Pick of the Week 2014

March's Picks Selected By Carl Slater

March 24-30

Littoral Zone, Emily Speed

Plymouth Arts Centre, 38 Looe Street, Plymouth, Devon PL4 0EB
Until Sunday 25 May

For this installation, Emily Speed focuses on the littoral zone, the space between the high and low water mark, and layers texture and images to divide physical and psychological space.

Guest Editor Carl Slater explains his selection:

'In the mixed media installation at Plymouth Arts Centre, Emily Speed deals with architecture, the body and the littoral zone along south Devon coastlines. Engulfed in sandy walls and the sound of sea swash, the gallery is filled with an imposing structure that responds to the awkward architecture of the space and places the visitor in an uneasy liminal space. Also within the installation are video projections of sea defences and rising tides, weather beaten scenery and a filmed performance by willing participants on a windy beach.

'The commissioned work is a refreshing approach to making art about the sea but still shows the close relationship between Plymouth and its neighbouring coastline. It also demonstrates the importance of commissioning artists to try new things within their practice and should be a draw to the city for anyone interested in beach art that doesn’t feature driftwood or discarded plastic bottles.

March 17-23

ATOI: Accost Nascent

22 George Place, Stonehouse, Plymouth
Opening Hours: Thursday - Sunday 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 13 March 2014 – Sunday 23 March 2014

In a sculptural, custom-built arena within the gallery, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters take position as the dynamic core of the exhibition.

March's Guest Editor, co-founder and director of KARST, Carl Slater says:

'ATOI’s ‘Accost Nascent’ live event featured Mixed Martial Arts fighters, a custom built ring, podiums, spices, coal, a musical backdrop and a busy crowd. With the terminology of ‘cage fighting’ pronouncing as an attraction to some, that evening became an underworld spectacle of art and sport tactics.

'Artists Amy Thomas & Oliver Irvine based in Helston, Cornwall, exhibit the results of a sculpturally controlled environment and a combination of super-charged components. The fight that took place on Thursday 13 March, Millbay, Plymouth; will be remembered by all those who attended, but for those who didn't, it's still possible to witness the event in its current form as an exhibition at KARST from 15-23 March featuring raw documentation and an untouched post-fight arena.'


Image Credit: Dom Moore

Find out more about the event here.

March 3-9

Jerwood Drawing Prize

The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art & Plymouth Arts Centre
Until Saturday 8 /Sunday 9 March

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK. The aim is to explore and celebrate the diversity, excellence and range of current drawing practice.

Our Guest Editor Carl Slater explains:

'The Jerwood Drawing prize located at both Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth Arts Centre is a real treat for all art enthusiasts and acquired tastes. Considering the volume and scope of the works selected for this year’s prize, both venues have done an excellent job in hanging and displaying of the work. As expected, there are some challenging pieces that blur the boundaries of what drawing is or should be, including performance to video works, a laser cutting and an ipad animation. However, all of these forms are valid in demonstrating the diversity of drawing practice.

'This show is definitely worth a visit. It’s great that the city is able to take part in this significant touring exhibition and more so for the exposure of contemporary art here in the South West. For me the ‘best works in show’ are MOT International artist Alan Brooks’ ‘Public Market’ at Plymouth Arts Centre and Adam Dix’s ‘The Mast’ located at Plymouth College of Art'.

Find out more 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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