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Posted 27.03.18

What’s on in Plymouth - April 2018

By Kat Peberdy

'Playing Well' by artist Rose Wylie

The days are getting longer, which means you've got more time in your diary to cram in all the great events, exhibitions, workshops and more taking place in April across Plymouth. We've put together a list of some of the top events in Plymouth's arts and culture calendar so you don't miss a thing. 

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1. Rose Wylie: History Painting at Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth Arts Centre

The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth Arts Centre present a multi-site exhibition by internationally renowned painter Rose Wylie. Rose is best known for creating colourful, large-scale, figurative paintings that are intelligent, funny, and quietly political.

At The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, focus is given to the depiction of the female form, with a series of paintings (from 2002 to 2016) presenting pin-up girls, fashion models, sports players and a number of portraits and self-portraits.

Join us on 18 April for a talk with Serpentine Galleries curator Melissa Blanchflower, who recently curated Rose's London exhibition Quack Quack.

Rose Wylie: History Painting, Thursday 29 March — Wednesday 30 May

2. Poison exhibition at Radiant Gallery

“When was the last time you were terrified? The last time you felt out of control or trapped, or both at the same time? Write that down why don’t you?”

This spring, enter the Poison Laboratory where an absent scientist urgently needs your help to unravel the peculiarities of his experiment. A roomful of evidence, a curious condition and a live examination await… Told through audio, film and live performance, prepare to have your perceptions challenged, your senses sabotaged and your instincts thrust into the spotlight.

Developed with young people with lived experience, this immersive installation invites you to explore the complexities of hidden harm, and find a way - however small - of making a difference.

Poison exhibition, Tuesday 27 March – Tuesday 24 April

3. Edward Waite... The Return at Host Galleries

Plymouth's newest contemporary art gallery is to open shortly and will launch with an exhibition that showcases the best-selling artist in the UK today.

And their first launch exhibition and sale is something of a coup: they have managed to persuade one of the most sought-after artists of today to showcase his most recent series of paintings. Edward Waite will fill the new gallery with three of his latest collections, none of which have been seen in Plymouth before…

The young and dynamic artist will be exhibiting works from 'Metropolis' - global landmarks with precious metal leaf work, 'Neutrals' - designer cityscapes in Farrow and Ball colourways as well as his impressive new 'Resin Collection'. Edward will be in residence in the gallery for the first two days of the exhibition (Friday 30 – Saturday 31 March), creating a 'live studio' where gallery visitors will have the rare opportunity to meet and talk to him as he creates new works in his fluid cityscape style.

Edward Waite... The Return, Friday 30 March - Sunday 15 April

Easter Sunday Wonderland at Royal William Yard

4. Easter Sunday Wonderland at Royal William Yard

Easter Sunday wonderland returns to Plymouth’s Royal William Yard with special guests Invisible Circus.

Don’t be late for a very important date … Royal William Yard springs into action on Sunday 1st April with a Mad Hatters tea party, Easter Egg Hunt and the ever-popular Good Food Market. This spectacular event will be delivered by the world-renowned Invisible Circus, who have previously thrilled crowds at the Yard with their amazing Weekend of Wonders.

Set alongside the regular Good Food Market, which showcases some of the best food and drink that the South West has to offer.

Easter Sunday Wonderland, Sunday 1 April

5. Elena Brake: Housework Exhibition at Devonport Guildhall

Housework is BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate Elena Brake's latest collection of work, the artist has previously tested the city centre with magnets during Plymouth Art Weekender and sowing seeds in public urban spaces.

Brake presents Housework, a selection of works that originate from ordinary household tasks. She aims to reimagine and enchant everyday experiences by capturing and exaggerating the mundane details of ordinary life in a way that stirs complex and unexpected emotions. The playful and light-hearted approach in her work reveals the potential for magical moments within domestic and public experiences.

Elena Brake: Housework exhibition, Tuesday 3 Apr 2018 - Friday 13 Apr 2018

6. Le Navet Bete: Dick Tracy at the Plymouth Athenaeum

Newsflash! There's been a series of high-profile crimes right across the city - but fear not...The police chief's put his best man on the job - Dick Tracy.

With their work rooted in the ridiculous, Le Navet Bete's Dick Tracy is a physical comedy influenced by the world-famous detective incorporating fooling, original live music, plenty of audience interaction, lightning-quick character changes, incredibly authentic accents spattered with mystery, malice and mischief.

Le Navet Bete: Dick Tracey, Tuesday 3 - Saturday 7 April


7. Jazz Jam at The Bread and Roses

Jazz musicians unite for a monthly evening of informal jazz jam at The Bread and Roses on Ebrington Street. A great opportunity to learn and practice if you have recently picked up an instrument, this cultural city centre hub is the perfect spot to meet like-minded creatives and unwind after a day of study.

Jazz Jam, Tuesday 3 April

8. Rockets and Rascals 5th birthday weekender

Your favourite Barbican based cafe and culture hotspot turns five this month!

Join the Rocket and Rascals team to celebrate the magic of supporting independent business with a whole weekend of good times lined up. If you've never been, then now's the time to visit - with live music on Friday evening and special food and drinks on Saturday (which you can build up the appetite for on their special birthday Rocket Ride on Saturday morning), there's plenty to do all weekend.

Rockets and Rascals, Friday 6 April - Sunday 8 April

9. Introduction to Fashion Photography at Ocean Studios

Work with an experienced fashion photographer and stylist to develop portfolio ready fashion and portrait photography at this creative workshop.

Using the professional photographic studio at Ocean Studios and historic location of Royal William Yard you will work towards developing a series of test-shoots with a model, completing post-production from their media suite by the end of the day.

Introduction to Fashion Photography, Saturday 7 April

10. Repair Cafe at ThinkTanq

Fix It, Don't Bin It!

Got something in need of some TLC, perhaps a bit broken and you haven't had the time or skills to fix them yourself? Don't throw them away, take them to THINQTANQ and have a go at fixing them.

They will have a mix of experts and complete beginners all willing to get stuck in on a variety of projects. You don't need to be a handyman to fix most things and with a combination of coffee, internet videos, encouragement and some skill sharing you could well revive your possessions, save money and reduce your refuse footprint. Even if it can't be fixed, you can still have a great time, meet new people and learn new skills.

Repair Cafe, Saturday 7 April

11. Jeremiah’s Journey volunteer event at Boston Tea Party

Would you like a new challenge in 2018? Why not become a #TeamJeremiah Volunteer! Volunteering with Jeremiah’s Journey is all about doing something worthwhile & rewarding to help grieving children & families in your local community.

You’ll be able to develop a wide variety of new skills that will look fantastic on your CV & help you stand out from the crowd. As well as impressing prospective employees, you’ll get the opportunity to see how the charity sector operates and whether you might like to make a career in this sector.

Meet the some of the team, find out more about Jeremiah's Journey & what exciting volunteering opportunities and roles are available!

Jeremiah's Journey volunteer event, Thursday 12 April

12. ‘The Embodied Experience of Drawing’ One-Day Symposium at Ocean Studios

This one-day symposium ‘The Embodied Experience of Drawing’ will be run by BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking graduate Marie Taylor and MA Drawing student Beth Heaney.

The symposium will consider the embodied experience of drawing. The event responds to the increasing proportion of artists in the South West working in performative drawing practices, gathering a delegation at a vital time to acknowledge and interrogate this movement and discuss ideas around the future of drawing practice.

‘The Embodied Experience of Drawing’, Friday 13 April 

13. Beginner’s Breads at Column Bakehouse

In these courses, you’ll receive expert tuition from Column Bakehouse's Artisan Baker who is expert in making a range of tasty fresh loaves. You’ll learn basic bread-making skills in this small group and take home your own handcrafted loaf of bread at the end of the session, as well as a handy recipe card.

The course price includes all of your ingredients and use of their professional equipment. They will also give you some tasty refreshments from the Bakehouse, a glass of wine and Column Bakehouse recipe cards to help you create your own breads at home. Book early though – these courses are very popular and sell quickly!

Beginner's Breads, Thursday 19th April

14. How the Vote was won at the Sherwell Centre

The Representation of the People Act was passed on 6 February 1918 which gave women over the age of 30 and 'of property' the right to vote.

To commemorate the centenary of this historic event, the Devon History Society in conjunction with the University of Plymouth are delighted to invite you to their joint conference.

How the Vote was won, Saturday 21 April

... And, if you're interested in creative study, you can also visit us at our Post-16 Open Day or our Postgraduate Open Day, both taking place on Saturday 28 April. Register online to secure your place!