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Posted 21.12.17

What’s on in Plymouth - January

By Kat Peberdy
New year, new you? If your resolutions include scheduling more arts, craft and culture into your 2018 then we've got you covered. We've put together a list of some of the top events in Plymouth's arts and culture calendar – another month crammed full of exhibitions, workshops, 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 to some of the best arts, crafts and cultural events to see, do, and attend in our city this month.

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1. Envisions Artist Talk at Plymouth College of Art

Envisions will lead the second part of their artist talk, introducing two other members of this collective. Envisions is made up of 15 designers who are all based in The Netherlands. This event is free to attend and open to all, you don't need to have attended Part 1 to enjoy this talk.

During the exhibition, The Gallery is transformed into a chaos-embracing and lively playground that showcases the collective's joint approach, whilst shining a light on individuals distinctive style and talent. The exhibition uncovers the processes of each designer and highlights concepts such as experimentation, error, authenticity, professionalism and wit.

Envisions Artist Talk - Wednesday 10 January, 5:30-6:30pm

Image courtesy: Peninsula Arts

2. VIRGIN TERRITORY from Charlotte Vincent at Peninsula Arts

Artist Charlotte Vincent’s VIRGIN TERRITORY takes a bold and uncompromising look at our hyper-sexualised culture and the impact it is having on girls and young women growing up today. We all want to be ‘liked’ and ‘followed’, but what effect does constantly performing for the camera have on our lives?

This exhibition is a multi-layered film installation, adult supervision for under 14’s is advised. Join Artistic Director Charlotte Vincent for a talk and screening on Thursday 11 January.

VIRGIN TERRITORY - Wednesday 10 to Saturday 13 January


3. Arts Marketing and Social Media Workshop, at Plymouth School of Creative Arts

A must-do session with art marketing expert Joe Meldrum of Made In Plymouth magazine, suitable for anyone interested in developing and promoting their work.

As an expert in working to promote events and develop interesting content for print Joe has plenty of information, advice and tips for creating a stunning piece of marketing material. Whether you want to promote a project, event or business Joe's session will cover a range of hints and tips to help develop your skill set in both arts marketing and social media content. 

Arts Marketing and Social Media Workshop - Thursday 11 January, 6-8pm


4. Free Networking for Young Entrepreneurs, at The Hutong Cafe

Organised by YENA, a membership community for future leaders under 35 looking to start and grow remarkable businesses.

Join them at one of their twice quarterly networking events and meet like-minded individuals so you can connect, learn and find new opportunities in Plymouth.

YENA Networking for Young Entrepreneurs event - Monday 15 January, 6:30-9pm

Image credit: Monika Rycerz

5. Free Lunchtime Talk with Monika Rycerz, at Plymouth Arts Centre

Printmaking Workshop Co-ordinator Monika Rycerz worked with artist Clare Thornton produce new work using the college’s wallpaper block press.

In this lunchtime talk, she will talk about her experiences of making this work with Clare and share her responses to other works in the show, Materials of Resistance. The talk is free and open to all, lasting no longer than 1 hour to fit perfectly into your lunch break.

Lunchtime Talk with Monika Rycerz - Wednesday 17 January, 1pm

6. The Hutong Record Shop

Bringing quality vinyl to your favourite coffee stop, this pop-up record shop will be full of expertly-curated, secondhand vinyl. Complete with listening stations as well as some guest record vendors selling new stock there will, of course, be coffee, tea and a small selection of counter food available, as digging through the stacks can often be tiresome work!

The Hutong Record Shop - Saturday 20 January, 6-10pm

7.  Shooting with Vintage Cameras Workshop

Perfect for a budding photographer, this taster workshop from Soperfect Images includes the use of their vintage cameras and your first roll of film. They will show you how to load your film, and set the camera up ready to shoot before heading to the Barbican and Hoe to have a go. 

On your return, they will show you how to unload your film from the camera and can handily arrange your film processing. Once the photos are developed, the team can review them with you and offer advice for shooting your future rolls of film.

Shoot with Vintage - Sunday 21 January, 12-3pm

BA (Hons) Interior Design, image credit: Sarah Packer

8. Interior Design Trade Show, at Royal William Yard

A new and exciting trade show, curated by second-year BA (Hons) Interior Decoration, Design & Styling students!

Come along for an evening of networking and business opportunities with professional suppliers, designers, and architects, as well as our group of design students. The show will take place in the stunning Ocean Studios ay Royal William Yard. A free drink will be available for each guest, to enjoy as you browse the wide selection of fabric, lighting, wall coverings and more.

Southwest Creatives at The Yard - Friday 26 January, 6:30-11:30pm


9. Developing Project Ideas & Project Management Workshop, at Ocean Studio

Join workshop leaders Rachel Dobbs & Hannah Rose for Visual Arts Plymouth's next Artists Development Workshop focussing on, project management, preparing budgets, evaluating your projects and more.

Aimed at a range of audiences, from first-time project managers for arts or community projects to early career artists who are beginning to develop their own arts or community projects. Some experience is necessary to make the most of this workshop - you will have either some initial ideas for arts or community projects you wish to develop or have an emerging arts practice.

Developing Project Ideas & Project Management, Wednesday 31 January, 10am-4pm

Battle of the Sexes, showing at Plymouth Arts Centre in January

10. Films for under a fiver!

Don't forget to make the most of Plymouth Art Centre's new cinema ticket price of just £4 for anyone aged 25 & under. This month you can catch mainstream flicks Suburbicon, The Disaster Artist and Battle of the Sexes, alongside arthouse and foreign films like Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge.

Films at Plymouth Arts Centre, all January

... And, if you're interested in creative study, you can also visit us at our Undergraduate Open Day on Saturday 6 January, or our Postgraduate Open Evening on Thursday 25 January. Register online to secure your place!