Plymouth's thriving arts and culture scene does not stop – so to banish away those post-Christmas blues we’re kickstarting your year with a busy month of exhibitions, talks, films and more across the city's institutions and venues.
To make sure you don't miss a thing, we've put together a guide of seven of the best arts and culture events to see, do, and attend in our city this month.
1. Oliver Sutherland at The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, 11 Jan - 15 Feb
Dislocated narratives, artificial intelligence and tech-anxieties – kicking off the South West Showcase season and taking over The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art is artist Oliver Sutherland. Get a first look at the show at the opening on Wednesday 11 January, free and open to all.
2. Get Fresh at The Devon Guild of Craftsman, 14 Jan - 5 Mar
OK so this one isn’t in Plymouth, BUT it does feature some excellent makers from our creative city. Celebrating the commitment and diversity of new makers, Plymouth College of Art graduates Luke Axworthy, Jo Barker, Fern Robinson, Katie Robinson and Stacey West all feature in 'Get Fresh', the biennial exhibition at The Devon Guild of Craftsman, alongside 10 more designer-makers from the South West.
3. Gender, Power and Materiality in Early Modern Europe at Peninsula Arts, 17, 24, 31 Jan
Get yourself along to these talks at Peninsula Arts, with speakers from the V&A and a bargain price of £6 for a ticket, you have no excuse to miss out. With topics covering: Gender, Power and Early Modern Gloves (Tues 17), The European Galleries, 1600-1800 at the V&A (Tues 24) and Women, Power and Popular Song (Tues 31) this is the perfect time to fill your brain with fresh knowledge for the year ahead - you may even get to tick off a new year’s resolution.
4. Who’s Eye Screening at Studio Theatre at Plymouth College of Art, 18 Jan
Coinciding with the Oliver Sutherland exhibition in The Gallery, treat yourself to an evening of artists’ films selected by Sutherland himself. The programme includes: Nancy Holt & Robert Smithson’s Swamp, 1969 (6 mins), Riley Harmon’s Passengers (after The Fighter within Bambi), 2013 (3mins), and Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn’s Can’t Swallow It, Can’t Spit It Out, 2004 (26mins).
5. Earth & Air: The Episodic Memory of Place at Ocean Studios, 20 Jan - 17 Feb
BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking graduate, Julie Ellis explores notions of memory associated with place in her latest solo exhibition. Through her paintings she seeks to describe the landscape, which exists in actuality and memory, resulting in an ambiguous, anonymous and open narrative – see it for yourself from 20 Jan.
6. Making Learning: Pop-up School & Symposium at Tate Exchange, 23, 24, 25 Jan
Taking Plymouth to London! Following in the footsteps of Tim Etchells, Guerrilla Girls and David Blandy, Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth School of Creative Arts are taking over Tate Exchange for three days. Whether you’re an observer, commentator, researcher, creator, teacher, tweeter or just curious, if you happen to be in London then join them in exploring creative learning in education.
7. The Art Students Convention (TASC) at Plymouth College of Art, 26 Jan
For a lively and passionate discussion on creative education, head to The Art Students Convention (TASC). Led by BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking students, the event looks to discuss themes raised at the Making Learning: Pop-up School and Symposium at Tate Exchange earlier in the week, investigating the questions posed there. The conference will also feature keynote speakers, workshops and discussions around the themes of creative education.
...And, if you're interested in creative study, you can also visit us at our Open Day on Saturday 7 January. Register online to secure your place!
Looking for Postgraduate study? Find out about our range of creative programmes at our Postgraduate Open Evening on Tuesday 24 January.