RELAY commission at Milton Keynes Gallery

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Image courtesy Stian Ådlandsvik

'Take These Hands'  is a series of new work by Norwegian artist Stian Ådlandsvik at Milton Keynes Gallery until 29 July. It was commissioned as part of Turning Point South East's RELAY programme.

The exhibition includes fifteen collages developed from photographs belonging to the National Spinal Injuries Centre archive at Stoke Mandeville hospital, and a sculptural installation created from two wheelchairs. The work explores ideas of human mobility and fragility; forms of dependency for disabled and non-disabled people, and our bodily relationship to machinery and technological devices. The materials and objects used to create the works have been dismantled and reconstructed to establish new forms and functions.

RELAYis Turning Point South East’s programme of free contemporary art events, exhibitions, and performances taking place around the South East of England in 2012. RELAY celebrates the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by taking sport, art and location as starting points for a series of artist commissions. 

The exhibition is also supported by the Creative Campus InitiativeTake These Hands will tour to Bucks New University in High Wycombe in October 2012. Bucks New is a member of the Creative Campus Initiative The exhibition will be complemented by a short programme of talks and seminars exploring themes including prosthetics and the interactions of body and technology in visual culture.

About the  National Spinal Injuries Centre archive. The archive is a collection of photographs and documents, which includes historic images of wards, physio and occupational therapy and medical conditions. It charts the history of the oldest, and one of the largest spinal injuries centres in the world, established by neurosurgeon Sir Ludwig Guttmann in 1944 at Stoke Mandeville hospital. Having revolutionised the treatment and life chances for those with spinal injuries, in 1948 Guttmann organised the ‘Stoke Mandeville Games’ to coincide with the start of the London Olympics, thus sparking the beginning of the Paralympic movement. The National Spinal Injuries Centre collection forms part of the Mandeville Legacy, which comprises the Wheelpower collection and that of the International Wheelchair Sports and Amputees Federation.

Visual Arts South West presents Weymouth 2012 Visual Arts Networking Tour

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.

Wednesday 1 August 2012, meet 11.15am Weymouth Railway Station (finish approx. 6pm)


Photo: Max McClure

Presented by Visual Arts South West, a member of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network, the coach tour will comprise visits to SW's Artists Taking the Lead project 'Nowhereisland' by Max McClure; 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.

The tour is free, but booking is required as places are limited. For more information and to book you place, please follow this link:

Hercules displayed at the De La Warr Pavilion this summer


Herakles at the tree of the Hesperides, bronze, Roman, 1 century AD. Image: courtesy British Museum

Until 31 August, the wonderful roman bronze figure Herakles at the tree of the Hesperides, from the British Museum's collection, will be on display in the foyer of the De La Warr Pavilion in celebration of the London 2012 Olympic Games

The loan is the first outcome of a relationship that Turning Point South East is building with the British Museum, linking people working within the visual arts in the South East with curators and other staff at the Museum to explore opportunities for collaboration.

Through dialogue between the De La Warr Pavilion and the British Museum, in particular the Senior Curator of Greece and Rome, Ian Jenkins, Herakles at the tree of the Hesperides was identified for loan during this year's olympic season. 

DLWP curator David Rhodes says in The Guardian:

"I dreamed of bringing a piece of classical sculpture into this very modern space which is known for contemporary art," ..."but my wish-list to the British Museum was mostly big lumps of stone. The Herakles is really wonderful – he is so beautiful and sexy, but he is not a golden youth but a real athlete who has had a hard life, with his broken nose and lumpy forehead."

Dating from the 1st century AD, this important statue was excavated at a temple in Byblos, Lebanon and depicts Herakles (Hercules), legendary founder of the Olympic Games and a patron god of the gymnasium - the training ground for atheletes in ancient Greece. 

The Herakles figure will act as the centrepiece for our Olympics season this spring and summer. The impressive physical presence of this object from the anicent world will create a surprising juxtaposition to the Pavilion's modernist architecture.

Herakles will act as a fascinating tool through which audiences can be introduced to the history of the Olympic Games and will mark a dynamic new departure in the De La Warr Pavilion's programming.

RELAY - Olympic inspired contemporary art from Turning Point South East

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Image: Horizon, 2012 by John Smith, a RELAY commission at Turner Contemporary

Turning Point South East is pleased to announce the launch of RELAY, a programme of contemporary visual arts inspired by London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Visit the new website now:

RELAY is a programme of free contemporary arts events, exhibitions and performances taking place around the south east of England April-August 2012 onwards. 

RELAY celebrates the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by taking sport, art and location as starting points for a series of new artist commissions.

The RELAY baton will be passed from major contemporary arts organisations across the south east from Fabrica, Brighton; to Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth; on to MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; handing over to Modern Art Oxford and finally to Turner Contemporary, Margate and Stour Valley Arts, King’ Wood Ashford. 

In addition to the new RELAY artist commissions, there will be other RELAY events orgainsed by De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea; John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.

RELAY is presented by Turning Point South East, the regional network for the visual arts. The programme is a unique collaboration between the south east contemporary arts organisations, universities and local sporting groups.

The following organisations are involved:

Aspex Gallery; Blast Theory; Canterbury Christ Church University; Creative Campus Initiative; De La Warr Pavilion; Fabrica; John Hansard gallery; Lighthouse; MK Gallery; Modern Art Oxford; Pallant House Gallery; Photoworks; Quay Arts; The Ruskin, University of Oxford; South East Dance; Stour Valley Arts; Turner Contemporary; University of Brighton, Faculty of Arts and University of Portsmouth.

Kalaboration - celebrating 2012 Olympics and the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence


Turning Point West Midlands is pleased to support Kalaboration, a major new visual arts initiative to celebrate the forthcoming 2012 Olympics and the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican independence through new commissions, exhibitions, symposia and network opportunities, Jan-Nov 2012.

Kalaboration, which had its official launch in Birmingham last night, is a partnership with the Drum Arts Centre, Rogue Play Theatre, and the School of Art, BIAD, in Birmingham and which is host to Turning Point West Midlands. 

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