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Step into the intimate world of global connections with make-shift

Make Shift performance
make-shift explores private actions with global consequences

make-shift is a string of performances which re-imagine ‘the private actions of our domestic lives as multiple, interconnected and with global consequences’ –  there was almost an air of prescience when Paula Crutchlow talked about the launch of the interactive online performance make-shift way back in November 2010.

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Arts, health and well being in Devon explored in exhibition at Exeter University

Exeter University

Exeter University will host a free public exhibition as part of a project that examines the relationship between medicine and the modern arts, on Friday, April 15. The exhibition explores interconnections between the arts, health and well being in Devon, and consists of exhibits by arts and health organisations.

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Plymouth College of Art – Summer Show showreel

Plymouth College of Art – Summer Show showreel from Paul O’Keefe on Vimeo.

A bit of time for reflection now. Here’s Paul O’Keefe’s movie showcasing the work of the some of the graphic design students at Plymouth College of Art.

The motion graphic piece looks at the FD Graphic Design Year 2 Summer Shows 2010, and it might be just us, but when you watch it, everything feels just that little bit… warmer…

A passion for image making and the craft skills of photography – Tavistock photographer Russell Youles

by Russell Youles

Russell Youles lives and works in Tavistock, an ancient stannary town on the western fringes of Dartmoor. It is this quiet market town which has provided the subject matter of much of Russell’s photography, from the landscapes around the town, to the historic buildings within and the people which inhabit and visit the town.

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Decay, life and consolidation. Q&A with Devon-based sculptor and carpenter Chris Amey

Chris Amey

Chris Amey‘s latest work, Foreigner at the Edge sculpture exhibition, Heathercombe until Sunday, September 26, has been said to ‘dance all the time you are walking past it’. The sonic artist, turned carpenter turned sculptor took part in an ArtsCulture Q&A

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Exploring ambiguity and illusion with Mick Cartwright’s abstract art (Devon Open Studios feature)

Summer Rain by Michael Cartwright

Potter and teacher turned painter Mick Cartwright is an abstract painter who uses a technique of collage – layering torn, coloured paper onto painted backgrounds using paper stencils to define the more significant shapes. He is interested in exploring ideas about the ambiguity and illusion of suggested depth on the flat surface of paintings. This has led him to combine ideas about colour, pattern and surface with autobiographically inspired shapes into ever larger compositions on canvas or linen. He tells us more

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‘Latter-day expressionism’. The abstract art of Patricia Lomax (Devon Open Studios feature)

Deep Water by Patricia Lomax

Patricia Lomax is an artist and teacher of abstract art who has been widely exhibited in London, New York, Paris and Rotterdam. She describes her style as ‘latter-day expressionism’ executed in oils or acrylics, with themes derived from land or sea. Colour is an important element in her creative process as freedom of colour is a vital constituent in her paintings. She’s taking part in Devon Open Studios. ArtsCulture got in touch to find out more about her work

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New York loft-living stylee meets Plymouth

Architecture and design office Research + Design won the Highly Commended category for CIAT’s national award The Alan King Award 2009 for their first completed project–an innovative timber clad residential extension located
in the Barbican area of Plymouth.

Exterior of New Street apartment, Plymouth

The Boho loft-living of Soho (NYC) comes to the South West in the form of an extension with a difference. Award-winning architect Robert Bedner explains

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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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‘Art in itself is an expression of hope’ Raya Herzig on the Aftermath exhibition at Exeter Castle

Raya Herzig

Exeter-based artist Raya Herzig‘s work is featuredin the Aftermath exhibition, which is at Exeter Castle until Sunday, July 4. Raya was born and grew up in Poland. As a child she had been highly talented in music and art, but instead of an early artistic career it was five years of German concentration camps.

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Aftermath exhibition in Exeter. Q&A with artist John McDermott

Aftermath by John McDermott

John McDermott put a scholarship to Glasgow School of Art behind him to join the Royal Navy, where he stayed for 28 years. The Aftermath exhibition, featuring his and Raya Herzig’s works, investigates the conflict of trauma while celebrating the strength of human spirit and promoting the issues surrounding PST in the forces. We caught up with John for an Arts+Culture Q&A…

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Ideford artist Jon Mac on going on the road sharing art

Spoon carver Jon Mac is part of the Ideford Arts on the Road group, who go on the road to exhibit their work in not-art venues to inspire other artists and encourage art lovers. Here’s his take on the process of going out on the road

Spoon carver Jon Mac's spoons

The beauty of being a spoon carver is that my skills and the tools I use are easily portable. This gives me a wonderful opportunity to set up and work wherever I choose. I have given myself the challenge of using three simple tools of Nordic Origin: axe, knife and hook knife. These tools are all hand made by Nordic craftsmen. I have great respect for the skills used by First Nations and enjoy the fact that art and everyday objects are often one and the same. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge with others and raising people’s awareness of traditional skills. The spoons I make have been described as beautiful little pieces of art. They are also of practical use and are designed to be used, handled and held.

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