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Posted 01.12.17

What’s on in Plymouth - December

By Kat Peberdy

Envisions - Wesley de Boer

It's officially December, the time for family, festive treats and popping the heating on. We've put together a list of some of this month's top events in Plymouth's arts and culture calendar – this month is 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 to some of the best arts, crafts and cultural events to see, do, and attend in our city this month.

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1. Envisions in The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art

Following their quickly gained success, Envisions–a Dutch collective presenting anything but the end product, present an exhibition that captures their unique process, drive and key participating talents while celebrating their short yet firm existence.

The gallery is transformed into a chaos-embracing and lively playground that showcases the collective's joint approach, whilst shining a light on individuals distinctive style and talent. The exhibition uncovers the processes of each designer and highlights concepts such as experimentation, error, authenticity, professionalism and wit.

Join us in The Gallery for the Envisions Artist Talk Part 2 on Wednesday 10 January.

Envisions - until Saturday 27 January 2018

2. Native Makers Winter Market at Ocean Studios

Native Makers is a platform for creative people in Devon, curating quality makers markets to support artisan craft in the South West.

Back for their sixth instalment with a two-day festive makers market at Ocean Studios, Plymouth there will be live music from Knee-Deep Festival, Native Cubs Kids Craft from Plymouth College of Art, delicious snacks from Column Bakehouse, over 60 local, emerging makers, plus plenty of festive sparkle.

Native Makers Winter Market - Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December

Materials of Resistance, Clare Thornton at Plymouth Arts Centre

3. Materials of Resistance: Clare Thornton, at Plymouth Arts Centre

This exhibition of Clare Thornton’s work explores her longstanding interest in folding and falling and its new means of expression through ceramics and print. 

She has produced a sculptural installation featuring works that fill the interior spaces of Plymouth Arts Centre, with coiled, extruded clay and draped, printed pieces to explore time and pressure upon materials teetering on the edge of collapse. Clare even used the printing facilities at the college with the support of the printing team to produce pieces for the exhibition.

Two talks led by staff and students of Plymouth College of Art are taking place as part of this exhibition, on 6 December Jacob Walker leads PAC to the Future! and a Lunchtime Talk with Monika Rycerz takes place on 17 January 2018.

Materials of Resistance: Clare Thornton - until 20 January 2018

4. Making It Happen: Feature Female at Make@140

Feature Female is a collective for young female creatives, hosting social events to allow networking and skill sharing. The aim of these events is that you'll meet like-minded women, and perhaps even choose to collaborate on creative projects with some of them. 

This second event from Feature Female focuses on how to kickstart that elusive creative project that lurks in your sketchbooks and notebooks, but never makes its way off the pages.

Making It Happen: Feature Female - Tuesday 5 December

5. Etsy Made Local: Plymouth at Devonport Guildhall

Join the Plymouth Etsy team for one of the top shopping events of the season, the festive atmosphere will be topped off with workshops and live music taking over Devonport Guildhall.

Entry to this craft fair is free, featuring over 30 artisan and independent artists, and there's even a goody bag and bucks fizz in store for the first 50 visitors.

Etsy Made Local: Plymouth - Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December

A Christmas Carol, La Navet Bete

6. A Christmas Carol from La Navet Bete at Plymouth Athenaeum

It's Christmas Eve in Victorian London. The fog creeps through every chink and keyhole. The flickering candlelight dances around the walls of the houses and a Not So Tiny Tim shivers around an even tinier fire...

The inimitable theatre production team Le Navet Bete are back for their seventh Christmas in Plymouth with their hilarious and unique take on the classic A Christmas Carol, co-produced with Barbican Theatre. If you're looking for a festive evening out at the theatre, this should be your first stop.

A Christmas Carol - from 14 December to 7 January 2018

7. Tiny Mart Xmas Fayre at Boston Tea Party

Plymouth City Drink and Draw are hosting their second Tiny Mart event this December, with a Christmas theme this will be the perfect opportunity to pick up gifts for others (and yourself!).

Tiny Mart promises to be a lively and local maker-seller event, showcasing many zines, badges, comics, t-shirts and much more. Organised by BA (Hons) Illustration lecturer Ben Wright, there will be a great mix of students, graduates and creatives, both local and from further afield.

Tiny Mart Xmas Fayre - Thursday 7 December

8. Christmas Short Courses

There are still some spaces left for our Christmas Workshops - be quick to book your place and get crafty in time for Christmas with something to take home for yourself or someone else.

Fancy printing your own wrapping paper for that personal touch? How about learning how to weave a selection of festive willow decorations, using traditional handcraft techniques?

Christmas Short Courses - Saturday 9 December

Murder on the Orient Express, showing in the Plymouth Arts Centre cinema in December

9. Films for less than a fiver at Plymouth Arts Centre

Plymouth Arts Centre has just introduced a new ticket price for anyone aged 25 or under - with tickets costing just £4, you can see the latest blockbusters and chicest arthouse films in the comfort of their cosy cinema.

Through December, you can catch classics such as It's A Wonderful Life and The Princess Bride on the big screen, alongside recent releases like Murder on the Orient Express and The Florida Project.

Films at Plymouth Arts Centre - through December and beyond

10. Helping Hand at Christmas

For anyone looking to spread some festive cheer, consider getting involved with a local charity this December. For instance, local charity Ambers Angel Trust is holding a Christmas Appeal to collect items for the homeless in and around Plymouth.

They are welcoming donations of items to fill shoeboxes; for example, warm clothes, toiletries and snacks. You can also donate items for their furry friends, such as dog blankets, treats and toys. The Ambers Angel Trust team are also looking for volunteers to hit the streets on 22 December to hand out the shoeboxes. For more information on how to get involved, message them online.

Helping Hand at Christmas - donations accepted through December

... And, if you're interested in creative study, you can also visit us at our Undergraduate Open Day on Saturday 6 January. Register online to secure your place!