Plymouth Art Weekender 2017
Plymouth Art Weekender is an ambitious three day event that takes place annually across the city. Returning for it’s 3rd year the 2017 Weekender will take place from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th of September, showcasing artistic talent from the city and beyond with a diverse range of events; from exhibitions, performances, screenings and interventions to workshops, guided walks and parties!
The Weekender is unusual in that it provides an open and inclusive platform for anyone wanting to organise an art event, from big galleries and organisations to local art students. This approach comes directly from Visual Arts Plymouth (VAP), the organisation behind the Weekender which is made up of a diverse group of volunteers representing visual arts organisations, communities and artists from across the city. VAP’s mission is for the Weekender to confidently celebrate Plymouth, it’s people and the visual arts, promoting the city as the exciting contemporary art destination that it has become.
This year Visual Arts Plymouth are pleased to announce that support from Horizon, (a collaborative two year programme of visual contemporary arts, funded through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund and supported by Plymouth Culture) has enabled them to commission two new artworks for the Weekender. Artists Edwin Burdis and Tom Woolner are collaborating to create a new performance piece which takes a playful and humorous look at the city’s naval history; creating an alternative narrative influenced by sea shanties, the pubs of Plymouth and prominent local characters such as Beryl Cook. Watch out for local singers and giant foam chips on the city centre thoroughfare of Armada way.
Elsewhere on the same street the city’s public benches will play host to The Park Bench Reader, an ephemeral artwork created by Bram Thomas Arnold. The Park Bench Reader has a simple premise, a reader sits on a given park bench, and reads aloud from a novel, over a given period of time. The Park Bench Reader is about reclaiming the streets, just really quietly. Reading novels as a form of protest against speed, acceleration, anxiety and isolation.
Also opening at the Weekender is We The People Are The Work, an exhibition hosted by five venues across the city: Peninsula Arts at Plymouth University, The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth Arts Centre, The Council House and KARST. We The People Are The Work looks at the shared experiences and differences that shape our society and consists of a series of new commissioned artworks by artists Antonio Vega Macotela & Eduardo Thomas, Matt Stokes, Ciara Phillips, Peter Liversidge and Claire Fontaine, created for and with people living in Plymouth.
There are three major hubs of artist led activity to look out for at the Weekender; the Athenaeum, Plymouth School of Creative Arts and Ocean studios. All good places to pick up a map and start exploring the many hidden gems to discover elsewhere across the city. Anyone wanting to get involved this year’s event still has time to submit a self organised event to the Weekender web listings or contact the Weekender team about volunteering opportunities.
Plymouth Art Weekender is coordinated by Visual Arts Plymouth and funded through the city wide Horizon project, a collaborative programme developed between Visual Arts Plymouth, KARST, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth City Council, University of Plymouth and supported by Horizon, a collaborative two year programme of visual contemporary arts, funded through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund and supported by Plymouth Culture.