Plymouth Art Weekender is a new, ambitious three day event celebrating Plymouth as a contemporary art destination, capturing a wide range of activity from large scale exhibitions to interventions in public spaces and participatory events for all ages.
86 exhibitions and events feature over 400 artists including David Shrigley, Gerhard Richter, Tim Etchells, Gillian Wearing, Mary Kelly, Richard Deacon, Ivan Chermayeff, Hew Locke, Grayson Perry, Keith Harrison, Claire Twomey and Bill Woodrow. These will be complimented by public art, talks, music, film, workshops, performance and local, national and international artists taking over empty spaces across the city following an open call for ideas.
Three participatory public art works have been commissioned by Gordon Dalton for the Weekender. Using a mixture of performance, intervention and temporary monuments, three artists have been commissioned to bring together a wide and diverse audience as they respond to aspects of Plymouth's past, present and possible future.
Serena Korda creates public events that mix performance and participation with a dramatic sense of occasion. Bedwyr Williams’ humorous interventions include stand-up comedy and film whilst Richard Woods’ iconic sculptures are both monumental and intended to be sat on and used by the public. Each artist is making the most public and participatory form of public art, including the people of Plymouth in their work.
Organised as a pilot project by Visual Arts Plymouth (VAP), a group representing Plymouth’s galleries and artists, the Weekender is supported by Plymouth Culture and Arts Council England.