Pick of the Week 2013

October's Picks Selected by Phil Owen

28 October - 3 November

more than enough, Doris Uhlich

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
Friday 01 November 2013, 19:30

What is a beautiful body?

Internationally renowned dancer Doris Uhlich would like to know if there is a perfect body for dancing. Live, by phone, she interviews other performers, whose unorthodox bodies have become their trademarks.

'My final pick of the week is dancer Doris Uhlich’s piece, More Than Enough, which is being brought to Arnolfini by the splendid folk at In Between Time. I saw Uhlich’s performance in the last IBT festival, and loved it (I’m pretty sure she wore a motorcycle crash helmet for much of the performance). More Than Enough looks at ideas around what the ideal body for dance actually looks like – Uhlich herself is regularly described as ‘corpulent’ – and perhaps suggests that it’s not quite what we might assume.'

Guest Editor Phil Owen

Find out more about the event here.


21 - 27 October

artSOUTH : collaborations Conference

Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB
Friday 25 October 2013, 10:00 - 17:00
£60 Standard, £35 Concessions (inc. artists)

This one day conference brings together artists and their collaborators alongside a rich variety of speakers to explore what collaboration is, in the context of artSOUTH and beyond.

Octobers' Guest Editor Phil Owen says:

'This Friday a conference will be taking place at the Winchester Discovery Centre, looking at the nature of artistic collaboration. Organised as part of the Art South exhibition project – an ambitious undertaking showing at various venues in and around Hampshire - the conference will be exploring issues around the valuable support/necessary evil of making work in company. Graham Gussin and Mel Brimfield will be taking part, as will Susanne M Winterling and Magnus Ström, co-creators of the Lighthouse of Fragility - a shelter built on Lymington’s sea wall using the peculiar ‘frozen smoke’ material, aerogel'.      

Find out more about the event here.


14 - 20 October

Aquatopia: The Imaginary of The Deep

Tate St Ives, Porthmeor, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1TG
Saturday 12 October 2013 – Sunday 26 January 2014

Much of our ocean remains unexplored and in art, literature and popular culture the ocean depths have long been feared, fantasised and mythologised. Aquatopia will venture into this oceanic imaginary through the works of outstanding contemporary, modern and historic artists.

Guest Editor Phil Owen says:

'This week's pick is Aquatopia, that has just opened at Tate St Ives. It shows how artists have variously approached that endlessly fascinating subject of the watery parallel universe that covers much of our planet. Its a big survey show, featuring artists as diverse as Turner (his iconic 'Sunrise with Sea Monsters') and Mikhail Karikis (who might be showing the wonderful video installation about singing Korean fisherwomen that we had at Arnolfini earlier this year). The catalogue sounds great too, with texts by Marina Warner and David Toop.'


Find out more about the event here.



7 - 13 October

Barry Sykes, Artist Talk

ICIA, 8 West 2.1, University of Bath
THursday 10 October 2013, 19:30

This weeks pick is selected by Guest Editor Phil Owen who explains:

'This Thursday I shall be heading over to the ICIA for an artist talk by Barry Sykes, currently in residence there. I've seen one of his talks (performance lectures?) before and enjoyed very much his presentation of a very likeable persona getting the measure of his meticulously undertaken art-tasks. He describes: 'I've gradually realised that the broad subject to my 2013/14 residency will actually be the entire University campus itself. I'm currently developing a research project called 'The International Hermit Conference' and have consequently been thinking of the University of Bath as a kind of elaborate concrete Hermitage, with all that word's various connotations'.'

Barry Sykes is ICIA Artist-in-Residence and will be visiting the campus to make new work throughout 2013/14. In this multi-media lecture, Barry will not only take us on a tour of his recent work but also offer a candid account of his current interests and his ambitions for the residency.

Find out more about the event here.


30 September - 6 October

Process, Place, People, Gareth Neal

The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AT
Monday 23 September 2013 – Saturday 26 October 2013

Handmade Nation – Documentary Screening
Wednesday 9 October: 18:00 - 19:15

Gareth Neal’s furniture design practice was established in 2002 and is currently located in the creative heart of North East London. Neal specialises in the production of unique pieces, which are designed exclusively for individual clients and companies.

Our Guest Editor Phil Owen says of his debut selection:

'From my first week’s trawl through the VASW listings, I’ve had my eye caught by Gareth Neal’s exhibition at the gallery at Plymouth College of Art. I like very much his combining of sharp contemporary design with a commitment to traditional (and, indeed, dwindling) craft techniques and environmental sustainability. I know I’m not alone in being unable afford to use handmade items like these very much, but I think there’s a lot to be said for aspiring to save up for one or two really special pieces that would last a lifetime, and longer.'

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

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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