Pick of the Week

June's Picks selected by Emma Morris

June 3 – 9

Simon Faithfull: Elsewhen

Hestercombe Gallery

Until Sunday 3 June

In this solo exhibition, many of Faithfull’s works endeavour to subjectively map the planet that the artist finds himself on – attempting to understand his place in both time and space.

'I’m a big fan of Simon’s work and was looking at acquiring some of his film works when I was at Towner. Provocative and playful, Simon’s works and interventions act as a kind of orientation device for both the artist and the visitor to Hestercombe.'

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Guest Editor Emma Morris


June 10 – 16

Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019


Saturday 15 June – Sunday 1 September

A major exhibition tracing the representation of fire in British art across the last four centuries; exploring the symbolism and meaning the element has had for artists throughout history.

'A stellar line up of artists’ responses to the destructive and creative force of fire including J.M.W. Turner, William Blake, Stanley Spencer, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Eric Ravilious, Jeremy Deller, Susan Hiller, David Nash, Douglas Gordon and Cornelia Parker.'

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Guest Editor Emma Morris


June 17 – 23

Resist: be modern (again)

John Hansard Gallery

Until Saturday 17 August

Resist: be modern (again) looks back at these revolutionary art, design, performative and written practices. Using the lens of contemporary art, theory and design, the exhibition highlights the importance and influence of these long-lost early avant-garde practices into the present.

'I haven’t visited the new John Hansard Gallery so looking forward to seeing the building and this exhibition, which explores the practices of women artists, designers and writers of the 1920s and 30s through the work of contemporary artists. I worked with Becky Beasley at Towner so am really interested in seeing her work in this new exhibition.'

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Guest Editor Emma Morris


June 24 – 30

b-side Assemblies 04: Making Art in Times of Crisis

Portland Stadium Bowl

Friday 28 June

Climate change and environmental destruction are causing mass extinction. What is the point of art in the face of death? Can art affect political change?

'Sign me up for this! A discussion about the point of art in the face of extinction and whether art can affect political change with artists Michael PinskyLeni Dothan and writer and Extinction Rebellion activist Sara Hudston. The event also includes a tour of ‘Pollution Pods’ by Michael Pinsky.'

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Guest Editor Emma Morris



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

Life Drawing Classes

Lostwithiel , PL22 0BP

Thursday 14 March 2019 – Sunday 08 March 2020

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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