Plymouth Art Weekender 2018 mapsThe Weekender is coordinated by Visual Arts Plymouth and funded through the city-wide Horizon project, a collaborative two-year programme of visual contemporary arts, supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund and Plymouth Culture.

Follow this link to download a PDF of the full programme details:
Plymouth Art Weekender 2018

Independent Artist Projects

The 2018 Plymouth Art Weekender features many public realm projects sited across the city including sculpture, live performance, sound installations, outdoor exhibitions and public workshops. The following projects have received support from The Box, Plymouth City Council’s Events and Street Scene Services teams to secure free space and ensure they can be delivered successfully and safely.

Stuart Crewes - By Jove! 2018 - West Mock Up

Stuart Crewes: By Jove! (2018) – a visualisation from the west of Smeaton’s Tower

Stuart Crewes: By Jove!
Smeaton’s Tower
Friday 28 to Sunday 30 September, 10am to 5pm
A series of four collages, laser-etched in glass with an accompanying limited-edition print. Each piece is comprised of elements from the lives of lighthouse designer and civil engineer John Smeaton and chemist William Cookworthy. Smeaton lodged with Cookworthy for 3 years while he was constructing Smeaton’s Tower and 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of Cookworthy securing a patent to produce the first ever hard paste porcelain in Britain. Admission fee to Smeaton’s Tower applies.

Jacqui Orly: I Just Want to be Your Symphony
Plymouth Hoe Promenade
Friday 28 to Sunday 30 September, 11am to 3pm
A 3-day live, interactive performance about human connection that will engage with participating and unsuspecting audiences in different ways.

Kate Ogley and Tim Crowley: Souls Live on in Perpetual Echoes
Cornwall Street
Friday 28 to Sunday 30 September, 11am to 4pm
Inspired by Plymouth’s ‘Bone Caves’ this outdoor sound piece evokes the prehistoric landscape that once existed where Plymouth stands today.

Frances Kelly: Future Props 2018
Jigsaw Garden
Friday 28 to Sunday 30 September, 11am to 6pm
A series of large scale soft sculptural objects that form a display that echoes unnoticed features of the landscape.

Laura Rosser: Plymouth Whispers
The Sundial, Armada Way
Friday 28 to 30 September, 11am to 6pm
A playful work based on the game of ‘Rumours’ where whispered messages are carried across the city centre from person to person.

Stuart Crewes - By Jove! - North Mock Up

Stuart Crewes: By Jove! (2018) – a visualisation from the north of Smeaton’s Tower

Elena Brake: Cleaning in Progress
Armada Way 
Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 September, 10am to 3pm
A light-hearted interactive drop-in performance piece. Join Elena Brake and her team to help make Plymouth sparkle using domestic cleaning materials.

Lara Luna Bartley: Autonomous Teller Machine
Central Library Windows, Armada Way
Saturday 29 September, 11am to 6pm and Sunday 30 September, 11am to 5pm
Marking ten years since the global financial crisis and bailouts which followed, ‘Autonomous Teller Machine’ (ATM) invites audiences to reflect on this historic economic event.

Take A Part: Shed on Wheels
Place de Brest, Armada Way
Saturday 29 September, 11am to 6pm
The Shed on Wheels will act as an information point throughout the Saturday of the Weekender. From 1pm to 3pm artist Alan Qualtrough will be running a free workshop where you can make your own letterpress print.

Adam Coley: Staging a Coo
City Centre Piazza
Saturday 29 September, 12pm to 1pm
A one-off interactive performance inspired by the pigeons that inhabit the city centre. Please join the crowd!

Soapbox Art and Science
Place de Brest, Armada Way
Sunday 30 September, 1pm to 4pm
Plymouth’s leading women in science will take to their soapboxes to showcase their science to the public, alongside amazing artists.


Commissioned Projects

This year’s Plymouth Art Weekender includes three commissioned artworks by South West-based artists. Selected from an open call, each artist has been given funding to deliver a project in the public realm. In particular, The Box has co-funded a commission by Bridgette Ashton and provided support in kind including project management and access to collections.

Bridgette Ashton: Worth's Folly, 2018 maquetteBridgette Ashton: Worth’s Folly
Outside the Theatre Royal, Royal Parade
Friday 28 to Sunday 30 September, 11am to 6pm
Inspired by the discovery of Plymouth’s Cattedown Caves and their connection to the destruction and further reconstruction of Plymouth, artist Bridgette Ashton has created a sculptural artwork that hints at their proportion and scale. Alongside this you can also see a series of information boards that explore the multi-layered histories of the caves on the Crescent hoardings throughout the Weekender. You can also see an exhibition of works on paper, portraying bones from the caves by Bridgette and members of the Athenaeum Art Society in the Plymouth Athenaeum from 11am to 6pm throughout the Weekender.


SOUP Projects

The Box contributed funding to a SOUP event which was also supported by Take A Part, Visual Arts Plymouth and Plymouth Art Weekender. The event was delivered as part of the 2018 Social Making Now Symposium. The two successful projects selected at the SOUP event have also been supported by The Box and Street Scene Services to ensure successful delivery.

Shannon Watson and Imperfect Orchestra: Plymphony No.1 in Sea
Hoe Foreshore
Sunday 30 September, 12pm to 2pm
Bringing together the ever-popular activity of wild swimming with the historic musical culture of Plymouth, this live performance aims to encourage people to either swim or dance and celebrates The Hoe as a public space as well as Plymouth’s rich maritime and musical history. A participatory group of wild swimmers will conduct a live guitar ensemble.

Visual for Plymphony No 1 by Imperfect Orchestra - Supporting South West Artists

Flo Brooks: What Comes to Matter
Lion’s Den (Waterfront)
Friday 28 to Sunday 30 September, 11am to 6pm
An audio and soft sculpture installation exploring LGBTQ+ narratives of Plymouth supported by archive material and conversations with local people

There are lots of other exhibitions, performances and events taking place across the city from 28 to 30 September too. Find out more by clicking on the link at the top of this page. Enjoy your Weekender!