Pick of the Week 2018

February's Picks selected by CHAMP

February 5 – 11

Image Credit: Alistair Grant, 2016

Topographies: A seminar on space, place and sensation

Hestercombe Gardens

Tuesday 6 February, 11am – 5pm

Topographies is a one-day seminar exploring how we make sense of different landscapes, through contemporary art practice and creative geographies. Artists and researchers lead a series of discussions around the remote and the connected, the mapping of invisible and imagined spaces, and how technology is changing our relationship to landscape.

'We think this one-day seminar looks incredibly interesting; we are very interested in social geography and imagined spaces – "I am obsessed with borders and the implications these have on physical and social landscapes, so this sounds right up my street (after a medium-length coach ride)" ' – Deirdre C

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February 12 – 18

Image Credit: Marcin Rusak, Nature of Things, (detail) shellack, various tree resins, flour, beeswax, flowers, steel; Originally commissioned for Jerwood Makers Open 2017, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Photo: Anna Arca

Jerwood Makers Open

Devon Guild

Until Sunday 11 March

Launched in 2010, Jerwood Makers Open is a biennial opportunity focusing on UK makers who propose to make ambitious, radical work in their first years of practice.

'This is a great showcase of a variety of forward-thinking makers and sculpture artists. This exhibition comprises a variety of mutli-disciplinary practices with a diverse use of materials and compositions. As a sculpture artist myself Jerwood offers a great opportunity to artists early in their career by funding them to create work.' – Alice J

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February 19 – 25

Image Credit: Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw: What Remains

The Exchange, Penzance

Until Saturday 12 May

A solo exhibition bringing together a number of works by Tim Shaw, the acclaimed sculptor and Royal Academician.

'We picked this one because it provoked a lot of discussion amongst us and that’s what art should do – to make us question and investigate. We need to go and have a good debate. In other words…we’re not (Tim) SHAW-re about his work.'

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February 26 – March 4

Image Credit: Jill Smith, Fire Ritual at Uffington White Horse. Photo by Bruce Lacey.


Newlyn Art Gallery

Saturday 3 March – Saturday 2 June

An international group exhibition exploring the overarching and infinite rhythms of nature, folklore and the occult and how they have become a lived system embodied by both artists and communities. Artefacts loaned by The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic and private collections will be on display alongside key artworks from the 20th century and pieces by artists exploring these themes in a contemporary context.

'We pick this one because we love magick!!! How else do you explain everything?'

Guest Editor CHAMP

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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

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.

Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network

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