Pick of the Week 2014

July's Picks selected by Blair Todd

July 28 - August 3

Phyllida Barlow: GIG

Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Until Sunday 02 November 2014

Phyllida Barlow’s ‘GIG’ is the inaugural exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, comprising an entirely new body of work created in response to the architecture and surrounding landscape.

'Hauser & Wirth's new rural outpost (think Kestle Barton, but nearer to Glastonbury) is launched with an exhibition by the glorious Phyllida Barlow. At Tate Britain she filled the imposing Duveen Galleries with brightly bound columns of corrugated card and polystyrene up to the arched ceilings. Here, she leads you through the renovated farm buildings and yards in a maze of her trademark low fi materials: walls of rag pompoms, giant plywood cogs, boulders of expandable foam and a towering stack of folding chairs. Exuberant excellence at a venue that will draw the art world into the countryside.'

Blair Todd, Guest Editor

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July 21-27

Sophia Starling / Kate Terry / Sarah Kate Wilson + Summer Season Launch Party

Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5PZ
Until Friday 26 September

Launch Party:
Friday 25 July, 6pm at Newlyn Art Gallery, then from 7:30pm at The Exchange.

An exhibition of works exploring abstraction through a variety of media.

'A shameless plug for our summer of abstraction. We kick off the season with three London artists, Sophia Starling, Kate Terry and Sarah Kate Wilson at Newlyn Art Gallery, with a riot of colour, construction and a lot of helium balloons. While Starling uses traditional painting materials in unconventional ways, Wilson uses unconventional materials in a painterly way, and Terry’s sculptures create an intuitive balance between minimalist forms. The show is mirrored by an exhibition by the grand dame of post war abstraction, Sandra Blow, at The Exchange. Vast floor to ceiling paintings, painted in the last twenty five years of her life, blaze with vitality and a lust for experimentation. We open both shows this Friday 25 July starting at 6pm at Newlyn with a street food caravan and continues at The Exchange from 7.30pm, followed by jazz till late.'

Blair Todd, Guest Editor

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July 14-20

Open School East comes West

CAST Sundowner: a weeklong programme of evening events
, 3 Penrose Road, Helston TR13 8TP
Saturday 19 July 2014 – Friday 25 July 2014

CAST has invited Associates from Open School East to undertake a ’summer camp’ in the CAST building in Helston. They arrive on Saturday 19 and will stay until Saturday 26 July, camping in rooms at the east end of the building.

'Open School East, one of the new wave of alternative art schools, take a summer break from Hackney and set up camp at CAST in Helston. Sleeping, eating and learning in the rooms of the former school that aren't yet studios, they open the doors each evening with a happy hour bar and food, for a free programme of music, screenings and themed events, including Matchmaking, the Bad Vibes Club and Radio Anti. A bit of East End cool on these summer evenings. Follow OSE on Facebook and Twitter for more details.'

Blair Todd, Guest Editor

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July 7-13

Martin Creed: Artist Rooms, On Tour

Quay Arts, Isle of Wight
Until Saturday 20 September

This summer, Quay Arts invites visitors to explore work by Turner Prize winning artist and musician Martin Creed. The exhibition will show eight signature pieces by Creed, who won the Turner Prize in 2001 for his controversial Work No.227 The lights going on and off.

'The very marvellous Martin Creed is showing at Quay Arts on the Isle of Wight, with a selection of works from ARTISTS ROOMS, including the neon piece Work No. 890: DON'T WORRY. A wall painting Work No. 1340 has also been borrowed directly from the artist and been created by Young Quay (the Quay Arts’ youth group aged 14-17) working to detailed instructions by Creed. Young Quay have been researching his work and they visited his solo show at Hayward Gallery in London earlier this year. You’ll also be able to experience the weird and wonderful world of Martin Creed for a closing concert on the 18th September.'

Blair Todd, Guest Editor

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June 30 - July 6

White Male, 36 Years Old, Average Height, No Pets, Out of Shape and Anxious, Mathew Sawyer

Spacex, Exeter
Until Saturday 12 July

In 'White Male, 36 Years Old, Average Height, No Pets, Out of Shape and Anxious' artist and musician Mathew Sawyer presents new and existing documentary and conceptual artworks spanning the past fifteen years.

'Spacex in Exeter consistently puts on strong succinct shows and now is a last chance to see an exhibition of poetry, poignancy and pure mischief. Artist and musician Mathew Sawyer works in painting, drawing and sculpture and his dry humour lightens a taut conceptual streak, particularly in his documentary artworks. The framed photographs, with notes and ephemera, document a series of actions with involuntary participants: placing a single line from a pop song into a stranger’s handbag; signing on at the Job Centre with pockets inexplicably full of sugar; or selecting a bungalow on Streetview and anonymously posting the owner a squidgy clay figure with a hand written note: “This summer I’m going to be a father / I’m full of anxiety / I’m full of love / I will try to make it work”. Perhaps the finest recommendation is to say that it was the first exhibition that my fifteen year old son enjoyed for himself and not just because I took him.'

Blair Todd, 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

Visual Arts South West

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