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Posted 01.11.17

What’s on in Plymouth - November

By Kat Peberdy

Matt Stokes: More Than A Pony Show, part of We The People Are The Work

It's time to dig out your knitted layers, brave the winter chill and experience everything Plymouth's arts and culture calendar has to offer – with November 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 of some of the best arts and culture events to see, do, and attend in our city this month.

Want to give us a heads up for a forthcoming event? Email or let us know on Twitter.

1. We The People Are The Work, last chance to see this exhibition at various venues

This major visual arts project in Plymouth explores ideas of power, protest and the public. We The People Are The Work sees six internationally acclaimed artists from the UK, Canada, France and Mexico journey to Plymouth to create new artworks, give talks and lead workshops, inspired by the city’s rich heritage, its people, and their aspirations for the future. The exhibition for We The People Are The Work takes place at five venues around the city until 18 November

Join us in The Gallery for the Private View of our next exhibition from Dutch design collective Envisions on Wednesday 29 November.

We The People Are The Work – until 18 November

2. Illuminate Festival at Royal William Yard

Illuminate, an event marking the anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, has grown for 2017 and taken on a new location in Plymouth’s historic Royal William Yard. From 24-26 November the former victualling yard will be lit up with light installations, immersive visual art and light projections, being linked to the Barbican through the travelling of light.

As part of the Illuminate Festival 2017, Euranim students from across Europe in collaboration with students from Plymouth College of Art will be designing and project mapping animations onto buildings in Royal William Yard. 

Illuminate Festival – 24-26 November

Loving Vincent, screening at Plymouth Arts Centre, featuring an introduction from BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking student David May on 23 November

3. New 25 and under cinema ticket price at Plymouth Arts Centre

Plymouth Arts Centre is investing in the filmmakers of the future! They want to make it affordable for young people to see the best new and independent releases in the cinema, and so have released a new ticket price of just £4 for anyone aged 25 and under.

November films include Darren Aronofsky's divisive Mother!, Blade Runner 2049 and Loving Vincent, the world's first fully painted feature film.

4. Wildflower Meadow Creation with Plymouth Environmental Action

Plymouth Environmental Action is a practical conservation volunteering organisation that leads projects including beach cleans, tree-planting and habitat surveys.

On Saturday 4 November they will be sowing yellow rattle seed to create a wildflower meadow in Wembury, wellies and waterproofs are available on request, so sign-up to this event and help restore the local environment for years to come!

Wildflower Meadow Creation – 4 November

The Box, scheduled for opening Spring 2020

5. The Box consultation session, at Plymouth Guildhall

Are you interested in arts and culture, natural history or the development of the city? On 15 November at 5:30pm you can hear about the designs and plans for The Box, Plymouth's redeveloped History Centre.

This session will be a valuable opportunity to let the council know your thoughts and play your part in creating this exciting new development in the city. RSVP is essential, so send an email to to register your interest.

The Box consultation session – 15 November

6. Taking the POWER BACK! energy jamboree, at Devonport Guildhall

Part of the Plymouth Social Enterprise Festival, Plymouth Energy Community are hosting a jamboree exploring the most efficient uses of our energy resources in the local community.

From 6:30pm on 15 November, the evening activities will be kicking-off with a viewing of the photography exhibition 'Cold Realities' from Fotonow on the harsh truth of fuel poverty in the city.

Taking the POWER BACK! – 15 November

7. Christmas Lights Switch-on, at Armada Way

Fancy feeling festive? Join the crowds on the city centre Piazza from 4pm on 16 November for a packed programme of stage entertainment, building up to the exciting moment that the city centre lights will be switched on.

From 30 November the city centre piazza will be totally transformed for the Christmas Market, with over 50 log cabin style stalls selling crafts, gifts and hearty food. 

Christmas Lights Switch-on – 16 November

1st Edition Comedy Night at The Bread and Roses, Plymouth

8. 1st Edition Comedy Opening Night, at Bread & Roses

A brand new monthly comedy night is coming to art, music and culture venue The Bread & Roses. Join them for the opening night on Wednesday 15 November and be entertained by a wonderful selection of established, up and coming and brand new comedic talent. 

There's still time to sign up to perform at this event, fill in this form to register your interest.

Comedy Night – 15 November

9. Tom Piper: Design for Performance Talk, at Plymouth College of Art Studio Theatre

Find out how a career in creating performance spaces in theatre led to designing the installation of the iconic poppies at the Tower of London in 2014, and at the CWGC Naval War Memorial on Plymouth Hoe. This talk will be led by award-winning designer Tom Piper MBE.

This event on 9 November is free, but you must register your interest by signing up via Eventbrite.

Tom Piper: Design for Performance Talk – 9 November

... And, if you're interested in creative study, you can also visit us at our Undergraduate Open Day on Saturday 4 November, our Post-16 Open Evening on Wednesday 15 November or our Postgraduate Open Evening on Thursday 30 November. Register online to secure your place!