We’re halfway through 2018. But don’t panic, we’re all in this together. We've put together a list of some of the top workshops, exhibitions and events in Plymouth's arts and culture calendar to keep you busy through June.
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1. Degree Shows at Plymouth College of Art
Uncover the spirit that drives everything we do. From digital to traditional and everything in between, our annual degree shows dynamically showcase work from the freshest in creative talent.
Highlighting work from students across the college’s undergraduate programmes, this summer’s Degree Shows, from Friday 8 to Thursday 21 June 2018, offer an exclusive window into life at an independent art school, and a chance to preview a new wave of makers ready to take over the creative industries.
2. Reclaim the Frame at Plymouth Arts Centre
This is the first a series of ongoing events that form part of Birds Eye View’s new Reclaim The Frame Influencers project; a mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women to build a more balanced film future.
This screening will be introduced by film critic and chair of the UK critics circle Anna Smith, Oscar and Bafta winning filmmaker Mia Bays and Dr Fiona Handyside, Director of Film Studies at the University of Exeter.
Soaking the perennial revenge thriller in a strikingly hypnotic style, Revenge reframes the genre's typical proclivities with a gaze that scrutinizes male bodies and foregrounds its protagonist's transformation into a vehicle of vengeance. Jen arrives at a remote desert villa with her millionaire boyfriend for a weekend of romantic frivolity. Things go south quickly when her lover's hunting pals show up and things escalate into an assault. The men quickly try to sweep their attack under the rug, but Jen won't have it and, well… hell hath no fury.....
Reclaim the Frame - Thursday 7 June
3. Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey
As well as showcasing over 200 of the UK's finest designer makers, The Contemporary Craft Festival is a weekend event, packed with workshops and activities for all ages, craft demonstrations, children's activities and entertainment, live music and festival food.
This year the college has four stands at the festival; the Fab Lab will be working to showcase the workshops available with their facilities, our pre-degree programmes will be displaying work and holding workshops, crafts students will be showing their work for festival go-ers and finally textiles will also be showcasing their work on their stand.
4. Macrame Wall Hanging Workshop at Make @ 140
In this ancient knotwork workshop you'll make your own wall hanging and dip dye it in your colour of choice before taking it away with you. Looking at different knots and techniques to create different effects using macramé rope, you will learn the skill of how to put them together to create a beautiful wall hanging for your home.
All materials are provided and the workshop is suitable for complete beginners.
5. Silks workshop with The Fantastic Flying Circus
The Fantastic Flying Circus specialise in aerial hoop, trapeze and circus skills for adults and children aged 7 to 70. One of the most popular aerial disciplines due to its versatility, aerial silks involve two lengths of fabric rigged from the ceiling. Starting off with a variety of climbs to build your strength and get you off the ground, the moves progress into wrapping and manoeuvring your body around (and upside down) the silks to pull off some photo-worthy moves.
In this workshop, local instructor Lisa Truscott will teach a silks workshop in a dedicated studio. Suitable for all abilities, from complete beginner to those with plenty of experience, places are limited for this two-hour session.
6. Dollywould at Theatre Royal
"Oh look it’s 2016 Fringe First Award winners Sh!t Theatre again. What is it this time? Oh, is it unemployment? Is there a crisis? Did the government do something wrong again? No, it’s a show about Dolly Parton. We f*cking love her."
Following the award-winning sell-out hit Letters to Windsor House – which was named one of Time Out London’s top ten theatre shows of the year – Sh!t Theatre return with their bold new show. It’s about country legend Dolly Parton, cloning, branding, immortality and death. DollyWould enjoyed a 100% sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and comes to you on its nationwide tour off the back of a four-week off-West End London run.
7. Summer Festival at Plymouth School of Creative Arts
Friends of Plymouth School of Creative Arts invite you to join us to celebrate the start of the Summer!
Everyone is welcome for a day of local art and crafts, food from Desi Junction pop-up vegan cafe, live music and so much more from the local community.
8. Guided Walk: A Plan for Plymouth
Plymouth's architecture is an enduring representation of post-war Britain and embodies the optimism Britain had after the Second World War. Join Tony Davey, Learning Development Officer for a stroll through town and discover how the Plan for Plymouth shaped the city centre. You'll be able to see the intentions the planners had when they were designing our modern city and learn why Plymouth could be as architecturally important as York or Bath.
Booking is essential, for just £3 you can get a fantastic overview of our city.
9. Scratchworks Theatre Company 'WOMANS (Like Romans but with a ‘W’)' at Barbican Theatre Plymouth
"It's 44BC, Ancient Rome. Our hero, Leta has been declared a traitor by the Roman Senate. She is given a punishment worse than death “Damnatio Memoriae” – to be erased from history. Whilst noble Gladiators and infamous Emperors around her are becoming legends, her name will be scratched out and forgotten forever. But with the help from some unexpected muses, she decides to rebel against the Republic."
As a work in progress performance, Scratchworks Theatre want you to be part of the development of the show. They're inviting you to an exclusive performance and look forward to hearing your feedback.
10. Gin Festival at Plymouth Pavilions
The UK's first, biggest and best Gin Festival is coming to Plymouth! Try a range of gins, from all over the world, including exclusive gems you can’t get anywhere else. Plus your ticket price includes the first G&T free, bonus! Make sure you sample the world class craft gins, speak with the expert distillers and try out a gin masterclass.
Plus there's live music and delicious street food to boot. The festival is also going green for 2018; you won’t find plastic straws at their events, saving up to 1.2 million straws per year. Plus you’ll get a reusable bag for your gin glass.
Please note, this event is for strictly over 18s only.
... And, if you're interested in creative study, you can also visit us on our Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Foundation Diploma Open Day taking place on Saturday 16 June, giving you a unique opportunity to explore our Degree Shows. Register online to secure your place!