Pick of the Week 2018

July's Guest Editor is Sarah James

Image: Michael Pinsky, Pollution Pods

Every month we invite a Guest Editor to select our Pick of the Week feature. Chosen from the activities listed in our events pages they select highlights from across the region.

This July, Sarah James, Chief Executive of The Arts Development Company, is making the selection.

I am immensely proud to be The Arts Development Company’s new Chief Executive and although in post for a few months, I have been busy familiarising myself with the incredible range and quality of arts in Dorset, particularly visual artists and makers.

My background is visual arts; having originally trained in ceramics and sculpture and then as a curator, I then had the pleasure of working at some of the UK’s most cutting edge contemporary visual arts and public realm organisations including Wysing Arts in Cambridgeshire and Situations in Bristol. I am driven by the positive effects the arts can have on people’s lives and believe partnering with cultural organisations, artists and creatives who actively co-produce and collaborate with different people and communities can have a lasting impact on society.

One of our priorities at The Arts Development Company is focussed around placemaking: through collaborating with artists we can support the animation of public spaces, rejuvenating the built and natural environment, improving local business viability and helping to bring communities together.

We are delighted that as part of our partnership work with Dorset Coast Forum, international artist Michael Pinsky will be helping to shape public realm improvements worth nearly £2m at West Bay near Bridport, Dorset. In July, the community will be feeding into Michael’s artistic concepts for the bicycle path to Bridport, the central hub where the fish and chip kiosks are and where the motorbikes congregate. He's also been looking at the sea defences on East Beach and a possible new kiosk on the western esplanade. This new work is due for completion in December 2019; see our website for regular news updates on this project.


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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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