Ursula Biemann - one of the artists featured in the 2018 Atlantic Project

Ursula Biemann’s new work for the Atlantic Project is in progress in Lofoten, on the edge of the Arctic circle.

The Atlantic Project will see new, site-specific art works in unconventional contexts and outdoor locations across Plymouth, from Friday 28 September to Sunday 21 October.

International artists including Hito Steyerl who topped last year’s ArtReview Power List, renowned sonic artist Ryoji Ikeda and SUPERFLEX, who exhibited in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in late 2017, will take over iconic venues like the Civic Centre, Drake’s Island and the former Millennium nightclub building, while local artist-led projects have also been invited to get involved.

The Atlantic Project is part of Horizon, a two-year (2016-18) visual arts development programme led by Plymouth Culture with the financial support of Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund and Plymouth City Council. The project has been developed as a core partnership between The Box and the University of Plymouth.

Led and curated by Tom Trevor, the ambition is for The Atlantic Project to become a regular biennial festival in the South West of England, to be launched as part of the Mayflower 400 programme in 2020.

Tommy Støckel - one of the artists featured in the 2018 Atlantic Project

Artist Tommy Støckel 3D-scanning the Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts as part of the research for his Atlantic Project commission.

This year’s edition will feature artists from 12 countries, including Bryony Gillard, one of the winners of the Peninsula Arts Film Commission 2017, who will show the film she created – ‘A cap like water, fluid but with definite body’ – at the National Marine Aquarium. The University’s Jane Grant and Dr John Matthias, Associate Professors in Visual Arts and Sonic Arts, will create a large-scale sound installation mixing pre-recorded underwater sound with live acoustic transmissions from the River Tamar, in the Royal William Yard.

The start of the project coincides with the annual Plymouth Art Weekender, which runs for three days from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 September. As part of the Weekender, the winners of the Peninsula Arts Film Commission 2018, Richard Broomhall and Chris Bailey and Leuan Jones, will be premiering their work on Saturday 29 September at 6pm in the Jill Craigie Cinema.

Tom Trevor, Artistic Director and curator of The Atlantic Project said: “The visual arts in Plymouth are undergoing an exciting period of change in the lead-up to Mayflower 400 in 2020. Building on a decade of collaboration between exhibition venues, Horizon is a two-year development programme which aims to grow the whole of the city’s visual arts sector.

Nilbar Güreş - one of the artists featured in the 2018 Atlantic Project

Artist Nilbar Güreş considering the unused waterways that run through Armada Way during a site visit to Plymouth in early 2018.

“The culmination of this process is The Atlantic Project, a pilot for a new international festival of contemporary art in the public realm, which aims to raise the critical profile of visual arts in Plymouth and the region, as well as being a highly engaging experience for a wide range of audiences.”

Artists whose work will be on display as part of the project include: Nilbar Güreş (Turkey), Tommy Støckel (Denmark), Liu Chuang (China), Trevor Paglen (USA), Peter Fend (USA), Hito Steyerl (Germany), Vermeir & Heiremans (Belguim), Kiluanji Kia Henda (Angola), Donald Rodney (UK), Postcommodity (USA), Ryoji Ikeda (Japan), Carl Slater (UK), SUPERFLEX (Denmark), Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll (Australia), Chang Jia (South Korea), Jane Grant and John Matthias (UK), Ursula Biemann (Switzerland) and Bryony Gillard (UK).

You can read a more detailed press release about the project here.

A full programme will be available here.