Clare Thornton Book News

Clare Thornton will be launching her latest artist book 'Corridors, Stairways & Corners: Selected Traces of Performance 1967-1998' commisioned by Arnolfini on Sat. 9th November FREE 5-7pm Reading Room. 

For the launch she has invited two movement artists Laura Dannequin & Martha King to use the text as a score; a prompt to actions that will evolve throughout the Arnolfini building.

Stairways, Corridors & Corners
An alternative guide to the Arnolfini building

A bookwork produced during a six month period of research within Arnolfini's Dance Archive.
Drawing on documentary photographs, brochures and programme notes held in the Reading Room the artist has selected six performance pieces that took place at Arnolfini between 1976-1998.
Employing concrete poetry and cut-up techniques Stairways, Corridors & Corners is an invitation to you, the reader, to revive traces of performance in the building.

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Clare also has an artist page featuring a new collaborative work Italic i in 'On Not Knowing: How Artists Think' with an essay by Emma Cocker Eds. Rebecca Fortnum & Elizabrth Fisher, Black Dog Publishing 2013 (ISBN: 1908966297)

The Italic I

Peter Lyons at The Searchers Contemporary, Bristol

Peter Lyons from G1 is showing a new video installation 'Hyrogliphics' at The Searchers Contemporary from the 20th-27th July.

'Hyrogliphics' is a documentation of performance; exploring identity and how the tales we tell about ourselves can be interpreted in any number of different ways according to our audience.

Open daily: 12-5pm

14 St Michaels Hill, Bristol, BS2 8DT.

Paris Higgins at 44AD, Bath

'Days of Scorpio' is a solo exhibition by Paris Higgins from G9 at 44AD in Bath until 21st July.

Days of Scorpio brings together a selection of recent work by Higgins, which present a polarity between two conceptual and stylistic approaches to painting. Despite a clear divergence, both approaches are grounded in the same theoretical standpoint: a critical engagement with painterly discourse in relation to contemporary visual culture, seeking to deal specifically with notions of signification and aesthetic language.

The paintings are indirectly tied to cinematic and musical culture through the mediated use of certain visual phenomena that can be associated with both. Some reformat that which they draw upon, abstracting, not literally, but on the level of interpretation. And in doing so signification becomes detached, established visual associations, which are bound up in both the recollection and comprehension of a wider cultural sphere are placed in a state of antagonism.

Others follow a process of aesthetic simulation, drawing on relatable themes in an attempt to expand on an existing cycle of mimicry, which although specific (associated directly with the photography of William Eggleston in relation to his influence on cinematography), stands as an example among many.

What can be said of all the work on show is that the painting process itself not only informs the production of these displaced visual products, but is responsible for building a visual language that is significantly separate from the sources it initially draws upon. The paintings thrive because of this; they facilitate fantasy, not through illusion but through their ability to allude with a potency, which is quite inconspicuous. The paintings don’t operate by proxy; they manufacture their own meaning, their own coherence, and in doing so become inherently ambivalent. Here lies their irony; as such a process is laden in contradiction.

This aspect of the work indirectly points to a defining characteristic of contemporary visual culture: incongruity as a consequence of mass signification, and in this, the seaming inevitability of a variable yet structured understanding informed and dictated by individual identity. 

Martyn Cross at Pallas Projects, Dublin

Take Me To The Other Side

Mark Beatty (IRE), Martyn Cross (UK), Jad Fair (USA), Shona Harrison (UK), Jane Lives (IRE), Kathy Nugent (IRE), Richard Proffitt (UK), Liam Ryan (IRE), Jason Thompson (UK)

Project Space at PP/S
18/07/13 – 28/07/13

An encounter with objects, images and artworks charged with the mysticism of tribal rituals, punk spirituality, psychedelia, occult symbolism, primitive crafts, folk traditions, and magic.

Selected and arranged by Michael Hill and Richard Proffitt.

For further information please check out the ‘Get Involved’ page at

6-8pm, Thursday, July 18

Gallery Hours
12-6pm daily, Friday, July 19 - Sunday, April 28

Pallas Projects/Studios, 115-117 The Coombe, Dublin 8, Ireland

Catherine Knight at Circle Hospital

In conjunction with Artolo, Catherine Knight has work in the new art collection at the Circle Hospital, Bath.

Catherine Knight takes her inspiration from collections of old black and white family photographs. She selects elements from these photos and combines them to create new landscapes. The use of translucent layers of brightly coloured paint gives her large paintings a dreamlike feeling.

Like A Monkey With A Miniature Cymbal

BV artists Zanne Andrea, Martyn Cross and Brendan Lancaster will travel to Aid & Abet in Cambridge this July to take part in Like A Monkey With A Miniature Cymbal, a large group exhibition of UK based artists curated by Mermaid & Monster.

Like a Monkey with a Miniature Cymbal is an exhibition about obsessions, repetition, perseverance and the drive needed to carry on, as an artist, or in any way of life. This can be found in the subject matter and methods used, as well as in knowing (or sometimes not knowing) what you are doing, or where you are going.What is the intense belief or energy needed to make you get out of bed each day, often to little attention or small reward? Could it be that despite all of life’s trials and tribulations, it could be, whisper it, ‘fun’… that you actually enjoy it, like a monkey with a miniature cymbal.

Zanne Andrea | Darren Banks | Nicholas Carrick | Rhys Coren | Martyn Cross |  Gordon Dalton | Lloyd Durling | Tracey Eastham | Thomas Goddard | Anton Goldenstein | S Mark Gubb | Pat Flynn | Neal Jones | Brendan Lancaster | Marion Piper | Yelena Popova | Laura Reeves | Anthony Shapland | Ian Watson

Like A Monkey With A Miniature Cymbal opens on the 17th July and continues until 23rd August.

Laurie Lax at The Looking Glass

Laurie Lax will be showing in As Far As The Eye Can See with Kathy Hinde and Alice Vandeleur-Boorer at The Looking Glass in Bristol until 7th July 2013. More information about this exhibition can be found on Laurie's website at Please do pop along and check it out - there's bound to be a worm or two having a wriggle...

Clare Thornton at A3 Project Space

'After After Richard Hughes'
limited edition Risograph print
(produced by Clare Thornton during her 'Performing Documents' research residency at Arnolfini 2012)

Clare Thornton is showing in the inaugural exhibition A3 Works at A3 Project Space in Digbeth, Birmingham 28th June - 6th July 2013

A3 Works brings together the work of over 50 artists who each approach the dimensions of the A3 paper scale as a limitless possibility. The curators of A3 Project Space invited artists they have previously collaborated with along with those they are developing new relationships to be part of the opening exhibition of a new art gallery for Birmingham. The exhibition includes new and existing works by contemporary artists and designers working nationally and internationally.

Larry Achaimpong / An Endless Supply / Jivan Astfalck / BAZ / Simon & Tom Bloor / Kathrin Böhm / Nicholas Bullen / Elly Clarke / Paul Cordwell / Rhys Coren / Beth Derbyshire / Keith Dodds / Stewart Easton / Stuart Edmundson / Mark Essen / Alec Finlay / S Mark Gubb / Lesley Guy / John Hammersley / David Helbich / Sophie Hope & Jenny Richards / Amy Twigger-Holroyd / Toby Huddlestone / Mahtab Hussain / Kevin Hunt / Roddy Hunter / Andrew Jackson / Ben Javens / Juneau Projects / Oliver C Jones / Serena Korda / Adrian Lee / Hayley Lock/ Alexandra Lockett / Mini Moderns / MSFAC / Jo Masding / Andrew Maughan / Kate Pemberton / Pil and Galia Kollectiv / Trevor Pitt / Simon Peplow / Magnus Quaife / Jo Roberts / Liz Rowe / Kevin Ryan / Sparrow and Castice / Clare Thornton / Miles Thurlow / Mark Titchner / Martina Vermorel / Cathy Wade / Edward Wakefield / Mo White / Rich White.

In August, Clare will also feature in a Black Dog publication 'On Not Knowing: How Artists Think'. More info about the book can be found here.

Happenings at BV Open Studios...

A huge thank you to all those that attended this years BV Open Studios - a great time was had by artists and visitors alike! Here's a few images from a fantastic weekend...

Studio visitors
Seila Fernandez Arconada
Harriet White

Martyn Cross
Megan Hoyle
Nicholas Dietrich
Will Kendrick 
Mariele Neudecker & Rosie Snell talk in Motorcade/Flashparade

BV Open Studios 2013

Call For Artists - Devising Time at Arnolfini

Apply now to use Arnolfini's auditorium for the development of ideas (during September and December 2013).

Arnolfini is offering an artist, collective or company from the South West region use of its auditorium to aid in the development of new ideas or pre-existing works. A small bursary is also available as well as the opportunity to preview any 'work in progress' to the public. Apply now, the deadline for applications is midday on Monday July 1st (Monday)

In recognition that artists, performers and performance makers often need to devise, rehearse and create works in situ, Arnolfini invites applications for the use of its Auditorium space across two five-day periods in September and December 2013. In addition the successful applicant(s) will also have the option of using Arnolfini's dark studio and will receive a small bursary of £500 to assist with expenses.

Applicants (or at least one member of a collective or company) must be located in the South West region to be eligible to apply. Applications based on any art-form will be accepted - Arnolfini's mission is to foster audiences for experimental practice across disciplines. 

For further information about this great opportunity please check Arnolfini's blog here.

Martyn Cross solo exhibition at Angelika Studios

Martyn was also selected by Ceri Hand for this year's Creekside Open which is on at A.P.T. Gallery, Deptford, London until the 30th June 2013.