What’s on This Week
MON 16 - SUN 22 APRIL 2018
Words, Katie White
Rose Wylie exhibition, Plymouth Arts Centre, Thurs 29 March – Mon 30 April
This exhibition of colourful, large scale, figurative paintings by celebrated British painter Rose Wylie promises to be intelligent, thought provoking and dynamic. The exhibition draws on Wylie’s learning about Pilgrims of the 30s and reflects in a quietly political way on history’s interpretation of them. The works will actually be displayed in two venues to explore how their situation affects their interpretation: the Plymouth Arts Centre and The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art. Both promise to be an excellent April culture top up which, frankly, after all that chocolate, we’ll need.
Diane Arbus at The Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, throughout April (until 11 June)
Diane Arbus is one of *the* most influential photographers of the 20th Century: bold, original and direct portraiture denotes the complexity of humanity in each photo. This exhibition is touring the UK – as part of the Artist Rooms series – and has been attended by 40 million people! How cool that we now get to go check out her genius too?!
FREE. 10am – 4pm Mon – Fri and 11am – 4pm Sat. burtonartgallery.co.uk
The Elegant You Day with Devon Fit Camp, Hotel du Vin, Exeter, Wed 18 April
Join fitness and motivational coach Claire Morgan-Hughes of Devon Fit Camp for this special event. ‘The Elegant You’ day takes the idea of ‘me time’ to another realm altogether; it’s a chance for frazzled females to spend an empowering and fun day focusing on nothing but them. Taking place at the chic Hotel du Vin in Exeter, and, with experts on hand including Claire (who’ll share all her secrets), plus a stylist to the stars (who’ll impart her beautifying knowledge), you’ll get to try out a new look, experiment with fresh make-up ideas, and concentrate on clearing the decks for a healthier mindset and, ultimately, lifestyle. It sounds just gorgeous – every woman’s dream, no?
SILENCE by Rachel Rose Reid, Totnes Methodist Church, Wed 18 April
‘Discovered in Wollaton Manor, Notts, in a box marked “Old Papers – no value” (buried under a few letters from King Henry VIII) a legend – about gender equality – has been repressed and kept quite, waiting to be told for seven hundred years….’ We’re too intrigued NOT to go to this touring retelling and revival by a previous winner of UK Young Storyteller of the Year. Up for it?
WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST at Exeter Phoenix, Wed 18- Thur 19 April
Anyone else a bit mad about Westwood? And I mean the super cool punk icon, NOT the cheesey DJ – just to be super clear! We’re giddy at the thought of checking out this (first) documentary about the legend’s life and work and, we are gonna make sure we dress appropriately outrageously for the occasion! Yaaaaaaaaa.
7.30pm, £7, exeterphoenix.org.uk
Ring Making workshop with Clare Lowe c/o Me and East, Totnes Wed 18 April
If you’re feeling your creative bones creaking this April – and the weather STILL hasn’t perked up (totally poss at this rate)… then while away a few hours making yourself something beautiful to keep for ever. With all material and tools included this workshop is a real gem! At the time of writing there were only a few spaces left but don’t worry if you miss them as they’ve promised to do it again in May.
2.30 -4.30pm and 5.30 – 7.30pm, £38, meandeast.com
Book signing with Rick Stein at The Dartmouth Bookseller, Dartmouth, Thur 19 April
If you’re anything like us then you will revolve your life around your meals… we are totally unashamed foodies! And this South West chef is one of our absolute faves – Rick Stein! Head along to this and you’ll get to meet him in person and get a signed copy of his new book, The Road to Mexico…. I mean he’s almost a national treasure, right? Yummmmm.
FREE, 12pm, dartmouthbookseller.co.uk
Dirty Food Night with Wild Artichokes, Kingsbridge, Thurs 19 April
Team Wild Artichokes are trying something new this month and we are already loosening our belts in preparation: sliders, fried chicken, pizetta, BBQ classics and mouthwatering puds… this is naughty street food to go up a size for!
7-10pm, £25, wild artichokes.co.uk
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE [RAMM] MUSEUM with Jim Wileman, Fri 20 April – Wed 2 May
Have we mentioned before how much we love love love the RAMM? Now they are giving us the chance to get a sneak peak at all the “behind the scenes” stuff with photographer Jim Wileman’s snaps of what really goes on. Sounds brilliantly nosey and curious!
FREE. 10am – 5pm exeterramm.admit-one.eu
MURDER MYSTERY at Hannah’s, nr Newton Abbot, Sat 21 April
“So, it is 1939 and tonight is the 20th Wedding Anniversary of Charles and Eleanor Fox. Family and friends are gathered to celebrate. Everyone is looking forward to an enjoyable evening, but… all is not what it seems. Some of the guests have secrets that they would rather keep to themselves, secrets that go back many years, to a time when some of those present had family matters that they would prefer not to air in public, to a time when some of them had met on the battlefields of a Europe ravaged by the Great War. Over the course of the evening these tensions increase, some of the secrets are revealed, and, regrettably, a tragedy occurs. One of the guests is murdered! After the death one of the guests takes up the investigation and it is up to that investigator, with the help of the other guests at the dinner, to identify the killer before the evening is over.”
1930s dress up? Tick; three course meal? Tick; Immersing yourself in a “real life” drama and getting away from the mayhem of “normal” life? Tick. I mean, it’s a great back story, so err, what is NOT to love about this? Booking essential.
7pm, £25, discoverhannahs.org
Spring Cookery Class at Glazebrook House, South Brent, Sat 21 April
Join the hotel’s head chef Josh Ackland for a Springtime cookery masterclass. You’ll receive a cooking demo, before being served up an awesome 3 course lunch. You’ll also take home be some new recipes to get you inspired in the kitchen this Spring.
From Midday, £35 per person. Call and book direct on 01364 73322, be quick as spaces are limited! glazebrookhouse.com
WILD KITCHEN at Lydford Gorge, Sat 21 April
Forage for wild garlic and then cook up a campfire storm at the jaw droppingly beautiful Lydford Gorge (with a bit of help from some friendly in the know Rangers): sounds like the perfect fodder for some super smug social media snaps! Booking essential (at time of writing there were only a few places left).
11am – 2pm, £9, nationaltrust.org.uk
Spring wine tastings at Jaded Palates, Chagford & Ashburton, Sat 21 & 28 April
If you fancy really getting to know your wine, then may we recommend you get yourselves to one of these annual vintage tasting events? From both of their gorgeous wine stores, Ian and Gill will talk you through some fabulous wines, dishing out as much knowledge as you can handle. Fun, tasty, productive. What’s not to love?