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Legends, legacies, digital art, installation, sculpture and film – our opening programme is revealed
PRESS RELEASE - 20 January 2020: Plymouth’s amazing Box will open on Saturday 16 May with a stunning programme featuring major contemporary artists and an internationally important exhibition about the Mayflower that will debunk myths and tell the story of one of the world’s most significant journeys.
PRESS RELEASE 8 January 2020: The first two names on The Box's ambitious contemporary art programme have been revealed - internationally acclaimed British artist Antony Gormley and leading Portuguese installation artist Leonor Antunes.
This year marks 250 years since Captain James Cook set sail from Plymouth on an expedition during which he and his crew charted Tahiti, New Zealand and the eastern coast of Australia. He enlisted artists who made sketches, and then prints, of the plants, animals and people that lived there. We are supporting artist Helen […]
By Terah Walkup, Art Curator One afternoon I received an excited phone call from fellow art curator Emma who couldn’t wait to tell me her new-found knowledge: Brook Watson was a Janner! Brook Watson is better known as the central figure in an iconic work of American art history: John Singleton Copley’s ‘Watson and the […]
by Susan Leedham, Cottonian Project Assistant Behind the scenes, we’re preparing to publish the catalogue of our historically important Cottonian Collection online later this year. As part of this we’ve had the opportunity to have a closer look at some of the exciting prints within the collection. Whilst cataloguing a portfolio of prints after portraits […]
This year marks 250 years since Captain James Cook set sail from Plymouth aboard HMS Endeavour. Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives holds first editions of the memoirs of Cook’s Voyages in our Designated collection, the Cottonian Collection. Artist Helen Snell has recently secured Arts Council England funding for a Cook 250-inspired project called ‘Neogeographies’ in partnership […]
by Susan Leedham, Cottonian Project Assistant Recently, as part of a digitisation project we’re undertaking, we’ve been preparing our historically significant Cottonian Collection. This has allowed us to spend more time getting up close to the incredible artworks contained in the collection, and uncovering some of their secrets. This vivid watercolour shows the ancient poet […]
By Susan Leedham, Cottonian Collection Researcher As we near the halfway point of Decant (ready for building work to start in the New Year) it was time to move one of our most important pieces – our nationally designated Cottonian Collection. The Cottonian Collection was gifted to the people of Plymouth in 1853 for our […]
By Lottie Clark, Decant Curator During any great development project involving collections you get an in-depth reintroduction to the treasures tucked away within the stores. While rifling through drawers of photographs, sketches or drawings; or working through boxes of costume; sky-high racks of painting and artworks; or cabinets of beetles, you’re bound to make discoveries […]