Category Archives: South West

Dartmooor Arts Project returns for sixth summer school of arts engagement and involvement

Dartmoor Arts Project in Action
The Dartmoor Arts Project Summer School in action

Dartmoor Arts Project is hosting its sixth annual summer school in and around Drewsteignton this coming July. Last year’s summer school was full to capacity with over 120 artists, architects, printmakers and performers joining the school from all over the country and further afield. This year’s summer school has new courses on offer as well as some of the more well known ones.

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Sites announced for RedBall tour in Torbay, Plymouth, Exeter, Weymouth & Portland and London

Redball
Kurt Perschke's Redball will tour the South West

This summer, New York artist Kurt Perschke is bringing his celebrated art project, the 15 foot inflatable RedBall to the UK. Co-produced by Torbay Council and The Dartington Hall Trust, it arrives on the streets of the English Riviera in Torbay in June.

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Award-winning theatre explores rehabilitation, re-offending and penal reform

Release by Icon Theatre
Release: physical performance at Dartington explores hat happens after an offender has served prison time

An award-winning theatre production entitled Release is premiering at Dartington Hall on Thursday, 24 to mark the launch of a new project to help ex-offenders, ahead of a national tour.

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Sinopticon: contemporary chinoiserie in contemporary art (review)

Laura White
Laura White at Sinopticon in Plymouth

There was a giddy sense of occasion as our party of seven academics in search of culture and free drinks entered the atrium of the Plymouth City Museum. We arrived as the opening speeches were progressing and huddled under the Chinese flag dresses, trying not to giggle too overtly as we were jostled intermittently by a large robot triffid.

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Cornucopia of inspiraton and imagination – the Appledore Visual Arts Festival

Pete Ward
Pete Ward art at the Appeldore Visual Arts Festival

The annual Appledore Visual Arts Festival is a cornucopia of inspiration and imagination, a four-day celebration of the best of visual arts with an impressive range of exhibitions, workshops, art-creation events, talks and walks to stimulate and excite everyone.

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Flourscent tree highlights plight of the countryside

Henry Bruce's Flourescent tree
Henry Bruce's flourescent tree highlighting phytophthora as part of the Delamore Arts and Sculpture exhibition

Artist Henry Bruce – he of the controversial Giant’s Chair at Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon – is painting a skeletal 21-metre high oak tree fluorescent pink to celebrate the beauty of nature and the evolving life of trees as part of the Delamore Arts and Sculpture exhibition.

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A summer of Shakespearean history with The Elysium Theatre Company

Wars of the Roses
Shakespeare's eight history plays performed by The Elysium Theatre Company

Get set for a whirlwind journey through history this summer courtesy of Shakespeare and The Elysium Theatre Company.

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Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition at Burton Art Gallery, Bideford

Gary Lawrence
Winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Gary Lawrence, Homage to Anonymous, 2011 (detail)

In 2010, the 2009 Jerwood Drawing Prize went to the Burton Art Gallery & Museum in Bideford for the first time. The exhibition was so popular they decided to bring it to the South West again in 2012.

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One of the South West’s largest exhibitions supports Mindful art resources

South West artist Mary Sumner will be one of these exhibiting at Art in Mind in Exeter
South West artist Mary Sumner will be one of these exhibiting at Art in Mind in Exeter

The Maynard School, Denmark Road, Exeter, is holding Art in Mind its third exhibition of work by contemporary, national and international professional artists. All the work exhibited will be for sale, including pottery and drawings from Gallery 36.

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RedBall rolls into Torbay to start its first tour of the UK – dates announced

RedBall
RedBall, here seen in Chicago, is coming to the UK

Who can fail but be inspired by a big RedBall? The RedBall, which rolls into Torbay on Saturday, June 2, has been granted the Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme.

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British Illustration’s past, present and future set to merge at Plymouth College of Art

Images 35 Annual Cover
Images 35 Annual Cover

Over the coming weeks Plymouth College of Art will become a hive of illustrating activity, starting on Monday March 5 when The Gallery will begin hosting the longest-running illustration exhibition in the UK Images 35: Best of Illustration 2011, organised by the Association of Illustrators.

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Plymouth art students open pop-up photography studio in the city centre

Plymouth College of Art photography students
Plymouth College of Art photography students prepare for city centre studio

Photography students from Plymouth College of Art are inviting members of the public to come in for a free photo shoot at their pop-up photography studio in the college’s city centre shop, One Zero Nine on Cornwall Street.

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Tart Cards: oh so appealing, at Plymouth’s Viewpoint gallery

Tart Card

The history and the graphic power of the Tart Card – the piece of paper stuck in phone booths to advertise certain ‘services’ – is explored in the titularly titled Tart Cards exhibition at Plymouth College of Art’s Viewpoint gallery.

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Backward Glance: myth and memory, love and loss and the shifting relationships between men and women

Backward Glance by multistory media

Backward Glance, an award-winning production from multi-story theatre company – they picked up a Creativity Award prize in Prague in 2009 – is at The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter.

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Shifting Sands – Guy Martin’s images of the Arab Spring unfolding in Egypt and Libya

Guy Martin – Egypt
Shifting Sands – Guy Martin's exhibition of photographs during the uprisings in Libya and Egypt © Guy Martin

Guy Martin’s photographs of the Arab Spring of 2011 in Egypt and Libya will be on display in an exhibition at The Poly, Falmouth.

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