Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, the 15th Istanbul Biennial is an international art exhibition that runs from 16 September to 12 November. With the title of ‘A Good Neighbour’, it brings together artworks by 55 artists from 32 countries, all of which address different notions of home, belonging and neighbourhood.

A Good Neighbour billboard project by Elmgreen & Dragset with Lukas Wassmann and Rupert Smyth.So what does this have to do with Plymouth? The theme of ‘A Good Neighbour’ has provided the inspiration for an international billboard project which is currently touring the world. It’s already been to a range of locations in Ireland as well as Moscow, Russia. From 22 September when this year’s Art Weekender begins, Plymouth will become the next stop on the global tour with the billboards displayed on the hoardings around the Civic Centre.

A Good Neighbour billboard project by Elmgreen & Dragset with Lukas Wassmann and Rupert Smyth.The billboards present a selection of photographs by Lukas Wassmann, in collaboration with Rupert Smyth. Wassmann is a multi award-winning photographer based in Switzerland who has worked with famous celebrities such as Kanye West and Victoria Beckham. Smyth is an established design director who has previously worked for influential UK style magazine ‘Dazed & Confused’.

Their images capture unexpected encounters, along with
questions about the concept of what makes ‘a good neighbour’.
The billboards will remain on display until November.

A Good Neighbour billboard project by Elmgreen & Dragset with Lukas Wassmann and Rupert Smyth.As part of the Plymouth Art Weekender a series of related performances and events that explore questions of co-existence and neighbourliness in Plymouth will also take place.

Together is an exhibition of photographs by Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support participants. They have been working with Fotonow CIC throughout the summer to explore what being a neighbour means. The exhibition can be seen
in the photography corridor at Ocean Studios, Royal William
Yard from 22 to 24 September.

A Good Neighbour billboard project by Elmgreen & Dragset with Lukas Wassmann and Rupert Smyth.‘Beyond Face’ is a Plymouth-based performance company whose mission is to raise the profile and visibility of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic performance. They have initiated a series of short monologue performances called A good neighbour? which explore the idea of home and neighbourly relations in the city. You can experience the performances in the B-Bar at the Barbican Theatre from 4pm to 6pm on Sunday 24 September.  


The Atlantic Project is a pilot for a new international festival of contemporary art, taking place in Plymouth from September 2018 in the lead-up to Mayflower 400. Initiated and curated by Artistic Director, Tom Trevor, the project has been developed as a partnership between The Box, Plymouth and Plymouth University, hosted by Peninsula Arts. The Atlantic Project is part of Horizon, a two-year visual arts development programme (2016-18), led by Plymouth Culture, funded by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund and Plymouth City Council.


Images: ‘A Good Neighbour’ billboard project by Elmgreen & Dragset with Lukas Wassmann and Rupert Smyth.

This article has been developed from an original news release issued by Plymouth Arts Centre.