Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

The Market at Union Corner

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Manor Street Market today

Today I took part in the monthly Manor Street Market.  Me and my family have visited for the past couple of months and there are always different stalls to check out and people to talk to, and tea, coffee, cakes and lunch inside Union Corner, which is on Union Street right next to the market.

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Me getting ready for the market to open!

At today’s market as well as my table there were stalls selling books, jewellery, glass pendants and ornaments, secondhand items, and the people from Royal Adelaide Art & Yoga selling zines, cards, prints and more.

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My brother and sister eating some lunch inside Union Corner

Union Corner is a community hub and meeting place, which has different events and groups meeting there on most days, for example for yoga, tai chi, drama, and the 100 Homes Project workshops – you can see their calendar on their website.

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Books my family bought today!

The next Market is on Sunday 19th August and I hope to have a table there too – make sure to follow Nudge Community on Instagram and Twitter to keep updated.  If you’re a local seller get in touch with them to book a table, they are also looking for musicians and street performers to create an exciting atmsophere and make the market into a regular community event.

Thanks to my dad for these photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events and Exhibitions

Ancient Scent: Ireland

Today I went to St. Saviours’ Hall on the Barbican for an exhibition by Ancient Scent, a group of artists who take residencies in different places.  Their project Ancient Scent: Ireland was a residency “inspired by the spirit of Ithell Colquhoun’s own journey to Ireland, recorded in her psychogeographical memoir”.  During this project, Ancient Scent spent a week in Ascendancy House in Ballycumber, and visiting sites such as Durrow Abbey, Clonmacnoise, and Leap Castle.  The work in the exhibition was made after their return in April 2017, and created during group art workshops.

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The OTT cult’s (founded by Lally MacBeth) fashionable knitwear

 

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Ceramic bowl and knife and fork set
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Donation box, a book of stories, and zines made for the exhibition
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Big ceramic bowl

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A few my favourites from the collection of ceramic pieces made by Ancient Scent!
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Collaborative ceramic pieces
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Andrew Sneyd/Lyn Andrewes – Interaction Between 3 Elements – Oil painting
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Lyn Andrewes – The Wells of Leamonaghan Parish, The Dark Well – Mosaic
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Collaborative pottery – inspired by the “banquets” Ancient Scent had during their residency!
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Postcards of Phebe Placement’s artwork
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“Sad Spaniel Bird” – Weird and creepy!
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An OTT wall decoration
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Altar Slab – I love how mysterious and witchy it looks!
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Drawings made by rubbing charcoal on paper and then making “her ancestors” from the shapes
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A huge collage painting
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Two cute characters made using Rorschach print methods
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A small sculpture trapped in glass
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“Everything gets Embroidered”
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Two of three creepy clown-like sculptures – Where did the last one go..?
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 Loads of small ceramic pots made for holding different sorts of things
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Phoebe Placement – Drawing (or a print?) on silk
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Close up of Penny MacBeth’s Eiru Beneath the Sea of Green on a lightbox
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Penny MacBeth – Head of Lugh II – Seems almost angelic!
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A print of one of Phoebe Placement’s pieces

The artistic styles and the mediums which Ancient Scent use are really diverse, from photography, to pottery and ceramics, all the way to creating an imaginary cult.  The individual artists within the collective inspire each other’s work, so the exhibition isn’t just a lot of different objects on the same theme, but feels more like a full fusion of all of the artists’ skills and ideas.  Walking around and looking at the pieces was like wandering through a folktale, serene and magical at times then creepy and menacing at others.  I’ve never been to an exhibition quite like this before, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of Ancient Scent’s work.

Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Give Up Your Day Job

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Me at Give Up Your Day Job!

On Sunday 10th December I had a table at Give Up Your Day Job, which is a D.I.Y. art fair “and punk rock flea market kinda thing” held at The Junction, Plymouth.  This event is really focused on Plymouth’s indie and punk makers, with stalls selling t-shirts, zines, embroidered items, ceramics, cards, prints, and lots more.

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Zine by South Coast Rats

I like this event a lot, the diy giveupcommunity seems really close and friendly and there was a great atmosphere all day.  Dan of Il Pleut Screenprinting and South Coast Rats, who was one of the organisers of the event, came over and gave me a copy of this zine, full of photography and collage, which made me feel very welcome.  There was even a stall selling fresh homemade vegan cakes and snacks where my brother got a chocolate brownie which he says was really good.

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Embroidered t-shirt by Jasmin Griffiths

I was offered the opportunity to exchange art with my table neighbour Jasmin Griffiths which I was pleased about as her embroidered t-shirts are really cool.  I like her sweet but sour minimalistic designs.

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Zine by Paige Nicholas

My neighbour on my other side was Paige Nicholas, an illustrator who draws punk inspired portraits, and I got a copy of her zine.

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Rachel Hall’s table

Rachel Hall is a Bristol based illustrator who makes prints based on lyrics, space and science fiction.  I thought her postcards based on Star Wars and The X-Files were adorable and quirky.

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Lalala Pompom comics

Benjamin Wright and Isaac Lenkiewicz from Lalala Pompom comics were also there.  Ben is an illustration tutor in Plymouth and one of the team behind Drink and Draw Plymouth and Tiny Mart, and he and Isaac publish lots of funny but twisted risograph comic zines.  This time I got a copy of Turtles Fighters Live to add to my growing collection of their work.

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Comic zine by Isaac Lenkiewicz and Benjamin Wright

My dad was helping me out on my stall, but I only live around the corner from The Junction so the rest of my family also came down for a visit.  My mum bought herself a book from Blind Spot Distro, who specialise in vintage sci-fi and fantasy, which she was quite pleased about.

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Book from the Blind Spot Distro stall

I took my badge maker with me so visitors could create their own badges, here are the ones I managed to get photos of.  The top left one is one of mine.

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Badges created at the event

This was my second time at Give Up Your Day Job, but my first as a table holder.  I came earlier this year and met Max from Shake Bristol and Lize Meddings from The Sad Ghost Club, so I felt proud to be able to take part myself this time.  It is a really chilled out event, small in size, big in heart and full of independent and alternative local makers.  Watch their Instagram for details of the next one!

Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Tiny Mart

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Me at my Tiny Mart table!

On the 7th December I had my own table at the Tiny Mart Xmas Fair, where local maker-sellers gathered to offer their zines, comics, art prints, and more.  The event was organised by the Plymouth Drink and Draw team. Drink and Draw is a social drawing event which happens monthly on the first Thursday of every month in Boston Tea Party, Plymouth.  This is the second Tiny Mart event they have organised this year, I went to the first in May as a visitor and was really excited to be able to take part in this one as a table holder myself.

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Casting Call zine by Alice Kensington

There were lots of awesome illustrators there who I admire, including Alice Kensington, LJ Durose, Cath Garvey, Adam Endacott, and the 2 Plums collective.  Check them out (the links are to their Instagram accounts).  I wasn’t able to buy much this time as my funds were short and I was busy at my own table, but I did manage to get the newest zine from Alice Kensington, Casting Call.  I really wanted to offer swaps at the other tables but was too shy, I really need to work on that next time!  If you see me around and want to swap anything, please ask me because I’m really up for exchanges with other artists!

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My haul of zines from May’s Tiny Mart!

Make sure to take a look at the #tinymart and #drinkdrawplymouth tags to get a sense of what Tiny Mart is all about, hopefully there will be another one soon, and if you like to draw and illustrate then I really recommend coming along to Drink and Draw, it is a lot of fun and a really friendly environment.

 

 

 

Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Events this week!

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Some of my badges
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My Gurt Noodle zines

 

I will have tables at two events next week in Plymouth so come along and say hello, check out my zines and other cool stuff and see what other unique items are on sale from lots of local artists and illustrators!  Both events are free entry and there will be lots of awesome things to look at and people to talk to, more details below:

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Tiny Mart Maker-Seller Xmas Fair is on Thursday 7th December, 4.30-8.30pm at Boston Tea PartyFollow Drink and Draw Plymouth who organise Tiny Mart on Instagram.

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Give Up Your Day Job DIY Art Fair is on Sunday 10th December, 12-5pm at The Junction.  Follow Give Up Your Day Job on Instagram.

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We (YEA and PAC) have also been able to open a couple of extra spaces at the Creative Writing workshop for 11-19 year olds on Saturday 9th December so book a place quickly if you haven’t yet and want to!

 

Events and Exhibitions, Personal Work

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

 

 

Events and Exhibitions

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