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Oliver Sutherland: And then… — Exhibition

© Oliver Sutherland

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 one of the South West Showcase will be artist Oliver Sutherland presenting a new moving image work situated within a real-time simulation. Exploring possibilities for agency in digital production and the anxieties that spawn from submerging a body within technology, this new work presents dislocated narratives that pull in and out of focus, coming together and falling apart as an artificially intelligent camera encounters them.

Oliver Sutherland’s work often examines the language of digital production, focusing on the relationship between content, tool and the user. Sutherland was recently an associate artist as part of the Tate St Ives Artists Programme 2015, and is a recipient of the CMIR Spike Island Moving Image Bursary 2016.  

Recent exhibitions include: Untitled (Loosing It), Recent Activity, Birmingham; Big Screen Southend, Focal Point Gallery, Southend; C~C, Tate St Ives, Cornwall; After/Hours/Drop/Box, Hackey Picturehouse, London; Home Theatre, Baró Galeria, Sao Paulo; Brand Innovations for Ubiquitous Authorship, Carroll/Fletcher, London; Chimera Q.T.E, Cell Projects, London.

The exhibition is kindly supported by Lottery funding from Arts Council England, and the Spike Island and the Centre for Moving Image Research (CMIR) of the University of the West of England (UWE) production bursary.

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 11 January, 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 15 February 2017 and you can attend our associated events below.

Associated Events:

Screening: Who’s Eye
Wed 18 Jan, 5.30 - 6.30pm
A programme of artists’ films selected by Oliver Sutherland to coincide with his solo show at The Gallery, including Nancy Holt & Robert Smithson’s Swamp, 1969 (6 mins), Riley Harmon’s Passengers (after The Fighter within Bambi), 2013 (3mins), and Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn’s Can’t Swallow It, Can’t Spit It Out, 2004 (26mins).

Oliver Sutherland in conversation with Tim Steer
Fri 3 Feb, 5.15 - 6.15pm
Oliver Sutherland will discuss his work with curator and writer Tim Steer, exploring themes in the exhibition and digital production in art practice. Tim Steer is an independent curator and writer based in London. He is the Associate Curator at Cell and runs Montague project space. He co-founded Opening Times (, a not-for-profit, digital art commissioning body and platform for new digital and online artwork.

What: Oliver Sutherland: And then... — Exhibition

When: Wednesday 11 January 2017 - Wednesday 15 February 2017 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm, closed Sunday) free and open to all.

Where: The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art

  • Exhibition / Gallery
  • The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, PL4 8AT
  • Free