Art Week Exeter (AWE) is an exciting new arts event in the city, sharing work from international and homegrown artists, grassroots initiatives, cutting edge collectives, and brand new ventures.
For one week in May, visitors can discover paintings, prints, sculptures, installations and experiences in galleries, artists’ studios and unusual spaces across the city. Affordable and competitively-priced work will be available to buy, and there will be a programme of talks, workshops, screenings and performances to accompany the exhibitions.
This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to find something they wouldn’t normally look at: art that will surprise, entertain, challenge — or just look great on the wall!
Exeter’s culture director, Martin Thomas, said: “AWE is a brilliant opportunity for residents and visitors to immerse themselves in culture. Dozens of artists and venues have come together to get Exeter buzzing with creativity. Get involved and enjoy great art in a beautiful city.”
Event sponsor Deborah Clark, of Southernhay House Hotel, said: “This is a meaningful development for the arts scene in Exeter. It’s accessible but also avant garde. It’s an opportunity to step outside your normal view. I can’t wait to see the result of this project and how we all respond.”
Artist Peter Randall-Page said: “The south west peninsula has a long and distinguished history in the visual arts and continues to be both home and source of inspiration to creative people of many disciplines. AWE will bring much of this creativity together – I am looking forward to it.”
AWE’s full programme will be online at artweekexeter.org.uk, but here are some highlights
Sean Lynch: The Weight of The World
Spacex, in partnership with Exeter Phoenix and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), presents The Weight of the World, a solo exhibition by Irish artist Sean Lynch. It features three new video commissions and the UK premiere of the projected video element of Adventure: Capital, which represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2015.
Split across the adjacent sites of Exeter Phoenix and RAMM, Lynch’s new works are informed by artefacts from the Museum’s collection of over a million objects, as well as its planned acquisition of the Seaton Down Hoard: one of the largest hoards of Roman coins ever found in Britain, discovered by a metal detectorist on the nearby Devon coast.
Jimmy Cauty: The Aftermath Dislocation Principle
Exeter hosts the latest artwork by Jimmy Cauty, famous for being one half of the KLF.
The piece is touring sites of historical civil disturbance across the UK: for Exeter, that’s the Exeter Bread Riots of 1854. The location will be revealed as Art Week begins.
Housed in a 40ft shipping container, the Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP) is a monumental post-riot landscape in miniature: a dystopian model village, set somewhere in Bedfordshire, where only the police and media teams remain in an otherwise deserted, wrecked and dislocated land.
All in 1:87 scale and viewed through peepholes in the side of the container: a frenetic and mesmerising multimedia experience.
For Art Week, Exeter MoCC has developed a series of lively, and entertaining digital hacktivist activities that explore the deep links between data, trade, place and values that shape our everyday lives.
The city centre shop-gallery will be open Weds-Sat 10am-6pm, with the online museum open for browsing and public curation 24 hours at www.moccguide.net to anyone with a digitally networked device.
Associated film screenings, discussion events and social art works by Louise Ashcroft, Konstantin Bayer and Autonomous Tech Fetish will be hosted at Exeter Phoenix, TOPOS Exeter, FabLab Devon and Exeter Library.
MoCC has been developed by Paula Crutchlow from Devon-based artist group Blind Ditch and Dr Ian Cook from University of Exeter in partnership with art, technology and social change organisation Furtherfield (nominated for Prix Ars Electronica 2016).
Exeter Open Studios
Marking its tenth year, Exeter Open Studios celebrates the vibrant and varied work of local artists, who will open their doors to the public from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 May.
Hosting more artists and a greater collection of work than ever before, visitors can tour a variety of venues from artists’ homes and studios to coffee shops. Work ranges from sculpture, ceramics and metalwork to textiles, origami, Byzantine icons – and every sort of paint and print medium.
(from a press release)