Working with Artists
Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives is committed to representing and working with quality artists who have strong links to the South West. As well as our arts and cultural development and public art programmes, we have worked with a range of artists and craftspeople on many projects in recent years.
This commitment continues as develop plans for our new centre The Box, Plymouth.
One major initiative that saw us commission three high profile works by Dail Behennah, Clare Twomey and Keith Harrison between 2008 and 2015 was New Expressions. Find out more about the scheme and our involvement in this impact report.
Established British ceramic artist, Clare Twomey created a brand new installation inspired by our Plymouth Porcelain collection.
Well-known British ceramic artist, Paul Scott has recently completed a commission, funded by the Contemporary Art Society.
A multi-platform artwork that incorporated sound and sculpture.
National and special events
We regularly join forces with local artists, craftspeople, illustrators and storytellers for our special events. In recent years these have included Illuminos, Rachel Griffin, Jo Larson-Burnett, Karen Evans, Helen Round, Jill Downing, Jane Stevens, David Heathfield, Stonesoup and Stiltskin. Events have included Pirate Weekend, Thanksgiving, Chinese New Year, International Women’s Day, Summer Mix and the Contemporary Craft Festival, as well as activities connected to our changing exhibition programme such as our major Abolition 200 exhibition, ‘Human Cargo’.
Temporary exhibitions and collections inspired work
In recent years our temporary exhibition programme has included exhibitions featuring work by selected members of the Plymouth Society of Artists, the Newlyn Society of Artists, John Walters, Dail Behennah, Clare Twomey, Hannah Silva, Thrussell and Thrussell, stained glass artist, Glenn Carter, PVAC Associate, Peter Stiles, Paul Scott, Xaio Bai Li, Devon-based artist, Peter Randall-Page and Cornwall-based artist, Kurt Jackson. Crafts Showcases were regular displays of work by local craftspeople organised by our Art Department.
Other projects involving artists include Lust in Translation and other Community outreach projects including St. Luke’s Hospice’s 25th Anniversary and our Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council (REC) Partnership Working.