Pick of the Week 2015

September's Picks Selected by Gordon Dalton

September 28 - October 4

Evaporation and Fell

Preview: Friday 2 October, 6-11pm, £8/6
Continues until Sunday 4 October

An audio-visual installation event bringing together Jana Winderen's Evaporation and Lawrence English and Werner Dafeldecker's Fell.

Both works, presented side by side, explore with unique perspectives the sonic landscape of deep moving, slow and vast terrains through the collection of recordings from Arctic and Antarctic environments.
'If you have ever wondered what it sounds like inside the Arctic, and I have, then this experimental audio-visual installation is for you. It brings together Jana Winderen's Evaporation and Lawrence English and Werner Dafeldecker's Fell.

'The combination of both works could be like the soundtrack to the ice age and watching the earth being created. Ecological and climate change concerns will obviously be the forefront, but it promises to be something more alien that that, something unknown from the past or the future.'

Guest Editor Gordon Dalton

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September 21-27

Plymouth Art Weekender

Plymouth Art Weekender
Friday 25 – Sunday 27 September

This ambitious three-day event will celebrate Plymouth as a contemporary art destination, capturing a wide range of activity from large-scale exhibitions to interventions in public spaces and participatory events for all ages.

'As Festival Coordinator for the Weekender I am prone to bias, but I feel it is well deserved here, given the feel good factor that Plymouth has in abundance. That, combined with 85 projects and over 300 (count ‘em) artists, from Gerhard Richter to recent graduates makes me rather proud of Plymouth. The quality and mass participation in the programme is staggering, showcasing local, national and international artists across three days. Commissions such a Bedwyr Williams’ radio jingle will be a highlight, as will the participation of the Plymouth public in organising their own projects and events. Bring open minds and sensible shoes. Have a good weekender.'

Guest Editor Gordon Dalton

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September 14-20


Until Sunday 27 September

'At the time of writing I haven’t been, but you would have had to live on Mars not to have seen the perfectly managed PR machine crank up a few hundred notches. With over 50 artists, there’s a lot to see other than Banksy, but it’s his gig. I’m much more interested in the production, the management, the sheer scale of pulling off such a public art spectacle and its attraction to the public than Banksy’s work, which is still a bitter pill to swallow.'

Guest Editor Gordon Dalton

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September 7-13

Exeter Contemporary Open 2015

Exeter Phoenix
Friday 11 September - Saturday 31 October

Henny AcloqueKelly BestJack BurtonGordon DaltonDickon DruryJamie HolmanDaniel Sean KellyMcGilvary WhitePaul MerrickTom PittNina Royle,Ruaidhri RyanMimei ThompsonJosephine Wood.

Exeter Contemporary Open is an annual, open submission exhibition that presents work from some of the most exciting emerging and established artists from across the UK.

This year’s selection panel consisted of artist Sean Edwards, artist, writer and curator Cedar Lewisohn, independent curator Jennie Syson and Phoenix Gallery curator Matt Burrows.

'Yes, I am in it, and very pleased I am too. Open Submissions are a hotly contested area of differing opinions, and  I have been on both sides of the fence. I always feel if the judges are good, that previous exhibitions have been well received and that the gallery is respected  and the possibility of opportunities that follow are attractive then I see applying as a way of promoting my work. Exeter Open has all that in spades, and I’m lucky enough to be showing alongside artists such as Henny Acloque and Mimei Thompson.'

Guest Editor Gordon Dalton

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August 31 - September 6

Young Artists Rising

Test Space, Spike Island
Saturday 5 - Sunday 20 September

Preview Friday 4 September, 6-9pm

Spike Island's Test Space will be taken over by young artists and creatives aged 16-25, with an exhibition of new work considering 'The Politics Of Representation'.

'A corridor space in a studio complex doesn’t sound like it should be one of the most exciting places to see new work, but it is. Over the past few years Test Space has consistently shown new art and artists, works in progress, open submissions and does what it  says on the tin. It is a test space for new work, such as this by the hard-to-reach age range of 16-25 year old artists.'

Guest Editor Gordon Dalton

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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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