Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium

Plymouth cultural venues offer a Constellation of contemporary art events

Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium

A partnership of cultural venues in Plymouth is continuing to offer a variety of contemporary art events for residents and arts practitioners, in the build up to the opening of the British Art Show later this year.

The Constellation programme has been devised by the Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium  – a partnership between Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Peninsula Arts University of Plymouth, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth College of Art, i-DAT, KURATOR and Groundwork Trust.

Forthcoming events include an interactive series of Saturday morning lectures led by art historian, curator and critic, Edith Dove at Plymouth Arts Centre. Edith will discuss current developments in contemporary art and look at the many festivals and biennials that take currently take place. The lectures will run on March 12 and 26, and April 9 from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The cost is £10 per session or £25 for all three and more information is available by calling 01752 206114 or visiting the Plymouth Arts Centre site.

Talks are also on offer at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery over the next few weeks. A 30-minute ‘Art Bite’ will take place from 1pm to 1.30pm on Wednesday, March 16.

Assistant keeper of art, Alison Cooper will talk about the contemporary craft in the museum’s collections and Lens by Glenn Carter, a glass commission that currently hangs in the museum’s half landing window. A lunchtime talk about current exhibition, Taking Time: Craft and the Slow Revolution is also on offer from 1.10pm to 2pm on Tuesday 5 April. Admission to both talks is free but advance booking is advised. More details are available from 01752 304774 or the Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery site.

In addition, a day-long Arts Academy training course for newly graduated and experienced artists will take place at Tor Bridge High from 9.30am to 4pm on Wednesday, March 23. The event is being run by Barefoot and will provide tips and practical information about how to work as a successful freelance artist in different educational settings. The cost is just £25 and advance booking is required. Anyone wishing to reserve a place can email or telephone 01752 636700 ext 5654/2389.

“Our events have been really well attended and received since the Constellation programme started in early 2011,” says vice chair or PVAC, Judith Robinson.

“Our aim is to introduce and familiarise people with contemporary art as well as raise the profile of the events and activities that the city’s cultural organisations offer. All our activities are building towards the British Art Show, which is the UK’s most influential contemporary art show and which opens in the City on 17 September for the very first time in its 35-year history.”

British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet will feature works by 39 different artists including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, film and performance.

The exhibition, which showcases the biggest and best of current British contemporary art, will be on display from September 17 to December 4 across five venues including Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery, the Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth Arts Centre and the Plymouth College of Art Gallery. Plymouth is one of only three locations outside London selected by the Hayward Gallery to host this prestigious exhibition, which will be supported by Plymouth City Council and Arts Council England.

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(from a press release)