Pick of the Week 2017

April's Picks selected by Jon Barrett

April 3-9

Richard Long: The Isle of Wight as Six Walks

Quay Arts, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight

Saturday 8 April – Saturday 1 July

Works on display include photographic and text pieces as well as a monumental floor installation made from flint, all on loan from the Southampton City Art Gallery’s collection. They present a variety of locations, including England, Wales, Africa, Nepal and Bolivia and span over four decades, offering a glimpse into Long’s vast artistic career.

'Opening on the ‘Garden Isle’, this new exhibition of Richard Long’s work, photographs, text and installation, will be the first public display of a coast to coast exploration by the artist from his time spent on the Isle of Wight. Featuring a bespoke wall drawing hewn from mud lifted from the local River Medina, the opening this Saturday will be followed by a talk with the artist in conversation.

And not forgetting the brief, but terrific HIVE IV: Lost & Found at The Old Brickworkshop, a chance to get your hands on a very limited edition run of their new artist ‘zine – only 22 available, and it’s beautiful!'

Guest Editor Jon Barrett

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April 10-16

Palace of Culture: Week 4 Ella Frears

Newlyn Art Gallery

Until Monday 17 April

Inspired by Eastern European clubhouses for workers, Newlyn Art Gallery has been transformed into an establishment of recreational activity.

'The final week of the enviable Newlyn Art Gallery’s ambitious multi-disciplinary project, each week hosted by a different ‘Cultural Secretary’, Ella Frears introduces a daily diet guiding us to self-improvement. Previous weeks have seen the exciting Keiken Collective and the whole project has been hosted by the gallery’s young artist collective, The Collaborators, transforming the venue into an establishment for recreational activity.'

Guest Editor Jon Barrett

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April 17-23

Richard Broomhall: Severn Sea

Contains Art, Watchet, Somerset

Until Monday 1 May

Richard Broomhall goes looking for the 'fibre glow' of a thousand terabyte internet cables flowing beneath the Severn Sea. Bringing sharks to shipping containers, Broomhall builds a mythology of the Bristol Channel from Watchet. His film installation will take viewers on a visionary deep sea dive combining drone shots and computer game animation as he goes swimming in the Severn Sea (with Havren as his guide!)

'I had the pleasure of working with Damien Hirst's former formaldehyde assistant who brings sharks to Contains Art's shipping container in this epic installation. The multi-media exhibition references the lines of John Milton’s poem, ‘Comus, A Masque’, adopting Milton’s mythical character, Sabrina, goddess of the Severn, as its central character, and depicts animated sharks battling over fibre-optic cables in the Bristol Channel. Join Richard on Friday 21 April at 7pm for an intimate and relaxing evening with Darren Hall, rising star of The Green Party, when they discuss the themes surrounding Richard's work, inspiration and ideas in their popular, informal, conversational format.

Richard also hopes to have his film shown at Digital Ecologies and the Anthropocene, Bath Spa University on the 28 April. This exciting symposium surrounding new media practices features artists, researchers, filmmakers, writers and theorists for a day of new narrative discourse on the subject of digital ecologies and the Anthropocene.'

Guest Editor Jon Barrett

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April 24-30


RWA, Bristol

Until Sunday 4 June

Drawing offers a universality and accessibility unlike any other medium. It is a building block of creativity, key to the visualisation and translation of ideas and practices, and is a fundamental part of making, doing, testing, designing, thinking and playing.

'This open submission celebrates drawing’s autonomy as a discipline as well as its creative potential for all art forms. Diverse in its scope, the exhibition covers both experimental and traditional forms of mark making. Look out for mother and son duo, Toni and Leo Davey, who both have works in the exhibition: the pair engender the relevance of drawing’s craft today.'

Guest Editor Jon Barrett

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What's On

Family Saturdays

Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF

Monday 01 October 2018 – Thursday 31 October 2019

Craft Workshops

Various Venues

Friday 08 February 2019 – Tuesday 31 December 2019

Life Drawing Classes

Lostwithiel , PL22 0BP

Thursday 14 March 2019 – Sunday 08 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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