Local Engagement Commission
Plymouth based Laura Denning who wowed audiences with her independent project Benthic Caress at 2017’s Weekender, was selected for our Local Engagement Commission. Laura’s practice combines collaboration, curation and, field notes; resulting in filmworks, soundwalks and other forms of ‘experimental geography’, as well as installations that audiences can take part in. For the Local Engagement Commission, Laura worked with a series of professional vocalists and collaborated with Plymouth’s D/deaf community to create a sign language choir.
Benthic Caress, Laura Denning, Plymouth Art Weekender 2017
Open Brief Commission
Devon based Go Happen, who have previously developed intriguing journeying works for the Fal River Festival, Inland Art Festival and Stockholm International Fringe Festival, took on the Open Brief. Go Happen develop expeditions and platforms for new stories. These are participatory and research happenings, exploring adventure and human perception. In 2018 sailors set off from Plymouth as well as Falmouth and Les Sables-d’Olonne, France to sail solo and without technology around the world celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sunday Times Golden Globe race. For this new commission they focused on the journey of Bernard Moitessier, who departed from Plymouth in 1968 on the same race, 50 years before.
Navigate, Go Happen
The History Commission, in partnership with The Box