by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer

Christmas already seems like a distant memory and 2019 has well and truly begun. Here are ten of our highlights from our spring ‘On Tour’ programme, partnership and outreach activities for your consideration!

Jem Southam Image

Image © Jem Southam.

1. Jem Southam Exhibition
Our latest partnership exhibition with The Arts Institute opens on 18 January and features a selection of works by one of the UK’s leading image makers. Jem Southam was Professor of Photography at the University of Plymouth until 2018 and has contributed enormously to the field of landscape photography throughout his career. Find out about the exhibition here.

2. Engineering Plymouth
We’re really proud of our involvement in the ‘Engineering Plymouth’ film which was commissioned by the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2018 as part of its 200th anniversary. On 26 January you can drop into the Plymouth College of Art to watch a free screening of it and/or come along in the evening to hear our Media Archivist talk about how our collections were used in the film, alongside Director Jevan Chowdhury.

3. Wild About Plymouth
We have some great events scheduled this spring as part of our Wild About Plymouth programme. From making wildlife havens for your garden or local park, to learning about the importance of water and birds of prey – the events offer a great opportunity for families to learn more about their natural environment in a fun and informal way.

Robe à l’Anglaise, French school, c.1785-87. By courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Robe à l’Anglaise, French school, c.1785-87. By courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

4. Whigs, Powder and Paint
We can’t wait for this series of talks and films at The Arts Institute exploring the 18th century. The series kicks off with a screening of ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ on 4 February and finishes on 2 April with a talk by Amber Butchart from the London College of Fashion. Find out more here.

5. Mayflower 400
We’re looking forward to sharing more information with you about the development of our Mayflower 400 exhibition and programme as Plymouth builds up to the start of the commemorations in November. Keep an eye out for our brand new podcast series, launching in early February, which will shine a light on a series of objects relating to the Mayflower story.

6. fig-futures
More details about this national project which has already visited Blackpool, Leicester and Cambridge are due to be confirmed soon. Supported by Arts Council England, Art Fund and Outset it will see us work with KARST to showcase the work of four different artists in a series of rapid-fire exhibitions throughout March.

7. Artists and Scientists Evening Lecture
Although it’s not until 14 March we’ve already booked our tickets for this evening lecture by our Art Curator, Terah Walkup. Terah will explore the changing dialogue around art and science from ancient times to the present day in what is sure to be a fascinating presentation.

Calcutta figurehead

The newly painted Calcutta figurehead in the foreground with Royal William wrapped in the background.

8. Your Recipes, Your Heritage
‘Your Recipes, Your Heritage’ is a 2-year community outreach project that we’re delivering in partnership with CaterEd, Age UK Plymouth and Plymouth Community Homes. The project aims to delve into the personal recipe books of Plymouth to create a series of new heritage-themed menus for meals on wheels. Things are set to really ramp up this spring with lots of ways for you to get involved plus a big pasty-themed event in late March.

9. Royal Naval Figureheads
The conservation work on the Royal Naval figureheads continues to move forward and we hope to have new video content and images to share with you during the early part of the year. If you missed last week’s blog you can click here to find out how attendees to our Arts and Minds sessions are using the figureheads to inspire their activities. You can also see other blog posts and press releases about the figureheads here.

10. Elizabethan House
With the raft of announcements that were made about the Elizabethan House before Christmas, this is another significant project we hope to have lots of new content about during the spring. Planning permission has been granted, designers have been appointed and new staff are in post. You can get up to speed with what’s happened so far here and we’ll have more updates for you soon.

You can download a copy of our January-April 2019 On Tour brochure here.