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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.

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.

  • A group of women holding up banners they have made
  • A yellow glass installation in a window
  • A stool with a stencil paint design on the seat cover
  • A large quilt made of lots of different knitted squares
  • A man painting whilst children watch
  • Installation made of lots of labels hanging in a window
  • Photograph showing a lighthouse with a light installation projected at night

    Photo: Dom Moore