Pick of the Week 2017

November's Picks selected by Stuart Crewes

October 30-November 5

Image Credit: Border Tales

Performance: Luca Silvestrini's Protein: Border Tales

The House, Plymouth

Saturday 4 November, 7.30-9pm

Award-winning company, Protein, presents a thought-provoking yet poignant commentary on multicultural Britain through dance, live music and dialogue compiled from the performers’ personal experiences. Border Tales looks at post-Brexit Britain seen through the eyes of an international cast and gazes satirically on stereotypical thinking about migrant outsiders and bigoted home-landers.

'This looks ace. I’m resentful of theatre and the time that it demands, and very rarely attend dance performances, but this has got traction and relevance: hearing people’s lived experiences of migration and displacement. We’ve got to keep these conversations happening on stages, in galleries, as well as around the table in the pub. Often I feel that the opportunity has been wasted to really tap into and speak about what we’re all experiencing and concerned about. I want a future with no "foreigners" – I’m anti-borders.'

Guest Editor Stuart Crewes

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November 6-12

We The People Are The Work

Venues across Plymouth

Until Saturday 18 November

A major visual arts project in Plymouth that explores ideas of power, protest and the public.

'Love this. There is so much depth to this project – I’m always up for work that looks at what’s already around us, bringing new perspectives and highlighting the wealth and beauty right under our noses. Supporting people to have their own culture reflected in the cultural spaces around them is something that I’m passionate about.'

Guest Editor Stuart Crewes

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November 13-19

Visible Girls

Exeter Phoenix

Friday 17 November – Thursday 21 December

In 1981, photographer Anita Corbin captured pivotal “coming of age” moments in the life of 56 young women – all members of different subcultures. The result was an extraordinary collection of portraits against a backdrop of heightened social, cultural and political change. The Skins, Mods, Punks, Rockabillies, New Romantics, Rastas and young lesbians that Anita photographed represented a new movement of female empowerment. Now, 36 years later, Anita is asking where those girls are?

'This is going to be a really rich exhibition. I can’t wait to check it out for those ghosts of guilty styles past. The audio recordings will also bring another fascinating dimension. What the Phoenix is really stepping into with this show is the added extras – there are some great workshops for women of all ages and even one about beer!'

Guest Editor Stuart Crewes

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November 20-26

Psychedelic Science Cafe

Holburne Museum

Friday 24 November, 5–9pm

In keeping with the Holburne's current exhibition, Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception, join scientists and mathematicians from the University of Bath for a night of illusion and wonder.

'Dude! All the effects of drugs without the hassle of buying drugs – score! Perception plays such a huge role in how we engage with visual art, and when it’s this physical/visceral, I think we need to just relax and take that trip. When we’re often fighting the didactic versus abstract war, it’s great to have the option of work that does all the thinking for you…'

Guest Editor Stuart Crewes

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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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