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Plymouth College of Art invests in city centre home for Foundation Diploma in Art & Design students

Palace Studios, Plymouth College of Art’s new dedicated building for Foundation Diploma in Art & Design students, is due to open August 2017 on Buckwell Street in the heart of Plymouth’s city centre, adjacent to the planned British Land-owned Bretonside multiplex and cinema redevelopment and on the same street as the college’s new Palace Court campus, which was shortlisted for Building of the Year Award last year by The Building Forum for Devon and Cornwall.

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Watch out for a wolf in a sheep’s coat plus precise felt wildlife in 45 Southside’s Creatures 2017 exhibition

At one time or another we have all had our hearts touched by furry or feathered friends. And so have those talented artists connected to Plymouth 45 Southside Gallery in the city’s Barbican.

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Plymouth Festival of Words promises a celebration of literary talent

A Star Wars actor, a Booker Prize nominee, and the acclaimed director of one of the 1980s’ iconic black comedies will be among the lead figures appearing at the inaugural Plymouth Festival of Words.

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Fun and enjoyment from the Portland Square Brass Quintet at The Minster Church of St Andrew, Plymouth

Medics aren’t usually best-known for blowing their own trumpet – except, that is, when they play the top two parts in a brass ensemble. Some three years ago, medical doctors Ben Dawson and Bruce Fox teamed up with academic doctors Debby Cotton (horn) and Matthew Watkinson (tuba) – educational researcher and geologist respectively – and professional trombonist Jamie Dove, to form Portland Square Brass Quintet.

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Joel Munday and Peter Clarke’s lunchtime recital leaves the audience with a spring in their step

Picking a lunchtime recital programme is not unlike planning a midday meal. Shorter and immediately appealing items are generally better tolerated than something heavy and ponderous, and which then might need the rest of the afternoon to digest.

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Romantic colours at their best: David Stevens’s Organ Recital at The Minster Church of St Andrew

David Stevens

With the variety of instrumentalists and singers taking part in this year’s series of Summer Recitals at St Andrew’s, it’s all too easy to forget that the church still has one of the largest, and indeed finest organs in the whole of the South West.

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The piano sings for Samuel Chapple at The Minster Church of St Andrew

Having already commented on the piano tone, it was somewhat worrying to see it miked up this time, where every sound was now going to be amplified, and played back through the PA system – something that tends to make things worse, rather than better.

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St Andrew’s Lunchtime Summer Recital provides musical refreshment in a hot Plymouth

St Andrew’s Lunchtime Summer Recitals provide a welcome opportunity for anyone in the city centre to pop in, and perhaps have something to eat, as time permits. For the mainly-local recitalists involved, it can offer an eminently less-formal performance platform.

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University of Plymouth Choral Society and Sinfonia in stirring form at the Minster Church of St Andrew

There is nothing more disappointing than going to hear a large choir sing something they’ve been working really hard on, only for the guest soloists to end up having all the best bits on the night.

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The sculpture season kicks off – good things come… to Plymouth

L to R - The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art acting Exhibitions Manager Zoe Li artist Susan Collis and curators Hannah Jones and Kevin Hunt
L to R – The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art acting Exhibitions Manager Zoe Li artist Susan Collis and curators Hannah Jones and Kevin Hunt

Opening the Sculpture season in The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, good things come… is a new exhibition curated by Liverpool-based artist and curator Kevin Hunt, in collaboration with The Gallery’s exhibitions manager, Hannah Jones. Bringing together over 35 sculptural works by 17 artists, the exhibition tackles the themes of time and scale implied by the dual readings of the titular phrase.

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The Red House and Plymouth College of Art shortlisted for prestigious international architectural award

The Red House, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and home to Plymouth School of Creative Arts, has been shortlisted in the final six for the prestigious international Architects’ Journal AJ100 Building of the Year award, the authoritative study of business of architecture, alongside buildings such as Buenos Aires Ciudad Casa de Gobierno, the offices of the President of Argentina.

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Plymouth Symphony Orchestra attracts bigger turn out with drama and spirit of performance

Plymouth Symphony Orchestra has been giving three large-scale concerts annually for years – something that needs much time and dedication from players who give their services freely.

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Timorous Beasties find inspiration in student life for the South West

Timorous Beasties, the acclaimed Glasgow and London-based design studio noted for their surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, have created an innovative new exhibition as part of the Textile Design season in The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art. It is the first time that Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, better known as Timorous Beasties, have exhibited in the South West and the exhibition will be open until Saturday 16 April 2016.

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Imbalance – a dance, circus & acrobatic fusion exploring our chaotic, digitally-obsessed lives

Joli Vyann – the acclaimed circus / dance company are on the road with their new show ‘Imbalance’ around the South West, performing at The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth on Friday 18 March.

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Jamie Billing joins Plymouth College of Art

Plymouth College of Art has appointed Jamie Billing as Programme Leader for its new BA (Hons) Design programme. Jamie, who was born in Cornwall and now lives in Saltash, has worked as a consultant in product design, graphics, branding and new media for clients such as The British Museum and Nestlé, was previously Senior Lecturer in Product Design at Nottingham Trent University and graduated from MA Industrial Design at Central St Martins in 2001.

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