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Mon 4 - Sun 10 Nov

FILM: Top Dog Film Festival, The Regal, Redruth, 7 Nov

This new festival showcases independent films related to dogs and their owners. Cute!


FESTIVAL: Bude Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival, Penstowe Manor Resort, Bude, 8 – 11 Nov

Rock on! Bude Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival returns for its second year at Penstowe Manor Resort with three days of music including headliners Fullhouse Frankie Millers Band, Wille & The Bandits and Sugaray Rayford. Accommodation is included in the ticket price.


NEW EXHIBITION: UnboundedEden Project, until 26 Jan 

The Eden project has an interesting new exhibition which showcases work created by 15 artists. The project, which is called Unboundedexplores Cornwall’s social and environmental landscapes and how humans impact on it. Eden Project members can also go to a private view on 6 Nov.


THEATRE: Woman In Mind, Sterts Theatre, Liskeard 8 – 9 Nov

On the theatre front this week you can see CAMP Theatre’s new production of Woman In Mind, a comedy that follows the life of a suburban housewife who’s straddled between two worlds – one real, one imaginary.


COMEDY: Jack Whitehall: Work in Progress, Plymouth Pavilions, Sat 9 Nov

Fan of embarrassing public encounters and cringe-worthy anecdotes? Award-winning comic and actor Jack Whitehall comes to Plymouth Pavilions this October, trying out new material before his upcoming arena tour.


FESTIVAL: Prime Con, Old Bakery Studios, Truro, 9 Nov 

Nerd alert! This gaming festival will include retro games, free play, a place to chill out, tournaments and virtual reality experiences.


MUSIC: Spoken, The Poly, Falmouth, 9 Nov

This week you can listen to some spoken word poetry by Cornish-based critically acclaimed spoken word, rap artist and poet Megan Chapman, aka MCMC Spoken. Megan will be speaking about politics and personal subjects alongside several other artists.

CRAFTS: Ingenious Pursuits, Bude, 9/10 Nov

Bringing together talented artists and designer-makers who all work near to Bude. Bar, food & live music to accompany the market where you can buy beautiful, locally produced art & handmade objects – including work from local artist Sue Read, Welcombe Pottery and Stuart Lamb Designs lighting, to name but a few. £1.50 entry.

SKATING: Indoor ice rink, Eden Project, until 23 Feb 

Christmas may be a way off (we haven’t even had Halloween yet!) but the Eden Project is getting festive early with its indoor ice rink, the only one found in Cornwall.



At the Tate St Ives you can see the ongoing exhibition of Nigerian-born artist Otobong Nkanga‘s work, From Where I Standwhich showcases the performance artist’s vast portfolio as well as pieces created especially for the Tate (until 5 Jan). Over in St Just-in-Penwith at the Jackson Foundation there’s a collection of contemporary artist Kurt Jackson’s work titled Frenchman’s Creek, a collection of paintings of the Helford River that famously inspired Daphne du Maurier’s 1941 novel of the same name (until 22 Feb).

Elsewhere at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange you can see an unusual collaboration between surgeon Dr Grace Pailthorpe and artist Reuben Mednikoff entitled Tale of Mother’s Bonesabove, which explores duo’s experimentation with surrealism and psychoanalysis through 90 works (until 4 Jan).

And finally, it’s last call for Creative Tensions: The Penwith Society of Arts 1949-1960at Penlee House, Penzance, an examination of the tension between the St Ives Society of Artists and the Penwith Society of Arts (until 16 Nov).




FESTIVAL: Exeter Literary Festival, around Exeter, Thurs 7 – Sun 10 Nov

Expand the mind, explore the themes and hear the writers in their own words at Exeter’s Lit Fest, featuring a range of fiction and non-fiction titles to be discussed and inspired by. There’s nothing better than being immersed in a good book.



Vogue fashion and portrait photographer Tim Walker‘s enchanting, fantastical, frankly insane work is the subject of a new V&A exhibition (until 8 March). Tilda Swinton (below), Björk and, er, Sir David Attenborough are among his subjects and he’s also created 10 new works for the show.

Meanwhile this autumn’s big-hitter is William Blake at Tate Britain, below, (until 2 Feb 2020). The visionary painter and poet’s work will be imaginatively displayed – some of it blown up to enormous scale using digital technology, other works in an immersive room that recreates the space in which Blake first showed his art in 1809.

Elsewhere Into the Night: Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art at the Barbican (4 Oct – 19 Jan) is probably the nearest I’ll get to clubbing this autumn. It’s such a cool concept – a history of cabarets, clubs, dancefloors and party spaces that inspired artists from the 1880s to the 1960s, including the Berlin cabaret scene in Weimar Germany and Harlem’s jazz clubs and lifesize recreations of some of the hotspots.

Then there’s a major retrospective of 88-year-old Bridget Riley‘s life’s work at the Hayward Gallery (23 Oct – 26 Jan), taking in her famous monochrome, makes-your-eyes-go-funny Op Art paintings from the 1960s among its 70 year career span.

And finally, playing “spot the Angel Of The North” as we drive up the A1 to Newcastle is a family ritual in our house (Geordie in-laws, you see), so I’ve got a soft spot for Antony Gormley’s striking sculpture. His new show at the Royal Academy (until 3 Dec) is billed as his most ambitious in a decade and involves six tonnes of steel mesh, eight km of coiled tubing and a gallery flooded with clay and sea water.

Excuse me, after writing that lot I think I need to lie down until December.

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