Cherelle Sappleton: Among Other Things
This solo exhibition by London-based Cherelle Sappleton at Exeter Phoenix presents collaged and abstract works which explore issues of representation, agency and the materiality of photographic imagery. Sappleton works with hand cut, paper collage techniques and with digital overlays, manipulating images to isolate individual body parts and fragment and distort the source material. Seeking alternative ways to address the problems she identifies with representing blackness and the female body, her work reflects ‘the complex layering of image and identity’.
Until 11 April 2020. Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS.

The Decorators of Portobello
This series of public events and site-specific artworks have been developed as part of artist Nicky Bird‘s residency in which she collaborated with a group of women who once worked as decorators for Buchan & Co Thistle Potteries in Edinburgh from the late 1960s to 1972. Mostly in their teens, the women painted thistles, among other motifs, in workshops near the present-day site of the kilns in Portobello. Reflecting the stories of the decorators, Bird’s residency considers the subtle marks their work has left on the local landscape.
29 February – 8 March 2010, Portobello Kilns, Bridge Street, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1DB.

Threads’ regular Peer-in sessions provide a space for artists to present work and engage in peer-led conversation and feedback. Each session offers four slots for artists to present work (booking is essential) and the format of the critique is up to each artist. Peer-in aims to be friendly and inspiring, without the pressure to present work, so anyone is also welcome to go along to listen, share knowledge and meet other creative practitioners.
27 February 2020, Block 67, 67 Tontine Street, Folkestone CT20 1JR.

Graphic Novel for Luton
This exhibition features 40 original drawings from Graphic Novel for Luton, a collection of visual stories based on the everyday lives of people who live in the town. Artist Nicole Mollett has worked in collaboration with 14 writers and artists to create the multi-perspective graphic novel, which reflects a range of identities and experiences, and people’s aspirations and hopes for the future of Luton. The publication launch takes place on 7 March, with poetry and performances by some of the writers.
29 February – 29 March 2020, The Mall, Unit 5/6 Gallery Level, Luton LU1 2TW.

1. Cherelle Sappleton, Yum, 2018.
2. Portobello potteries.
3. Peer-in poster.
4. Graphic Novel for Luton.

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