Pick of the Week 2018

October's Picks selected by Lara Goodband

October 1 – 7

Tania Kovats: Troubled Waters

Exeter Phoenix

Saturday 22 September – Sunday 11 November

'Exeter Phoenix has a lovely new contemporary art space and the ideal show to launch it. Tania Kovats is internationally renowned for her work that explores our environmental impacts on rivers, seas and oceans. I worked with her during 2017 for the City of Culture programme in Hull. Fortunately for us in the South West she lives near Exeter and has been increasingly contributing to the artistic life of the region with her thoughtful work. This show curated by Phoenix’s curator Matt Burrows brings together the commissioned work from Hull 2017 – where she worked with marine scientists at The Deep – and powerful new sculptural pieces made from wetsuit fragments, beautifully displayed in the sparkling new spaces. On Saturday 20 October at 2.30 pm I’ll be in conversation with Tania discussing the themes of the exhibition.'

Guest Editor Lara Goodband

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October 8 – 14

Shezad Dawood: Leviathan

The Dome, Plymouth

Until Sunday 21 October

'As part of the larger international series of commissions that make for the extraordinary Atlantic Project, Leviathan by Shezad Dawood is a site-specific installation, brilliantly curated by Ben Borthwick, in a usually disused underground space of The Dome on the Hoe. Among the three films, sculpture and hangings you walk amid ‘tidy’ rubble! Developed in dialogue with marine biologists, oceanographers, political scientists, neurologists and trauma specialists, the work explores interconnections between marine welfare, our impact on the environment, migration and mental health. I will be returning to Plymouth to see this again.'

Guest Editor Lara Goodband

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October 15 – 21

Benoit Maire: Thebes

Spike Island, Bristol

Until Sunday 9 December

Benoît Maire can be described as a visual philosopher, taking inspiration from a range of disciplines including geometry, sociology and mythology. His major solo exhibition Thebes at Spike Island features more than ninety works ranging from paintings and sculptures to furniture, everyday objects and films.

'I’m looking forward to seeing this in Bristol. A unique opportunity to experience Maire’s diverse and thought-provoking work in the UK. He’s influenced by so many language-based disciplines yet finds his own language through object and paintings – image here takes the place of the word.'

Guest Editor Lara Goodband

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October 22 – 28

Nashashibi/Skaer: Thinking through other artists

Tate St Ives

Until Sunday 6 January 2019

This exhibition combines films made by Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer with their personal selection of historic and contemporary art that reflects on and adds new meaning to their work.

'I’m really looking forward to this at Tate St Ives. Having just won Museum of the Year for their incredible new gallery – which is blasted out of the side of the cliff – this show, with themes of women as subjects or authors in art, will match its impressive space. I was lucky enough to be working at the Ferens in Hull last year which hosted the Turner Prize 2017 in which Rosalind Nashashibi was short-listed for two extraordinary films. I’m looking forward to seeing more of her collaborations with Skaer (also shortlisted for the Turner in 2009) alongside their selection of works from Tate’s collection.'

Guest Editor Lara Goodband

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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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