Pick of the Week 2017

July's Picks selected by Amanda Sheridan

July 3-9


The Malthouse Gallery, Town Mill

Friday 7 July – Wednesday 26 July

This exhibition is a celebration of four artists – Alison Potter, Belinda Brownlee, Cath Bloomfield and Linda Bristow – who first met at Bath University ten years ago and have since shared their passion for ceramics, print and design in several joint exhibitions.

'Flourish is the perfect way to describe this collective exhibition. Not only do the vibrant colours and strong shapes remind one of a thriving garden in summertime, but the four styles of the artists play off each other to create a show that together is greater than the parts, just like a flourishing garden. There is a celebratory feel and a sense of joy, with Alison Cooper’s witty "conversation pieces" creating centre points around which Linda Bristow’s pressed tiles and quirky flowers gather. The backdrop of earthier tones is delivered by Cath Bloomfield with her Black Gold Collagraph and the splashes of summer on Belinda Brownlee’s pieces pull this joyful exhibition together.'

Guest Editor Amanda Sheridan

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July 10-16

Future Pasts

Gallery 44AD, Bath

Wednesday 12 July – Saturday 12 August

In July and August 2017, the Future Pasts research project welcomes you to an exhibition hosted by Bath Spa University in connection with our Research Centre in Environmental Humanities.

'The word Namibia conjures up images of the skeleton coast and dinosaur footprints and this show uses the physical landscape as a backdrop to its focus on the Namibia of the 21st century. The collaborative and multi-disciplinary exhibition is underpinned by an academic rigour that enhances the power of the themes of ‘sustainability, identity and displacement’. With the consciences of the developed world being held in stasis by the USA, the global environmental crises that affects Namibia will get worse. This exhibition powerfully, yet peacefully, demonstrates the beauty of the country whilst highlighting issues pertinent to the people whose home it is.'  

Guest Editor Amanda Sheridan

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July 17-23

The Lie of the Land: Exploring Modern British Landscapes from the Swindon Collection

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Wednesday 19 July – Saturday 18 November

This exhibition brings together modern landscape paintings by Paul Nash, Christopher Nevinson, Roger Fry and Mary Fedden. It also explores more experimental approaches to depicting the landscape by Richard Long, Kathy Pendergast and Joe Tilson. The exhibition includes a number of works depicting Swindon and Wiltshire by Edward Buttar, David Rolt and Michael Cullimore.

'The works in this show capture a sense of quintessential Britishness, be that in a soothing painted landscape or in the experimental approach of Richard Long. The curators have successfully capitalised on the collection and created an exhibition of depth and integrity.'

Guest Editor Amanda Sheridan

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July 24-30


Black Swan Arts, Frome

Saturday 22 July – Sunday 3 September

The SKETCH Open Sketchbook Drawing Prize and touring exhibition aims to promote the diversity and importance of drawing and the role of the sketchbook in contemporary creative practice. The works on show in SKETCH 2017 have been selected from an international submission of over 500 sketchbooks.

'This accessible and hands-on exhibition is utterly engaging, with visitors able to become absorbed in each sketchbook, slowly turning pages of these exquisite works. From students who are compelled to start books, to experienced practitioners, it is the variety and talent in each one that inspires such attention. This event also promotes the diversity and importance of drawing and the role of the sketchbook in contemporary creative practice.'

Guest Editor Amanda Sheridan

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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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