Bonfire Night, PlymouthInitiated by artist Peter Liversidge, ‘Firestarter & The Embers’ is an extension of his ‘Sign Paintings for Plymouth’ commission in the Council House. A number of the cardboard placards made inside the building, which have been going viral on social media over the last few weeks, will be added to the bonfire for a ceremonial burning.

The Bonfire Night celebrations on the Hoe are one of the major outdoor events in the city’s Firestarter and The Embers #2, Plymouthcalendar. At 7.20pm this Sunday, five children known as ‘The Embers’ (Jacob Franklin, Lily Sharpe, Antonia Abel, Tomas Lewis, Rosie Louise Fisher) will take to the stage run by Radio Plymouth. They will talk about their experience of being involved in ‘We The People Are The Work’ and announce the moment when the flames will be lit.

The ‘Firestarter’ (Nikola Kobylecka) will then push the plunger to ignite the bonfire at 7.30pm before the crowds then enjoy the annual fireworks display from 8pm.

As part of the preparations for Sunday, the children from Salisbury Road Primary School spent a day at TR2, working with Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Wardrobe Manager Delia Lancaster to design a costume for the Firestarter to wear. They also had the opportunity to visit the Wardrobe store, try on costumes and props and learn about design and construction.

Firestarter and The Embers #1, PlymouthSalisbury Road Primary School has been involved in ‘We The People Are The Work’ from the start; helping to write the slogans that appear on the placards that are being produced by the sign painters at the Council House. Local youth groups, the Nifty Fifties luncheon club in
Whitleigh and residents at the George House Homeless Hostel have also contributed.

‘We The People Are The Work’ is a major visual arts project that explores ideas of power, protest and the public. Curated by Simon Morrissey, the project has built connections between local people and six international artists. The resulting exhibition will remain on display until Saturday 18 November at Peninsula Arts, the Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth Arts Centre, the Council House and KARST. A series of flags by artist Peter Liversidge can also currently be seen on the Hoe flagpoles.

For more information about the exhibition, venue opening times and events, visit the official exhibition website.


‘We The People Are The Work’ is presented by PVAPG (Plymouth Visual Art Programming Group), a partnership between The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, KARST, Peninsula Arts at Plymouth University, Plymouth Arts Centre and The Box, Plymouth. It is part of Horizon, a collaborative two year programme of visual contemporary arts, funded through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund and led by Plymouth Culture.