Pick of the Week 2014

April's Picks Selected by Sarah Bowden

April 21-27

History is Written By the Winners, S Mark Gubb

Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy St, Exeter, Devon EX4 6LZ
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 17:30
Until Saturday 10 May 2014

Taking its title from a phrase often (mis)attributed to Churchill, this exhibition of new works in video, sculpture, installation, and photography is played out through a series of references to political and cultural turmoil through recent history.

'Encouraged by the political ambiguity that the exhibition conjures with and a sudden sense of agency, I was tempted to ascend the assembled sculptural/functional podiums (podia?) until realising I would fail to come up with anything useful to add. Don't miss the notes in Mark Gubb's exercise book publication, and catch this provocative exhibition in its last few weeks.'

Sarah Bowden, Guest Editor


April 14-20

Matt Davies: 16mm Film Night

MEANTIME Project-Space, Oxford Passage, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 4EF
Thursday 17 April, 19:30 - 22:00

Expect footage of Russian folk songs, 1950's women wrestling, underwater adventures, NASA promo films, educational and public safety documentaries plus a bizarre tourist info film from Australia.

'This is a shameless plug for Matt Davies's residency at MEANTIME, starting this Thursday 17 April with a social 16mm Film Night. Matt is a Bristol-based artist at Spike Island whose work is primarily engaged with the act of listening and the exploration of sound, and the residency will provide him with time and space to develop his ongoing project 'My Tape Archive', a collection of found ¼” reel to reel tapes. Join us later in the month on Saturday 26 April to hear the results of his explorations. See http://meantime.org.uk/current-events for more information.'   

Sarah Bowden, Guest Editor

Find out more about the event here.


April 7-13

Flecks of a Brighter Colour, Louisa Fairclough

ICIA Art Space 1 & 2, University of Bath
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Until Friday 30 May 2014

Louisa Fairclough’s solo exhibition weaves together the threads of musical hallucinations, chromesthesia and sketchbook imaginings with each gallery space re-presenting the work or visions of a conductor, a composer or an outsider artist.

Sarah Bowden, our Guest Editor explains:

'Louisa Fairclough's recent work for ICIA expands her project and gives way to several voices whose stories describe complex internal worlds. Split over two sites that can be tricky to navigate, make sure you catch Jeannie, a mesmerising account of an extraordinary auditory experience, lying on a carpet in the dark.'

Find out more about the event here.


March 31 - April 6

Ali Kayley/Dan Glaister - From Purgatory to Paradise: Nude in Road

Index Gallery, Brewery Lane, Thrupp, Stroud
Opening Hours: Weekends 11:00 - 16:00
Artists talk: Thursday April 3, 19:00 - 21:00

Until Sunday 06 April

Art… is still doubly a servant – to higher aims no doubt, on the one hand, but nonetheless to vacuity and frivolity on the other.” Hegel

Guest Editor Sarah Bowden says of her first selection:

'Part three of Ali Kayley and Dan Glaister's 16mm film series, From Purgatory to Paradise, represents the final, inevitably faltering moment of release for the trilogy's tormented subject. Set apart, the scene has a gorgeous materiality - bright morning sunlight, crisp outlines, a naked body and a car on the road - that becomes compulsive viewing over each minute-long loop, just as in watching the first two films we felt the visceral pull of mental confusion, thorns on the skin and bad weather over and over again. Parts one and two of the trilogy were developed during a month-long residency at MEANTIME in February and March 2013, and during Thursday's talk and discussion at INDEX, 7pm, there will be an opportunity to view all three films in the same place for the first time.'

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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