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Artful Dodging


of August or September in Dartmouth, I find, quite frankly, not a lot! After the beginning of August, from about the 10th onwards, until the middle of September or thereabouts, there is remarkably little happening. It’s not dis-similar to the situation I found on the TV the other day (not everyone has the luxury of Sky et al): all four major terrestrial stations had sport, sport, sport and, oh dear, more sport. What about those who don’t actually like sport? So, let’s have a think about what might be done about the dearth of ‘the arts’ during the summer months. That being said, here’s what is going on; hope you find something you might enjoy!


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EXHIBITIONIST’S… Until 20th August, at The Flavel, David Barwick will be exhibiting work that, in his words, is ‘a response to (the) landscape’. He continues, ‘ I am particularly interested in those places where man has left a mark which modifies the view – a hedge line or old wall following the form of a hill, a distant barn with its shelter of trees, the patterns made by his use of the land...’ There will be work on show that covers several years and not a few self-portraits. These shows at The Flavel can reveal some really lovely and surprising works and this one, I think, will be no exception. 20th August – 3rd September, also at The Flavel,


artist Simon Dobbs takes over the space. He too is a landscapist, although, according to his notes, of a slightly more abstract bent. From what I could see, he’s not what I call ‘off-the-map’ abstract, but wonky enough to make his work really interesting. Two goodies then. And three makes up for all: a really brilliant exhibition at the Coombe Gallery in Foss Street. Running from 18th August,


ow we all know how important, enjoyable and insane Regatta is and can be, however… when I go looking for the ‘arts’ in the months


A Look @ What You Can See In & Around Dartmouth. by Max Brandt


(Opinions expressed are those of the writer – who firmly believes that more should happen in August!)


it’s called ‘Sir Peter Blake at 80’ and features some rare silkscreen prints of the great man’s work. This Gallery appears to have built up quite a relationship with Sir Peter over the past couple of years, which can only be a good thing for the art lover’s of Dartmouth. So, go and have look at the wonderful stuff in The Flavel, then take a short stroll round the corner, and feast your eyes on a legend’s work.


PROJECTIONISTS… You could expect no less, I suppose, considering that the school holidays are upon us and a small sports tournament of some sort is happening in that London and thereabouts, so brace yourselves! One for the nippers (and me, if I’m honest!) is running at The Flavel from 3rd – 23rd August. Fourth in the series, Ice Age – Continental Drift welcomes back all those characters that, let’s face it, we love…including the nut- chasing Scrat, and introduces some even whackier new ones. And I love the way these clever filmmakers manage to balance the needs of the youngsters and still keep the adults entertained, this time by riffing on the current trend for all things piratical. Excellent fun. Sporty types could do worse than having a look at a feel-


good film about a female relay team. The original idea was to use the Olympics as its basis, but the I.O.C. came down on the producers for breaching their copyright (the Olympic rings etc) so who the girls are running for becomes a tad fuzzy. Fast Girls is on at The Flavel from 8th – 14th August and was written by Noel Clarke, BAFTA winner and writer/director of ‘Kidulthood’, ‘Adulthood’ and the action film ‘4321’. He was in Doctor Who as well. Quick reminder that the Dartmouth Film Society’s new season begins in September, so check out their website for details of the films they will be showing.


MUSICOLOGIST’S… Let us drift a little way away from Dartmouth and wander across the water to Brixham, where, on 17th August at the Brixham Theatre, one Sean Cannon, vocalist with The Dubliners, will performing. He’ll be accompanied by his son, Robert, and several illustrious folk musicians from Devon, including Andy Clarke, Maggie Duffy and Mike Weed. I was weaned on folk of all persuasions, so this is a particular delight. The Dubliners have been around for fifty plus years now and still tour fairly regularly, so this chap’s a real glutton for punishment. Miss it not, it will be amazing! Jazz lovers, prick up yer ears! 24th August at The Flavel


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