Seed fund pitchers for #PAW2020

The annual Plymouth Art Weekender ‘Soup’ Micro Funding Event is back! But with a twist…we are taking it virtual!

How it works: if you want to be in the audience on the night you will need to make a pledge on Crowdfunder to receive the livestream link via Zoom.

Your pledge includes a donation to the seedfunding pots, the opportunity to ask questions to the pitchers, live music from Grace Lightman (pictured above) and, of course, a vote for which PAW projects get the cash!

So, who's pitching?!
1. Genius Treasure Collection by Huhtamaki Wab (top left)
The Genius Treasure Collection is made up of roughly 300 artworks by mostly anonymous makers found predominantly in car boots and markets. It includes various scale sculpture, painting, drawings and other objects. The collection was opened up as a museum in the collectors bedroom in Southwark, London, between 2018 and 2019. Huhtamaki’s plan is to bring the Genius Treasure Collection to Devon for PAW2020.

Pollenize CIC (top right)
Pollenize Community Interest Company is a pollinator conservation project utilising the power of community beekeeping, product design, citizen science, IoT sensors, big data and environmental DNA techniques to combat pollinator decline. Pollenize are pitching to run a (socially distanced) flash mob at PAW 2020.

Art & Energy CIC (bottom left)
Art & Energy CIC stimulate conversation about energy use and the climate through creativity and hands-on experience. Their project Moths to a Flame will engage with thousands of people through an installation of UV moths, a book, an augmented reality colouring sheet, a digital artwork and soundscape. They want to take these up to Glasgow to coincide with the UN climate conference COP26, taking the voice of the South West to world leaders!

Plymouth Play Scrapstore CIC (bottom right)
The 'Home of Playful Creativity' is run by trustees, a staff team and a team of incredible volunteers, where stuff destined for bins is collected to give it a chance for another adventure. The donations of 'scrap' come from factories, industry and business as well as craft cupboards that need a makeover! They check it over and then make the 'loveliness' available for others to select and become part of their creative, playful journey.


Want to be in the audience?
Make a pledge on our Crowdfunder!

Any questions about the event, email:

Plymouth Art Weekender is an ambitious three-day event that will take place across the city from 25-27 September 2020. The Weekender celebrates Plymouth’s visual arts scene and promotes the city as an exciting contemporary art destination with exhibitions, activities and commissions by local, national and international artists.

Grace Lightman is a Plymouth-based solo artist, hailing from London following the release of her debut solo album 'Silver Eater' released in July of 2019. Lightman explores the ideas of humanity and alienation throughout this concept album via her alias, the Silver Eater; and alien who has arrived on Planet Earth and has fallen in love with the human race. 'Silver Eater' was written and produced across London, Plymouth and Newton Abbot - giving Lightman a longing to spend more time in the South West where her alias was created. She moved to Plymouth in August 2019, and has immersed herself in the buzzing music and creative scene here.

'Silver Eater' is available to buy on 12inch vinyl, CD and can be streamed on all major streaming platforms. Click here for links: