All posts by Heather Smith

After years in denial, Heather Smith has finally conceded that she is a writer, willing to exchange the products of many hours of blood, sweat and crossing-out for the chance of being published. In addition to PRSD and Art+Culture she has written for Art Cornwall, iwalkdevon and Behind the Spin. She also blogged about her life as a mature student on Later Study. In her spare time she enjoys watching her bantams think up new ways of destroying her veg patch, camera-less photography and making jewellery with found objects. Her ambition is to become a mad old woman and own an alpaca called Gerald.

Angry enough to sing. Behind the scenes with Plymouth Complaints Choir

As part of The Pigs of Today are the Hams of Tomorrow in January 2010, Plymouth hosted a Complaints Choir. Heather Smith went behind the scenes

Plymouth Complaints Choir

Well, you wouldn’t believe the trouble I had getting to Plymouth Arts Centre. First it started to tip down just as I left the house and then my umbrella, (that I’d only bought two weeks ago), broke and then the driver grunted at me when I said that I had nothing smaller….

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The original interactive gaming consoles: Heather Smith on the Tall Stories automata, at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Tall Stories

Look and definitely touch is the theme of the exhibition Tall Stories, currently running at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey. Based in a bright, whitewashed room within the old mill building, visitors are encouraged to play (carefully!) with the collection of automata and kinetic sculptures and discover the stories they have to tell.

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Encountering Reynolds at the Peninsula Arts Gallery: exhibition of the week

It is perhaps a little strange that the first image you see in the Encountering Reynolds exhibition at the Peninsula Arts Gallery is not by Joshua Reynolds at all. Reynolds after Raphael, isn’t even a painted picture, but a photograph of a staged reconstruction of Reynolds’s artwork: Caroline, Duchess of Marlborough and her daughter Lady Caroline Spencer, taken by and featuring Victoria Hall in 2006, some 214 years after the artist’s death.

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Four Romanian artists at Plymouth’s Peninsula Arts Gallery investigate identity, civilization, sexual politics

For the first time in the UK the work of four of Romania’s leading artists can be seen at Plymouth University. The show, presented in conjunction with the Romanian Cultural Institute, is part of a month-long Romanian festival at the university and showcases the work of Anca Boeriu, Florica Prevenda, Alexandru Radvan and Florin Stoiciu.

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Devon photographer Louise R Cohen at the Tavistock Wharf: Review

Devon photographer Louise R Cohen’s first public exhibition is being held at the Tavistock Wharf this month.

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The SURF exhibition at The Wharf, Tavistock, Heather Smith takes a look at the group’s second show

Brilliant sunsets, Dartmoor ponies, and fields of vibrant daffodils all feature in the second photographic art exhibition by SURF, (Service User Recovery Forum) at the Tavistock Wharf until Friday, October 30.

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Upcycling at Plymouth Arts Centre – creative control of identity (plus recycling)

Recycling? That’s so last year, darling. Upcycling is where it’s at. Not heard of it? Well, it was first coined by authors William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their book: Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things and promises a way of improving, instead of simply recycling, an item that has reached the end of its first life.

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Fahrenheit Twins at the Drum Theatre, Plymouth. Review by Heather Smith

The Fahrenheit Twins, a production based on a short story by Michel Faber, adapted by respected theatre company Told by an Idiot and director Matthew Dunster, had its premiere at the Drum Theatre Plymouth, and runs until Saturday, October 10.

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Jackets, sleeping bags and changing the world. Heather Smith reviews the Lucy Orta exhibition in Plymouth

OK. I’ll admit it. When I first entered the Viewpoint Gallery at Plymouth College of Art on Tuesday, September 29, I laughed.

A silver dome-tent sprouting six multicoloured sleeping bags was positioned in the middle of the floor. A series of interconnected jackets and sleeping bags sporting dangling, tentacle-like orange gauntlets was hanging from the ceiling. The exhibits looked as though they belonged on a space station. I was intrigued.

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Dave Green’s photo exhibition at the Tavistock Wharf revels in discovery of the North Devon coastline

Dave Green, a Bideford-based photographer, reveals hidden parts of the North Devon coastline in his solo exhibition at Tavistock Wharf.

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