Pick of the Week

May's Picks selected by Kim Wide

April 29 – May 5

Spike Island Open Studios

Spike Island

Friday 3 – Monday 6 May

Spike Island Open Studios sees artists and tenants throw open their doors. You're invited to explore the working environments of hundreds of artists, designers and creative businesses. The weekend includes family friendly activities, tours, events and street food by some of Bristol's best traders.

'Every year without fail I head to Spike Island. It has such a great vibe and is a wonderful way to explore artists and their practice, bump into someone you know, buy art and 'go behind the scenes.' This year is doubly exciting as Bricks will be launching its programme and campaign in Jo Lathwood's studio space. It is using the Spike Open weekend to test some of its ambitions with audiences. See you there!' 

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Guest Editor Kim Wide


May 6 – 12

Mark Titchner Artist's Talk

Exeter Phoenix

Wednesday 8 May

Turner Prize nominated artist Mark Titchner will discuss his practice and work in the current Phoenix Gallery exhibition Hospital Rooms, which focuses on an exploration of words and language ranging from the quasi-mysticism of corporate mission statements to the maxims of revolutionary socialism.

'Hospital Rooms is an art and mental health charity working with award winning and acclaimed artists and mental health inpatient units across the UK. Mark Titchner is one of the artists involved and this exhibition and his talk will be a unique insight into the field of art and wellbeing, focusing on the work Mark and other artists undertook for the Devon Partnership Trust Mother and Baby Unit and Psychiatric Intensive Care Units. I am fascinated as to how artists and patients negotiate this work together to create something beautiful and relevant.'

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Guest Editor Kim Wide


May 13 – 19

Site Festival Open Studios 2019

SVA and across Stroud

Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 May

'For the first time ever, I am going to take in this festival in Stroud and I cannot wait. Packed with great talks and events (macrame hanger workshop anyone?) there really is something for everyone at this festival. I am especially interested in attending the Open Studio weekend for some interaction with over 80 artists in the area but equally keen on OWN (Occupy space Without Notice) talks on how individual artists occupy temporary spaces.'

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Guest Editor Kim Wide


May 20 – 26

Invisible Narratives

Newlyn Art Gallery

Until Saturday 15 June

An exhibition exploring the work of three artists, Magda Stawarska-Beavan, Rebecca Chesney and Lubaina Himid, who consider the poetic investigation of place, space and time, through painting, sound installation and place-based research.

'A chance to go to Cornwall is a grand thing. What is exceptionally exciting is that Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid has curated a show of female artists that use their work collectively to uncover the hidden. Artist Magda Stawarska-Beavan shares sound pieces recorded in Istanbul, Rebecca Chesney shows work created at the Newlyn Tidal Observatory (the place from which altitude is measured across the UK) and Himid exhibits a dressing table filled with her work. A diverse, female-led exhibition giving us all the opportunity to uncover and explore.'

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Guest Editor Kim Wide



What's On

Mini Makers

Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF

Monday 01 October 2018 – Wednesday 31 July 2019


Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF

Monday 01 October 2018 – Wednesday 31 July 2019

Family Saturdays

Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF

Monday 01 October 2018 – Thursday 31 October 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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