Pick of the Week 2014

October's Picks Selected by Elisa Harris

October 27-Novemeber 2

Anja Percival

Artwave West
Until Saturday 01 November

A short and intimate exhibition of etchings by former printmaker of the year Anja Percival.

Percival produces images that represent her experience of the landscape. Her work is the result of both physical and emotional experiences which have inspired her throughout her scientific and artistic careers.

'Following an exhibition featuring Suchi Chidambaram, Artwave West are showing a small selection of etchings by an artist who explores the way in which light changes the environment around us.

'Gallery owners Martin and Donna, both painters in their own right, represent artists whose work challenges the variances between representational and abstract art. I am excited to be exhibiting with them in November alongside painters Sonia Stanyard and Jeannette Hayes whose work I much admire.

'Conveniently located on the A35, 5 miles west of Bridport, Artwave West’s extensive gallery is an unexpected and welcome find for anyone travelling to the eastern side of the West Country.'

Guest Editor Elisa Harris

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October 20-26

Carol Jackman

The Station

Carol Jackman is a professional print maker and visual artist based in Bristol. This Autumn The Station has invited her to show a solo exhibition to exhibit a range of her prints depicting stories and maps of different cultures relating to her upbringing in India.

'As someone who is naturally drawn to intricate and subtle details in contemporary visual art, Jackman’s work caught my eye this week when sifting through the great variety of events and exhibitions to choose from. Before reading about her well-travelled adult life and the wealth of influences behind her work I was taken in by the delicate and meticulous nature of her prints – in particular ‘Annapurna Sanctuary' in the Himalayas featured above. Jackman speaks of maps being filled with deception and lies yet to me her work by contrast speaks of beauty and freedom.

'The Station sounds like a great venue in an unexpected place – “more than a youth centre”, as it describes itself, “bringing high quality arts experiences to all”, something which resonates heartily with our ambitions at Krowji.'

Guest Editor Elisa Harris

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October 13-19

Detached & Timeless: contemporary artists inspired by nature and a spirit of place

RAMM: Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Until Sunday 02 November

Featuring some of the most significant figures in British art from the past sixty years, including David Bomberg, Edward Burra, Prunella Clough, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon, Richard Long, Rachel Lowe, George Shaw and Clare Woods. Comprising a core group of 20th century paintings from RAMM's collection, most artworks come to Exeter from the Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, the national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art.

'This sounds like a very interesting mixed exhibition based on a favourite topic of mine as a painter - nature and our surroundings. It’s intriguing to see how artists’ interpretations of the natural world can be so wildly different and yet resonate so well when brought together in a curated exhibition such as this. I have always rather liked the idea of paying more attention to what is around us in our everyday lives and using paint as a medium with which to highlight something of beauty that would ordinarily be missed. As they have throughout history, our natural surroundings will forever play an important role in contemporary art.'

Guest Editor Elisa Harris

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October 6-12

Newlyn Arts Festival

Newlyn Art Gallery
Until Saturday 11 October 2014

In its eighth year, Newlyn Arts Festival continues to bring together events and exhibitions involving artists and makers in Newlyn.

This year there will be makers and craftspeople working within Newlyn Art Gallery, artists in residence throughout the village and a range of events at various venues including Newlyn Art Gallery, The Centre, Fisherman’s Mission and the Tolcarne Inn.

'We’re seeing more and more art festivals cropping up in our Cornish towns and villages these days and I’m always intrigued to see how a place’s history and its people help to shape a community event making each one entirely unique. In contrast to Redruth Town’s initiation into the world of contemporary art last month with the impressive Inland Art Festival, Newlyn is renowned for its artistic heritage as well as its thriving collective of artists that live and work in the village today.

'With something for everyone the festival programme is filled with art, music, theatre, poetry and fishermen. This year’s introduction of four artists in residence sounds particularly interesting with painter Faye Dobinson making ten small art works to be cast out to sea like a ‘message in a bottle’ by the fisherman she meets along the way.'

Guest Editor Elisa Harris

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September 29 - Oct 5

Hannah Woodman: Garden Drawings

Kestle Barton
Until Saturday 01 November
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10:30am - 5pm

Hannah Woodman has made a series of large-scale drawings of the garden at Kestle Barton.

The exhibition features approximately 20 works on paper, available for sale and displayed to show a progression in the garden through the seasons. Woodman has been very excited about the opportunity to create this new body of work that emphasises experimentation and develops her very successful painting practice to new understandings through the focus on drawing.

'One of many things which sets Kestle Barton gallery apart from the more traditional spaces is its speciality for selecting artists whose work resonates with its surroundings. Whilst you may browse through the photographs online and I may describe to you Hannah Woodman’s masterful use of graphite, there is simply no substitute for seeing these drawings in the flesh. The Foxgloves and Irises of Kestle Barton are immediately recognisable, yet it is only upon closer inspection that the work reveals Woodman’s loose and energetic methods of mark-making. This refreshingly bold and exciting style with occasional accents of colour allows for plenty of interpretation; the more you look the more is revealed.

'For anyone, who has been intending to visit Kestle Barton for many years, as I had, but hasn’t yet ventured along the narrow back roads to the far reaches of Manaccan, this exhibition gives you the perfect opportunity, let me assure you it is a journey worth making.'

Guest Editor Elisa Harris

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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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