Pick of the Week 2013

May's Pick of the Weeks, selected by Rebecca Weeks

27 May - 2 June

Wanderings, Simon Faithfull

ICIA Art Space 1 & 2, University of Bath
Until Friday 31 May 2013
Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00 - 17:00

This event was selected by May's guest editor Rebecca Weeks, who says,

"The exhibition offers a range of media including video, digital drawing, installation and writing and conveys Simon Faithfull's ongoing investigation into different states of being, the interplay between environment and self and the work of an artist to map, to record and to capture experience."

Simon Faithfull is a contemporary artist whose work has been exhibited extensively around the world. His work has been described as an attempt to understand and explore the planet as a sculptural object - to test its limits and report back from its extremities, to connect and collapse space and to understand how the far and mysterious relate to the everyday and mundane.

For his exhibition at ICIA, Faithfull brings together a number of works, including drawings and video, taking the traditional form of drawing and pushing the boundaries with contemporary technology, as a means of both production and dissemination.

Find out more about the event here: http://www.vasw.org.uk/events/wanderings-simon-faithfull.php


20 - 26 May

Wall wounds, Sarah Bennett

Plymouth Arts Centre, 38 Looe St, Plymouth, Devon PL4 0EB
Until Sunday 16 June 2013
Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 - 20:30, Sunday 16:00 - 20:30

This event was selected by May's guest editor Rebecca Weeks:

"Sarah Bennett’s focus on the nineteenth-century county pauper lunatic asylum at Exminster near Exeter makes visible the marginalised and obscure histories and treatment of the poor and the mentally ill of Exeter through subtle means and encourages us to consider the present in relation to the past."

Sarah Bennett’s practice focuses on regulatory systems, institutional controls and constraints. In this exhibition she shows several works from her project re-formations, which focuses on a nineteenth-century county pauper lunatic asylum at Exminster near Exeter. Wall-wounds  (found) records the anonymous and potent marks of confinement, which suggest a narrative event, even if they reveal little of the particular circumstances.

Find out more about the event here: http://www.vasw.org.uk/events/wall-wounds-sarah-bennett.php


13 - 19 May

Performance: Ab Ovo

A Spike Island event at Tyntesfield, a National Trust property near Bristol.
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Date: Sunday 19 May 2013, 12:00 noon
Admission fee: £10, booking essential
To book: [email protected] , 0117 9292266

This event was selected by May's guest editor Rebecca Weeks:

"I'm interested in the legacy of female artists who were active within modernism. Their work is only now beginning to be more widely acknowledged, particularly in relation to their contribution towards the development of performance art and performance writing. Hélène Vanel whose performance at the opening night of the 1938 Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme, and whose unpublished manuscript inspired this show is an example of such a forgotten pioneer."

In 2010, Jessica Warboys came upon a collection of photographic portraits of the dancer Hélène Vanel performing at the opening night of the 1938 Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme, and shortly afterwards, an unpublished manuscript by Vanel was discovered.

Editing together these found materials with images from her own films, Warboys produced a publication, Vanelephant, which forms the script for this new spoken word performance, made in collaboration with Morten Norbye Halvorsen. The afternoon recital takes place at Tyntesfield, a glorious Gothic Revival property situated just outside Bristol.

Find out more about the event here: www.vasw.org.uk/events/performance-ab-ovo.php


6 - 12 May


OSR Project Space, Old School Room, Church Street, West Coker, Somerset, BA22 9BD
Preview: Friday 10 May, 18:00 - 21:00
Continues: Saturday 11 May 2013 – Sunday 02 June 2013
Opening hours: Thursday - Saturday 11:00 - 17:00 / Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

This event was selected by May's guest editor Rebecca Weeks:

"I chose this event because it struck me as interesting and as having some weight to the work in terms of the context of its production and the content of the work itself. I would like to go and see it."

Mediators is a video installation by Kyiv based artist collective R.E.P. Group (Revolutionary Experimental Space). The installation includes documentation of street performances carried out by R.E.P in Kyiv (Ukraine), Gyumri (Armenia), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Schwaz (Austria) and Byalystok (Poland).

R.E.P. Group consists of six members who are independently pursuing their own artistic practices whilst developing an on-going dialogue through collaborative practice. Founded in 2004 in synchrony with the political events of the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, the first collective actions took place in Kyiv’s Maidan Square in amongst the protests. R.E.P Group have subsequently built an international profile for their activist works and were represented in the first Kiev Biennale in 2012 and will be showing at the 2013 Venice Biennale. This is the first opportunity to see a solo exhibition of R.E.P Groups work in the UK.

Find out more about the event here: http://www.vasw.org.uk/events/mediators-r-e-p-group.php


29 April - 5 May

CAZ Independent Activity Seminar

CAZ Basement, The Exchange, Princes street, Penzance, TR18 2NL
Saturday 04 May 2013
13:00 - 16:00

This event was selected by May's guest editor Rebecca Weeks:

"I chose this event despite the fact that it's a CAZ event which I've organised,  because I think it represents a first in terms of gathering representatives from CAZ, BLW, CMR, L.I.E, KASRT and Nom de Strip together.

"The event is designed to mark a moment on the cusp of a far more networked and collaborative model of working between the artist led projects in Cornwall and Plymouth and beyond, and this can only be positive for artists in the region. I see this event as an opportunity to identify this shift, to accelerate it and to enable other artists to benefit from the network that this event represents."

This seminar will bring together artist led projects from Cornwall and Plymouth; CMR, BLW, KARST, Nom de Strip, and L.I.E to present their work and to discuss the significance of independent activity.

Speakers will briefly outline their projects to date, their concerns, aims and/or ethos of their project and offer 3 reasons why they feel independent activity is important. These 3 points will be written down enabling the group to collectively arrive at a set of simple findings as a result of the seminar.

Find out more about the 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

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