Summer’s hotting up, and so is Plymouth’s cultural calendar. We've put together a list of some of the top workshops, exhibitions and events in Plymouth's arts scene to give you the perfect excuse to either find some shade or soak up the Vitamin D.
1. Wimbledon on the Big Screen
Feel the tension from Centre Court with live screenings from Wimbledon on the big screen!
Wimbledon returns once again to the Big Screen, where you can enjoy the British summer in front of the greatest players in the world. Taking place from 2 to 15 July, the Piazza in Plymouth city centre sees the whole site dressed in artificial grass, with vintage deckchairs and a range of refreshments available.
2. A Spectrum Carved in Air vocal workshop with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe at KARST
The workshop will be a simple exploration of the human voice as an instrument; both un-affected and effected through experimenting with electronic audio processing tools. Participants will explore the extraordinary capabilities of the human voice and body to gently nudge and liberate their limits to sculpt and shape the air and space around them in unison.
The workshop is free to attend and all attendees will receive a free ticket to Yunohana Variations later in the evening. No singing experience necessary, just curiosity, courage and an open mind!
3. Clone your Clothes course at Make @ 140
Do you have a favourite top or skirt that you would love to make again and again? This workshop is for you. Spend a few days with sewing experts walking you through deconstructing your current garment, making a pattern from it and then re-creating it in new fabric. You will need to have a bit of a can-do attitude and be willing to give things a go!
The clone your favourite workshop is aimed at capable sewers who are confident sewing garments but want to try something a little different.
4. Dartmoor Prison Break at Dartmoor Prison
Starting in the grounds of the iconic Dartmoor Prison, participants determine their own route from start to finish, with the aim of running the furthest distance in the alloted time. Organised by volunteers from Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team Plymouth, this major new fundraising event is a little different than your average race!
There are two categories to enter, a 12 hour 'Delinquent' and 24 hour 'Felon' time limit. All entrants will be monitored using a GPS tracker to determine the winners.
5. Give Up Your Day Job at The Junction
Showcasing some of the freshest talent in the South West, Give Up Your Day Job is a DIY culture fair for illustrators, writers, zinesters, printers and indie record labels to peddle their wares.
Featuring the likes of Il Pleut, Sad Ghost Club and BA (Hons) Illustration lecturer Ben Wright, there will be plenty of top notch crafts up for grabs. To top it off, delicious treats will be available from V is for Veggies.
6. Semaphore exhibition at Devonport Guildhall
‘semaphore' (noun): "an apparatus for conveying information by means of visual signals, as a light whose position may be changed."
Lee Panizza's solo show of paintings at the Cells, Devonport Guildhall, is a very visual affair. She is showing four strands of work, all linked by her exploration of ambivalent visual clues. The works are both serious and fun. Dynamic, beautiful, and occasionally witty.
7. 1984 at Barbican Theatre
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU
Winston Smith spends his dreary life working for the Ministry of Truth. When he finds love with Julia, he discovers that life can be so much more than he thought - but Big Brother is watching...
Barbican Theatre brings to life George Orwell's classic dystopian tale, exploring themes of oppression, tyranny and love using a blend of theatrical techniques. Featuring an ensemble cast of talented young performers, 1984 will showcase the culmination of a year of training.
8. Theatre Royal Plymouth Pop up drama workshop at Union Corner
The People's Company, from Theatre Royal Plymouth, workshops are for anyone over the age of 18 who would like to meet new people whilst learning theatre skills in a fun and friendly environment. No previous experience is needed and there will also be time for a cuppa and a chat!
There is no need to book for this workshop, just turn up.
9. Boating Festival Weekend: Turning the Tide on Plastic Pollution at Yacht Haven Quay
Turning The Tide is a weekend of on-water events and working together to beat plastic pollution in Plymouth.
Culminating in a mass, on-water litter pick on Sunday, there are plenty of events to get involved in over the weekend including taster diving sessions and a motorboat flotilla to see blue sharks. From day-to-day tips in reducing your plastic waste, to helping you understand the damage that marine litter can cause to our marine wildlife, experts on hand have fountains of knowledge to help you reduce your plastic waste.
10. Art Consultation Session with The Box at Moments Cafe
The Box in Plymouth will offer an ambitious visual arts programme with high profile exhibitions and artistic commissions when it opens in 2020. Find out more about the programme and projects they’re developing and give your feedback on their plans. Whether you're an artist, participant or enthusiast - they want to hear from you! The session is free but booking is essential.
11. Dansplaining at Hutong Cafe
After four sell-out shows at The Hutong, award-winning comedian Danny Ward will be bringing his Edinburgh Festival Preview Show 'Dansplaining' to The Hutong for two nights only.
Danny is an Amused Moose winner, has performed at Glastonbury and is a yearly feature in Edinburgh. He is an outstanding comedian and this show is going to be something quite remarkable. He will be joined on the Thursday by the incredible Mark Simmons, who has recently toured with Rob Brydon and was also ranked in the Top 10 Jokes of Edinburgh 2017.
12. Platform Supper Club at Plymouth Arts Centre
This will be an opportunity for the Plymouth Platform selected artists Flo Brooks, Rhys Morgan & Plymouth College of Art graduate Elena Brake to discuss the progress of their ideas and development of their projects ahead of the Plymouth Weekender.
An informal way to meet the artists and share a dish, Supper Club is networking but not as you know it.
13. Vegan Festival at Plymouth Guildhall
With over 60 fantastic stalls indoors and out, cookery demos and talks running throughout the day as well as lots of other exciting activities - this is not to be missed for any veggie or vegan foodie in Plymouth.
14. MTV presents Ocean City Sounds at Plymouth Hoe
The biggest music event in the South West, Ocean City Sounds will bring two days of live music to the spectacular location of Plymouth Hoe! The two-day event sees Indie titans Bastille headlining Day One, performing a full 90-minute set, supported by Ella Eyre and Professor Green. Day Two will be headlined by Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra, performing 'Ibiza classics' conducted by Jules Buckley.
To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, head to our Instagram page.
15. Light & Shade: the Art of Natural Lighting at Ocean Studios
Whether you're looking to create beautiful images for your website, business, blog or Instagram, or you would like to learn how to build, photograph a still life for your personal portfolio, this workshop will give you the tools needed.
Run by photographer and Plymouth College of Art graduate Kinga Burakowska, the workshop includes a brief introduction to basic manual camera settings, principles of composition, styling and storytelling.