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Weymouth 2012 Visual Arts Networking Tour

Visual Arts South West

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 11:15 AM to 6:00 PM

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Visual Arts South West presents:

Weymouth 2012 Visual Arts Networking Tour

Wednesday 1 August 2012

Meet 11.15am Weymouth Railway Station (finish approx. 6pm)

A one off opportunity to experience the wealth of visual arts activity in Weymouth & Portland this summer and develop new conversations and collaborations on the way in a selected tour of the Cultural Olympiad Visual Arts exhibits and events. Presented by Visual Arts South West, the coach tour will comprise visits to SW's Artists Taking the Lead project 'Nowhereisland' by Alex Hartley (produced by Situations), a selection from b-side multimedia festival including weird & wonderful mis-guided walking tours, film screenings and artist talks,  'Boat Project' from the South East, a trip to Portland Bill for an exploration of science and art through one of ExLab's commissioned projects and opportunities for discussion with artists, curators, producers and directors of arts organisations in the region. 


To see more information about Weymouth's Cultural Olympiad Programme, please see the website:

Detailed maps and timetables will be given upon boarding on the day.


Transport to and from Weymouth

Lift sharing: If you have a car and can offer to lift share, or if you are car-less but would like to contribute to petrol costs through a lift share, please contact Grace Davies at

Parking: It is strongly advised that you park in the Park and Ride car parks:

Trains: rail information to Weymouth can be found here:



11.15am             Coach collects participants

                        Location: Outside Weymouth Railway Station


On Coach DVD’s: A selection of artists’ moving image works created as part of the Cultural Olympiad in Weymouth will be screened on-board the coach.



11.40am             'Nowhereisland' and its Mobile Embassy

                        Location: Furzy Cliff

See artist Alex Hartley’s  'nowhereisland' from Furzy Cliff, visit the island’s embassy and hear more about the Artist Taking the Lead project from Embassy ambassador Kim Tillbrook.


12.20pm             Coach collects participants from Furzy Cliff.

12.40pm           Coach drop off participants at Pier Bandstand, Weymouth


Participants can find somewhere to have lunch, or may wish to bring a packed lunch to eat on the beach!


Between 12.40pm - 3.30pm there is an opportunity to experience any of the events and exhibitions below. Some have limited capacity and must be booked in advance. All are located in Weymouth town centre, and are reachable on foot. Participants must return to the coach for 3.40pm. To book on specific events, please go to the b-side eventbrite page:

Timed events:

 1.20pm            Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, The Promised Land

Location: Weymouth Drama Club, 7 Hope Street, Weymouth

film, duration 45 mins, booking essential as limited capacity, times are approximate as the programme is looped))

2.10pm            Artist Talk: Paul Soullelis (limited capacity, booking essential)

Location: Phoenix Bakery, St Thomas Street, Weymouth

An opportunity to meet American artist Paul Soullelis and hear more about his Weymouths project: an exploration of linked histories between Dorset’s Weymouth and Massachusetts’s Weymouth.

2.30pm             Mis-Guided Tour with Crabman, Signpost & Bell

Starting Location: The Boot Inn, High West Street, Weymouth

(walking tour, duration 1 hour approx. 2 simultaneous tours, limited places- booking essential)

 Crab Man, Signpost & Bell invite you to walk with them on a tour of missing houses, invisible rays, nautical knots and strange fish!


 Non-time specific events & exhibitions

Frances Scott, The Miracle Methods Series: Distance Reader

 “micro-episodes’ comprising film and text

Location: Bus stops, travel info signs, Weymouth


                      Lone Twin, The Boat Project

                  Location: Weymouth Harbourside

The South East’s winning Artist Taking the Lead project


 Tony Lopez, Weymouth Sands

 Location: Side of Pier Bandstand

 LCD digital text installation


Day Bowman, Weymouth/Portland 2012

Location: Weymouth Train Station

Large scale mixed media work digitally reproduced on hoardings



Wendy Elia, Rowena at Weymouth Bay

Location: Bus Shelters and other sites in town centre

Commissioned portrait


 Joe Stevens, Parallels and Meridians – Beyond the Boundaries

Digital animated drawing using GPS data


Niels Post, On Spam Business Proposals

 Span text unsuspecting shop windows


 Steve McPherson, Array

Interactive sound machines



3.45pm             Coach collect from North Quay

Drive to Portland Bill, artists moving image works screened en route.


4.15pm             Simon Ryder – A Natural History of Pseudomorphs 

 Multi-media installation including texts, moving image and objects on Portland


 4.45pm            Coach collects participants, drive to Weymouth




5.15pm                 Drink at Salt Bar, Brewers Quay, Hope Square, Weymouth

Opportunity to reflect on the work experienced together as a group


Further information on artworks


Alex Hartley, Nowhereisland

 Nowhereisland is an island from the Arctic on a journey to South West England. As it made this epic journey, it travelled through international waters, whereupon it became the world's newest nation with citizenship open to all called Nowhereisland.

 Nowhereisland will arrive in Weymouth on 25th July for the sailing events of the London 2012 Olympic Games as a visiting island nation, accompanied by its remarkable mobile Embassy, packed full of intriguing objects and fascinating information and hosted by the Nowhereisland Ambassadors.

 Nowhereisland is an artwork by Alex Hartley. Over 6400 people from just under 100 countries have already signed up to be citizens, contributing to the online constitution and responding to the year-long Resident Thinkers programme. More than 20 schools and community groups across the South West are helping to plan how they will welcome Nowhereisland to their local port. Along its coastal journey, Nowhereisland will visit eight ports and harbours where it will be hosted by choirs, bands, citizen marches, a flotilla of surfers, gig rowers, sea shanty singers and thousands of people on cliff tops, beaches, harbours and promenades. Nowhereisland is a Situations project, one of 12 ‘Artists Taking the Lead’ arts projects across the UK, funded by the Arts Council of England, which will form part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad in summer 2012.


 Tony Lopez, Weymouth Sands

Location: Pier Bandstand, Weymouth

“I am a poet and text artist with a particular interest in found text. Rather than telling stories about my experience, I work by sampling and collaging the language that we come across in life: in books and newspapers, but also in advertising and public notices, and in areas of specialist knowledge, such as the medical, military and legal professions. Language is the basic technology that we use to understand and inhabit the world, and for me an endless source for exploration and play.

For the b-side Festival I will compose a new found-text work for Weymouth and Portland based upon local sources collected in the town in advance of the Festival. I will use text collected by listening in public places and from local newspaper and local history sources, together with what is in the news and on TV. This work will be displayed as moving and changing messages on a large-scale solar powered LCD digital text display that is normally used for roadside traffic management.”


Location: Weymouth Drama Club, 7 Hope Street.             Film length: 45mins

 The Promised Land portrays Mohammed, Jafar, Hasan, Camron, Khan, Reza and his three year old son, Nima - young migrants who will go to any length to cross the Channel from the French seaport town of Calais to enter Britain in the hope of finding a better life. The multiple screens in Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen’s Promised Land combine beautiful cinematography with footage captured by migrants to give a deep insight into their close friendships, their hopes, dreams and ways of coping with the misery of their situation, their journeys from war-torn regimes, and dangerous attempts at getting into Britain - their Promised Land.

Promised Land is commissioned by the Creative Foundation for Folkestone Triennial 2011 and is made with generous support from The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, The Arts Council England and The Danish Arts Council.


Mis-Guided Tour with Crabman, Signpost & Bell

 Phil Smith, Simon Persighetti & Katie Etheridge aka Crabman, Signpost & Bell create “mis-guided tours”. These are walks and investigations that explore the things about places that the mainstream tours ignore – the trivial, the everyday, the hidden histories, the poetic and subjective and the just plain mistaken! They use the tricks and tics of the guided tour and turn them on their heads to create walks that engage the participant in unexpected ways – sometimes unexpected even to them.


Crab Man, Signpost & Bell invite you to walk with them on a tour of missing houses, invisible rays, nautical knots and strange fish!


Paul Soulellis: Artist Talk

 Location: Phoenix Bakery, St Thomas Street, Weymouth

 A chance to meet American artist Paul Soulellis and hear more about his Weymouths project, making friends in the Weymouths and the unexpected connections and links that the project has revealed.

 Weymouths explores the linked histories between two Weymouths—Weymouth, Dorset and Weymouth, Massachusetts (USA). A limited-edition, 12-volume set of books have been created especially for the Festival, these beautiful collections of memory, geography and cultural identity will be shared and passed onto the public over the course of the Festival.


 “Weymouths is a chance to “re-see” cultural identity in real-time. Each day, I will reveal a new volume around town, while the full series is featured in a reading room installation at the Phoenix Bakery. The project is free to anyone exploring Weymouth and the books will slowly disappear during the festival as I give them away to the public.”



Simon Ryder – A Natural History of Pseudomorphs, Ex-Lab* commission, Supported and co-commissioned by Sherborne House Arts (SHA) and b-side.


 Multi-media installation including texts, moving image and objects on Portland

 Following an extensive period of fieldwork Simon has come to pivot around the concept of the ‘pseudomorph’, which literally means ‘false form’ or ‘false body’. Simon has focussed upon The Race, feared by fishermen this unruly mass of waves off the southern tip of Portland is generated by a combination of strong opposing currents and the underlaying topography of the seabed. The Race contains standing waves, waves that stay in one place and maintain their shape even though the water that makes them up is constantly changing - an aqueous pseudomorph. This transient and constantly shifting phenomenon is depicted as a solid feature on some marine charts and it is accorded the status of object with its capital ‘T’ and ‘R’.

 *ExLab is a ground-breaking arts programme along the Jurassic Coast, where earth scientists and artists have collaborated to reveal hidden landscapes through the lenses of art, geology and technology. A series of research-led commissions for artists has led to the creation of fascinating new temporary artworks developed in response to the geology of the Jurassic Coast. The ExLab artists have investigated the coastal processes using geomapping and cutting-edge land-scanning technologies, making the invisible visible.


 Frances Scott, Miracle Methods Series: Distance Readers

Location: Bus stops, travel info signs, Weymouth

 Frances Scott has been commissioned by b-side Festival to produce a new work, THE MIRACLE METHODS SERIES, a host for a constellation of micro 'episodes' to be broadcast in Portland and Weymouth, between July and September 2012. The programme comprises four recorded narratives ‘Distance Readers’ transmitted as film and text at regular intervals throughout the day. A 'distance reader' is a term used within the context of card-sharping and the act of marking cards to cheat. It is the defocusing of the eyes to spot fluid residue marks on an opponent’s distant cards. The content for each Distance Reader draws loosely on this history, and on systems for a hypnotic induction, gaming instructions, and the shipping forecast. At the centre of the work is a game, in which the prevailing winds – East, South, West, and North - are indicated as four players around a table. They are protagonists within a speculative fiction, in which the playing of the game might pre-empt events beyond it, and ultimately predict the future.


Tony Lopez, Exmouth UK

DATES: July 27 – August  12

Location: Solar Traffic Sign, Weymouth Esplanade near Pier Bandstand

“I am a poet and text artist with a particular interest in found text. Rather than telling stories about my experience, I work by sampling and collaging the language that we come across in life: in books and newspapers, but also in advertising and public notices. Language is the basic technology that we use to understand and inhabit the world, and for me an endless source for exploration and play.”

For b-side Festival a newly composed found text work will be displayed on a solar powered digital traffic sign. Reflecting and looking back over  the Olympic sailing site,  text collected by listening in public places, local newspapers, TV and local history sources will provide an unusual and unexpected commentary.




On Spam Business Proposals

Niels Post Rotterdam, Netherlands

Location: Argos, then be on the lookout in Weymouth Town Centre

Dates: July 27 - August 12

Email spam in all its unrequited glory pours out of your computer screen and onto the windows of unsuspecting shops and offices as a series of odd, humorous and strangely poetic text interventions. Find them all in Weymouth Town Centre - photograph, tweet and pass them on.

“I collect sentences from business proposals that are being emailed to me and that I have plotted out as vinyl adhesive letters. With those sentences I look for vacant commercial windows (shops, offices). Once a suitable window is found I then paste a sentence on the empty shopping window. Oddly enough the business opportunities in a vacant shopping space often work beautifully together with the empty promises of loads of money in your email box”





Steve McPherson, Kent, UK

Date: July 27 - August 12 Location 1: Path to Nothe Fort, Weymouth

Date: August 29 - September 09 Location 2: Nr Quiddles café, Fortuneswell, Portland

'Array' is part intervention, part sculpture, part participatory performance that needs to you to make it work! Hand crank the sculptures and then listen carefully - eighty human voices exercising, teenagers harnessing the power of fire and real but fake coded signals are amongst some of the sounds collected during exploratory field recordings in Weymouth and Portland, combined to create evocative soundscapes drenched with the acoustic signatures of the area.


 Using hand held dynamo power to emanate rather than receive sound - the tripodic sculptural works take inspiration from, yet invert the idea of, acoustic field receivers and locators of the early to mid-20th century.


Rowena at Weymouth Bay

Wendy Elia, London, UK

Location: Westway Road bus shelter (by Magistrates Court) and unexpected places and spaces in Weymouth Town Centre

Date: July 23 - August 12


Painter Wendy Elia has been commissioned to paint the portrait of a local person who in true Olympic fashion has pushed their body to the extreme. After an open call out, local triathlete Rowena Taylor was chosen to be the face and body of Weymouth and for the last few months Rowena has been Wendy’s focus, travelling up to her studio in Essex. This new portrait for Weymouth will be appearing in all the unlikely and unexpected places that b-side has grown to love. Sometimes stationary, often moving and mobile this Weymouth portrait will make its way around the town for all to enjoy.




Parallels and Meridians – Beyond the Boundaries

Joe Stevens, Dorset, UK

Location 1: 106 St Mary Street, Weymouth

Dates: July 27 - August 12 Weymouth

This work captures the ephemeral act of wandering itself and extends drawing with pencil into the use of new technology such as GPS recorders, to challenge the assumptions of what drawing is or might be.

The results are playful and seem almost random, but are drawn according to an exact set of guidelines. I see the code that I create as my pencil - the drawings begin with a GPS recorder, capturing my locations - how far, how fast and how high I have travelled. The data is read in a sequence that follows my walk and translated into images that develop frame by frame to create a moving image.


Lone Twin, The Boat Project

Location: Weymouth Harbourside

 In August a remarkable boat will visit Weymouth. The boat, crafted by a fearlessly adventurous team of professional boat builders and volunteers is a living archive of people's stories and lives, a 30ft seafaring vessel made from donated wooden items.

Since early 2011 the public have been donating their wood to the project but not just any old wood. Pencil or piano – exotic as Zebrawood or as familiar as pine every piece has a story behind it.

Donations arrived in their thousands, from highly personal mementoes and family heirlooms to pieces of national importance, including from HMS Victory, the Cutty Sark, and the Mary Rose. All of these donations are now being used to build a state-of-the-art open sports boat.

Following its maiden voyage along the south coast, the boat will be exhibited in Weymouth.

The Boat Project is part of Artists Taking the Lead, a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The Boat Project is the winning commission for the South East region and is funded by Arts Council England.





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When & Where

Weymouth railway station

United Kingdom

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 11:15 AM to 6:00 PM

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Visual Arts South West is a network creating opportunities for artists, organisations, professionals and groups to develop their practice, share ideas, knowledge and resources and cultivate relationships with each other. We provide platforms to promote and support the work of the visual arts ecology in the region.

We are also part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network.

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