Pick of the Week 2013

October's Guest Editor: Phil Owen

Image: Tertulia with Patrick Coyle, c/o Carl Newland, 2011

Every month we invite a guest editor to select our Pick of the Week feature. Chosen from the activities listed in our events pages they select highlights from across the region.

This October we are delighted to welcome aboard Phil Owen, co-founder of Tertulia and Research Assistant at Arnolfini, as our Guest Editor:


I’m Phil Owen, and I’m Research Assistant at Arnolfini, in Bristol.

I work for our Learning and Participation department, managing our Reading Room with its contemporary art library and programme of events. I’m specifically interested in facilitating informal adult learning, and peer-learning between artists and colleagues working in other disciplines – in how conversation and conviviality can promote engagement with contemporary arts. I’d like to re-emphasise the model of the salon, alongside that of the academy, as a generator of critical thinking and innovative practice.

I originally trained as a classical musician and musicologist at the University of Bristol. However, I’d describe the years spent after that getting increasingly involved in the Bristol art scene as having been equally informative in what I do now. I still make music and write, with a liking for working between these two disciplines, and have a strong interest in the voice.

I co-founded Tertulia with Megan Wakefield in 2010 to platform new creative work focused on language, both textural and vocal – we started at Arnolfini, but have subsequently toured to arts spaces across the region and beyond. I also co-run Tooth and Clawr, an art reading group based at Chapter, in Cardiff.

Very slowly, I am learning Welsh.


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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