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Posted 09.01.19

What’s on in Plymouth - January 2019

By Kat Peberdy

Viridian, a performance taking place as part of Laura Phillips' show on 9 January

New year doesn’t have to mean new you, but if you fancy trying out a something a little different this January why not take a look at what the city has to offer! 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. Viridian Performance at The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art

Join us for a special performance by the improvised ensemble Viridian. Viridian is an ethereal blend of image, voice, cello and double bass which re-imagines folkloric forms and tropes of femininity. Improvisation of both sound and image (digital & analogue) produce a dialogic blend of textural depths. Dissociative states, keening, and the supernatural inspirit the ensemble; each performance evokes utterances, nonsensical languages, and trans-species forms of communication through collective rhythm, tone and resonance.

Performance by Dali De Saint Paul (Vocal), Liz Muir (cello), Esme Betamax (percussion), Caitlin Alais Callahan (double bass) and Laura Phillips (16mm films & sound responsive digital projections).

Join us for the opening of Katie Schwab's new solo show in The Gallery on 30 January, click here for more details.

Viridian Performance – 9 January

2. Bike Space Workshop at Bikespace CIC

For anyone who loves a bit of green pedal power, this open workshop is a great opportunity for you to use their Bikespace’s workshop space, stands and professional tools to work on your bikes. They will also have members of staff on hand specifically to help visitors with any particularly tricky problems.

A perfect way too keep up to date with any maintenance on your bike, learn some useful tips, have someone check you are doing things correctly, and all without having to pay. There will also be a huge selection of affordable second hand and new parts for sale. No need to book, just turn up. Tea and biscuits provided!

Bike Space Workshop – 9 January

3. Comedy Night at Barbican Theatre

The Barbican Theatre's ever popular monthly night of stand-up comedy arrives on 9 January to kick start the new year. Featuring a fantastic mix of some of the best stand-ups on the circuit and some up and coming talent. Tickets are £11 (inclusive of all booking fees and charges) and available from B-Bar in person or via the Barbican Theatre website and Box Office. 

Tickets are limited as seating is first come first served - we recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before the show starts to secure a good seat.

Comedy Night – 9 January

4. Crafts fair at The Stable, Plymouth

Calling all crafty people! Aiming to raise £500 for Mind, the mental health charity, The Stable are hosting a full day of all things crafty. With things to make and things to buy, including make stations for salt dough sculpture painting, origami animals, pom pom production and BYOTB (build your own tote bag).

All items sold are made by their very own Stablehands, using recycled or donated materials, meaning handmade items at bargain prices!

Entry to the fair is £1 per person and all ages are welcome. Grab your ticket from the restaurant beforehand, or when you arrive on the day, and you will be welcomed with a free drink at the bar.

Crafts Fair – 13 January

5. Conscious Cafe Plymouth: Digital Technology, Friend or Foe? At The Hyde Park

For their first meeting of 2019, Conscious Cafe promises to be particularly interesting with a discussion led by Louiza Youlzari Jeffcoat.

As we all increasingly rely on tech devices like smartphones to manage our daily lives, to pay our bills, read books or watch Youtube, in what ways are our lives, our world and our consciousness being affected, and how would we know?

We'll hear about what research has to tell us about the impact of digital technology on our wellbeing, and importantly how it impacts on our consciousness, as we connect with friends on Facebook and Instagram. For those of us who are parents and/or grandparents, Louiza will also give us some really vital and practical advice for safeguarding children and grandchildren.

Conscious Cafe Plymouth: Digital Technology, Friend or Foe? – 17 January

6. Exhibition: Birds, Rocks, Rivers, Islands at The Levinsky Gallery

The genre of nature writing in Britain has been going through a renaissance. Birds, butterflies, streams, pastures, moors, beaches and seas around us fill many bookshop shelves and the pages of critical reviews. Such preoccupations have also flourished within the visual arts, in particular fine art and photography.

Jem Southam, one of the UK’s leading photographers, has contributed enormously to this field with a series of extended photographic works which explore the social and cultural legacies of post-industrial landscapes. The Red River 1982-87 and The Pond at Upton Pyne 1996-2002, are tightly structured narrative works which have been exhibited widely.

As well as reflecting back on 300 years of natural history studies in Britain, the exhibition is also a demonstration of possibilities offered by the photography medium itself. The work in the exhibition was made using a wide variety of cameras and capture systems, and the prints themselves vary from tiny framed contact prints to large wall-mounted sheets.

Exhibition: Birds, Rocks, Rivers, Islands – January 18

7. Arm Knitting Workshop at Make @ 140

Learn how to arm knit yourself a super cozy blanket this winter. Arm knitting with arms and without needles is the simplest and most satisfying form of giant knitting you will get. With the most gorgeous giant yarn and just a few hours you will go home super chuffed with your blanket!

Join the Make @ 140 team at Ocean Studios where you’ll learn the techniques needed to make your very own throw using Woolly Mahoosives Mammoth Yarn. Perfect for beginners, you will have lots of fun making a very trendy throw for your home.

These sessions are very popular, so be sure to book early!

Arm Knitting Workshop – 19 January

8. How to start a social enterprise at The Clipper

Join the Iridescent Ideas CIC team at The Clipper for this FREE session all about how to get started making your good idea into a social enterprise reality. They'll cover: basic business planning, a simple overview of legal structures suitable for social enterprises and how you can put a social vision at the heart of your business.

Funded by the Rank Foundation as part of the Plymouth Rise Programme.

How to start a social enterprise – January 23


9. Punchneedle Possibilities at Boston Tea Party

By using the punchneedle you can create tufted surfaces, textured samplers, manipulate it into 3D structures - it has endless possibilities, and if needled right, you have a double sided fabric you can choose to use as a stand alone design, or combine with other embroidery crafts for a rich, experimental piece of work. Traditionally punchneedle work has been illustrative, artists telling a story within the needle artwork but with its recent revival contemporary artists are exploring the abstract, shapes, pattern and colour to sumptuous effect.

During this workshop, you’ll learn the basic techniques of using simple geometric, and organic shapes to create your own punch needle sample that you can turn into a fashion accessory - or hang it on your’s, or a friend’s wall.

Before, during, and after the workshop you are encouraged to chill, relax, drink tea, have cake or a spot of lunch. The staff are super friendly and the food and drinks simply delicious!

Punchneedle Possibilities – 23 January

10. Landscapes of The Soul exhibition by Mariusz Kaldowski at Host Galleries

New to Plymouth, this is a must see show by Mariusz Kaldowski, resident artist for the National Trust South East region.

Meet the artist in person at the preview night on Friday 25 January from 7pm, to book your place contact the gallery on 01752 241234. The following day, Mariusz will also be performing live with a painting demonstration, a great opportunity to see his technique in action.

Born in 1962 in Poland, Mariusz graduated with an MA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He is a painter, a print maker and a graphic designer. Since coming to the UK in 1996 he has been busy creating, exhibiting and selling his work. Since 2009 he has been working with the National Trust as their resident artist for the South East region.

Landscapes of The Soul exhibition – 26 January to 10 February


11. Circus of Horrors at Plymouth Pavilion

Feeling brave? Imagine a rock show with amazing light effects combined with an amalgamation of bizarre, daredevil and astounding circus acts. If Quentin Tarantino had directed Cirque Du Soleil then you might be on the right lines...

The infamous Circus of Horrors and is touring Europe, featuring sword swallowers, herculean women swinging around the auditorium from their hair, demon dwarfs, strong man, whirlwind acrobats, flaming limbo, sensational aerialists, knife throwing, twisted contortion and lots, lots more in this roller coaster of a show that is now celebrating 24 years on the road.

Circus of Horrors – 26 January

12. Glass etching workshop with Jenny Ayrton

Join graduate Jenny Ayrton for a fun session learning to etch glass. Apply your own permanent designs to glassware, create beautiful gifts, seasonal decorations, and fun yet functional household items.

Chemical etching creates a permanent opaque surface, ideal for decorating functional items as they may be washed and heated to the manufacturers’ original specifications. Once you know the basics this is a technique that can be further explored at home. Etching cream is a particularly great way to transform plain household items, or why not visit your local charity shop and collect some glass objects with the potential to transform!

January Glass etching workshop – 27 January


13. Upcycling Christmas at Plymouth Scrapstore

Save your christmas cards and wrapping from the bin and bring them along to create new things from them - bowls, book marks, new cards and tags, from flowers and bouquets to tea cups! This crafty session is £5 per person, with just ten spaces available, so book now to guarantee your place.

Upcycling Christmas – 30 January


... 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!