The Plymouth Art Weekender is just one of the city wide events produced by Visual Arts Plymouth, a diverse group of volunteers who represent visual arts organisations, communities and artists from across the city.

VAP is a platform for the visual arts in Plymouth and we want to hear your voice! We hold forums throughout the year which are open to all to come along and discuss the visual arts in Plymouth, whilst meeting other creatives.

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Who We Are

A little about the 2015-2017 VAP Activators…

Francesca Hawkesworth

Francesca Hawkesworth

Artist and Project Coordinator at Ocean Studios

1. Visual Arts Plymouth is…

VAP is a positive platform for the growth of the visual arts in Plymouth. I am both a practicing artist and working within an organisation, VAP for me is a way to help make change happen within the city working with passionate individuals to help nurture and push contemporary art in the city and to see it flourish into a thriving cultural hot spot.

2. Artist to check out?
Jonas Lund. He recently had an online commission for the Whitechapel gallery titled ‘In Fair Warning’ engaging the viewers to participate in an interactive online questionnaire, with over 300 questions from trends to colour preferences. His work references traditional online personality tests and quizzes and gathers the information to measure the value of use and data collection to represent user’s tastes, and to figure out if there is a way of measuring the value of art.

www.jonaslund.biz

3. Super power of choice?

Freezing time, think Bernards Watch but something you can trigger in your brain instead. Imagine how much more you could accomplish from day to day!

Lucy Dafwyn

Lucy Dafwyn

vocalist/research impact officer/ art-ligger

1.Visual Arts Plymouth is…

about bringing together all the many voices in Plymouth’s visual art scene, to make sure everyone is heard and to shape the cultural direction of Plymouth. There’s a lot of exciting and innovative stuff happening in Plymouth that VAP can help showcase and support, with the Plymouth Art Weekender being one aspect of this.

2. Artist to check out?

Low Profile, also Ria Jade Hartley.

3. Super power of choice?

A batwick amplifier

Rachael Allain

Rachael Allain

Artist

1.Visual Arts Plymouth is…

A platform to activate, encourage and inspire creativity for all in the city of Plymouth and beyond.

2. Artist to check out?

The Scottish artist Douglas Gordon

3. Super power of choice?

To be able to fly.

Pete Davey

Pete Davey

Artist/ WonderZoo/ Plymouth Timebank/ Flameworks/ Tribe Magazine/ CAN/ Stonehouse Action

1.Visual Arts Plymouth is…

A few reasons, one is to make sure independent arts and community groups and organisations have a voice in Plymouth and the South West. The other is to make sure the bigger organisations and independent arts and community groups work together and in doing so making great things happen.

2. Artist to check out?

Kenny Knight and his first poetry collection, The Honicknowle Book of the Dead, which was published by Shearsman Books in 2009, his 2nd book is due out soon in 2017.  Kenny lives in Plymouth and is co-host of CrossCountry Writers, which stages literary events in many venues across Plymouth and in other towns and cities. He is also a member of the Athenaeum Writers group and works with William Telford and in conjunction with Plymouth Herald Newspaper they publish weekly poems and about sections on the South West writers.    

3. Super power of choice?

I wish I could just run the world and make it peaceful

Sarah Chapman

Sarah Chapman

Director of Peninsula Arts

1.Visual Arts Plymouth is…

It’s diverse and its collegiate, sparky and pro-active… Power to the elbow, shoulder to the millstone, reaching for the stars – its a group that gets things done.

2. Artist to check out?

So many to choose from…

3. Super power of choice?

Vision to see how to manage climate change.

Ellen Sims

Ellen Sims

Head of Learning and Teaching at Plymouth College of Art

1.Visual Arts Plymouth is…

Plymouth has about as exciting and challenging an art scene as almost anywhere, and it’s on the threshold of a quantum leap. VAP has a significant role in ensuring artists, arts organisations and art audiences are seen, heard and challenged; are critically aware, well positioned and engaging – within and beyond Plymouth. I want to be part of helping that happen.

2. Artist to check out?

Difficult to pick just one, but I am very taken with the contemplative yet dynamic paintings of Plymouth artist and Alamo Project co-director Karen Roulstone, http://karenroulstone.com/. (And of course any of the graduates from Plymouth College of Art!)

3. Super power of choice?

X-ray vision – I like to observe how things work and see beneath surface layers. I thought about mind-reading but there is already enough noise.
Rosie King

Rosie King

Artist

1.Visual Arts Plymouth is…

connecting the many different things that are happening in Plymouth’s art scene right now. Events like the forums are a platform to shape what is happening with the arts in the city, and the Weekender is about giving exposure to what is going on and inviting people down to participate in it.

2. Artist to check out?

The Lehman Brothers, they had me with the name.

3. Super power of choice?

Spiderman’s climbing ability so that I could see places from different perspectives. And because it would be fun.

Vickie Fear

Vickie Fear

Programme Co-ordinator at Plymouth Arts Centre

1.Visual Arts Plymouth is…

VAP is about bringing together the breadth of the art community in Plymouth, from artists and individuals to communities and organisations; we all get to meet up and discuss how to do more and better.

2. Artist to check out?

Everyone should come and check out Publicness, Katya Sander’s show at Plymouth Arts Centre but I’m also really looking forward to the group exhibition we’ll have in our Batter Street space. PAC Home member, Norman Buchan has organised Sore Spot, a collaborative project with artists from Glasgow and Leeds about making contemporary sculpture.

3. Super power of choice?

I would really like to be able to stop time so I can get to more events and not miss things that happen at the same time.

Laura Hopes

Laura Hopes

Artist

Visual Arts Plymouth is…

VAP is about voicing and having ambitious expectations for art in Plymouth.

Artist to check out?

Young forgers at PSCA alongside the wrestlers!

Super power of choice?

To be able to breathe underwater.
Dominic Marcellus- Temple

Dominic Marcellus- Temple

Artist + Director of external relations at Flameworks

Visual Arts Plymouth is…

I have seen that Plymouth has benefited from the cultural growth born of hard work by our artists and cultural organisations. We now need to capitalise on this renewed jouissance within the arts and we can do this through closer co-operation between artists and institutions and, equally importantly, directly between Plymouth’s arts organisations. By coming together as VAP, we have initiated and nurtured activities like the hugely successful Plymouth Art Weekender. These events allow artists and institutions to showcase their abilities, raising the profile of Plymouth, its cultural offer and, ultimately, its home-grown talent.

Artist to check out?

That’s really difficult… But I do appreciate the early work of Hans Haacke, such as his Kennecott Copper Corporation, 1974. Within Plymouth, I have taken great pleasure in watching the development of many artists: Connor McIntyre, who started at Flameworks; Keith Harrison, who again had a studio at Flameworks; George Passmore, who didn’t have a studio at Flameworks…

Superpower of choice?

An artist already holds the power of creation, but a more concrete realisation of the magical consequences would be beneficial. Of course, after blacksmithing for many years, Mjölnir could work wonders for expediting projects.