Vickie is Producer of We The People Are The Work, a major visual arts project in Plymouth that explores ideas of power, protest and the public, opening on Friday 22 September. Vickie previously worked as the Assistant Curator at Plymouth Arts Centre. She is also a PAC Home member and one of the organisers of Counter, the Plymouth art book fair.
Since January I’ve been working with Somerset-based curator, Simon Morrissey on We The People Are The Work: an exhibition of five new contemporary art commissions for Plymouth, opening to coincide with this year’s Plymouth Art Weekender.
The project has paired artists from the UK and overseas with a host venue in Plymouth to present artworks involving people in the city. People including school children and youth groups, film extras and local punk bands amongst others.
Finding participants has meant going to more live music gigs with Matt Stokes in the last 6 months than I had been to in the previous 4 years, having meetings in lovely cafes and pubs and even being welcomed into the living rooms of people I had never met before. The artists’ works include neon, screenprinting and 16mm film and to produce the show we’ve been teaming up with some of the city’s best creative talent at Flameworks, TR2, Fotonow CIC and Intercity Studio.
Although the show will be open for eight weeks with forty-two events programmed, we’re especially excited about the opening weekend. Nearly all of the commissioned artists will be coming to Plymouth for the launch night event on Friday; a kind’ve art crawl around all of the venues including a visit to Peter Liversidge’s Sign Painting Factory in the Council House. On Saturday Simon Morrissey will lead a walking tour of the show, starting at Peninsula Arts at 11am, taking in each of the commissioned works and talking about the twists and turns of the curatorial process. We’ve also planned a Breakfast Panel discussion on the Sunday morning; an informal conversation over coffee with Ciara Phillips, Claire Fontaine and Antonio Vega Macotela, led by Ben Borthwick, Artistic Director at Plymouth Arts Centre.
Finally a little plug: to ensure visitors to the show have interesting conversations we’re recruiting volunteer Gallery Explainers. You may remember them being a feature of British Art Show 7 in Plymouth and once again we’re training people up to welcome visitors to all of the venues. If you or someone you know would be interested in learning more about We The People Are The Work, getting to know new people and gaining a WorldHost qualification in customer service have a look at our website and get an application in by Monday 29th August: http://wethepeoplearethe.work/news/recruiting-gallery-explainers
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We The People Are The Work is presented by PVAPG (Plymouth Visual Art Programming Group), a partnership between The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, KARST, Peninsula Arts at Plymouth University, Plymouth Arts Centre and The Box, Plymouth. It is part of Horizon, a collaborative two year programme of visual contemporary arts, funded through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund and led by Plymouth Culture.