Alternative Visions: Undiscovered Art in the South West Past

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Alternative Visions: Undiscovered Art in the South West is a remarkable and celebratory exhibition which provides unique insights into a previously undiscovered group of artists and what motivates them to create art.

The exhibition is developed by Arts & Health South West, Outside In and Bristol Culture. Over the course of one year it is touring to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Falmouth Art Gallery, The Wilson in Cheltenham, and Poole Museum.

The exhibition features painted, drawn, printed and sculpted works from 20 artists. They are diverse in content, style and approach; Peter Matthews dons a wet suit and paints in isolation as he floats in the tide off the Cornish coast; Jeremy James Lovelady finds discarded objects on the streets of Penzance, which he includes in his textural paintings.

Featured artists

Gavin Blench
Steve Burden
Roger Davison
Sam Emm Art
Lisa Fay
Max Frances
George J Harding
Anthony Hill
Joshua Howlett
Emma Louvelle
Jeremy James Lovelady
Arthur Mactaggart
Peter Matthews
Darryn Michael
Oonagh Fox
Peter Sutton
John Taylor
Widow Twanky

The exhibition is accompanied by audio commentary from participants of Artists First; a group of learning disabled visual artists based in Bristol.

Alternative Visions film

Venues and dates

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery: 3 June – 10 September 2017

Falmouth Art Gallery: 25 September – 10 December 2017

The Wilson, Cheltenham: 6 January – 11 March 2018

Poole Museum: 21 March – 6 May 2018

Image: George J Harding, Pink Rain and Pain