The Muddy Guide (Thurs 9th – Weds 15th March)
Suzy Bennett: Artisans of Dartmoor, Riverside Gallery, Bovey Tracey, Fri 3 March – Mon 3 April
You may have noticed that 2017 is shaping up to be the year of championing British designers. You may not have noticed that Dartmoor has one of the most talented artisan communities in the country. In this new exhibition travel photographer Suzy Bennett goes behind the workshop walls to produce an intimate and atmospheric collection of photographs of some of the Moor’s finest artists, makers and producers. Makes you super proud to be in Devon.
Riverside Gallery, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, crafts.org.uk
Hedda Gabler NT Live, Tavistock Wharf, Thurs 9th March
How cool is it that us country types can now get to see live broadcasts of world-class performances as they happen? You’ll find these events popping up at selected theatres, including Tavistock Wharf which has all the sound and visual kit to do each performance justice. Broadcast from the National Theatre, Hedda Gabler, starring Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in this story of a newlywed who finds herself bored already and longing to be free.
Artist Talk: Mark Webber, Plymouth Arts Centre, Thurs 9th March
If you’re a fan of arthouse cinema, you’ll have heard of Malcolm Le Grice, a Plymouth-born artist who pioneered the British Expanded Cinema movement in the 1960s. His exhibition Present Moments and Passing Time is currently being shown at Plymouth Arts Centre and, this week Mark Webber, editor of the recently published Shoot Shoot Shoot: The First Decade of the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative 1966-76, is in town to give an illustrated talk and present rarely seen documentary footage and archive. Three key works made by Malcolm Le Grice in this period will be screened on their original format of 16mm film.
Jo Caulfield: The Customer is Always Wrong, The Flavel, Dartmouth, Fri 10th March
Jo Caulfield is no stranger to the comedy circuit; you’ll no doubt have seen her on Mock the Week, Have I Got News for You or Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow over the years. In her latest stand-up show, she’s bang on with her guide to avoiding the potential pitfalls of life. I wonder if she does one-on-one therapy? I think I’d quite enjoy a glass of wine with this woman.
Transition Town Totnes Film Festival, Fri 10th – Sun 12th March
Totnes and the Dartington Trust have a history rooted in the independent arts and film. This weekend the Transition Town Totnes Film Festival is back for a third year with a carefully selected bill of films, performances and workshops taking place in Totnes. All of the sessions share the same theme, being solution-based and setting out to inspire the audience. It’s a hugely varied line-up and here are a few of my picks from across the weekend:
The Eagle Huntress, Fri 10 March
This one has captured the world’s attention in a major way and notched up endless praise from the critics. It’s a documentary set in Mongolia, following Aisholpan, a thirteen year-old girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. After training with her father’s eagle for many months, the time has come for Aisholpan to capture an eagle of her own. Brings new weight to the handle #thisgirlcan
1pm, The Barn Cinema, Dartington. dartington.org
Embrace, Sat 11 March
Muddy featured this social-impact documentary recently as it makes its way around the country, inspiring women to embrace body diversity. Read about it here and then get yourself to this special screening on board the fabulously quirky Vintage Cinema Bus.
9pm, Vintage Cinema Bus. dartington.org
Special live performance: Conversations with the wind, Sat 11 March
Perhaps the event of the weekend, this one. Two world-class artists, poet Alice Oswald and Saxophonist Andy Sheppard come together for a performance of improvised work in dialogue with a contemporary silent film created by Geoff Dunlop. The organisers say this is one not to be missed. So don’t miss it, then.
How to let go of the world and love all the things climate can’t change, Sat 11 March
Josh Fox is an Oscar Nominated director and internationally recognised spokesperson who has set out to investigate the threats of climate change. He travels to 12 countries on 6 continents to meet with global climate change “warriors” who are committed to reversing the tide of global warming. What he learns is funny and tragic, inspiring and enlightening.
9pm, Civic Hall, High Street, Totnes. dartington.org