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We The People at PAC – update!

I will be revisiting the We The People Are The Work exhibition at Plymouth Arts Centre several times hopefully during its stay, because the exhibition will be changing and growing over that time as local groups of people come to add to it.  I wrote about my first visit here.

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Fabric and tape ready for screenprinting

This post will be mostly pictures of what has been happening there so far, which is mostly plans and conversations.  Alongside the prints by Ciara Phillips the walls are covered in notes from Ciara’s meetings with the different groups of people she is working with, which includes students from Plymouth College of Art.  Laura Kelly was there today as a gallery explainer and she talked to me about her experience being part of the process.  Reading the notes and hearing her talk about them is really interesting, I took photos of some of the ones that I liked most and wanted to remember.

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“Don’t be upset if it’s only a few that get involved because it’s only a few that will make a change.”

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“We do not make art for the public.  We are the public that makes art.”

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“It is not a benefit.  It’s our money.”  This piece has come from conversations with Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI).

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“Get off your phones, Have some more fun, Talk to your kids, And play in the sun”.  This is part of a poem by Madeleine Elliott age 10.

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This picture shows some of the notes and materials which will be used to create the pieces of art.

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Because the work is being created right now, the pieces can respond to news and current events as they happen.

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I will revisit the exhibition and write more in a couple of weeks, but I would definitely recommend visiting to look at all the notes being made in the process of discovering what the different people want to talk and make art about.

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I.Am.Not.A.Robot

Today I stopped by Radiant Gallery for the I.Am.Not.A.Robot exhibition.

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There are lots of small metal creatures in birdcages hanging from a fabric forest.

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Most of the creatures are asleep but some are awake and waiting to be talked to.

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Every creature has unique features, some have beaks, some have antlers, others have big cat ears or spiky ears.

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There is a comfy sofa and some books so you can sit and read aloud to the creatures to make them happy.  Sometimes, the creatures will sing..

This exhibition was adorable but also sad because of the context.  It has been created and curated by a small group of young people who are in foster care, working with curators and artists from Effervescent.  The exhibition is intended to make us think about issues around foster caring and how children in foster care are maybe seen by other people and by themselves.  It will probably give you a lump in your throat and it is one of the most moving exhibitions I have visited.

The singing happens once an hour, around the beginning of the hour.  Get there a bit earlier than that to look around in quiet and read the exhibition materials.  Sit on the sofa and read a book aloud to yourself and the creatures (I recommend The Melancholy Death Of Oyster Boy which I discovered there).  Most importantly, wait to hear the creatures sing!

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The exhibition will be on until the 25th November.  I will be going back again and taking friends with me because I think this is an exhibition a lot of them will enjoy and it is a really thought-provoking and sweet experience.

 

 

Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 – Day 3

Today my plan was to visit as many of the Plymouth Art Weekender events as possible before the festival ended.  I wanted to make sure I took part in some of the different art workshops around Plymouth, so finding venues with workshops happening was my highest priority, and I had two boxes left of zines to take with me.  I sat down with my family and we made a plan together.

Our first stop was Ocean Studios.  I dropped off some YEA ’17 zines in the cafe area and had a look at the portrait exhibition U + ME = US by Jojo on the way to the Made In Plymouth Maker’s Table, where we created papier-mache people for a family sculpture.  I haven’t worked with paper-mache much before, and though gluing layers and layers of paper over each other was messy and fiddly, I had a really good time.  While I was there, lots of families and young children came and had a go at making the sculptures, and the atmosphere was friendly and active, but also relaxed.  We left our paper people with there to be arranged later into the bigger sculpture.

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Making papier-mache people at the Ocean Studios Maker’s Table

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Me with my papier-mache sculpture

I wanted to see Laura Edmunds’ drawing and sound exhibition A Soft Introduction upstairs, so I left the workshop early to check it out.  I spoke to Laura and learned that the sounds had been recorded on very sensitive microphones placed around her body while she drew and painted her pieces.  There was a circle of speakers and I stood in the centre to listen, the sounds were soothing and mysterious, and reminded me of the sea.  On display were around 69 of Laura’s drawings, and she described drawing them as almost like making musical notation.  I thought they looked like a visual representation of her subconscious train of thoughts, and the overall feeling was serene.

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A section of nine of Laura’s drawings from A Soft Introduction

I made my way back downstairs to join Sue Lewry’s monoprinting workshop.  I was given a small rectangular plate which I inked with a roller, then I arranged pieces of textured wallpaper, cardboard and other materials on top of it, and each piece I inked with a different colour.  I placed it carefully for registration with a piece of paper on top then it was put through a rolling printing press.  This workshop was more quick paced than the earlier one as lots of people were around the table using the inks and press, but it was still a lot of fun.  I like monoprinting and would like to try incorporating it into my illustration work in the future.

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My monoprint from Sue Lewry’s printing workshop

I headed off from Ocean to my next destination which was to Plymouth School of Creative Arts (PSCA).  I delivered the last box of YEA ’17 zines here, and went up the stairs to visit the exhibitions.  First I looked at Three In One, an exhibition by Janet Sainsbury, Andy Coldrey, and Charlie O’Sullivan.  Their art worked well together, and I liked Charlie’s sculpture of paper houses and paintings made on a long scroll of old book pages.

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Sculpture by Charlie O’Sullivan for Three In One at PSCA

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One of my favourite paintings in Three In One, by Janet Sainsbury

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My favourite piece of Andy Coldrey’s in Three In One

We then headed up to Janine Rook’s inkblot painting workshop.  Janine was one of my art tutors during my first Saturday Arts Club at Plymouth College of Art, so it was good to see her again and tell her about my new college course.  This workshop was also popular with families, and there was a big display of inkblot paintings from lots of children that had taken part as well as more paintings on all the flat surfaces around.  I used pipettes to carefully place a small number of coloured ink drops on my paper and then folded it down the middle to create patterns.  I learned that inkblot painting is called klecksography and enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere with even the smallest children very quietly concentrating on their pieces.

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Inkblot paintings by Janine Rook

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Several families enjoying the klecksography workshop with Janine Rook

On the same floor as the inkblots was one of the highlights of the day, Funny Blind Date, an exhibition of collages sent to Plymouth from around the world that has been collected together by Object Recordings.  Everything in the collection is an analogue collage, meaning it was put together physically using magazines, posters etc, and scissors and glue, rather than being produced digitally.  There was work from eleven different artists and I was surprised how each one had a very different style and mood to their work.  Some of the pieces were very humourous or witty, and others were more serious or political.  I have never been to an exhibition of collages before and Funny Blind Date was inspirational, showing me that collage can be just as visually interesting and meaningful as drawing and painting.

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This collage from Funny Blind Date made me think about city life and our aspirations

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This collage from Funny Blind Date is interesting because it is made of one full poster, with the pieces rearranged

I had to move on but I paid a quick visit to the Union Street Party just around the corner.  It was smaller than previous years and the road hadn’t been closed off, but even the rain hadn’t stopped people gathering to play drums and dance.  I was disappointed that I didn’t find any participatory art projects here this year as in previous years I have really enjoyed that element of the Party, but it was good to see that even in the rain Plymothians can have a good time!

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It was hard to get a non-blurry shot because everyone at the Union Street Party was so energetic and active!

I also stopped to have a look at Bouys and Girls by Mary Trapp in PSCA’s playground.  This installation features wire and foam sculptures of children wearing lifejackets, suspended over water alongside orange buoys.  It made me think of public information films, on first look the figures look like they are having fun, jumping or dancing, but as I spent more time looking at them they looked more like they were struggling against currents or trying to escape.  I thought it was a really interesting piece of art and I would like to see where Mary takes it next, as she suggested that she would change the arrangement when she moves it to new locations.

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Bouys and Girls by Mary Trapp

My next stop was to the Park Bench Reader by Bram Thomas Arnold, who was going to read from Jurassic Park, but unfortunately my family made a mistake and went to the wrong location so I missed this event.  I was disappointed as it sounded like a fun piece but I am going to look out for Bram’s future projects.  I then went to the Athenaeum to take part in a zine workshop from Make Stuff/Drink Stuff, but unfortunately that had been cancelled!  I think I need to pay more attention to messages on social media next year so I can keep up with the changes that can happen in a big event like the Art Weekender.  Fortunately there were other things to do at the venue so I watched some of Rhys Morgan’s video and sound collage Platform, revisited the Handling Collection, and listened for a while to some poetry on stage (about pants!) for Tears In Rain.  There was a real variety in the building!

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The Travel Wallet by David Shrigley, my favourite piece in the Penryn Handling Collection at the Athenaeum

I was feeling quite tired by now but I really wanted to see some more of the things on my list.  I headed for Studio 102 which had a really interesting sounding exhibition in the PAW programme, I Don’t Believe Birmingham Exists by Adrian BishopI am really glad that I decided to keep going because as soon as I entered I felt energised by Adrian’s paintings.  This is a collection of absurd beliefs illustrated in ink, and the paintings are colourful and energetic and got us all talking and really actively engaged by the work.  Adrian’s exhibition is on until the 8th of October and I would recommend everyone interested in illustration or political and satirical artwork visits the gallery to experience it.  (I only just realised I have seen work by Adrian at Studio 102 before and wrote about it here)

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Ink painting for I Don’t Believe Birmingham Exists by Adrian Bishop in Studio 102

Our last stop was Plymouth Arts Centre as it was just around the corner and I wanted to have a better look at the Dwell installation upstairs.  There was a peaceful tented area with cushions and books by Niamh Lily Wimperis, and a quiet and contemplative arrangement of a dresser with items on top where everything was painted white, by Megan Kathryn Heywood.  I have a copy of their zine (also called Dwell) which I plan to read later.

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Niamh Lily Wimperis’s peaceful interactive installation in PAC

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Dwell, the zine

I had another look around PAC which has been repainted for Ciara Phillips’ work which is ongoing and will be added to over the course of the exhibition.  I plan to visit regularly to check on it and see how it grows as she works with local groups of people.

That is the end of my Weekender posts this year!  I didn’t manage to get to all the things I wanted to, but some exhibitions are still available to visit so I will try to get to them.  I wish the Weekender was on for longer, some of the things I missed but really wished I’d had a chance to get to were Rosie King’s G O N E (preserve us) and the Flameworks Open Day.  I also missed Sketch 2017 at PCA but luckily that is on until 6th October so I will make sure I go before then.

I hope everyone else had as good a Weekender as me and I hope to get even more involved in PAW 2018!

Here are my previous posts about PAW 2017:

Day One

Day Two

 

 

Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 – Day 2

This year was my first year taking part in the Plymouth Art Weekender with my own art project.  I worked with other young artists from YEA Plymouth to put together a zine, YEA ’17, full of our art and interviews.  I was the project manager and zine editor and we have been working on the project for the last couple of months.  We applied for funding from Vital Sparks and Horizon and we were able to create 200 copies of our zine, including handmade badges, to give out for free for PAW17.  We numbered all the copies because they are limited edition and exclusive to the festival.  We delivered small handmade boxes full of YEA ’17 zines to some of the Plymouth Art Weekender venues this morning, including Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth College of Art, and Plymouth College of Art Pre-Degree Centre (my own college).

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Our zine YEA ’17 in a handmade display box at PCA

 

Our group was also offered the opportunity to have a table event in the Plymouth Athenaeum.  So today we made up our table, then we spent the day giving away copies of YEA ’17!  We also sold solo zines (including my Gurt Noodle #0) and YEA Plymouth badges to raise money for future projects and materials.  We put a section of our Zine Library out on display for the public to have a look through and brought a typewriter and zinemaking equipment for people to play with.

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YEA Plymouth members Daisy and me at our table, Jenson in the background with my little sister

This was the first time we had ever had our own table at an event/fair, and even though there weren’t many of us to share the load we still had an amazing time.  It gave me an idea of what manning a stall is like, which I really needed since I have my very own stall at this October’s DevCon!  We had to sit and wait for visitors, and when they came we had to talk about our group and our project.  We met some interesting people and they had a lot of questions for us, especially about how YEA Plymouth began.  I was also interviewed by Eleanor (Ellie) Burfitt for her film about the Weekender.

Also in the Athenaeum, there were tables for the board game Flikkin, which has been invented by Plymouth artist Holly Knowles, tables for a book-making workshop by Muster Press, and a table for the Penryn Handling Collection.

 

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The Penryn Handling Collection table

The Penryn Handling Collection is a “collection of objects made by artists, using traditional and modern craft skills in untraditional ways”, and was developed as part of the Penryn Arts Festival (2017).  Visitors were allowed to touch, play, read and talk about the objects on the table.  Some of the most interesting pieces on display were a giant blue plywood hand by the Juneau Project and a travel wallet by David Shrigley.

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Some of the objects on the Handling Collection’s table

The book-making workshop was organised and led by Muster Press.  A few YEA Plymouth members (including myself) took part in this.  Our theme was ‘trees and growth’, and we created stamps of trees.  We made the stamps by carving stamp foam with scissors, pens and scalpels.  We then stamped our creations into books in arrangements, to seem as if we were “growing” a forest.

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Muster Press book-making workshop (Jenson and Jake from YEA Plymouth are behind the plants)

It was refreshing to try work on objects normally seen in backgrounds, as I struggle with drawing backgrounds and need practice.  We sat round the table and formed a production line, which was fun to work together with other people I had never met before, and the books we created are really beautiful.  We weren’t able to bring the books home as they needed some finishing but the guys at Muster Press are going to send them to us later and I will post pictures then.

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The tree stamp I designed, cut and carved

Flikkin is a ‘Flicking Counters’ game, and the first to three goals wins.  Lots of people (even complete strangers) played together and bonded over it.  Some interesting facts about Flikkin are:

  • There are only six boards in the world (so far) and the creator Holly Knowles brought three along today.
  • As well as being the creator of Flikkin, Holly is also the current world champion!
  • My dad, brother, and little sister loved it!
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Flikkin matches with Holly Knowles (top left)

Jenson (my brother and another YEA Plymouth member) demonstrated how to use one of our typewriters to lots of people.  Younger children were really fascinated by it but lots of people had a go.  One of the people there put together all the words and phrases that different people had written into a minizine of found text.

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Typewriter demonstration with Jenson

YEA Plymouth members also helped visitors to create their very own minizines, and we added photocopies of them to our Zine Library.  We have eight new minizines from this event.

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The minizines made during the event

It was a long day but a really good experience being part of the Weekender as an artist and as an organiser.  I got to participate in a workshop and meet a lot of people.  We sold a good number of Gurt Noodle and Sweet Tooth zines and our badges and I feel that the event was successful!

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Three of the YEA Plymouth members: Me, Daisy, and Jenson!

Find out more about the Plymouth Art Weekender here.

My blog posts from this year’s PAW event:

Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 – Day 1

My previous PAW blog posts:

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 1

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 2 – Part 1

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 2 – Part 2

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 2 – Part 3

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 3

 

 

Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 – Day 1

Last year I documented what I saw of the Plymouth Art Weekender, an annual city-wide art event where different galleries and venues open up to the public with temporary art installations made by artists based in Plymouth and abroad. It takes place over three days, and there are lots of exhibitions and events to enjoy.  This year, as an official blogger for PAW, I will try to cover as many of this year’s art installations as I can!

Today, I was part of an art tour surrounding We The People Are The Work, a project that “will explore ideas of power, protest and the public” and involves exhibitions by five sets of international artists in five different venues.  Each project involves working with the public in some way.

People who want to view the exhibitions can visit them individually but the curator Simon Morrissey suggested it is best enjoyed as a tour, starting at Peninsula Arts, then Plymouth College of Art, on to Plymouth Arts Centre, then the Council House, and finally to KARST gallery.

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Image depicting brainstorming for We The People Are The Work (PenArts)

We did our tour in a slightly different order, but still began in Plymouth University’s Peninsula Arts (PenArts) gallery, with a video installation by artists Antonio Vega Macotela and Eduardo Thomas called Advice From a Caterpillar.  The artists are from Mexico City and when they were approached to create a piece for WTPATW they researched Plymouth and decided to do a piece collaborating with extras who had been in the Tim Burton film Alice in Wonderland.  The piece features locations which appeared in the movie or that the actors wanted to talk about.

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Advice From A Caterpillar (PenArts)

Peninsula Arts also has the first of two big black walls called We The People Are The Words which the public are encouraged to write words or doodle on using the provided chalk.

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Cat doodle I drew with chalk in PenArts

We moved on to the second part of our tour, an exhibition in Plymouth Arts Centre (PAC) by Ciara Phillips.  The space has been transformed with new colours, shapes and patterns on the walls and large prints everywhere.

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View of the cafe area in PAC from the ground floor

 

Parts of the gallery have been turned into workspaces with a darkroom, screen printing area, and a relaxing space for reading.  Every week new work will be created here by different groups of people working with Ciara, and that work will be added to the display changing the space over time, until the show ends in November.

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A higher view, this time of the same two prints and a small printing workshop (PAC)

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Screenprinted artwork (PAC)

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A small tent, as part of an art piece about anxieties and peace (PAC)

The second big black wall and chalk set is at Plymouth Arts Centre, and I drew another cat.

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My cat in PAC

We moved on to the Council House which is not usually open to the public because it is still a working building, but the city museum have been negotiating with the council to be able to use it while the museum is being remodelled.  The piece here has been planned by artist Peter Liversidge.  Peter started with doing text generating projects with different members of the public, and the pieces of text were reviewed by the council (to check for anything “problematic”) then compiled into a large book.

The gallery space is taken up with a large white stage where every day two or three sign painters will take requests from visitors, who can choose any piece of text from the book, and create big cardboard signs from them.

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Sign painters painting and assembling signs (Council House)

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Signs painted with the word “nothingness” on top of a cabinet (Council House)

On the way to the next exhibition, we stopped to look at the billboards outside the Council House for the #AtlanticProject.  These bring up questions about what it means to be a good neighbour.

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My favourite of the “Good Neighbour” billboard series

We moved on to KARST for the next WTPATW exhibition.  The artists here are a feminist collective called Claire Fontaine.  As soon as the door opened we smelled burning and smoke.  The first piece here is a huge arrangement of thousands of matches set in the shape of the United Kingdom.  Students from Plymouth College of Art took five days to place the 58500+ matches, and they were set alight on Thursday evening.  The whole place filled up with smoke and parts of the gallery have actually been burned and melted by the process, which was documented.

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View of Claire Fontaine’s piece from a small hole cut out of a doorway (KARST)

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Burned matches in Claire Fontaine’s piece (KARST)

The second room is completely filled with red light and here there are neon signs, some of which are animated and seem to respond to each other.

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A scary message in the second room of Claire Fontaine’s exhibition (KARST)

On the way to the last exhibition we passed by another PAW art piece, The Truth Wall.  This features political letterpress prints by Kiss & Bite Letterpress Studio.

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The Truth Wall

The last stop on our tour was Plymouth College of Art (PCA).  In the gallery here is a film and sound installation by Matt Stokes.  This piece looks at DIY culture and how live music venues are disappearing locally.  Four local independent bands are filmed playing their music live at the locations of once iconic, but now closed, music venues.

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The Bus Station Loonies performing at Plymouth’s recently closed bus station (PCA)

 

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Suck My Culture performing in a flat on the site of the old Van Dike Club

Tomorrow I will be going to The Plymouth Athenaeum to take part in PAW myself at the YEA Plymouth table.  We will be giving away free copies of our collaborative zine YEA ’17 which features work by ten young artists aged 11-16.  This is a Plymouth Art Weekender project and our first big project together.  We will also be selling zines by YEA Plymouth members and badges to raise money for future projects together.

You can find out more about these events and exhibitions online on the Plymouth Art Weekender website.

These are my posts from last year’s PAW event:

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 1

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 2 – Part 1

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 2 – Part 2

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 2 – Part 3

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 – Day 3

NatSatClub Summer Show 2017

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Last year I was a member of the National Saturday Art and Design Club at Plymouth College of Art.  We got to experiment with different media and artforms throughout the year, and take trips to local exhibitions as well as two trips to London for bigger NatSatClub shows featuring our work alongside work made by other groups.

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It was really early so at the services I grabbed an iced coffee..

Our final trip to London was on the 17th of June.  We met up really early to catch our coach just after 6am so we could get to the exhibition at Somerset House around 11am.  It was really busy as hundreds of young people from NatSatClubs around the country had come to see their work on display.  We were greeted and each given goody bags of art supplies, water, and snacks, and shown in to the first area where all the Masterclass work was on display.  Our Masterclass was in making word drawings with Barnaby Barford.

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Plymouth College of Art’s NatSatClub word drawings done in a Masterclass with Barnaby Barford

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Next we went upstairs and had a look around the different clubs’ work.  Plymouth sent in a lot of our work, and the pieces that were chosen for display were our beach glass jewellery, and our glass houses which we made in a class led by our Student Ambassador Ben Lintell.

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Some of the members from Plymouth College of Art National Art & Design Saturday Club 2016-17 stood next to our display at Somerset House.

This video shows our glass houses lit from below with a torch to cast shadows on the white wall.

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My glass house – the design is based on my home and it was etched by sandblasting

 

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Our beach glass jewellery on display

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My piece of jewellery is the one in the centre.  I found a piece of glass and transferred an image  lighthouse onto the back of it, then encased it in silver.

We were all called into a large room filled with benches for a speech by the National Saturday Club founders, Lord and Lady Sorrell.  Then we were called up one by one and received our Certificates and Yearbooks.

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The Plymouth NatSatClub group holding our Certificates

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A sneaky picture at the podium when noone was looking..

After the ceremony some of our group went to the National Portrait Gallery, but I stayed to look around the exhibition for a while longer.  There was a huge amount of different types of work on display by young people from the many clubs, including zines, puppets, film, fashion and ceramics.

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The first projects of our year were self portraits.  We saw these on display on our previous visit to London but smaller versions had been put together into these huge wall displays.

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Self portraits from NatSatClub members

At the end of the day, we met up with the rest of the group to get back to the coach.  Unfortunately, the coach had overheated (it was a really hot day!) and was broken down, leaving us stranded in London!  Our group leaders brought us all water to drink and we took a walk around Covent Garden watching a clown and looking in the Moomin shop.  The coach was fixed in an hour or so, and we headed back on the five hour journey home.

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Me at Somerset House

I was sad that some of the work I was most proud of from our many projects wasn’t put on display, but I hope to be able to put photos up of those pieces here soon, and I did have a really good day.   It was really amazing seeing so much work from young artists all in one place and I was really inspired by all that I saw.  I would recommend joining the group to anyone aged from 14 to 16 who likes art and really wants to try different things.

Below are some photos of work from National Saturday Clubs all around the country.  I have included lots here so that people who didn’t get to go on the trip can still enjoy some of the work we saw.

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There was a “We Want To Be Heard” banner above the exhibition

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Work from Cornwall College

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Work from Cornwall College

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Work from Cornwall College

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Work from Cornwall College

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Work from Cornwall College

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Zines from Kingston University, London

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Work from Cleveland College of Art and Design

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Work from Cleveland College of Art and Design

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Work from Cleveland College of Art and Design

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Work from University of West London

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Work from University of West London

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Work from University of West London

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Work from University of West London

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Work from Standpoint (a collaborative Masterclass between Ravensbourne and Greater Brighton Metropolitan College)

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Work from Cove Park

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Work from Ravensbourne

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Work from Ravensbourne

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Work from Ravensbourne

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Work from Ravensbourne

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Work from Bradford School of Art

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Work from Nottingham Trent University

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Work from Highbury College

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Work from Highbury College

 

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Work from Havering College of Further & Higher Education

 

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Work from University of Huddersfield

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Work from Coleg Sir Gâr

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Work from Bolton School of the Arts

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Work from Bolton School of the Arts

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Work from Banbury and Bicester College

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Work from Banbury and Bicester College

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Work from Banbury and Bicester College

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Work from Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

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Work from Cambridge School of Art

 

 

 

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Work from Cambridge School of Art

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Work from Cambridge School of Art

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Work from East Coast College and Time and Tide Museum

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Work from Goldsmiths

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A frame from an animation by University of Westminster NatSatClub

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Zines by University of the Arts London

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Work by University of the Arts London

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Work by University of the Arts London

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Work by University of the Arts London

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Zines by University of the Arts London

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Work by University of the Arts London

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Work by Grimsby Institute

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Work by Victoria and Albert Museum

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Work by Victoria and Albert Museum

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Work by Victoria and Albert Museum

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Work by University of the Arts London

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Work by Cleveland College of Art & Design

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Work by Cleveland College of Art & Design

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Work by Cleveland College of Art & Design

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Work by Cranford Community College

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Work by Cranford Community College

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Work by Hull School of Art and Design

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Work by Hull School of Art and Design

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Work by Hull School of Art and Design

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Work by Hull School of Art and Design

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Work by University for the Creative Arts Rochester

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Work by University for the Creative Arts Rochester

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Work by University for the Creative Arts Farnham

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Robots made by University of Westminster National Science & Engineering Club

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Work by Kingston University London National Science and Engineering Club

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Work by Ravensbourne Science & Engineering Club

Here are some links to previous posts I have written about NatSatClub:

National Saturday Club Part 1

NA&DSC London Trip

NatSatClub Devon Dialect Project

 

 

Graphic Communication with Typography at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017

After I visited the Illustration degree show, I went to look at the other creative graduate work around the Plymouth University campus.  This post shows my favourite pieces from the BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography show.

Sophie Niman (Instagram)

Sophie had on display her zine SOS #1.  What I like about this zine is how noisy the graphics are, with a mix of busy shapes and active and bright colours.  The black and white checkered pattern is really simple but eye-catching, and looks really great with the black text on yellow “Welcome to #1” labels.

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SOS Magazine  – Zine by Sophie Niman

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Pages from SOS Magazine by Sophie Niman

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Page from SOS Magazine by Sophie Niman

Kaisa Koisti (Instagram)

Kaisa’s project included animation with spinning, flashing and other moving parts, and packets of stickers, to raise awareness of the lack of equal opportunities to female DJs.  I think the use of equipment dials and read-outs to demonstrate the issues is clever and I like how the poster colours make them look like gig posters.

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Equalise the Mix – Campaign poster by Kaisa Koisti

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Equalise the Mix – Campaign design by Kaisa Koisti

Eve Whitehead (Instagram)

Eve’s project promoting veganism has a soft and friendly approach with a powder colour scheme and white text.  It is almost the opposite of the approach taken by Kaisa above.

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The Environmental Impact of Veganism – Posters by Eve Whitehead

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The Environmental Impact of Veganism – Packaging and promotional design by Eve Whitehead

James Dodds (Instagram)

I really like the mixture of different text types used in James’s Analog Magazine, which includes handwritten words of different thicknesses and slopes, typed text, and text which has been printed or stamped.  The magazine looks really interesting and I think it would appeal to graphic designers as well as people who are interested in vintage creative equipment like old cameras and typewriters.

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Analog Magazine – Zine by James Dodds

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Page from Analog Magazine by James Dodds

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Design for Analog Magazine by James Dodds

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Designs for Analog Magazine by James Dodds

Timothy Pascoe (Instagram)

Timothy has created a set of playful images that are great visual representations of the different film genres.  The text is clear but unobtrusive and lets the images take centre stage.

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Great British Classics – Poster design by Timothy Pascoe

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Great British Classics – Cinema ticket design by Timothy Pascoe

Lucy Allen (Instagram)

Lucy has created a zine which draws attention to the design of really useful everyday items that we might overlook as great examples of design, but they are!  I like the way she has limited her colours in each picture to give a 3-d effect to her simple lines.

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Overlooked – Poster design by Lucy Allen

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Overlooked – Zine by Lucy Allen

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Page from Overlooked zine by Lucy Allen

Gemma Beard

Gemma has designed a set of alternative street designs that look at the sort of problems that might happen if we were to start modifying human DNA.  The signs have a dry humour to them and very clear messages that provoke thought.

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Modify? – Design by Gemma Beard

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Modify? – Design by Gemma Beard

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Modify? – Exhibition design by Gemma Beard

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