Pick of the Week 2018

November's Picks selected by Nella Aarne

November 5 – 11

Meditations in an Emergency, Simon Bayliss

Plymouth College of Art

Until Saturday 17 November 2018

Meditations in an Emergency takes its title from a poem by Frank O’Hara, written as prose-like musings on the subject of cultural identity and romantic heartbreak, spiked with landscape imagery.

'There's still time to visit Plymouth College of Art to see Simon Bayliss’ latest solo exhibition, building on a long term trajectory of rich and diverse practice that encompasses artist moving image, ceramics, painting and poetry. Bayliss’ work contributes to what curator Seán Elder has articulated as the important work of considering queer identities and experiences — often most visible in and associated with urban spaces — as equally attached to rural contexts and not set against them.'

Guest Editor Nella Aarne

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November 12 – 18

CAST Film Club: Deimantas Narkevicius


Thursday 15 November, 7pm

A programme of short films by Lithuanian artist Deimantas Narkevicius launches the new season of artists moving image screenings at CAST Cornwall.

'This selection of short films by Lithuanian artist Deimantas Narkevicius offers intricate insight into the contemporary condition after 1989. Exploring the political confusion in the Lithuanian collective consciousness following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Narkevicius’ concoctions of experimental documentary and archival footage reframe collective memory and grand narratives to unveil the contingency and precariousness of any political order. No matter how all-encompassing a particular socio-political condition — including that of the West — might seem, there is always an "otherwise".'

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November 19 – 26

Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018: Unintended Consequences

The Edge, Bath

Until Saturday 15 December 2018

The Jerwood/FVU Awards are a major annual opportunity for moving-image artists in the first five years of their practice. The open application programme invites artists to make proposals for ambitious new works, two of which are selected each year by a panel of experts.

'Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta present their cinematic responses to this year’s awards theme, Unintended Consequences, bringing to focus some of the most urgent concerns of our time with a compelling call to action. Brennan’s Listening in the Dark focuses on the fatal effects of wind turbines on bats, revealing how human actions, even if intended to protect the planet, can have far-reaching ramifications on the life around us – the long-term ecological effects of which will be impossible to predict. Perretta’s 15 days portrays the consequences of heightened state violence against refugees on European borders. Filmed around former refugee camps of Calais and Dunkirk, Perretta follows a protagonist trapped between borders, without a home or an identity, trying to survive in the face of an erasure from legal and political recognition.'

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November 27 – December 2

Sonia Levy: For the Love of Corals

Obsidian Coast

Until Saturday 19 January 2019

Obsidian Coast presents its inaugural exhibition, For the Love of Corals by artist Sonia Levy, examining coral reproductive research at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London.

'We opened Obsidian Coast to the public in October with For the Love of Corals, a new two-channel video installation by artist Sonia Levy. The exhibition centres on coral reproduction research at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London, where a team of scientists has become the first in the world to develop successful coral IVF. This cinematic enquiry into the daily labour of caring for an endangered species portrays the complexities of natural conservation and multi-species survival endeavours in the midst of human-induced climate change.'

Guest Editor Nella Aarne

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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.

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