Events and Exhibitions

Nowhere Illustration Fair, Sat 20th Oct

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Today in Plymouth! Nowhere Illustration Fair, open from 12 till 6, in The Clipper on Union Street. I’ll be selling work alongside a bunch of local illustrators, makers, and more, so make sure to come and check it out!

 

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Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Zine Workshop coming up this month!

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Open to all, but under 16’s should come with an adult. Learn to make a minizine or work on a more substantial project (Halloween themes encouraged!). I’ll be bringing useful DIY zinemaking equipment like pens, old magazines, glue, scissors, paper, a large paper cutter/guillotine and a booklet stapler.  I’ll also be bringing the Plymouth Zine Library collection, and books on making zines and comics.

Anyone can have a go at making a zine, you don’t need to be the world’s best artist, or photographer, or writer. If you have something you want to say or ideas you want to work through, zinemaking is an ideal way of doing it. You can make a random collage zine, a humour zine, a comic, a culture/music/film fanzine, a personal zine, a political zine, an art zine..

Come along and if you’re new to this I’ll get you started. If you’re not new, bring a project or start a new one with company and free tea and coffee!

When: Sunday 28th October 1-5pm

Cost: £2 per person towards rent and materials

Where: Union Corner, Union Street, Stonehouse, PL1 3EZ

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(Cross posted to the YEA Plymouth blog)

Events and Exhibitions

PAW18 – Plymouth College of Art

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.

Palace Studios

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Letterpress poster for It WILL Change

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:

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“Our perfect world – Polluted.” A submitted piece based around pollution and garbage
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A satirical project about train ticket prices and travelling to and from work

 

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Emily Warren’s piece on “the identity of the modern woman”

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.

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My little sister with the colouring wall

Tavistock Place

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.

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Self Made Structures
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Self Made Structures – photo detail
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Self Made Structures – text detail

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.

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PCA’s National Saturday Club at the YEA ’18 exhibition

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events and Exhibitions

Plymouth Art Weekender!

This weekender is Plymouth Art Weekender 2018 – I will be covering it on this blog but I am off to a bad start as the past two days of PAW have been absolutely insane!

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I’ll be writing more about the events I visited yesterday, but it’s late so for now here is a satirical piece of work from the It WILL Change! exhibition by Plymouth College of Art’s Foundation students at Palace Studios (open Fri-Sun 11-6pm)

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Artwork at It WILL Change!

I intended to post a blog in the evening but I went to the Opening Night for the Atlantic Project and watched Ryoji Ikeda’s Supercodex performance which was stupendous!

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Supercodex

I couldn’t work late on my blog after that because I was up all night (well, until 3am) working on last minute preparations for YEA ’18, the first exhibition I have ever curated myself.

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Me with some of the other artists from YEA ’18

Tomorrow I’ll be blogging short updates from around the Weekender’s Sunday events, as well as posting up photos on Instagram. And then tomorrow evening I’ll be in here making a start on writing about my experiences over the whole weekend.

If you’re in Plymouth, you have one more day to take in this year’s Weekender!

 

 

Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

I will be at the opening of The Clipper!

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I will be at The Clipper this week making badges, taking commissions and most importantly talking to people about YEA Plymouth our PAW 2018 project, and about the Plymouth Zine Library and zine workshops!

The Clipper is open to the public on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July from 12-6pm, and Saturday will be a Community Open Day with food, music and activities. Come down and see what is going on and have a chat to me at 65 Union Street, Stonehouse PL1 3LU!

P.S. My poster was inspired by a detail in an amazing mural in The Clipper and the sign in the window:

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Clipper mural, the inside of the building was still being worked on in this photo
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The woman in the mural who inspired my poster
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Photo of The Clipper before it was repainted from here, you can see the sign which inspired me in the top window

 

 

Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Zine Workshops at Union Corner

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Some of the zines people made in June at the zine workshop

In June I started organising zine workshops again using Union Corner as my new venue for those and the zine library I curate, as it is very close to where I live and I want to support my local community resources.  (I had to take a break from the zine workshops to put my time into organising arts workshops at Plymouth Arts Centre for YEA Plymouth, which is a group I lead for young people aged 11-19).

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My poster for the June workshop

The workshop went pretty well for the first time in a new place, there were several younger people than usual because I think a lot of local students have gone away for the summer.  I am booking in the next one for later this month and I hope I can make it a regular monthly event!

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A selection from the Zine Library to browse at the workshop

I will be writing a blog soon about why I think making zines is really great for people to do, especially creative people who want to get their work out there and share it, and people who want to get their thoughts down in an interesting way, or just play with new ideas.

 

 

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!