Visual arts at Salisbury International Arts Festival

The Salisbury International Arts Festival in England returns at the end of May with a host of arts events covering literature, film, theatre, music and more. The Festival’s main theme this year is ‘relate’ with an artistic focus on storytelling which is reflected across all the events. Here Zap! BANG! takes a look at the visual arts offerings.

Dreamtime — An Aboriginal Experience by Dennis Morris
Friday, May 26 – Sunday, June 11
Part of the Aboriginal Cultural Showcase in this year’s festival. On a recent trip to Australia, Dennis visited the Aboriginal Mowanjum community in the Western region of Kimberley. His photographs record a unique and little known community, featuring images if rites of passage and ordinary aspects of daily life. Split into three categories — ‘Ceremony’, ‘Portraits’ and ‘Killer’ — each provides a fascinating insight into aspects of Mowanjum. Dennis Morris has worked with Bob Marley and The Sex Pistols, and is respected for gaining access to previously off-limit areas of subjects’ lives.

Sara Allen
Friday, May 26 – Sunday June 11
The Festival’s featured artist for 2006. Sara Allen was commissioned to interpret this year’s themes of relate, storytelling and atmosphere, creating the image ‘Of wings the world vioces its songs’, pictured here. Sara has also created a new series entitled Be Fearless — an exploration of the visual connection between the unconscious and the surreal.

Michael Craig-Martin
Friday, May 26 – Sunday, June 11
Although Michael was born in Dublin and brought up in the United States, he is now one of the most significant artists working in Britain. He has been exhibiting work internationally since the late 1960s and this is a chance to see recent work which mark a significant departure from previous offerings. Though they involve the images of common objects for which he is known, the emphasis is on a broader and more closely hued range of colour, and on transparence and overlap in the drawing. On Wednesday, June 7 there will be a special evening at Roche Court in Salisbury with an introduction to the exhibition and a tour of the park by curator Helen Waters. There will then be a concert of 17th-century music for voice and lute by Sophia Brumfitt’s Rosa Mundi. For details on these events call 01980 862244.

Saturday, June 3 – Saturday, June 24
An exhibition focusing on the atmosphere of place. Images from Australia, Africa, Asia and Europe by photographer Alan Hayward.

For tickets and full details about Salisbury International Arts Festival visit or call the box office 01722 320333.

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