In the coming Gallery programme in 2017, we are delighted to present the South West Showcase. Oliver Sutherland and Stuart Robinson were selected in February 2016 to create a solo show in The Gallery between January - March 2017.
Part two of the South West Showcase will see Stuart Robinson produce new work specifically with The Gallery space in mind. Utilising ideas and themes developed through his recent practice, such as signage, props, scale and modelmaking, Stuart will create sculptural installations featuring frameworks, structures and illuminated elements that explore our experience of the everyday and how the world is presented to us.
The work will explore familiar shapes, colour and materials from our daily encounters with media, signs and surroundings, as well as specific inspirations from Plymouth itself.
Stuart Robinson is a mixed media sculptural installation artist currently living and working in Penryn, Cornwall. Having studied Fine Art at the University of East London, Stuart relocated to Cornwall and lectures on the Foundation Diploma Art & Design at Truro College.
His practice explores imagery and inspiration from a wide range of sources across art, media, landscape and popular culture digested and condensed into object and form. He has shown across the UK and internationally and has just published the book ‘Ham Fisted Half Cocked’, exploring his work.
About South West Showcase
The South West Showcase is a recurring open call platform, showcasing artists from across the South West region. The showcase aims to uncover and celebrate the talent of contemporary artists working and living in the South West, and to present a long-term commitment from Plymouth College of Art to profiling and supporting the practices of artists in the region.
Artists previously supported through this project include Hannah James, Bryony Gillard, Abigail Reynolds, Kit Poulson and Marie Toseland. This year’s selection panel are Claire Doherty (Director, Situations), Matt Burrows (Curator, Exeter Phoenix), Sandy Kirkby (Creative Producer, B-Side Festival), Tim Bolton (Deputy Principal - Academic, Plymouth College of Art) and Zoe Li (Exhibitions Manager, Plymouth College of Art).
Join us at the opening on Wednesday 1 March, 5-7pm with free refreshments and a first look at the exhibition.
Can't make the opening? Don't worry the show runs until Wednesday 5 April 2017 and you can attend our associated events below.
Artist Talk: Patrick Lowry
Wed 15 March, 5.30 - 6.30pm
Sharing similar focus with Stuart Robinson’s work, Patrick Lowry’s installations examine our relationship with objects and places. His work stimulates the viewer to consider the subject that is being represented, and how this subject and/or its relationship to both its physical and wider social environment might be interpreted. Patrick Lowry (axisweb.org/p/patricklowry) is also a founding director of Back Lane West (backlanewest.org), an artist led project and residency space based in Redruth, Cornwall.
Stuart Robinson in conversation with Rachel Dobbs
Wed 22 March, 5.30 - 6.30pm
Rachel Dobbs (rachel.we-are-low-profile.com) is an artist, educator and occasional writer of critical texts, she is based in Plymouth, UK. In 2016, her essay "On Closer Inspection: the work of Stuart Robinson", reflecting her on-going interest in the recuperation of things that are out-moded, over-used, or over-looked, served as the foreword to Robinson's publication ’Ham Fisted Half Cocked’. Join us in the discussion of Stuart's work and practice, with an opportunity for audience questions.
What: Stuart Robinson: Promontory — Exhibition
When: Wednesday 1 March - Wednesday 5 April 2017 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm, closed Sunday) free and open to all.
Where: The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art