 2019

Jon England: Hour Hands

Market House Museum, 32 Swain St, Watchet TA23 0AD

Wednesday 27 March 2019 – Friday 08 November 2019

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.

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