Upcoming Events: Plymouth

Searching for local events to feed your inner culture vulture? Then look no further! Have a peruse below to discover our picks of the latest art exhibitions and events in Plymouth.

Heather Phillipson: True to Size, 24th June – 30th August
Plymouth Arts Centre, 38 Looe Street, Plymouth, PL4 0EB
Commissioned for the Arts Council Collection’s 70th anniversary, True to Size contains a mixture of audio, video, and sculptural works. A collision of image, noise, objects, language and bodies, Phillipson’s work explores images of consumption through different forms of communication. The exhibition is free admission and can be found at Plymouth Arts Centre.

Open Studios, 11am – 5pm, 16th July
Ocean Studios, The Cooperage, Royal William Yard, PL1 3RP
Taking place at our very own Ocean Studios, artist residents will be opening their doors to the public for the day. Come along to see craftspeople at work, ask questions and directly buy or commission unique art. Alongside the open studios. we will also be holding a summer Creative Collective market in our indoor space. From prints and fabrics to jewellery and embroidery, a range of local artists will have a selection of work for sale. If you’ve ever wanted to explore all Ocean Studios has to offer, here is the perfect occasion to do so.

The Influence of Italy, on show until 3rd September
Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AJ
Focusing on the works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, an eighteenth-century painter born in Plympton, this exhibition explores the artist’s preoccupation with Italy and the impact it had upon him. The Influence of Italy reveals the country’s art and landscape enduring influence on centuries of artistic imagination. Featuring works by Wilson, Guardi and Northcote, the exhibition can be found at Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery and is also free of charge.

Material Nuclear Culture, 17th June –  13th August
KARST, 22 George Place, Stonehouse, PL1 3NY
Material Nuclear Culture, located at KARST Gallery, explores the heritage of nuclear power submarines in the UK and feeds into wider discussions, from the challenges of radioactive waste storage to cultural legacy and memory. Curated by Ele Carpenter, the exhibition brings together the works of various international artists and offers a range of interesting visual perspectives on the topic.

In the Frame: Plymouth’s Portraits Revealed, on show until 30th July
Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AJ
A great opportunity to both see paintings and discover their personal history, this exhibition has a range of portraits on show. Amongst the works on display are self-portraits by Joshua Reynolds, James Northcote, and Edward Opie, and also paintings of Plymouth’s maritime greats, from Hawkins to Raleigh. Delve deep into a portrait collection with a range of local and historic characters to discover.

Bill Woodrow & Richard Deacon: Don’t Start, 27th May – 1st September
Ocean Studios, The Cooperage, Royal William Yard, PL1 3RP
After showing work separately at Ocean Studio’s opening last year, the artists have returned to present a joint body of work exhibited for the first time. Having originally met as students in the 1960s, Deacon and Woodrow already share a long history of collaboration and continue to work closely together. Inspiration for this exhibition first struck Woodrow when visiting Plymouth Hoe, where he encountered iron models of naval ships. Intrigued, Woodrow contacted their creator and was offered the spare model of a submarine. Through reconstructing it, the artist created an eel-like sculpture and began a process of reassembling with Deacon, the resulting sculptures of which can be seen in the exhibition. Admission free, visit the exhibition during our opening hours and sea it for yourself.

Holly Davey: Here is Where We Came From, 7th May – 3rd September
Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AJ
Here is Where We Came From commemorates the 75 years since the Plymouth Blitz, with the artist taking inspiration from Lee Miller’s 1945 photo of a bombed-out English chapel. Transforming a large glass cabinet in Southampton City Art Gallery, Davey has replaced the fragile objects it once held with rubble. Not only poignant in historical terms, the piece also strikes a chord with the gallery itself, which was one of the few buildings to survive the war and is about to embark upon major redevelopment.


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