Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF
Monday 01 October 2018 – Thursday 31 October 2019
Inland Art Festival
Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 September
Discover art at play in venues across Redruth from arts hubs Krowji, Back Lane West and CMR to community centres, public spaces and empty buildings.
'My first three choices for September have highlighted group events showcasing the work of over a hundred artists, so continuing in this vein my fourth choice focuses on a group event in Redruth, Cornwall. For four days the Inland Art Festival celebrates art in the region and offers the chance to experience works from further afield. Formed around the arts hubs of Krowji, Back Lane West and CMR, it extends to public spaces and empty buildings across the town.
'This year’s Inland Art Festival has been organised by Cat Bagg, Rosie Thomson-Glover, Alice Mahoney; Liam Jolly, Jane Lowry and Patrick Lowry. Exhibitions include The Playing Fields, an invitation to get involved and to collaborate and Assemble Now, a selected exhibition from regional artists. Look out for SITE/SPACE’s participatory performance on Saturday afternoon commissioned by CAZ and the Sketch House presenting The Play House on Friday evening.'
Peninsula Arts / The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art / Plymouth Arts Centre / Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
This autumn Plymouth will stage the first touring exhibition to examine the many varied ways that artists since the 1960s have undertaken the universal act of taking a walk as a means to create new art.
'Plymouth continues to grow an exciting contemporary art scene with international reach, so my third choice encompasses one major exhibition across four institutions. Curated by Cynthia Morrison-Bell and Mike Collier in collaboration with Alistair Robinson and Janet Ross; ‘Walk On: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff – 40 Years of Art Walking’ brings the work of over 35 artists to Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art.
'Alongside Richard Long and Janet Cardiff there is also work by Richard Wentworth, Chris Drury, Hamish Fulton, Alec Finlay, Tim Knowles, Bruce Nauman, Julian Opie, Ingrid Pollard, Simon Pope, plan b, Catherine Yass and Carey Young amongst others. An impressive programme of events, screenings, family activities, walks and talks also supports the exhibition.'
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Venues across Bristol
Friday 12 - Sunday 21 September
An international artist-led festival of visual art, showcasing engaging projects by exceptional emerging practitioners.
'My second choice again brings together many events, performances and interesting art to engage with on different levels – it’s ‘Bristol Biennial: Crossing the Line’. Like ‘b-side Festival’, it is an opportunity to experience a place from many different practices and perspectives. Again there are seminars, workshops, mystery tours, music, bike rides and people in funny costumes! With the major institutions only loosely represented it’ll be interesting to see how this event fits with Bristol’s cultural calendar. If you are at Spike Island pop in to to see Aurélien Froment’s show – I love how the galleries are reconfigured for every show.'
b-side festival, Portland, Dorset
Friday 5 - Sunday 14 September
This year b-side have commissioned national and international Artists to make work in response to Portland, UK. You can expect an eclectic mix of visual art, text, sound, installation, live art and performance. Artists have explored the island’s heritage, cultural history and local taboos as well as Portland’s special ecology and geology to bring you their unique interpretation of place.
'September is a difficult month to choose from as there is so much happening. Having recently delivered a seminar with VASW on building critical mass in rural areas it seems fitting that my first selection should be ‘b-side Festival’ in Dorset, where over 25 national and international artists have been commissioned to respond specifically to Portland. The outcome of this is a diverse range of work, with something for all ages, at all times of day, and the fact that its all on one island - surely it’s a must? But as Alistair Gentry recently told me, do not mention the R*****S.'
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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