Pick of the Week 2018

December's Picks selected by Susan Francis

December 3 – 9

Artist Talk: Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta

Edge Arts

Friday 7 December, 6pm

Responding to the curatorial theme, Unintended Consequences, the two artists’ works reflect the complex, entangled nature of the present moment, with world events so volatile and turbulent that it’s hard to predict what might happen next.

'Environmental impact and human migration are two issues which are currently at the forefront of conversations among our CAS associates artists. This event in Bath brings together two artists whose work – the result of the Jerwood/FVU moving image awards – attempts to unravel both of these complex and exigent subjects. Under the curatorial theme 'Unintended Consequences', the title of Maeve Brennan's work ‘Listening in the Dark’ just about sums up the lack of clarity and clear vision we feel about how to address these issues. The talk by both these artists will no doubt shed light on how they have approached the theme.'

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Guest Editor Susan Francis


December 10 – 16

Laura Phillips: I felt like the sound of a harp

Plymouth College of Art

Until Saturday 19 January

For Phillip’s inaugural solo show, the artist presents a new body of work which takes its impetus from a building in Bristol, which from 1799–1802 was a medical research facility known as The Pneumatic Institute.

'Well, I’m a sucker for an intriguing title and this one definitely ticks the box. Laura Phillips' multi-media solo show is jam packed with fascinating elements brought together from various time periods, explored through collage, sound and personal narrative. With this smorgasbord of application and intrigue, she interrogates the history of the Pneumatic Institute, and the various strange happenings that occurred as a result of experiments there.'

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Guest Editor Susan Francis


December 17 – 23


The Engine Room, The Exchange

Until Saturday 5 January

Fragment24a is a response to Many & Beautiful Things by The Collaborators, the gallery’s collective of emerging artists aged 30 and under.

'Plenty to see with this exhibition which involves two sites, photographs on billboards, further elements on Instagram and an online collection of recommended ‘coming of age’ films, all of which explore ‘what it means to be young now’. The fragmented, multimedia, multi-platform nature of the ‘exhibition within an exhibition’ (as it is described on The Exchange's website), expresses the complexity of life for those navigating young adulthood right now.'

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Guest Editor Susan Francis


December 24 – 30

Clowns: The eggs-hibition

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Until Sunday 6 January

Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Tumble into the wonderful world of clowning, explore what makes a great clown and step into their gigantic shoes.

'Some may have to look away at this point but for those of us who enjoy a window into the more surreal and idiosyncratic lives around us, this Bristol exhibition should fit the bill. Who’d have thought it? Seventy years of documenting individual clowns faces on eggs, did any of us know that was a thing? AND they’re in a book. Now that’s one for your Christmas stocking! This exhibition gives a glimpse into this bizarre and vibrant world with an opportunity to experience some of the fun of clowning for ourselves.'

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Guest Editor Susan Francis



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

Jon England: Hour Hands

Market House Museum, 32 Swain St, Watchet TA23 0AD

Wednesday 27 March 2019 – Friday 08 November 2019

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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