William Luz

A Pavilion for U.S.

Various locations along Union Street

Some booking required

Visual Arts Plymouth CIC in partnership with Nudge Community Builders CBS have co-commissioned William Luz, a Plymouth-based artist, to create a temporary public art work in the Union Street area as part of Plymouth Art Weekender 2020.

A screen appears. It has 8 panels. It moves, up and down the street, dancing around the Octagon. It reflects, refracts and broadcasts back the street to the street. Referencing Victorian decency, more modern illicit indecencies and the current etiquette of distancing, exploring the notion of union through the built environment of Union Street. 

A Pavilion for U.S. is an invitation, an artwork and a site for exhibition and exchange, informed and embellished by local communities. Over the course of the Weekender, through a range of activities, resources and performances, the structure will offer a space to discuss themes around unity; including oneness, togetherness and political forms of coupling, and where better to begin than Union Street?

Engaging with the commission:

Friday 25 September - Oneness | Next to British Heart Foundation / Two Trees site / opposite Plymouth Pavilions

  • 11am-12pm: Coffee Morning (booking required)
  • 12-1pm: Book Group (booking required)
  • 2-4pm: Arranging for Flowers
  • 5-6pm: Listening Party - Oneness

Saturday 26 September - Togetherness | Outside the New Palace Theatre

  • 11am-12pm Coffee Morning (booking required)
  • 1-1.30pm: Performance (booking preferred)
  • 3.30-4pm: Performance (booking preferred)
  • 5-6pm: Listening Party - Togetherness

Sunday 27 September - Certified | Outside Devonshire House, corner of Union Street and Octagon Street

  • 11am-12pm: Coffee Morning (booking required)
  • 1-4pm: Do You Agree? Get Certified!
  • 5-6pm: Listening Party - Certified

Coffee mornings: Bring a cup of coffee or tea along and spend some time at the pavilion, chat to the artist about the ideas behind the work, and share your thoughts about Unity and Union Street

Book group: Join the artist to explore the Union Street Library, a collection of books loosely connected to different ideas of Union. Perhaps you might want to bring a book to add to the library, or pick a book from the library and discuss interpretations and ideas of Union

Arranging for Flowers: Know someone who could do with some flowers? On the site of the Plymouth Botanical Gardens, the artist will be making postcard-sized collages of flower arrangements for you to send to someone (or keep!) No booking necessary

Listening Parties: Specially-made playlists will be aired, which can be listened to at the Pavilion or online. No booking necessary

Performances: the artist will perform specially written texts based on the history of Union Street and responses from call-outs over the last few months

Do You Agree? Get Certified! Unionise! Do you have rights that need standing up for? Join in a discussion about what unions are for today and what union you would be a part of. No booking necessary

William Luz (b.1984) is an artist originally from the West Midlands, now based in Plymouth, UK. His work is about drawing in an expanded sense mainly through works on paper, prints, ceramics and video. He has a focus on process that aims to refer directly back to the act of making itself, the materiality of making and the performative nature of an artists work. He is currently studying MA Drawing at Plymouth College of Art and is one third of Nous Vous, a collective of artists and friends. William has exhibited nationally and abroad in numerous solo and group shows.