Pick of the Week 2016

October's Picks, selected by Beth Alden

October 3 - 9

From Where I'm Standing

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Until Saturday 28 January 2017

Ten ceramicists from the West Country will showcase new work inspired and informed by their choice from the Swindon Collection of Modern British Art.

'Ceramics is having a well deserved renaissance right now, and this exhibition presents new work of ten ceramicists from the West Country alongside work from the museum’s collection of Modern British Art that has inspired and influenced their work. The Museum holds an impressive collection with works by Graham Sutherland, Howards Hodgkin, Lucien Freud, Leon Kossoff and Frank Auerbach alongside an important collection of studio ceramics. It can be exciting to see how different art forms and different moments in art history relate to each other. On 18 Oct, 7-8pm, Alun Graves (Senior Curator of Ceramics at the V&A Museum) will be in conversation with three of the ceramicists, Sarah Purvey, Jo Taylor and Claire Loder.'

Guest Editor Beth Alden

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October 10 - 16

This is Now: Film and Video After Punk

The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art
Until Wednesday 26 October

The exhibition explores a period that saw an explosion in alternative and experimental filmmaking amongst clubbers, art students, new romantics and members of the post-punk scene in the UK.

'This exhibition presents key underground films from London’s post-punk era 1979-85 by a cohort of artists and film-makers such as Grayson Perry, John Maybury, Tina Keane, Christine Binnie, Isaac Julien, Jill Westwood, Cerith Wyn Evans and Sophie Muller. This period saw an explosion in artist film-making which has, for the most part, remained unseen until now, and for this project many of the works have been digitally remastered by the BFI National Archive from Super 8 and 16mm films that have been out of circulation for over 30 years.'

Guest Editor Beth Alden

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October 17 - 23

Bob and Roberta Smith's Apathy Band

Contains Art, Watchet, Somerset
Saturday 22 October

Bob & Roberta Smith's 'slogan art', humorous musings on art, politics and popular culture have seen him exhibit at the National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Triennial and MoMA PS1 to name a few. This is a not-to-be-missed performance by one of Britain's leading contemporary artists.

'We all know that art bands are the best, because you never quite know what you’re going to get. It will certainly be a gig to remember, and you might even be able to join in.'

Guest Editor Beth Alden

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October 24 - 30

Cornelia Parker: One day this glass will break

Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Bideford, Devon
Until Monday 7 November

Best known for her large scale installations, Cornelia Parker’s new body of work is inspired by Fox Talbot’s first photographic images. Fascinated by found objects, Parker transforms our understanding of them through the photogravure process. A light bulb, a tower of glasses or a jug spilling ice cubes are transformed into ghost-like still lives captured on paper.

'Inspired by Fox Talbot’s first ghost-like photographic images, in this exhibition Cornelia Parker uses the photogravure process to explore a series of everyday objects. While the resulting images are minimal and elegant, they retain Parker’s trade-mark violence and drama.

Guest Editor Beth Alden

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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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