What's On: Plymouth Art Weekender
Plymouth Art Weekender is back! First arriving on the streets of Plymouth in 2015, the three day art event has become an annual celebration of creativity across the city.
Plymouth Art Weekender brings together a community of artists that live and work in Plymouth, with the three main commissions of this year’s event exploring deep-reaching, hard-hitting topical themes, partially inspired by the recent events of Covid-19. Attracting on average 30,000 visitors throughout the event, the Weekender showcases a wide and diverse range of activities for all ages, including an array of events and exhibitions across a range of sites including galleries, shops, houses, disused buildings, gardens, hotels, offices and public spaces.
The brand and ethos of the Weekender promotes and transmits a can do DIY attitude, promoting participation in the visual arts whilst having a high impact on the city. Now entering its sixth year, the Plymouth Art Weekender provides long term, sustainable ambitions for artists, organisations and audiences alike.
With all that in mind, we’ve highlighted Plymouth College of Art’s top five must-see events at the Plymouth Art Weekender this year…
Group exhibition by Grey Area | Leadworks, 170 Rendle Street, PL1 1TP
25 September to 27 September
Friday: 11am - 5pm, Saturday: 11am - 6pm, Sunday: 11am - 4pm
Radioactive Shine is a creative response to the potential threat posed by the presence of a number of retired nuclear powered submarines at the Devonport Dockyard. This exhibition presents mixed media work produced by a group of staff members who teach on the BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts course, here at Plymouth College of Art.
PAW2020 commission by William Luz, MA Drawing student at Plymouth College of Art
Various locations on Union Street, 25 September to 27 September | Some booking required
A Pavilion for U.S. is a series of PAW2020 commissioned artworks by William Luz, a Plymouth based artist. The installation is an invitation, an artwork and a site for exhibition and exchange, informed and embellished by local communities. Over the course of the Weekender, through a range of activities, resources and performances, the structure will offer a space to discuss themes around unity; including oneness, togetherness and political forms of coupling, and where better to begin than Union Street?
Film Programme | Plymouth Arts Cinema, Tavistock Place, PL4 8AT
26 September to 27 September
Saturday: 12pm - 8pm, Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Plymouth Art Weekender marks the reopening of Plymouth Arts Cinema, the city’s only independent cinema. Welcoming back film and art enthusiasts to their location in Plymouth College of Art, there will be a programme of free feature length and short films, alongside an exhibition of works from artists nationally. Showing films chosen by the team and volunteers, the programme will reflect the diversity of what Plymouth Arts Cinema has to offer.
PAW2020 commission by Harriet Rose Morley
Posters exhibited at host venues across the Weekender, including The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, as well as online
Co-commissioned by Visual Arts Plymouth CIC and Theatre Royal Plymouth, ‘How did we, How do we, How will we care?’ highlights networks of care within Plymouth by publishing the response to these three simple but provoking questions across the city in the form of public posters. These show and demonstrate how such support networks have been integral to supporting communities throughout these turbulent times (and for many, before this). The artist, Harriet Rose Morley is a multi-disciplinary maker and educator who works within public art, sculpture and design to provide accessible and inclusive insight into topics of urgency within art and public space, including politics, social culture and gentrification.
Web-based work by Sand Gardeners (online event - explicit content)
Website launches 25 September
Neither of the Sand Gardeners, made up of Plymouth College of Art BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate artwriter Sam Machell and visual programmer Colin De Luc, have ever watched Psycho, read Robert Bloch’s original novel, studied Joseph Stefano’s screenplay adaptation, nor been fortunate enough to see Douglas Gordon’s monumental installation that slowed the original film down to a perfect 24 hours. Instead, this website is built to do it for them...