Pick of the Week 2016

March's Picks Selected by Suzanne Heath

March 28-April 3

Saw Waves public realm commission, Juneau Projects

Baltic Wharf
Until Sunday 15 May

Saw Waves employs digital technology to create a new song and sculptural artworks illuminating the historic role of Baltic Wharf in Totnes.

'If you are visiting Totnes before May, be sure to seek out this small but perfectly formed temporary public realm commission, Juneau Projects' first in the South West. Commissioned by Baltic Wharf Arts and linked to the redevelopment of the boatyard and surrounding site, Juneau Projects have drawn on the history of the boatyard to create a new song which can be downloaded for free from two shrine-like USB points in the development's show home garden, and on the footpath running behind the development. The song reflects on the work of the river pilots, who in an era before GPS and mobile phones used to wait out on the river to guide the large ships from Russia and Finland delivering timber for housebuilding down the river Dart - not knowing exactly when they'd arrive. Remember to take a USB stick with you to download the song - or you can buy a special limited edition artist-made USB from Drift Records on Totnes High Street.'

Guest Editor, Suzanne Heath

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March 21-27

Terrain: Land into Art

Hestercombe Gallery
Until Sunday 3 July

Terrain: Land into Art, brings together the work of 17 artists with works responding to the natural world. The show features a series of works from modernism to the present day.

'If you haven't been to Hestercombe yet you should make a special effort for this new show. The programme is led by Tim Martin, formerly curator at the Brewhouse in Taunton, and the exhibition includes a cross section of work including sculpture, film, painting and photography by artists including Roger Ackling, John Stezaker, Peter Doig, Tim Knowles, Richard Long and Anya Gallacio. The spectacularly restored 18th century gardens designed by Lutyens and Jekyll are worth the trip alone - and it's fantastic to see the building (Somerset Fire Brigade's HQ until 2006) brought back to life as a contemporary gallery.'

Guest Editor, Suzanne Heath

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March 14 - 20

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

Victoria Art Gallery
Until Sunday 10 April

A series of six very large tapestries made in 2012 for the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 series All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, in which Perry explores the notion of British taste.

The Vanity of Small Differences tells the story of class mobility and the influence that social class has on our aesthetic taste.

'Bath does not share Bristol's reputation for contemporary art, so it's a bit of a scoop for the local authority-run Victoria Art Gallery to be hosting Grayson Perry's scathing large-scale tapestries exploring class in today's Britain. Grayson Perry is a 'love it or hate it' artist but you can't help but feel that no one else is quite capturing things in the same way as a tapestry featuring a woman leaning against her Aga glued to her mobile phone, or a man dying outside a kebab shop. And if you're a Bath resident you can get in for free with a Discovery Card.'

Guest Editor, Suzanne Heath

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March 7 - 13

Bedsit - Timorous Beasties

Plymouth College of Art
Until Saturday 16 April

Noted for surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, Timorous Beasties, was founded in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons. The design studio’s work could be seen as a wayward take on the often “twee” world of textiles, with heavily illustrative insects, ‘triffid-like’ plants, birds and other animals.

'I'm looking forward to seeing new work in the South West by these witty Glasgow-based pattern designers  who some years ago created their famous Glasgow Toile, a Toile de Jouy wallpaper pattern featuring neds, teen mums and heroin addicts in a graveyard in place of rural French scenery. It is now eight years since Timorous Beasties' public commission in Bristol at Cabot Circus. What will they produce when let loose to create an installation outside of a commercial context at Plymouth College of Art?'

Guest Editor, Suzanne Heath

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February 29 - March 6

Line Up: monochrome still lives by Sania Pell

Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Until Sunday 6 March

Line Up is an exhibition of contemporary craft curated by interior stylist and author Sania Pell. She explores the relationship between monochrome objects and how they combine and interact in styled groups to present beautiful still lives that can be displayed in any home.

'In recent times crafts have received renewed interest. For something once considered old and fuddy duddy, there are now rather a lot of people interested in the process of manufacturing and in making things themselves. I have developed a soft spot for ceramics and furniture, originating from my time working at Blackwell, an Arts & Crafts House in Cumbria. This show at Bovey Tracey, on tour from London's Flow gallery, is curated by interior designer Sania Pell and includes beautiful ceramics by Derek Wilson and Hyu-jin Jo, alongside furniture by Another Country and work by 13 other makers.'

Guest Editor, Suzanne Heath

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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

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