Pick of the Week 2014

May's Picks Selected by Sara Bowler

May 26-June 1

one for the frog

Back Lane West, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 2BT
Friday 30 May, 19:00 - 21:00

w20 Studio is a collaboration between two artists Kirsty Lowry and Liam Jolly. For this project they have worked to try and understand the nature of collaboration and when and why ideas, artworks, projects, audience and the relationships between them come together to make sense and when sometimes they don't.

'Frankly, this looks like it's going to be great fun! Opening on 30 May in Redruth, Cornwall, it features Kirsty Lowry and Liam jolly, two artists working in Cornwall and London, both of whom are noted for their experimentation and playful investigations of art, design, perception and emotion. Looking at their website, www.w20studio.com I can see they've been playing with models, maquettes and cardboard - a fantastic material worthy of greater attention. The image of them strung together, drawing, seems to sum up what their collaborative project has been exploring - when and why ideas work and the relationships between these ideas and the audience. I feel one for the frog will be playful, courageous, experimental and entertaining. I'm definitely going to be there!'

Guest Editor, Sara Bowler

Find out more here.


May 19-25

Rosalind Fowler: Folk in Her Machine

Plymouth Arts Centre, 38 Looe Street, Plymouth, Devon PL4 0EB
Screenings: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 13:30
Until Saturday 31 May
Duration 47 mins, free

The film starts and ends in London, told from the perspective of a female narrator. It looks back on her archive of footage collected over the years on visits to two seasonal folk traditions, Haxey Hood in North Lincolnshire and May Day in Padstow.

'I also have a fascination for enduring folk traditions and often draw on folklore in my work. I am intrigued by Rosalind Fowler's film referencing two May Day festivals, one in Lincolnshire and one in Cornwall. What motivates people to maintain these traditions year on year over centuries, possibly millennia? I've never lived anywhere long enough to feel 'rooted' but I can feel the participants energy and joy at these events. They are visceral and felt in the body, far more than simply something to do on the 1st of May. It makes me wonder what traditions we'll pass on to future generations? What are the modern equivalents of these age old rituals? Are we losing part of our society because there is so little collective action today? Have we become too private, too singular, too 'cool' to take part? If you see Fowler's film, I'd be interested to open a dialogue if you have thoughts and responses to my questions.'

Guest Editor, Sara Bowler

Find out more here.


May 12-18

The Militarisation of Dartmoor, Nicholas White

Green Hill Arts, Moretonhampstead, Devon
Opening Hours: Tuesdays - Sundays 10:00 - 16:00
Until Wednesday 25 June

Nicholas White is an Okehampton-based photographer whose work is themed around landscape, exploring narratives related to human intervention, the environment and the ways in which we interact with our natural spaces.

'These are intriguing photographs, captured in mist and rain on Dartmoor's militarised areas. Reminiscent of imagery from war zones, they bring the concept of conflict and vigilance to the fore. We are relatively free to live our lives in peace because others prepare for war. We seldom see these preparations but they go on, night and day, in public view, albeit in remote and often closed landscapes. This is a fascinating record of these actions and the places where they occur. How different would our lives be if they didn't happen?'

Guest Editor, Sara Bowler

Find out more here.


May 6 - 11

Chris Winter: Telling Tales

The Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, 9 South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NR
Opening Hours: 10.00 - 16.00
Until Saturday 10 May

Christopher Winter creates paintings that appear at first to be simple depictions of idyllic scenes but on a second glance challenge us to reassess our initial impressions.

'Try and catch this before Saturday 10 May. Truly engaging painting that has drawn me in to wonder about the action depicted. Why is it happening? What's behind it? Done in paint, rather than Photoshoped in photography, gives it an air of seriousness that I seldom see in painting. Clearly a painter exploring ideas and developing their voice. Intriguing.'

Guest Editor, Sara Bowler

Find out more here.


April 28 - May 5

Bristol Art Weekender 2014

Opening Hours: Most venues from 10am - 5pm

Friday 02 May 2014 – Monday 05 May 2014

Four days celebrating art across the city Over the bank holiday weekend of 2-5 MAY, the inaugural BRISTOL ART WEEKENDER invites people to explore the city and discover why Bristol is one of the most vibrant and flourishing centres for art in the UK.

'If you’re in the city or close enough to get there, make sure you allow enough time to explore the exhibits and city. It’s a great move to focus on the visual arts activity going on there and should help to get both funded organisations and artist-led initiatives firmly on the map. Looking forward to next years!'

Guest Editor, Sara Bowler

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.

Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network

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