Ligging and Gigging

This pathway will take you on a journey around Plymouth Art Weekender that sniffs out the free (and not so free) wine, the openings, sound related events, and anything else of interest.

Friday is Ligday of the Weekender, as bottles of Gallery red are opened across a number of venues and events. Before popping your first cork, head to The Noah’s Ark Function Room for The Playwriters Association’s event: ArtFest with poetry, prose, painting, performance happening from 10:00am-10:00pm. Whilst you are in the area you can visit the information stand in the Pannier Market and load up on some proper food to counteract the crisps and nuts you are about to consume. We’ll start at 4:00pm, at Under, for Karen Abadie’s opening of film installation Flesh [Wound]. Then over to Stoke for 5:00pm to Plymouth’s hidden literary gem, the Plymouth Proprietary Library, for Jessica Bartlett’s exhibition The Book of Leaves. Following this, we can wend our way to The Treasury for 6:00pm, for the opening of a photography exhibition by Community Photographic Studios CIC (you can get a free portrait taken over the weekend). Next up is KARST from 7:00pm with the opening of their group exhibition Bad Actors. After that you have two options: 1 is to join Feminist Fusion as they begin the MEMORIA project, an evening to explore the impact of the Mayflower’s arrival in America alongside a great line up of women poets, painters, musicians or 2 is to join WestFordNeedles and friends (including Ubiquitous Meh! & Blessed Pangolin) as they bring together Wayne’s World and War of the Worlds for a night of music, film, DJs, bringing you the best of Plymouth’s experimental music scene.

Saturday starts at dawn in Central Park, with the earliest launch event ever seen at PAW: The Playground at Sunrise, brought to you by artist Elena Brake. If you feel like you need a pasty after this then you need to get to the city centre for 12:00pm and hold on tight to your lunch, as Adam Coley will be Dressing Like a Seagull and Pinching People’s Pasties. Take a trip with Rachel Priest at 2:00pm for Everything’s Been Moving All This Time a site specific performance work that engages with anxieties over lost cultural spaces, and in particular, Plymouth’s Reel Cinema. For your evening’s entertainment join the Plymouth Social Club as they present Fully Automated Luxury Communism with Marcy Saude, Aaron Bastani & Jack Witek for their inaugural event at Ocean Studios. There will be a bar, food, music, and an exhibit relating to sci-fi and utopia. For those seeking more late-night entertainment, Saturday will be the closing night for Fightback Plymouth, a 2-week celebration of Plymouth’s vital Grassroots Music Venues.

No rest for the wicked on Sunday! In need of coffee? Head over to Plymouth Arts Cinema for Made in Plymouth: films by Plymouth-based artists with a fundraising coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Care, open from 10:00am. The 2nd day of Plymouth Zine Library drop-in workshop will be in full swing at The Clipper, there will be Six Short Pieces of Dance at Ocean Studios from 1:00pm – 4:00pm and Art in the Park – Family Choir Session at Teats Hill Park and Amphitheatre between 3:00pm-4:00pm. From 4:00-6:00pm, join the North Star Study Group on their Monumental Monument Walk and Talk and discover the alternate stories behind Plymouth monuments. Finally, the party will be coming to a close with Imperfect Cinema, presenting Varieties and Curiosities, showcasing work old and new at their new home The Warehouse and WonderZoo/Client Culture presenting 3: a partnership event by local publications Client Culture, The Stonehouse Voice, and WonderZoo at Cawfee. Round off the art weekender with Cabaret-style performances that challenge convention and tear a hole in space-time.

No doubt there will be plenty more opening events happening so keep your ears to the ground and your eyes to the skies for any lig alerts. See you out there!