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Posted 04.09.18

What’s on in Plymouth September 2018

By Kat Peberdy
We’re ready to welcome back our returning students and introduce lots of fresh-faced new students to our wonderful city by the sea this September! We've put together a list of some of the top workshops, exhibitions and events happening across the city in Plymouth's cultural calendar.

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

1. Women Reclaiming AI at KARST

Lead by B Aga and Coral Manton from the i-DAT Collective, this workshop is aimed at women and people who do not primarily identify as male who are interested in exploring the medium of chatbots and voice assistants for creative/playful speculations.

The aim is to develop an AI voice assistant programmed through collaborative workshops. Together you will create an AI assistant that reflects female identity, using a corpus of inspirational speech from women you admire. Through workshops we will explore possibilities for female led tech workspaces reflecting collaborative and sharing working practices reminiscent of creative female spaces such as quilting circles.

This workshop sets out to empower women with the tools and the community to reclaim these technologies, collectively prototyping a more desirable representation of women in AI. No previous experience of coding is required but participants are asked to bring a laptop if they have access to one.

Women Reclaiming AI – Saturday 8 September

2. Alexander Rhodes - Poetry/UK Tour Launch Party at Hutong

After the sell out success of JB Barrington last October, Hutong cafe will play host to Plymouth's premier bard Alexander Rhodes, following his Edinburgh Festival residency to launch the eagerly anticipated 'One Foot in the Rave' UK tour. Expect a clash of both lyrical wit and musical nous as our city's most dynamic spoken word performer makes his Hutong debut. Support from the inimitable Antonia Raines. Not to be missed!

Alexander Rhodes Poetry – Saturday 8 September

3. Open Air Cinema at Royal William Yard

On Thursday 13 September you can catch Wes Anderson’s stop-motion adventure Isle of Dogs, screened outdoors at the iconic Royal William Yard. As entirely delightful as we have come to expect from Anderson, this is pure loveliness. Then on Saturday 15 September you can explore the brand new blockbuster Jurassic World, the perfect end-of-summer popcorn movie with all the trimmings - action, cheesy in-jokes, startling visual effects and a whole heap of massive dinosaurs!

Want to win a pair of tickets to the sold out open air screening of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again? Head to our Instagram to get involved.

Open Air Cinema – Thursday 13 September & Saturday 15 September

4. Plymouth Seafood Festival at Plymouth Barbican

The Barbican and Sutton Harbour will come alive on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September, with a celebration of locally sourced and sustainably caught, high quality seafood.

Now in its seventh year, the Plymouth Seafood Festival will be supporting the fishing industry by offering a weekend full of delicious dishes for all the family to enjoy as well as hands-on activities.

Plymouth Seafood Festival – Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September

5. London Design Fair at Truman Brewery

Ok, so maybe this one isn't in Plymouth, but Plymouth College of Art have a huge presence in London this month for London Design Fair. Located in the creative heart of East London, the fair is a four-day industry event that brings together 550 exhibitors from 36 countries, including independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions, features and exhibitions.

The work of over 40 Plymouth College of Art graduates will be showcased over three stands, from a diverse range of programmes including BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts, BA (Hons) Fashion, BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern, and BA (Hons) Photography.

London Design Fair – 20 - 23 September

Have to Give by Graham Nesbitt, MA Disruptive Design. Photographed by Sophie Guildford, BA (Hons) Commercial Photography for Fashion, Advertising and Editorial

6. MA Show at Plymouth College of Art

Explore our 2018 MA show, featuring work from a variety of disciplines, created by students completing their studies on our range of postgraduate programmes.

Our Graduate School is an active, cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers. From Ceramics to Fine Art, Jewellery to Disruptive Design, our postgraduate students are working towards influencing significant cultural and social change.

MA Show – 21 - 29 September

7. Express Yourself - Vinyl T-shirt or Sweater Design at Boston Tea Party

We’ve had enough of wearing the same t-shirt as everyone else. From the logomania of the 90s to the memes of the 2000s, it’s all got a bit samey-samey. Yet the t-shirt, like fashion, is still a way to connect with people and express your values without needing to utter one word.

In this workshop you will make your t-shirt into a wearable piece of unique art, turning it into a space to say exactly what you want to say. The session will include using vinyl to create your own graphics, there will also be the opportunity to add further features such as ribbons and tassels...

Express Yourself – Wednesday 26 September

8. Plymouth Art Weekender, citywide

Plymouth Art Weekender is an ambitious three day event that takes place annually across the city. Now in it's fourth year, the Weekender will be held on 28 – 30 September 2018.

Confidently celebrating Plymouth, its people and the visual arts, this event promotes the city as an exciting contemporary art destination. The Weekender showcases a wide and diverse range of activity for all ages including a large array of events and exhibitions throughout the city by local, national, and international artists including current students and recent alumni. Head to their website to download the full programme of events!

Plymouth Art Weekender – 28 - 30 September

Postcommodity will be exhibiting on Drakes Island as part of The Atlantic Project

9. The Atlantic Project, citywide

A pilot for a new international festival of contemporary art, The Atlantic Project is taking place in public and outdoor locations across Plymouth from 28 September.

Utilising a number of locations that have been inaccessible to the public for some years, including The Millennium Building and Drakes Island, The Atlantic Project has commissioned new site-specific works by artists of international renown, whilst also providing an open platform for artist-led activities. This is a unique opportunity to view the works of some incredible international artists, right on your doorstep.

The Atlantic Project – 28 September to 21 October

We'll be hosting 13 days of giveaways on our Instagram account to introduce our new and returning students to everything available to them in the city, take a look at our Instagram page from 15 September to take part.

Interested in creative study? There are limited clearing places available for 2018, give us a call on 01752 203400 to chat to a member of the Admissions team.