Pick of the Week 2014

August's Picks Selected by Leela Clarke

August 25-31


Exeter Phoenix
Until Saturday 30 August 2014

An exhibition of recent paintings by Rachel Busby and David Webb, who each make work grounded in memory, nostalgia and a sense of place.

'As many summer exhibitions draw to a close, I’ve selected Exeter Pheonix’s ‘Hinterland’ as my last pick of the week. Showcasing work by two painters, Rachel Busby and David Webb, the exhibition explores a contemporary approach to painting, moving away from representation to something more suggestive, personal or abstract. Both artists adopt a current painterly language, using devices such as layering of form, colour and brushstroke, as well as recurrent motifs to suggest objects and narrative. Further use of evocative artwork titles provides a grounding or clue to unravelling content.

'The murky tones and expressive brushstrokes of Busby’s paintings are rooted in her return, from living and working in large cities, to her childhood home on the west coast of Wales, while Webb’s energetic shapes and rhythmic geometric forms are at once familiar and unfamiliar.'

Leela Clarke, Guest Editor

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August 18-24


Arnolfini / Bristol Biennial
Until Sunday 31 August

Watch neon light up Bristol's harbourside.

'A night-time stroll around Bristol’s harbourside is highly recommended this August – mostly to take in the full glowing glory of Shaun C Badham’s ‘I’m Staying’. Residing way up high on the outside of the Arnolfini building until the end of the month, Badham’s defiant neon slogan is a beacon of both precarity and optimism. The result of Bristol Biennial’s first open commission, the work will move around Bristol over a two year period, its trajectory decided upon by the public.

'Within the last week Bristol Biennial has announced their full programme of events, exhibitions and happenings for this year’s edition of the artist-led festival in September. ‘Crossing the Line’ features an exciting line-up of local and international artists and artist-led groups, with a strong focus on performance and participatory work. I highly recommend checking out the full programme and getting dates in your diary now! Hand in Glove are also involved – we'll be inviting people to meet up after the biennial closes to chat about their experiences over tea, cake and games at our special Interplay event.'

Leela Clarke, Guest Editor

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August 11-17

On Stage

Until Monday 18 August 2014
Opening Hours: Thursday - Sunday 11am - 6pm


Curated by Lorenzo Bruni

Anyone can become the protagonist of their own story in our digital age, typified by social media and its endless platforms for networking and self-broadcasting. The common ground shared by all seven participating artists in ‘On stage’, is their recognition that within contemporary society, artifice and affectation have interwoven inextricably with reality.

'KARST’s programming is consistently strong, attracting a stable of leading national and international artists and curators to their vast white cube space in Plymouth and it sounds like their current exhibition On Stage is no exception.

'With a variety of media from photographs, performances, drawings and video installations, from an interesting line-up of artists, including Martin Creed and Ulla Von Brandenburg, the exhibition is a dynamic exploration of the shifting ground of identity within contemporary society. I’m particularly interested in artwork which directly addresses the role of the viewer and here we are put in the spotlight as a protagonist within the gallery space, prompted to question our own social realities in relation to the scenarios or propositions that the artists put forward.'

Leela Clarke, Guest Editor

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August 4-10

Will Kendrick:MMORPG

Test Space, Spike Island
Until Thursday 07 August 2014

New work from Will Kendrick.

'Hand in Glove worked with Will Kendrick on our ‘Surfacing’ project for the Bristol Art Weekender and I’m looking forward to getting down to Test Space in the next few days to see more of his recent work. Taking internet culture as his starting point, Will’s seductive, hyper-saturated images and videos bring the viewer to the edge of sensory overload while shrewdly exploring the entanglement of online and offline identities.

'In case you haven’t yet discovered this venue, which can be found upstairs at Spike Island, it’s a gem of a project space, mostly showing emerging artists’ work, both finished and in-progress.'

Leela Clarke, Guest Editor

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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

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