by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer

Over the last few years partnership working has become an increasingly important part of the way we work and we’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with a range of organisations and individuals, both locally and nationally.

This is set to continue over the next couple of years while we’re ‘On Tour’ as well as once The Box opens. Over the last couple of weeks a series of projects involving The Box partners have gone live or been announced. I thought it would be good to do a quick overview of some of the key ones.

Film Showcase 2018, Peninsula ArtsPlymouth Film Showcase
Running until 17 February, this exhibition highlights the ongoing partnership work between Peninsula Arts and the South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA).

Hosted in the Peninsula Arts gallery in the University’s Roland Levinsky Building, the exhibition provides a platform for new filmmakers and new ideas. It includes ‘A cap, like water, transparent, fluid yet with definite body’ by Bryony Gillard, winner of the 2017 Peninsula Arts Film Commission Development Prize, and ‘Diviner’ by Frances Scott, winner of the 2017 Peninsula Arts Film Commission Prize.

‘Diviner’ is structured as a script formed almost entirely from footage found within the SWFTA. The work explores the idea that history is cyclical and bound to repeat.

Find out more about it here.

Looe Street Sign, PlymouthLooe Street Detectives
On display until 17 March, the ‘Looe Street Detectives’ exhibition can be seen at Plymouth Arts Centre. The ‘detectives’ formed in 2013 to investigate the area around the Arts Centre. They are drawn from local residents living and working in the city and are led by artist Sara Bowler. Together they’ve been unearthing many fascinating insights into the people who lived and worked in the Looe Street area over the last 500 years.

As well as highlighting the history of the Arts Centre itself, which celebrated its 70th anniversary last year, the exhibition includes archive film clips from the SWFTA. A series of historical films that document Plymouth’s art scene in days gone by will also be shown just before the films that are screened in the cinema during March.

Find out more here.

As part of the exciting contemporary art programme we’re developing for The Box, we recently announced our involvement in ‘Fig-Futures’. This project will take place in Blackpool, Norwich, Leicester and Plymouth between May 2018 and March 2019. It will involve the creation of 16 exhibitions by 16 different artists (four in each place). Works by the exhibiting artists will then be gifted into partner collections to leave a legacy for each location.

Our element of the project will take place in March 2019 and will be delivered in partnership with Plymouth Arts Centre. The four artists we’ll be hosting are Suzanne Treister, Charlotte Moth, Eva Grubinger and Laura Eldret. The project is supported nationally by Outset, the Art Fund and Arts Council England. We’re really looking forward to developing it and sharing more information with you in the coming months.

Eva Grubinger, ‘Black Diamond Bay’, 2015. Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Sylvain Deleu.

The Imagination Museum – Mayflower 400
Mayflower 400 is going to be a hugely significant moment for Plymouth. Behind the scenes we are working on a number of different ideas that will help tell the story and explore the many themes connected to it.

Photo of a performance of the Imagination Museum at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery in 2016We were thrilled to recently announce that one of our projects will see us working with multi award-winning choreographer Katie Green, who will bring her newest project ‘Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400’ to Plymouth in the lead up to 2020.

This national initiative will also travel to Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Hampshire and will involve thousands of people in dance and heritage events within their local communities.

In Plymouth, The Box will lead the project with support from Plymouth Dance and Plymouth Culture.

Read the full story here. This is another project we’re very excited to be working on and sharing with you as it progresses.