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Posted 04.10.17

What’s on in Plymouth – October

By Kat Peberdy
Simon Morrissey, curator of We The People Are The Work
The days are getting shorter, but Plymouth's arts and culture calendar continues to grow – with October jam-packed with exhibitions, talks, 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. Plymouth DRINK + DRAW at Boston Tea Party

DRINK+DRAW is a friendly meetup of illustrators, students, comic artists and creatives - eat cake, drink tea and DRAW! As Halloween approaches, it's the first big DRINK & DRAW of the year so the theme is Beasts. Bring pens/pencils and dose of imagination. A definite date in the diary for creatives in the city. Follow their Instagram @drinkdrawplymouth

If you like this, you may also be interested in DEVCON taking place on 7 October.

DRINK + DRAW – 5 October

Plymouth Drink + Draw event Tiny Mart

2. Plymouth 10k, citywide

Plymouth 10k holds an undulating course, suitable for runners of all abilities. Starting in the City Centre, runners head out towards Marsh Mills along the embankment and back whilst taking advantage of closed roads and spectacular city scenery. Although registration has closed for this years run, you can cheer on the participants along the route and start planning your training programme for 2018...

Plymouth 10k – 8 October

3. Curator Talk with Simon Morrissey at Plymouth College of Art

As part of the city-wide exhibition, We The People Are The Work, exhibition curator Simon Morrissey will lead a talk about the works that explore ideas of power, protest and the public. Simon will discuss the curatorial process behind the ambitious project and previous projects as Director of commissioning organisation Foreground.

We The People Are The Work boasts a diverse range of events throughout October and November, including film screenings, family art workshops and artist talks. For the full programme visit the official website.

Curator Talk with Simon Morrissey – 11 October

4. Tour de Moor starting at Yelverton

There's a promise of mud, sweat and gears for the toughest of cyclists looking to tackle the moors. The annual Tour de Moor challenge raises money and awareness for local charity St Lukes Hospice and encompasses challenging off-road moorland trails set amongst the spectacular scenery of Dartmoor. 

Tour de Moor – 15 October

5. Plymouth Literature Festival, citywide

Lovers of literature will have the opportunity to indulge their passion for words at the Plymouth Literature Festival this October, a nine-day literary feast for readers and writers. Organisers have put together a programme that will offer something for readers of novels, historical and sports books through to writers of flash fiction, poetry and comedy.

Plymouth Literature Festival – 21 to 29 October

6. The Jarman Award, Plymouth Arts Centre

Inspired by visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman, the Jarman Award recognises and supports artists working with moving image, and celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of artist filmmakers. This screening, along with an artist Q&A, features a programme of deep, sharp and, at times, playful works taking on some of the biggest subjects of our times and engaging with the world around us.

The Jarman Award – 25 October

The Jarman Award, short film showcase

7.  Felicity Gee: Surrealist Women at Ocean Studios

Surrealism was an art movement in which men were at the forefront, whilst women have often been relegated to the role of muse: to be photographed, written about, desired. Yet these women were autonomous, creative, prolific - with a wealth of work to offer. Join Dr Felicity Gee for a talk about these artists, including Leonora Carrington who created weirdly wonderful worlds. 

Felicity Gee: Surrealist Women – 28 October

8.  Make:Shift:Do at Fab Lab Plymouth

How healthy is Plymouth? Join the Fab Lab team to explore how current health and wellbeing data can be turned into three-dimensional objects using the Fab Lab's state of the art 3D printers. This workshop is free to book, and aimed at anyone aged 14 or over who is interested in using the tools in Fab Lab Plymouth to explore health and wellbeing in the city, using data from Plymouth City Council. Make:Shift:Do is a nationwide programme of craft and innovation workshops from the Craft Council, with events taking place all over the UK.

Make:Shift:Do at Fab Lab Plymouth - 27 October

9. A Good Neighbour, Civic Centre

In partnership with the 15th Istanbul Biennial and Urban Splash, the Atlantic Project presents an international billboard project on the Civic Centre hoardings. The billboard posters present a selection of photographs by Lukas Wassmann in collaboration with Rupert Smyth, that capture unexpected encounters, along with questions about the notion of 'a good neighbour'.

A Good Neighbour – until 12 November

A Good Neighbour, from the Atlantic Project


... And, if you're interested in creative study, you can also visit us at our Post-16 Open Evening on 11 October or our Undergraduate Open Day on Saturday 14 October. Register online to secure your place!