Pick of the Week 2016

August's Picks selected by Tessa J Fitzjohn

August 1 – 7

Linda Brothwell: The Missing

The Holburne Museum
Saturday 06 August 2016 – Monday 02 January 2017

In a new commission On the Table, this pioneer of contemporary British craft skills will create a playground of textures and colours in stone, wood and metalwork in response to the most intricate works in the Holburne Museum’s collection. In a dramatic exploration of materials, Brothwell’s work will be displayed alongside the elaborate carved wooden, gilt bronze and hardstone plinths on which Sir William Holburne displayed his porcelain and bronzes.

'I was trained as a sculptor, and taught to look after my own tools. So I can appreciate Linda Brothwell's commitment to fine craft, and the aesthetics of functionality. Her first edition in the Acts of Care series for Jerwood Makers Open 2013 initiated her research into Sheffield's industrial history, and produced a publicly sited intervention and collection of handmade tools.

The Missing demonstrates similar levels of research, site related works and commitment to high quality making, only this time she's using expensive materials and jewellery-scale works.'

Guest Editor Tessa J Fitzjohn

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August 8 – 14

PAC Home Talk: Helen Nisbet

Plymouth Arts Centre
Tuesday 09 August 2016, 6pm

Helen Nisbet is a London based curator. Over the past 12 years she has worked on artist projects with organisations including the ICA, InIVA, Contemporary Art Society and Creative Time and with artist studios including Andy Goldsworthy and Ryan Gander. Most recently she organised 8 new commissions for the Arts Council Collection’s 70th Anniversary, which will be shown in venues across England in 2016, including Plymouth Arts Centre.

'The role of the curator is often not understood or appreciated by artists. If that's how you feel, I recommend Helen Nisbet's talk. Helen is very knowledgeable, experienced with her own productions as well as commissioning artists for major organisations such as Arts Council England. A good curator not only takes the leg-work out of organising a project, they also inform the context and position of your work, strengthening interpretation and critical awareness. If you get on well, they may work with you for many years.'

Guest Editor Tessa J Fitzjohn

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August 15 – 21

Bodies of Water

The Methodist Chapel, West Bay, Bridport
Saturday 20 August 2016

Artists' film screening at Force 8, the collective art project founded by Anna Best and Hester Schofield. Each artist whose moving image work is included in the programme engages directly with the sea to represent their experience through a range of strategies, from the camera as witness, observing and recording natural phenomena and human activities, to working with film as a poetic medium.

'This thoughtful selection of eleven short films, organised as part of the Force 8 summer programme places the role of water as a medium to engage, with a series of journeys, physical, psychological and emotional. To tell stories of loss; of work; of play. To question the precarity of the land, as the seas rise. To talk of place, space, and humanity, but always through the gaze of the camera.'

Guest Editor Tessa J Fitzjohn

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August 22 – 28

Rachael Clerke and The Great White Males: Cuncrete

Arnolfini, Bristol
Sunday 28 August 2016

A dysto-utopian noise about The Man! A no-wave musical about how we ended up in this mess! Hosted by washed up architect/proto-god figure Archibald Tactful (2014 IdeasTap Underbelly winner Rachael Clerke) and accompanied by anti-virtuoso punk band The Great White Males - Cuncrete is a gratuitously sleazy and joyfully noisy critique of alpha-masculinity and the built environment. Expect original music, grotesque posturing, sharp suits and cement.

'The title of this one-off performance, the finale event for Arnolfini's season of Punk clearly shows Rachael Clerke's deprecating humour. 'Cuncrete' critiques the boys' world of high rise, sharp suits and cement. Accompanied by her punk band Great White Males.

As an ageing feminist I find her work exciting and deadly serious, exploring identity, belonging and machismo. Her performance, 'How to achieve redemption as a Scot through the medium of Braveheart' won the Underbelly Award 2014 Edinbrugh Fringe. Put on your ripped up t-shirts and get spitting..this is one not to miss!'

Guest Editor Tessa J Fitzjohn

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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

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