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Posted 04.09.17

What’s on in Plymouth — September

By Sarah Packer

MA Show 2017: The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, 6-11 Sep. Image © Josh Greet

As the colder evenings and the darker mornings creep up on us, Plymouth's thriving arts and culture scene continues on at full steam – with September another busy month for 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. MA Show 2017 at The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art

Join us in celebrating the work of The Graduate School at our annual exhibition of postgraduate art, design & media. Featuring work from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, this year's exhibition explores, in different ways, the agency of creative practice as a form of research into the contemporary experience. Entry is free and open to all.

MA Show 2017 — 6-11 Sep

2. Open Air Cinema at Royal William Yard

Making the most of the English summer, Plymouth Arts Centre are back with their annual Open Air Cinema sessions. This much-loved feature on Plymouth’s summer calendar has three film events left, so be sure to book yourself a ticket for their September films; Back To The Future, La La Land and Wonder Woman hosted at the stunning Royal William Yard.

Open Air Cinema — 7, 8 & 9 Sep

Incredible views at Plymouth Art Centre's Open Air Cinema at Tinside Lido - don't miss the next screenings at Royal William Yard, 7, 8 & 9 Sep

3. Fashion in the City at Drake Circus

Showcasing the latest trends, emerging designers and photographers, Fashion in the City is returning for 2017 with a week of activities to celebrate all that Plymouth fashion has to offer. This year’s event will include fashion brunches and cocktails throughout the city centre, fashion photography exhibitions and two days of headline catwalk shows featuring the latest high street looks alongside collections from Plymouth College of Art graduates in Drake Circus.

Fashion in the City — 9-17 Sep

4. Plymouth Seafood Festival at Sutton Harbour & the Barbican

Now in its sixth year, the Plymouth Seafood Festival will be celebrating its support for the local sustainable fishing industry by offering a weekend full of delicious local produce for all the family to enjoy as well as hands-on activities, including children’s cookery fun, where they can touch and taste local produce.

Plymouth Seafood Festival — 16 & 17 Sep

5. Touchy Feely at 45 Southside

Head to 45 Southside on the Barbican for an exhibition of work by Plymouth College of Art MA Contemporary Crafts students Tim Gee and Carol Hocking. Running from 17 September to 23 October, expect tactile ceramic and textile works that the artists encourage you to touch, handle and feel.

Touchy Feely — 17 Sep-23 Oct

6. Making Futures at Mount Edgcumbe

Drawing keynote speakers from the US, UK and Germany, the Making Futures conference investigates contemporary craft and maker movements as ‘change agents’ within 21st-century society – particularly in relation to sustainability, social entrepreneurialism, and community regeneration. Limited tickets available so book now for a weekend of thematic sessions, workshops and an exclusive performance by Master Korean ceramicist Kanghyo LEE.

Making Futures — 21 & 22 Sep

7. London Design Fair at Old Truman Brewery

Taking Plymouth to London! Plymouth College of Art is heading to London Design Fair with sponsors Plymouth Gin to collectively showcase the high standard of design and craftsmanship being created in the South West. With graduates showcasing their work on a tailor-made stand designed and fabricated by Fab Lab Plymouth and Plymouth Gin working up some of their signature cocktails, if you’re in London you do not want to miss this!

London Design Fair — 21-24 Sep

8. Plymouth Art Weekender at various venues

An ambitious three-day event, Plymouth Art Weekender takes place annually across the city. The event celebrates Plymouth, its people and the visual arts, promoting the city as an exciting contemporary art destination. With local, national and international artists flocking to the city, many of our students, graduates and staff get involved in the weekender hosting a wide and diverse range of events and exhibitions.

Plymouth Art Weekender — 22-24 Sep

Laura Edmunds, A Soft Introduction: Ocean Studios, 22-24 Sep

9. Laura Edmunds, 'A Soft Introduction' at Ocean Studios

Former Foundation Diploma lecturer Laura Edmunds explores phenomenology and the drawn mark in her latest work. In development since January 2016, with guidance from Hannah Rose (of LOW PROFILE and Plymouth College of Art Exhibitions Manager), the project was made possible through VAP's Plymouth Platform mentoring programme. ‘A Soft Introduction’ will be on display at cultural hub Ocean Studios.

A Soft Introduction — 22-24 Sep

10. We The People Are The Work at various venues

We’re excited to host a major visual arts project in Plymouth that will explore ideas of power, protest and the public. We The People Are The Work sees five 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 will take place at five venues around the city: The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, The Council House at Plymouth City Council, KARST, Peninsula Arts at the University of Plymouth and Plymouth Arts Centre.

We The People Are The Work — 22 Sep-18 Nov

... And, if you're interested in creative study, you can also visit us at our Postgraduate Open Evening on 7 September or our Undergraduate Open Day on Saturday 30 September. Register online to secure your place!