by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer

Now in its fifth year, the Plymouth Art Weekender is an annual three-day festival that showcases the city’s visual arts scene. This year it runs from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 September and features over 70 exhibitions, events and pop-up performances across multiple venues and spaces.

We’ve supported the Weekender in a number of ways since it was launched in 2015. This year our Public Art Officer has provided a number of artists who are working in the public realm with logistical support for their projects.

Elena Brake – The Playground at Sunrise
Taking place early on Saturday (28) at Central Park’s playground, join the artist for a quiet reflection on childhood, memories and play.

Laura Denning – Go Rewild Yourself
This temporary installation on Armada Way will be made of ice and makes a statement about the climate crisis. You can see it throughout the day on Saturday (28) although it’s best viewed in the morning as it is subject to global warming!

Adam Coley – Dressing Like a Seagull and Pinching Peoples’ Pasties
Last year Adam cooed like a pigeon in the piazza, this year he’ll be recreating a common scene around our city centre on Saturday (28) as seagulls squabble over crusty goods!

liveanimal theatre co – Fish in Blender
These 20-minute performances are set to test peoples’ sense of right and wrong. You can catch them at 2pm (Place de Brest), 4pm (Sundial) and 6pm (outside the Theatre Royal) on Saturday (28) and at 2pm and 4pm outside the Theatre Royal on Sunday (29).

Kate Entwistle – Pink Plaques
See if you can find these eye-catching commemorations of cute, funny and bizarre moments and memories of everyday people.

Collaborative live process – Alternative Blue Plaques
Plymouth’s people and places will also be acknowledged in a second plaques-related project which is set to appear at locations across the city.

Stuart Robinson – I’m Westward Ho!
Appearing in multiple locations throughout the Weekender this mobile artwork featuring a 1980s Volvo with a large neon arrow on its roof will explore memories of childhood car journeys to the coast.

WTCS – Possession
This intervention on Millbay Road asks how much information should accompany public works of art and which stories should be told.

Tabatha Andrews and Tim Bolton – MAKE IT UP
This year’s Community Engagement Co-commission with Nudge Community Builders explores the city’s rich history of sewing and pattern making. Check it out at 86 Union Street from 11am-6pm on all three days.

North Star Study Group – Monumental Monument Walk and Talk
This walk from 4pm-6pm on Sunday (29) will invite participants to discover the alternate stories behind some of Plymouth’s best-known monuments.

As well as these there are lots of other things on offer during the Weekender. We particularly like the look of Jessica Bartlett’s exhibition of drawings and engravings at the Plymouth Proprietary Library; Sue Lewry’s mini screen-printing unit at The Clipper; Rachel Priest’s performance at the Reel Cinema about lost cultural spaces; Take A Part’s sculpture and storytelling activities with Thrussell and Thrussell at Teat’s Hill; Sarah Sense and Laura Hopes’ talk reflecting on histories and myths surrounding Mayflower 400 and the Rhizome Artists’ Collective ‘Big Watercolour/Postcard Day’ at the School of Creative Arts.

There are great exhibitions at The Arts Institute, The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, KARST and the former Plymouth Arts Centre too.

Download the Art Weekender Guide or see this year’s listings in alphabetical order here!