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Posted 31.01.19

What’s on in Plymouth - February 2019

By Kat Peberdy

Katie Schwab: A Working Building in The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art.

February may be the month for love, but whether you’re coupled up, happily single or looking to mingle there’s plenty to do in Plymouth. Keep on reading for our list of some of the top workshops, exhibitions and events happening across the city in Plymouth's cultural calendar.

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1. Katie Schwab: A Working Building at The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art

Through a collection of new and reconfigured existing works, this exhibition explores design histories in relation to contemporary concerns around reused and scrap materials. Embracing bold, abstract and improvised patterning, the exhibition incorporates works produced at the college, including block-printed wallpaper, handtufted and stitched textiles, upholstered stools, enamel wall panels and videos. With a focus on room dividers, screens and wall-based works, the installation incorporates divisions of space drawn from models of the shopfront, cinema, living room and council chambers.

Through observations and reflections on materials, spaces and designs, this exhibition considers ideas around shared production, craft and industry while also exploring social and cultural histories of women’s work, colonialism and migration in Devon and Cornwall.

Don’t miss ‘Vision, Space and Equality: Plymouth and the Planned City’, as part of this exhibition, where writer and journalist Owen Hatherley will discuss Plymouth's legacy and the sweeping changes it undertook following the damage from WW2.

A Working Building – 30 January to 16 March

2. Matilda The Musical at Theatre Royal Plymouth

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl.

With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical comes to Theatre Royal Plymouth in February 2019!

Matilda the musical – 15 January to 16 February

3. French Film Festival at Plymouth Arts Cinema

The French Film Festival UK is offering a selection of screenings featuring previews of some of the finest new French cinema from some of the country’s most exciting filmmaking talent both in front of and behind the camera. Three key films are screening in Plymouth; Woman Up!, Dany/Mon Ket, and Rock 'n' Roll. Covering themes such as female empowerment in the workplace, hapless absent fathers and the mundanity of fame, these films are not to be missed.

Dont forget - staff and students of Plymouth College of Art can book tickets to any standard film at Plymouth Arts Cinema for just £4! Head to their website for more information on what's on in February.

French Film Festival – 2 to 6 February

4. ARTiculation at Plymouth College of Art

ARTiculation, the national public speaking competition which promotes and supports young people to look, think and speak about art, will hold the South West Regional Final at Plymouth College of Art.

The Regional Final will see students aged between 16 - 19, delivering ten-minute presentations about a work of art, architecture or an artefact of their choice in front of an audience and an adjudicator. Limited audience places are available for anyone passionate about art or the spoken work.

ARTiculation – 5 February

5. Outlands Tour #4 'Ecstatic Material' at KARST Gallery

Ecstatic Material is a newly commissioned dynamic sound sculpture by musician and producer Beatrice Dillon and visual artist Keith Harrison, which will expand and contract over back to back performances at venues across England.

This live experiment with sound and substance will be conducted through a modular system made up of malleable plastics, coloured light and multi-channel audio which is constructed, choreographed and diffused by the artists into the performance space. Tickets are just £5, and students get in for free.

Ecstatic Material – 7 February

6. Ideas Jam: North Star Study Group at The Clipper Inn

Have you been thinking about how you could learn more about what Plymouth's colonial history means for people in the world today? Or simply want to meet other curious people who want to understand the world better? Well, the North Star Study Group's Ideas Jam event is for you!

This free and open to all creative learning event will see you sharing food and ideas about investigating the historical and present-day contexts and impacts of colonialism and colonial activity.

Ideas Jam – 8 February

7. Worth the Weight vintage clothing sale at Plymouth Guildhall

Worth the Weight is coming to Plymouth with a huge vintage clothing sale where you can find thousands of vintage items on sale and snap them up for just £15 per kilo. Pick and mix men's and women's vintage clothing from the 1960s onwards, including many branded and designer items, as well as a range of accessories.

All advance ticket holders get fast track entry so you can skip the queue and start shopping sooner!

Worth the Weight vintage clothing sale – 9 February

8. Show us the Money! Social enterprise funding workshop at Moments Cafe

Join the Iridescent Ideas team in the Information Hub at Moments Cafe for this free session all about how to finance and fund your social enterprise or community project. During this session, you’ll learn about social investment, start-up grants and how to source money to help you grow your business.

Show us the Money! – 11 February

9. Singles Night at The Climbing Hangar

Need someone to spot you on life’s highballs? Head to the Climbing Hangar this Valentines day and see if their cupid can find you the perfect match.

For something a little different to your usual speed dating - get warmed up and tackle the couples climbs, acroyoga challenge and a number of other activities so you can really get to know each other. Then it’s all change so you get to meet as many people as possible before deciding if one of them might be your next crush.

And while you might not find ‘the one’ they can guarantee that you’ll be taking something fun home with you – everyone gets their own goodie bag!

Singles Night – 14 February

10. Circular Weave workshop at Ocean Studios

Weaving is acknowledged as one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world. In this workshop, using a circular frame and a variety of yarns, ribbons and fabric scraps you will combine colours and textures to make a weave for your floor or wall.

You can bring your own fabrics or you can just turn up - they have a vast stock of materials and yarns that you can use during the workshop. You do not need any weave experience, just a desire to learn a new technique, or work in a new way! There will be access to delicious food and drink to purchase before, during and after your workshop from Columnhouse Bakery. Chill, relax and feel part of this fantastic community of makers, artists and creatives.

Circular Weave workshop – 15 February

11. Make your own leather earrings at Ocean Studios

Make two pairs of beautiful leather feather earrings at this creative workshop! You’ll choose from a variety of leathers (with a vegan option also available) to cut out and then paint your own designs.

All materials are provided in the price and the session is suitable for all levels, but with limited spaces available booking is essential. Click the link below to book your place.

Make your own leather earrings – 17 and 20 February

12. The Crucible at Plymouth School of Creative Arts

This modern classic was written by Arthur Miller in 1953, and is a dramatised and fictionalised story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692.

The Tamaritans theatre company will perform the play at Plymouth School of Creative Arts, but they also welcome new members not only for acting but also potential directors, backstage technicians, front-of-house support and just general all-rounders who would like to pitch in and offer their expertise.

The Crucible – 19 to 23 February

13. Murder Mystery at Boringdon Hall

Fancy something a little more sinister? Put your detective cap on and join the murder mystery team at Boringdon Hall for an evening of investigation...

Roll up, roll up and come and meet those wonderful performer types. Judge Fooks has been obsessed with the Circus since he was a child and has finally got the chance to meet famous circus owner Mr Brockman and his troop. He has thrown a gathering for them but what trouble will find its way to the dinner in their honour? What tensions run deep with these circus performers and will Mr Brockman still have a business when the evening is through?

Murder Mystery – 22 February

14. Postbridge Challenge at Bellever Forest, Dartmoor

Lace up your walking boots and raise money for charity with this ten mile circular route, going from Bellever Forest car park to Postbridge, Braddon Lake and Broad Down. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the beautiful landscape of Dartmoor, fill your lungs with fresh air and do your good deed for the day.

The charity benefiting from the day is the Dartmoor Search and Rescue team.

Postbridge Challenge – 24 February

15. Give Up Your Day Job ‘Palentines’ art fair at The Hanging Gardens

Celebrate your pals this valentine, by enjoying Plymouth’s home-grown DIY zine and print fair.

With over 20 stalls from a range of artists and makers hailing from across the south coast showcasing and selling their zines, comics, illustrations, screen prints, risographs, photography, relief prints and photocopy art, there’ll be something for everyone. Print is not dead and neither is friendship!

Give up your day job art fair – 24 February

16. Women in Photography Conference at Plymouth College of Art

The Women in Photography Conference will provide a unique opportunity for like minded photographers and filmmakers, who are passionate about photography, to get together and listen to some truly inspirational women in the industry.

The first masterclass of the day is from photography graduate Margo Ryszczuk, who will provide a Live Portrait Demonstration. This will be a 45 minute masterclass with additional Q&A.

Masterclass two will focus on building your dream businesses, and will be led by award winning photographer Amber Leach.

Women in Photography Conference – 26 February

... And, if you're interested in creative study, your next chance to visit us at our Open Day for Undergraduate and Pre-Degree programmes is on Saturday 30 March 2019. Register online to secure your place!