Plymouth College of Art (or PCA) is a local art college thats spans across three campuses, each with a different set of courses – Tavistock Place (Undergrad and Postgrad), Palace Studios (Foundation Diploma), and Palace Court (Pre-Degree). PCA always has really interesting and innovative projects for Plymouth Art Weekender, and they have almost always featured their own staff and students to show off their artwork.
For PAW ’18, in Palace Studios there was an exhibition of work made by Foundation Art & Design students called It WILL Change!. For this project, all the participating artists had to base their work around the theme for the exhibition – protest and activism. They had an extremely short amount of time to produce this work as a challenge, but were allowed to submit recent artwork that did play into the theme. I was really impressed about how well it came together and the variety of artwork. Here are a few of my favourites:
There was also a long piece of paper (called a “colouring wall”) stretched out on the floor that was filled with black and white doodle drawings to colour in. The project was intended to draw attention to how tools like colouring books are promoted as forms of therapy, but that they can’t be a substitute for professional care, which is difficult to access.
Dr. Antigoni Pasidi is a lecturer in Fine Art at PCA, and is also a visual artist herself. Her piece, Self Made Structures, is a sculptural installation incorporating screenprinting of photography and text on tarpaulin.
YEA ’18 visit from PCA Young Arts Club!
My group YEA Plymouth had our own event on Saturday comprising our exhibition of work by 11-19 year old artists YEA ’18, and also a workshop space with different creative activities. I will be writing all about this later, but for now I want to say how cool it was to have this year’s PCA National Saturday Club visit our event with their tutor Kate Marshall, especially as I am an alumni of NatSatClub myself (2016-17) when Kate was my own tutor.
It was really good to see her new class and to think they might enjoy or be inspired by the work I am doing now with other young artists. I hope some of them consider joining YEA and taking part in our future projects with us.
More photos from other PAW18 venues to follow!