As the Weekender kicked off in style, the news was just hitting the streets. A two year visual arts programme in Plymouth which will further enhance the city’s visual arts scene has been awarded £635,000 in the latest round of Ambition for Excellence from Arts Council England

Ambition for Excellence is aimed at stimulating and supporting ambition across the arts sector in England and supporting the development of strong cultural places.

Starting in November this year, the Horizon programme – led by Plymouth Culture – will develop four major arts events in the city, support a talent development programme for artists and visual arts producers, and will enable communities to commission visual artworks. The award includes support for two more Weekenders.

Plymouth Culture celebrate this success on the same day that they, alongside Plymouth City Council, launch two new, aspirational arts plans for the city at the start of this year’s Plymouth Art Weekender. The Public Art Plan and Go Beyond: A Visual Arts Plan set out exciting opportunities and visions for art in the city.

Gordon Dalton, Festival Coordinator for the Weekender said ‘It’s amazing news for Plymouth and well deserved. The feelgood, can do factor in Plymouth continues to grow. The Weekender is just one part of a thriving, supportive and progressive visual arts scene in the city. A fabulous start to the Weekender.’