Happy New Year. How about a resolution to see a bit more art and get to know Bristol’s galleries and art spaces a bit better? Well, I have a couple of suggestions to get you started and, if you already know them pretty well, then here’s a top up with some vital dates.
Firstly, I have a couple of favourites to recommend. Spike Island is back on form this season with Sanity Assassin; a show resulting from Amanda Beech’s residency at the gallery last summer. The show opens on the evening of 22nd January and runs through until 11th April; expect exciting video works and chainsaws (!). Opening on the same night is the new exhibition, 10 Seconds or Greater at Picture This on Mardyke Ferry Road. 10 Seconds or Greater is the work of London based Rachel Reupke and the artist will be in conversation with writer Marina Vishmidt on the 11th February. Contact the gallery for further information. Behind Spike Island Richard Wilson’s exhibition of preparatory drawings, models and documentation, Force Quit continues at Works/Projects until the 31st January. Following this show, Edwina Ashton exhibits sculptures and drawings of “limbless creatures...dandified insects” and solar powered motor cars from 19th February-28th March at Works/Projects. Don’t forget that all of these galleries and the numerous private artists’ studios will open their doors for the annual Spike Open Event throughout the first May Bank Holiday weekend.
Craftivism at the Arnolfini continues until the 14th February, so head down there and make the most of the interactive pieces waiting to be built, sewn and sat on. Janek Simon’s exhibition overlaps from the 30th January and is open until the 5th April. The main highlight at the Arnolfini this coming season, however, has to be Augusto Corrieri’s performance on the 13th February. As we speak, ten volunteers from Bristol are learning a dance piece via YouTube and will meet for the first time on stage that night, so anything could happen.
The RWA on Queen’s Road have a couple of big exhibitions this year, not least the tasty pair of Celebrating Paper and Urban Evolution running parallel from the 17th January- 21st February. Celebrating Paper is an exhibition of sculpture, origami, artists’ books and wall-hung pieces which could alter the way we see and use the everyday material, whilst Urban Evolution showcases the printmaking skills of Anne Desmet RE RWA.
Bedminster’s BV Studios is nearly complete and, in the gallery space, Motorcade/ Flash Parade on Phillip Street, sculptor Fraser Cook exhibits his first solo show Bally and Barnstorming from the 22nd January until the 7th February. Keep an eye on the Motorcade/Flash Parade website for updates of their following shows.
Finally, a couple of other treats to hunt out: Micro Pages, a touring exhibition of artists’ books on microfilm is at the Bristol Reference Library until the 31st January before moving on to Glasgow. Don’t miss it. Monthly exhibition and live graffiti event A-OK returns to The Junction in 2010. Have a look at their blog for up-to-date information, as February’s date was unavailable when we went to press. Last but not least, Bristol favourite, the Cube Cinema continues its series of exhibitions alongside its film and live music events. In February, Felix Wilkinson and Yurim Gough exhibit their snow delayed show. Following that, I take up the gauntlet with Inside My White Cube; a selection of photographs accompanying a live performance in the bar area. Pop down and whisper me a hello whilst I sit in my knitted cube or leave me a comment on the Issue One blog.