The Looe Street Detectives formed in 2013 to investigate the area around the Arts Centre at 38 Looe Street. Drawn from local residents living and working in the city, they investigated the people and events that made up this part of Plymouth, unearthing fascinating insights into those who lived and worked here over the last 500 years. Today, artist Sara Bowler, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is researching the history of the Plymouth Arts Centre site and the people who lived and visited over the centuries.
In 2017 Plymouth Arts Centre celebrated its 70th Anniversary. Founded in 1947 in its historic building on Looe Street, Plymouth Arts Centre was one of seven arts centres set up around the country with funds from the newly established Arts Council of Great Britain.
Sara Bowler completed her undergraduate degree at Aberystwyth University in the late 1970s and a Masters at the Royal College of Art in the late 1980s. Since then, research has been central to everything she does. Recent projects include co-directing ‘Goonhilly Village Green’ on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall and contributing to Tony White’s ‘Missorts’, a sonic public artwork commissioned by Bristol City Council through Situations.