Pick of the Week 2017

March's Picks selected by Megan Dunford

February 27-March 5

Elisa Alaluusua - Sketchbooks: An Obsession

Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge
Exhibition until Saturday 4 March / talk on closing day at 4pm

This exhibition explores and presents sketchbooks used by contemporary artists and has been developed from a research project undertaken by Alaluusua that involved in-depth interviews with a number of artists and sketchbook users.

'I remember seeing Elisa Alaluusua’s piece for which she was awarded second place in the 2015 Jerwood Drawing prize, and something shifted in me when I saw it. I don’t think I have felt the same about drawing since - I can’t decide if this is good or bad. But I am fascinated by sketchbooks and clearly Elisa is too. This is certain to be a brilliant talk about the role sketchbooks play in an artist practice.'

Guest Editor Megan Dunford

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March 6-12

Colour Values: Group 7 artists' talk

Bridport Arts Centre
Saturday 11 March, 2pm

Group 7 was originally formed in the 1970s – by 7 artists. Over the years the group has changed and now includes Brian Bishop, Martyn Brewster, Bonnie Brown, Fran Donovan, Michael Griffiths, Ursula Leach and Peter Symons.

'A slightly biased selection as I work at Bridport Arts Centre! But we have been doing these Saturday afternoon talks for a while to give people a better into the exhibitions and to meet the artists. This talk will feature members from Group 7, who have been going since the 1970s. The work featured is primarily concerned with colour abstraction, printmaking and painting. I will be leading this discussion and having talked with several of the artists before, I know they always speak very openly and honestly about their practices and what it takes to be an artist, so I'm looking forward to the event.'

Guest Editor Megan Dunford

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March 13-19

Simon Hitchens: Touch Stones

Outpost, Portland
Exhibition from Thursday 16 March – Saturday 8 April / talk on Thursday 16 March, 7pm

An exhibition of new work by artist Simon Hitchens centred on the film Genesis, a film with an uncanny simplicity like the meditative calm found in a Zen garden, where displaced rocks become almost body-like. What at first appears to be a benign boulder sat in an arcane landscape slowly begins to take on human qualities: is this a genesis, or the genesis?

'Simon Hitchens took part in the first VASW mentoring scheme in 2015. His work explores what it is to be human and our relationship to the impermanence of life. I have been lucky enough to see it in the flesh, and it has an amazing presence. He is an extremely dedicated artist and this really comes across when he talks about his practice.'

Guest Editor Megan Dunford

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March 20-26

Beyond The Lens

Thelma Hulbert, Honiton
Until Thursday 22 April

Roger Mayne (1929 – 2014) famously documented the children and young residents of Southam Street in West London in the 1950s and 60s. These photographs lead to him becoming one of Britain’s most important post-war photographers. His exhibitions have included the V&A and National Portrait Gallery, London.

'Thelma Hulbert is a beautiful space. Made all the better by the high standard of artists and exhibitions Angela Blackwell and her team bring to the venue. Roger Mayne’s photographs offer insight into what life was like for young people in the 1950s and 60s in West London. Give this a go and I don’t think you will be disappointed.'

Guest Editor Megan Dunford

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March 27-April 2

BABE 2017: Bristol Artists Book Event

Arnolfini, Bristol
Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 April

The sixth biennial festival of artist book making, featuring the work of bookmakers and small presses from around the world.

'If you like books. If you like pictures. If you like how paper folds. If you like the feel of embossed letters on cardboard. If you like talking to passionate artists. If you like letterpress. If you like the smell of screen print. If you like supporting students. If you like libraries. If you like all of the above, then this is for you.'

Guest Editor Megan Dunford

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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.

Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network

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