We battled the snow, wind and rain to make it through February, now it's time to look ahead to all the great events, exhibitions, workshops and more taking place in March across Plymouth. We've put together a list of some of the top events in Plymouth's arts and culture calendar so you don't miss a thing.
1. Q&A with Oscar-winning film producer Mia Bays and film critic Anna Smith
A screening of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women presented by Birds Eye View (BEV), a charity dedicated to bringing ever greater audiences to films by women, with over 25k online followers and run by the producer of both Oscar-winning and multiple BAFTA nominated films Mia Bays. BEV are made up of some of the film industry’s top influencers, seeking to bring their knowledge and networks to advance change. Joining Mia will be Anna Smith, film critic, head of the UK Film Critics Circle and acting film editor of Time Out.
2. Bite Size Talk: Plymouth Contemporary Showcase at Peninsula Arts
Join a representative from The Box and explore the Plymouth Contemporary Showcase, which features the work of three artists: Georgie Grace, Jennet Thomas and Serial Composition.
The artists were selected from the Plymouth Contemporary, a biennial exhibition hosted in 2017 by Peninsula Arts and KARST. All three artists are names to watch, each pushing the boundaries of film, painting and drawing. This event is free and open to all, no need to book.
3. Outfit Exchange at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard
Love fashion but worried about the impact your wardobe makes on the world? At Outfit Exchange you can swap clothing, shop mindfully and purchase good quality garments that were destined for waste. Brands and South West retailers including Old Harry, Shore Projects and Flatspot have donated items to the Second Chance shop which will raise funds for Friends of the Earth, or you can bring along items from your wardrobe that you'd like to swap.
Just bring yourself, some good wearable items to swap (adult sizes only) and some cash for purchasing from the Second Chance shop. Don’t forget your own shopping bag!
4. Project Development Event at Plymouth School of Creative Arts
Interested in developing your own work or project? Wondering how to get started or what next steps your project could have?
This session with June Gamble, Coordinating Producer of Plymouth Dance, in project development will explore these questions and give you the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how to build and grow successful projects for yourself.
June has been self-employed for 27 years as an Independent Dance Producer and Life and Business Coach, Trainer and Facilitator, and is also a partner in Grand Visionary Solutions. She has worked with many companies and organisations including The Place Artist Development Programme, Plymouth University and One Dance UK (DAD) so has plenty of wisdom to share.
5. Mad Dog Mcrea on St Patrick's Day at Kitty O'Hanlon
Where better to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than at Plymouth’s first Irish pub? The pub is steeped in history, standing on the oldest inn site in the city, and now with a reputation as the best place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
With live music from Mad Dog Mcrea, the street will be filled with celebration - and the up-beat shanty tunes from this folk/gypsy/blues band will have you jigging along with the rest of the crowd in no time.
6. Beach Clean, at Mount Batten
Do your good deed for the environment and get involved in this volunteer beach clean! Arrive from 12pm (Low Tide is at 12.35pm) for a short briefing before heading to the beach to collect whatever rubbish you can. Following this, there’s a chance to explore the rockpools as a group.
What to bring - sturdy shoes, gloves and a bag or a bucket to collect rubbish. Once all the rubbish is collected the group will sort it into recycling and other waste for disposal. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Beach clean - Sunday 18 March
7. Yoga at the National Marine Aquarium
Relax and unwind yourself at the National Marine Aquarium with a yoga session. This peaceful and calming class will soothe your mind, body and soul in front of the impressive Eddystone Reef.
Did you know they also hold Quiet at the Aquarium sessions? Perfect for exploring the underwater exhibits away from the usual hustle and bustle.
8. Crowd-FUN-ding meet-up at ThinkTanq
Successful funder? Prospective funder? Just interested in having a chat with some like-minded folk? ThinkTanq are getting people together to talk through the trials, tribulations, jubilation and subtleties of crowdfunding.
This is your chance to drink tea, eat biscuits and meet some thoroughly nice people. Then hopefully leave with ideas and enthusiasm for your next crowdfunded project!
9. Seeking the Marvellous at Plymouth College of Art
Seeking the Marvellous is a two-day interdisciplinary symposium that will examine the work of Ithell Colquhoun (1906 - 1988) and other women connected both with Surrealism and with Britain. Organised by Plymouth College of Art in partnership with the Black Mirror research network, the symposium will be held at the college on 22 & 23 March 2018, and tickets are now available.
Also don’t miss the Ancient Scent exhibition, the outcome of an immersive psychogeographical art project inspired by 'The Crying of the Wind: Ireland' by Ithell Colquhoun. Work on show will include textiles, ceramics, painting, sound and photography.
10. Rose Wylie: History Painting, at The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth Arts Centre
The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth Arts Centre present a multi-site exhibition by internationally renowned painter Rose Wylie.
As part of History Painting, Wylie presents a cycle of new work about the Mayflower voyage, made between 2015-2017 for this exhibition. These paintings draw on the artist's memories of first learning about the pilgrims as a young child in the 1930s, and reflect on how interpretations of history change across the ages.
Join us at the preview evening on Wednesday 28 March, 5 - 6:30pm with free refreshments and a first look at the exhibition, before heading to Plymouth Arts Centre between 6 - 8pm to view the rest of the exhibition.
... And, if you're interested in creative study, you can also visit us at our Post-16 Open Day on Saturday 28 April or our Post-graduate Open Evening on Thursday 24 May. Register online to secure your place!