Lucy Orta shows at Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth Arts Centre

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Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth Arts Centre have come together for an exhibition and series of free workshops and events with the international artist Lucy Orta. The exhibitions runs in both venues from Thursday, September 17 to Saturday, October 31.

Lucy Orta’s work examines the social bonds within communities and the relationships between individuals and their environments. Presented in both venues, this exhibition brings together sculptures, videos, objects, drawings and photographs created by Orta over the last 10 years for a diverse range of collaborative projects, performances, installations and social interventions held in cities around the world.

Lucy Orta draws inspiration from a variety of disciplines including fashion, architecture, design philosophy, social activism and traditional art practice.

Conceptual in her approach, she is also innovative and experimental; creating modular and transformable objects such as wearable shelters, survival kits, giant dinner parties and mobile kitchens that are both functional and utopian.


Orta Open Forum

Thursday, October 1 / 6.30pm / Free
Marianne Torrance presents a discussion responding to the Lucy Orta exhibition in the context of two conferences hosted by Plymouth College of Art and Centre for Sustainability in September.

Up Cycling Fashion
Workshop for adults / Saturday 10 October  / 11am – 5pm  / Free
Join Jenny Ambrose, designer and director of creative fashion label Enamore. Make your own bespoke garments and up cycle clothes, led by this innovative designer. Enamore is a clothing, lingerie and accessories company using organic, sustainable and vintage fabrics. This workshop also explores the clothes created by Lucy Orta in the 1990s, working with the Salvation Army Paris and New York, as a result of workshops with the residents of the Cité de Refuge in Paris.
Materials are provided but do bring your own garments.

Crafty Social 
Drop-in workshop for adults and anyone over 6 years
Saturday, October 24
11am – 5pm  / Free
Join artist Maddy Pethick and recycle, swap and customise clothes and soft furnishings in a friendly and social environment.  Bring some garments to swap or customise. You can stay all day or just for an hour. Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Lucy Orta talk
Thursday, October  29  / 6.30pm / Free
A unique opportunity to hear seminal artist Lucy Orta talk about her past and future work and life dedication to challenging society and politics through art.

Advanced booking essential for all events/workshops/talks phone Plymouth Arts Centre’s Box Office on 01752 276993