Plymouth Arts & Heritage News
Plymouth City Council’s Arts and Heritage Service, the Real Ideas Organisation and Visual Arts Plymouth have joined forces to support two local artists’ involvement in this year’s Plymouth Art Weekender.
The team behind the city’s ground breaking History Centre project is preparing for the start of a new chapter in the journey towards a 2020 opening. Plymouth City Council is set to sign a contract worth £22.6 million with Willmott Dixon for the major building and construction work while concept designs for some of the galleries have also been signed off.
An exhibition featuring some of the earliest and quirkiest works by much-loved artist Beryl Cook (1926-2008) will go on display at the Council House from 24 June.
A series of family-friendly theatrical walking tours will soon hit the cobbled streets of Plymouth's Barbican. ‘Ropewalks’ will lead audiences around some of the area’s most historic locations offering a series of entertaining encounters along the way.
Three new exhibitions developed by or supported by staff from the Plymouth History Centre are now on display. One highlights the impact of the Blitz on the city and its ambitious rebuilding plan. Two others focus on the life and achievements of sailor Sir Francis Chichester.
The Plymouth History Centre project has been given a £250,000 boost thanks to a funding grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation - one of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK.
The team behind the History Centre has appointed polar explorer Antony Jinman as the project’s first-ever ‘Explorer in Residence’. The Plymouth-born adventurer is one of only a handful of people to have skied to the North Pole and solo to the South Pole.