Pick of the Week 2017

May's Picks selected by Keiken Collective

May 1-6

Joy Gregory: Lost Languages and other voices

Newlyn Art Gallery

Until Sunday 7 May

Joy Gregory is one of the major artists to emerge from the Black British photography movement of the 1980s; a time when debates around the domain of representation were explored and challenged.

'Don’t miss the final week of Joy Gregory’s Lost Languages and Other Voices at The Exchange, Penzance! A fascinating major survey of this seminal photographer’s work that evokes a powerful combination of race, history, gender, aesthetics, identity and marginalised indigenous languages. Gregory emerged from the Black British photography movement of the 1980’s when debates of representation were challenged. This is an important exhibition when today we are still experiencing major inequalities of representation and are affronted by political right wing extremism.'

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May 7-14

The Jungle

Plymouth College of Art

Until Wednesday 31 May

From the Soviet Proletkult, to the agitprops of pre-war Europe, through to the socialist, anarchist, and union-run troupes in the Americas and European colonies, the project reveals the dynamic ways in which working class theatre, through its coalescing of fictional and factual material, has informed and infected radical consciousness.

'Until 31 May Plymouth College of Art offers a wonderful and thought provoking exhibition of the immersive works of Noam Toran. Invoking traditions of political theatre and performing arts from the first half of the 20th century to explore political energies of the early 1900s. The work is an adaptation of Upton Sinclair’s production ‘The Jungle’, echoing extremist totalitarian legislation and also more progressive and grassroots actions. The public are invited to try on, play and appropriate the costumes, props, masks and historical materials. A unique and exciting showcase of works revealing how cultural production informs the working-class political consciousness!'

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May 15-21

Common Wealth

Spike Island

Saturday 20 May, 12-5pm

This afternoon open discussion about housing and redevelopment addresses how these issues affect people in and around Bristol today. Andrea Luka Zimmerman invites guest campaigners, activists and others who are involved in related projects or research to take part.

Drop into Spike Island and get involved in this discussion addressing the issues of housing and redevelopment and their effects on the people of Bristol. Led by artist, cultural activist and filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman, co-founder of artist collectives Fugitive Images and Vision Machine, she is sure to offer progressive and diversional insights into a pertinent matter.

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May 22-28


Centrespace Gallery, Bristol

Saturday 27 May – Wednesday 31 May

'This exciting and fresh exhibition showcases the ambitious works of second year BA Fine Art students Alex Orton, Kelsey Cruz-Martin, Pace Frith and Will Hughes. Through kinetic and static sculpture, audio and video, draw connections and muse upon the mutuality of a continuum scale that exists between the space and practice of the four artists. Don’t miss the private view opening on Friday 26 May, 6-9pm.'

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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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