Pick of the Week 2013

June's Pick of the Week's, Selected by Nancy Sinclair

June 24 - 30

Rituals Are Tellers Of Us

Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn, TR18 5PZ
Saturday 04 May 2013 – Saturday 29 June 2013
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

In her final selection as guest editor, Nancy Sinclair elaborates on this weeks pick:

“Sadly, there are very few days left to enjoy the feast for the eyes, ears and imagination that is this exhibition.  The works provide new interpretations for human rituals:  old, new and imagined.  Some of these rituals are ones participants would far rather not be part of, others look like fun and still others are the stuff of fantasy.

“The exhibition is also significant for its curation by MA Curatorial Practice students at Falmouth University, in partnership with Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange.  It is a brilliant opportunity for the students to develop and practice their skills.”

A feast of real, invented and re-made rituals, Rituals Are Tellers Of Us is a group exhibition bringing together contemporary works that explore different aspects of ritual action.

The exhibition features works by Lindsey Bull, Tereza Bušková, Matthew Cowan, Jeremy Deller, Hew Locke, Eleanor Moreton, Abigail Reynolds, Anna Sadler & Jon Greenland and Tim Shaw.

Find out more about this event here.


June 17 - 23

Open Studio 6, Four Shepherds, Duncan Whitley

DIVA Contemporary 1 King Square, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3QE
Saturday 22 June 2013, 11:00 - 16:00

Our guest editor Nancy Sinclair expands on this weeks selection:

“The opportunity to hear Duncan Whitley speak about his experience of gathering sound recordings of the shepherds of Covas do Monte (Viseu, Portugal) as well as to hear his final piece is way too good to miss.  His work follows the long tradition of field recordings which capture the sounds of place, of people, of cultures.  The vocalisations of the village shepherds, along with the sound made by the herd of 1500 goats, will make for rich, unusual and compelling listening.”

Four shepherds; four journeys; four loudspeakers. The focus for this project was based on a series of recordings with different shepherds of the village of Covas do Monte. Each shepherd carried a lavalier microphone and portable digital recorder to document their particular journey to the mountain accompanying their flock.

Find out more about this event here.


June 10 - 16

Extra Curricular: Natalie Ferris

Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Rd, Bristol, BS1 6UZ
Thursday 13 June, 18:00

£3, booking essential

June's guest editor Nancy Sinclair say's of her selection:

"This is a brilliant concept:  a monthly drop-in reading group hosted by a writer/artist who facilitates discussion about their selected poem, book and/or author.  Natalie Ferris has chosen to focus on the writings of Christine Brooke-Rose using her radical book Thru which threw out the publishing conventions of type, format and style (along with most other conventions associated with the novel).  This evening event is bound to engender strong opinions, serious debate about the nature of writing and intention of writers and a good look at the novel form in the past, present and future."

Writer and editor Natalie Ferris introduces the work of boundary- pushing author and critic Christine Brooke-Rose, who passed away last year, in a discussion of Thru (1975).

Find out more about this event.


June 3 - 9

Dont look back! I told you so, Chien-Wei Chang

Walford Mill Crafts, Stone Lane, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1NL
Preview: Friday 7 June, 18:00 - 20:00, opened by Phil Gibby, Regional Director of Arts Council England South West.
Continues: Saturday 08 June 2013 – Sunday 21 July 2013
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday, 10:00 - 17:00 Sunday, 11:00 - 16:00

This event was selected by June's guest editor Nancy Sinclair who explains:

"These are objects of great beauty and high craft using beaten metals and found materials.  I find myself drawn to Chien-Wei’s belief that an understanding of cultural contexts can enrich audience understanding of contemporary interpretations of traditional forms and his thinking about the stereotypes attached to craft objects.  I hope the exhibition contains further information from him about the traditional objects which inspired this work."

Walford Mill Crafts are delighted to present a thought provoking collection of work from silversmith Chien-Wei Chang. This solo exhibition features a variety of work which looks at the distinctive contribution artists are making to influence or reflect national identity, the intercultural nature of British society and its connection with global cultures.

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

Life Drawing Classes

Lostwithiel , PL22 0BP

Thursday 14 March 2019 – Sunday 08 March 2020

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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