Pick of the Week 2013

September's Picks Selected by Lizzi Walton

23-29 September

Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival

Various venues across Bournemouth
Friday 20 September 2013 – Saturday 12 October 2013

Three weeks of over 50 highly original and exciting arts activity, spanning music, dance, film, visual arts, performance and spoken word, in all kinds of spaces across the town.

VASW Guest Editor, Lizzi Walton (Director of Stroud International Textiles) says:

'I have to admit that I have never visited the Bournemouth Arts Festival, but it looks fantastic. Full of brilliant creative events, lots to see and do.

'So hurry on down to this amazing Festival and while you are there dip your toes in the sea and enjoy an ice cream before summer completely disappears.

'If you can’t make it to Bournemouth keep an eye on www.stroudinternationaltextiles.org.uk web site so much going on.'

Find out more about the event here.


16-22 September

The Journey, Exploring the Nature of Mending

Walford Mill Crafts, Stone Lane, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1NL
Saturday 14 September 2013 – Sunday 27 October 2013

VASW Guest Editor, Lizzi Walton (Director of Stroud International Textiles), has selected Nature of Mending for our Pick of the Week.

'As director, I have worked with many of the participating artists and have enormous respect for their work. Cloth bears the marks of our being, both on the surface and embedded within the structure. Cloth holds the memory of our time and connects us with our memories of other times and places. Repair and darning are a part of that story that touches each and every one of us.

'The Journey: Exploring the Nature of Mending is a new contemporary craft project that explores layers of meaning, cultural and emotional, that are evoked by mending, repair and re-use. The core of the project is commissioning new work from five contemporary makers who are highlighting, celebrating and interpreting the mending to be found in museum collections.

'The project has been initiated by textile artist Jacy Wall, in partnership with Walford Mill Crafts, and The Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne, Dorset. It is supported by Arts Council England and Dorset County Council.

'Whilst working through contemporary craft and museum collections, the long term ambition of the project is to contribute to a growing critical debate around the subject of mending, (which of course includes issues of sustainability) and to network through this website with other projects and initiatives nationally and internationally that are working with this subject.

'The five contemporary artist/makers who have pages on this site have been commissioned to make new work about mending, coming at the subject in whatever way they choose. They have also been asked to link with or make reference to a museum collection in some way, thereby linking their new work with the activity of mending that has been part of life since pre-history.

Priest’s House Museum Residency
'One of the five commissioned artists, Jenni Dutton, will be working in depth with the Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne. She is using their collection as a starting point for her commission, which will remain at the Museum, initiating a new collection there of contemporary craft. She will also, in 2013, be running a series of community workshops, and curating her own display of objects for the Museum.

'We are developing a project with two Wimborne schools around issues of new technology, built- in obsolescence, and re-cycling. This will take place in 2013

'The culmination of the project will be an exhibition of the commissioned work at Walford Mill Crafts in September 2013. We aim also to reflect the activity of this website and blog within the exhibition. We hope subsequently to tour the work, and for the online dialogue to continue for as long as it has momentum. The work is sensitive, thoughtful and inspiring.

'I strongly recommend this project and that you visit the web site to read the artists’ blogs and read their stories.'

Find out more about the event here.



9-15 September

Strand: Textiles with a Contemporary Twist, Brunel Broderers

Bridport Arts Centre, Allsop Gallery, 9 South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NR
Saturday 17 August 2013 – Saturday 14 September 2013
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 - 16:00

The Brunel Broderers are a group of textile artists and makers well known for their innovative thinking and imaginative approach to their work. They are excited to present a summer show, Strand, in the company of local artists, Jenni Cadman, Kate Dowty and Yvonne Morton.

Our Guest Editor, Lizzi Walton (Director of Stroud International Textiles), says:

'Stroud International Textiles has shown the work of the Brunel Broderers many times as part of our annual Select Festival in May. They are always original and produce interesting work showing fine textile skills and imagination'



2 - 8 September

Going Full Circle

Walford Mill Crafts, Stone Lane, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1NL
Saturday 27 July 2013 – Monday 09 September 2013

For her first selection as Guest Editor, Lizzi Walton has chosen Going Full Circle. She says:

'A diverse range of techniques have been used within the work to respond to the surrounding environment, capture movement and focus on objects that are overlooked. There are some really inspirational makers exhibiting including Margo Selby, Jane Blease, Jin Eui Kim and Martyn Brewster.

'But be quick as it finishes on 9 September!'

Walford Mill Crafts’ Going Full Circle explores the power of the circle through a variety of different and unexpected mediums. This exhibition looks to challenge this ordinary shape to show ways it can be used in contemporary crafts to create statement pieces that will challenge the viewer to think outside the circle.

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.

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