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Posted 30.01.18

What’s on in Plymouth - February 2018

By Kat Peberdy
Race, Place and Diversity by the Seaside, Suki Dhanda
If you're wondering where January has gone you're not alone. But rather than looking back, let's take a look ahead to all the great events, exhibitions, workshops and more taking place in February 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. 'Race, Place and Diversity by the Sea' - an exhibition of portrait photography by Suki Dhanda at Plymouth College of Art

Last year’s Brexit vote has led many people to question their sense of belonging and their place in this country. Race, Place and Diversity by the Seaside is an exploration of how cultural diversity is expressed along the shoreline of Plymouth and the surrounding area.

Over a six month period, Dhanda has spent time visiting Plymouth (a city that she lived in as a student in the late 80s) capturing local residents and visitors spending time relaxing with their friends and families by the coast. This project explores the changing face of Plymouth’s population and seeks to uncover and celebrate the diverse community of people who have made this city their home. it highlights the possibilities of co-existing in a shared space.

Catch the free preview evening of the exhibition on Wednesday 7 February, and join Suki for an artist talk on Wednesday 21 February.

Race, Place and Diversity by the Seaside – Thursday 8 February to Thursday 22 March.

2. Good Food Market at Royal William Yard

Sample fresh, local and top quality produce at the monthly Good Food Market held in the iconic Royal William Yard.

With a huge selection of food and drink, from craft beers and local cheeses to organic fruit and vegan cakes, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Good Food Market – Sunday 4 February

Make Creatives crafting workshops

3. Make Creatives crafting sessions at Make@140

A weekly crafting session where you can chat with fellow crafters, share ideas, swap tips and finish that project you've been working on. Have you got a sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery or other craft projects that you're desperate to finish but need a bit of motivation? Make Creatives is a great way to meet others who love to make and get inspired for your next project!

Make Creatives – Wednesday 7, 14, 21 and 28 February

4. Royal Shakespeare Company Hamlet at Theatre Royal Plymouth

Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder… The Royal Shakespeare Company takes Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of murder and revenge on a national tour in 2018.

Sent by the ghost of his father to avenge his brutal death, Hamlet’s mission to expose the truth is a perilous journey of madness, murder and lost love. Following a critically acclaimed run in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016, rising star Paapa Essiedu plays the title role in a riveting and contemporary take on Hamlet.

Royal Shakespeare Company Hamlet – Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 February

5. The Last Day - Zombie Survival Experience at a secret Plymouth location

The streets are bare. News from 5 years ago, plastered on the front page of the paper, floats past and you wonder how you’re still here. The zombie horde has moved on so you stock up on all the supplies you can and start your journey…

An experience like no other - get your neurons firing and adrenaline pumping as you take on a live-action survival warfare game. Battle the zombie army using your intelligence, skill, teamwork and logic!

The Last Day - Zombie Survival Experience – Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February

6. Chinese New Year Celebrations at Plymouth Guildhall

Celebrate the Year of the Dog, with traditional Chinese lion dance performances, a variety of stalls from local businesses, a Chinese themed photo-booth with traditional clothes as well as workshops from Make@140, Barbican Clayart and Chinese Brush Painting.

Food stalls serving authentic cuisine will round-off an immersive cultural experience.

Chinese New Year Celebrations –  Sunday 18 February

7. Understanding Blue Planet II Q&A and Screening at The Marine Biological Association

If you were hooked on the life beneath our seas as narrated by Sir David Attenborough, then head to the Marine Biological Association’s Q&A and screening with an introduction by guest speaker Joe Treddenick, to hear about how the impact of such an iconic series can stretch well beyond your TV screen!

Understanding Blue Planet II Q&A and Screening – Tuesday 20 February

8. f29 Photography Print Auction at Plymouth’s Copthorne Hotel

f29 are a collective of undergraduate BA (Hons) Photography students currently raising funds for their exhibition at the prestigious Free Range Shows in London this coming June.

A diverse selection of authentic prints and books will be auctioned on the night. The students hope the night will be a great opportunity to network with photographers, gallery owners, art collectors and wider industry partners looking for something unique.

f29 Photography Print Auction – Thursday 22 February

9. Being Really Good at Being Self-Employed Workshop at Ocean Studios

Join workshop leaders Rachel Dobbs, Sovay Berriman & Ed Whitelaw for Visual Arts Plymouth’s next Artists Development Workshop focussing on self-employment & freelancing, pricing your work & your time, developing your skills & setting up a small business and an intro to setting up your own social enterprise.

Being Really Good at Being Self-Employed – Tuesday 27 February

10. Study Day: How Do Artists and Arts Institutions Really Work? At Plymouth Arts Centre

This all-day event focused on artists’ film and moving image and aimed at early career artists is a chance to meet and learn from experienced artists and arts professionals as they share their ideas and experience of commissioning, producing and presenting artists’ film.

Hosted in association with Spike Island, an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design, based in Bristol. Produced in association with Calling the Shots – a leading production studio responsible for the award-winning Random Acts short film series.

Study Day: How Do Artists and Arts Institutions Really Work? – Wednesday 28 February

... And, if you're interested in creative study, you can also visit us at our Undergraduate Open Day on Saturday 10 February, or our Post-16 Open Day on Wednesday 14 February. Register online to secure your place!