Pick of the Week 2015

August's Picks Selected by Sarah Chapman

August 24-30

Plymouth Contemporary Open 2015

Peninsula Arts Gallery
Until Sunday 29 August

A major new exhibition, the Plymouth Contemporary Open 2015, showcases new, up and coming creative talent alongside nationally and internationally significant artists.

'A little out of keeping by selecting an exhibition that I have been so actively involved in - but it is the first of its kind in Plymouth and whilst international in scope features a number of artists from across the South West region. The exhibition is framed around the relationship between history and the contemporary, with each artist presenting work that reveals how the past and present interweave throughout our lives. There is also a chance for visitors to nominate an artwork for the Audience Choice prize, which will be announced at the end of the exhibition.'

Guest Editor Sarah Chapman

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August 17-23


Kestle Barton
Until Sunday 6 September

German artist, Andrea Büttner, who currently works in both London and Frankfurt, has made an exhibition that pivots around her longstanding contemplation of moss and related themes through a range of media.

'A thoughtful and quiet exhibition featuring the work of german artist Andrea Büttner who draws on the observations of 18th Century botanist Carl Linnaeus and Gwen John's drawings to reflect on systems of classification, smallness and vulnerability. Set in the beautiful and beguiling gardens of Kestle Barton - a real treat to see at the height of summer.'

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August 10-16

New York City Apartment/Corridor/Bristol

Bristol Museum
Until Sunday 27 September

Experience the ghost architecture of this soft corridor based on the artist’s home. New York City Apartment/Bristol has been tailored from fabric and commissioned especially for Bristol.

'A long time fan of Do Ho Suh's work, I am delighted to see New York City Apartment/Bristol as a special commission for the city. Using translucent fabric and materials Do Ho Suh recreates architectural spaces, that are both ghostlike and transcendental, raising issues concerning physical and cultural displacement through migration. A very timely commission given the political restrictions in place to stop the free movement of people in search of a better life.'

Guest Editor Sarah Chapman

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August 3-9

Heavy Rock | Plymouth Sound

Until Saturday 22 August


‘Heavy Rock’ is an exciting public art commission that aims to shed new light on Plymouth’s historic breakwater.

This unique project will make a hidden process public as well as producing a contemporary response to the historic collections held at the City Museum and Art Gallery.

'Linking the past to the present artist Keith Harrison draws inspiration from a historic painting in the Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery collection by George Barrett Jr., 'Laying the Foundation Stone of Plymouth Breakwater' (1812). Reflecting on the threat of rising sea levels and the continual maintenance of the Plymouth breakwater, Harrison has inserted hydrophones into a massive 100-tonne concrete stone, known as a wave breaker and which are placed annually in the Plymouth Sound to protect the existing sea defense structure. The massive wooden mould used to make these stones is displayed at KARST, alongside drawings by Harrison and wall speakers that link to the external environment, with sounds from Plymouth dockside played into the gallery as the stone waits for its final placement into the sea.'

Guest Editor Sarah Chapman

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What's On

Craft Workshops

Various Venues

Friday 08 February 2019 – Tuesday 31 December 2019

Linda Brothwell Conversations in Making

Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE

Friday 24 May 2019 – Sunday 24 November 2019

Exeter's Fine Art Collection: A Sense of Place

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX

Tuesday 18 June 2019 – Sunday 15 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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