Plymouth Art Weekender continues to grow and in this year’s programme you’ll find over 200 artists; many of whom live or work in the city and all of whom will have put in hours of work (often for little or no money) to get ready for this weekend. There are so many brilliant artists choosing to base themselves here and share their work during PAW that picking through them is a tricky task. Hopefully though if you hunt out these recommendations you’ll see a few different types of work and a range of locations worth a visit.
First up, one of this year’s Plymouth Platform supported artists, Elena Brake will be performing Cleaning in Progress with her team on Armada Way (Sat & Sun, 10-3). A Plymouth College of Art graduate, Elena and her distinctive collection of yellow props are no stranger to performing in the city centre and if you’ve been here before you may have previously spotted her sowing seeds, tying knots or detecting metal.
In the Batter Street Studios at Plymouth Arts Centre another Plymouth Platform supported artist, Rhys Morgan presents his new video and sound installation Daddygogue, interrogating modes of learning and queer despair. On the top floor of the same building, University of Plymouth graduate Joe Allen is showing new paintings made in the studio during a recent residency and responding to the work of his painting hero Rose Wylie (both Fri-Sun, 11-6).
Uptown in the historic Scott Building staff from the BA Media Arts course at Plymouth University are showcasing photography, video, sound, animation and installation (Sat & Sun, 11-6). Artists exhibiting include multi-award winning Director Amanda Bluglass, internationally renowned filmmaker Tony Hill and one of my personal faves, Dr Kayla Parker.
Over at Plymouth College of Art stop by to see the work of MA graduates from Fine Art, Painting, Glass, Disruptive Design, Drawing, Textile Design, Printmaking, Illustration, Photography, Visual Communication, Ceramics, Contemporary Crafts and Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice and; BA Fine Art graduates from 2017 in their One Year Later exhibition.
Head down to the Royal William Yard and you’ll find a whole bunch of exhibitions by local artists including The Thing Things Say and Work In Process in the Mills Bakery but if you’re in the yard don’t miss a great sounding show in Yoke The Salon called Ladybeats by the LADYCRACK Collective of illustrators, celebrating female musicians (Fri 9-5, Sat 9-6, Sun 12-4).
Written by Vickie Fear, Visual Arts Plymouth Activator. http://vickiefear.co.uk