Pick of the Week 2015

October's Guest Editor: Louisa Fairclough

Every month we invite a Guest Editor to select our Pick of the Week feature. Chosen from the activities listed in our events pages they select highlights from across the region.

This October we welcome artist Louisa Fairclough.

Louisa Fairclough uses ground, tidal water, voice and light as material, her work taking the form of film loops, performances, field recordings and drawings. Sound, in various forms, is a central feature of Louisa’s engagement with landscape. This includes the natural sound of a tidal landscape, the voice of a female performer, musically articulated or otherwise. Her sculptural installations with 16mm film and sound are explicit explorations of sensation, in which a length of 16mm film becomes a line of emotion and a breath is a measure of time. Many of the works have been performed and recorded on the banks of the River Severn, and are emergent calls and responses between herself and the place that experimentally unfold as they are distilled into film loops. A parallel body of work made in collaboration with composer Richard Glover explores the experience of highs, lows and anxiety through expanded choral films and performances.

Louisa is currently working on commissions for Whitstable Biennale and Thames Estuary Festival. She will give a talk about her work on 22 October at Plymouth University as part of the public talks series Contemporary Art and Mental Health. Louisa is introducing a screening of Derek Jarman’s Super 8 films at Arnolfini at 1pm on Saturday 10 October followed by a discussion with James Mackay, the producer of many Jarman's films.  Louisa will host a Q&A with video artist George Barber after screening his video works at Chapter Art Centre at 2pm on 5 December.

Louisa was one of a small group who came together early in 2015 to initiate BEEF, a pilot project to support and nurture experimental film in Bristol. BEEF currently inhabits 25 Portland Square; prefab offices are being used as studios with a communal area for screenings alongside a darkroom with hand processing facilities for 16mm film. BEEF is a place of vibrant discussion and skill sharing, our current members are aged between 20 and 70, and are artists, curators and academics. Collectively, we curate a programme of events, run workshops and host the BEEF LUX Critical Forum.


Upcoming at BEEF: Analogue Delay Unit, Thursday 22 October, is an evening of screenings and music invoking black audio and dub poetics, the aesthetics of collectivity and counter-history in 1980s British essay films. Libita Clayton hosts Resist and Revolt: Black History / Live Transmission, a panel discussion as part of Art Weekender Bristol & Bath on Saturday 31 October. Book for Reiteration and Repetition: Analogue Film Workshop on Saturday 24 October.

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.

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