In partnership with the 15th Istanbul Biennial and Urban Splash, the Atlantic Project presents an international billboard project on the Civic Centre hoardings, in Plymouth. Realised in collaboration with institutions around the world, from Havana to Delhi, from Sydney to Moscow, the project takes its theme of A Good Neighbour from the title of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, curated by artist duo, Elmgreen & Dragset. The billboard posters present a selection of photographs by Lukas Wassmann (in collaboration with Rupert Smyth) that capture unexpected encounters, along with questions about the notion of 'a good neighbour'. In Istanbul, the Biennial will approach the idea of a neighbourhood as a micro-universe, exemplifying some of the challenges that are faced in terms of co-existence today.
A Good Neighbour in Plymouth is presented by the Atlantic Project as part of the Plymouth Art Weekender 2017. A series of related performances and events will take place during the Weekender, initiated by the Beyond Face performance group and Fotonow with Devon & Cornwall Refugee Support, exploring questions of co-existence and neighbourliness in the context of Plymouth specifically.
The Atlantic Project is a pilot for a new international festival of contemporary art, taking place in Plymouth from September 2018 in the lead-up to the Mayflower 400 anniversary in 2020. Curated by Tom Trevor (Artistic Director), the project has been developed as a partnership between The Box and Plymouth University, hosted by Peninsula Arts. The Atlantic Project is part of Horizon, a two-year visual arts development programme (2016-18), led by Plymouth Culture, funded by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund and Plymouth City Council.