Pick of the Week 2015

March's Picks Selected by Ben Borthwick

March 23-29

Marie Toseland, pushin' sumthin' nice (feat. Kinlaw)

Plymouth College of Art
Until Saturday 4 April

Marie Toseland works with sculpture, photography, performance, sound and written text.

For pushin’ sumthin’ nice (feat. Kinlaw), Marie presents a series of discrete though interlocking new works as the opening Act of her new project La Bouchée.

'Plymouth College of Art continues its excellent exhibition programme with one of the most interesting artists I have come across in a long time. Marie Toseland has just finished a residency at Tate St Ives and presents an installation that shares a sensibility with her previous sound system installations, but is punctuated with exquisite glass and ceramic objects she made using the college's facilities. One of the great privileges an institution's curators and local audiences have over most visiting artists is that we get to visit as often as we want - I will be checking out this exhibition as often as possible.'

Guest Editor Ben Borthwick

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March 16-22

Breakin' Up Is Hard to Do

Until Sunday 22 March

Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do is a group exhibition of new and existing works that dramatize the liveliness of materials. Through a particular focus on painting and sculpture, the work in the exhibition often uses abstraction as a vehicle for narrative, suggesting instability and flux. Work shifts between digital and analogue processes, with materials indexing social and physical temporalities.

'Another show that closes this week, it includes a few artists whose work I don't know but am already curious about merely through association with the other excellent emerging artists and curators involved in this show. Anything that explores the schism at the heart of abstract/ figurative tendencies in painting is alright with me, especially when it is organised by Karst.'

Guest Editor Ben Borthwick

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March 9-15

Gideon Mendel, Drowning World

Plymouth Arts Centre
Until Sunday 15 March

The work of Gideon Mendel, widely regarded as one of the world's leading documentary photographers, is presented at Plymouth Arts Centre in collaboration with Fotonow.

'One year on from the devastating floods that wreaked havoc across the south west, this is the last chance to see this international photographer's images that document the impact of climate change across the region but also in Bangladesh and other afflicted countries. Mendel has been documenting social and geographical upheaval internationally, always finding ways to access personal narratives of loss and survival that make the vastness of global economic and historical forces tangible. Even if I hadn't just started working at the Arts Centre, I would still say this is a must see for anyone interested in photography, reportage, climate change, and the extraordinary strength of humanity in the face of adversity.'

Guest Editor Ben Borthwick

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March 2-8

Tom Morton, Determinedly Ambiguous: On Artists Statements at Spike Island

Spike Island
Thursday 05 March 2015

Event Times: 6 - 7.30pm
Admission Fee: £5/£3 concessions
Booking essential

Tom Morton is a curator, writer and Contributing Editor of friezemagazine. In this two-part workshop he leads a close reading of artists’ statements provided by participants.

'Tom Morton returns to Spike Island for another session on the writing of artists statements. This is an area in which artists often let themselves down, so the breadth of this brilliant writer/ curator's experience should, hopefully, equip a generation of artists with statements worthy of their practices. Sign up!'

Guest Editor Ben Borthwick

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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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