British Art Show in Plymouth

Multi-media call for schools, colleges and unis to take part in Plymouth’s British Art Show 7

British Art Show in Plymouth

Plymouth and South West schools, colleges and universities are being invited to take part in a unique multimedia project connected to one of the most high-profile works in the British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet.

The Clock by Christian Marclay, is a 24-hour video work that will be shown at the Slaughterhouse, in the Royal William Yard as part of BAS7 (September 17 to December 4).

The piece explores how time, plot and narrative are utilised in cinema, and how they are used to manipulate and skew the viewer’s perception of time. Cinema clips from the past and present that show the time or characters interacting with items such as clocks and watches have been edited together to create a 24-hour long piece of film that constantly remains in synchronisation with real time.

In response to the work the Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium (PVAC), a partnership of arts organisations in the city who are hosting and delivering BAS7, are hoping that as many schools, colleges, education groups and universities will get involved to produce their own Christian Marclay-style video piece. The completed videos will be screened on the BBC Big Screen and in venues while the British Art Show is on display.

“We’re really excited about the British Art Show, which is coming to Plymouth for the first time in its 35-year history,” said PVAC Producer, Oliver Flexman.

“PVAC’s education team will be running and supporting a number of projects in response to the exhibition, which is a landmark contemporary arts event for the region. We hope that anyone who’s interested in taking part in this particular project will get in touch with us as soon as they can.”

Any schools, colleges or universities who are interested in finding out more or getting involved in The Clock project can register their interest now by emailing

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