Plymouth Art Weekender 2017
22nd September 2017 - 24th September 2017
PLYMOUTH ART WEEKENDER 2017
Plymouth Art Weekender is an ambitious three day event that takes place annually across the city. The third Weekender will be held on the 22nd -24th September 2017. The event is produced by Visual Arts Plymouth and for the next two years the event is coordinated by curatorial duo, Field Notes.
For this year’s Plymouth Art Weekender, Ocean Studios will have a range on offer for you. From family workshops and activities to exhibitions and open studios, our building will be bustling with creativity.
Across the three days, there will be something different for you to discover. Interested in creating zines? Camilla Stacey will be delivering an exciting workshop, guiding self-expression through self-publication. Want to try your hand at something new? We will be offering workshop tasters, in addition to free papier-mâché making sessions, for which you’ll help to create a brilliantly big sculpture for display.
What’s more? There will be two exhibitions on display: Laura Edmunds will be unveiling a new body of work (A Soft Introdcution) whilst photographer Jojo will be showing his portraits of local people, focusing on single mothers and soul mates (U + ME = US). Our residents will also be opening their studio doors to you, giving you the chance to navigate our building and see the eclectic creative talent within it. Make sure to keep a look-out for a long knitted chain, created in aid of Jeremiah’s Journey Charity.
This year’s Weekender also welcomes our recent resident Fotonow CIC, an organisation using creative media to create social change. Find them in our photography corridor, showcasing DCRS asylum refugee project. Another recent addition is our Column Bakehouse Café, where you will find delicious delights and a place to have a peaceful break. Please find the event timings below:
LAURA EDMUNDS, ‘A SOFT INTRODUCTION’: FRIDAY 22ND – SUNDAY 24TH, 10AM-5PM.
FOTONOW CIC, ‘DCRS ASYLUM REFUGEE PROJECT’: FRIDAY 22ND – SUNDAY 24TH,
JOJO, ‘U + ME = US’: FRIDAY 22ND – SUNDAY 24TH, 10AM-7PM.
CAMILLA STACEY, ZINE WORKSHOP: FRIDAY 22ND, 12-4PM.
MAKING TASTERS AT OCEAN STUDIOS; SATURDAY 23RD – SUNDAY 24TH
FAMILY FIGURE-MAKING: SATURDAY 23RD – SUNDAY 24TH, 10AM-4PM
OPEN STUDIOS: SATURDAY 23RD – SUNDAY 24TH, 11AM-4PM.
JEREMIAH’S JOURNEY: SATURDAY 23RD – SUNDAY 24TH
Laura Edmunds - 'A Soft Introduction', image credit Dom Moore
Individual Event Information
Ocean Studios Open Studios
During this year’s Art Weekender, the residents of Ocean Studios will be opening their doors to you. Here is the perfect opportunity to explore our entire building, giving you a glimpse into our artist spaces and the variety of work created within them. Our residents work across a wide range of practices, from painting and photography to textiles and knitwear design. Open Studios gives you the chance to see this eclectic work in development, discuss it with each of our residents and even make a purchase. Local talent is key in Plymouth’s burgeoning status as a city of culture – see it in action over the weekend! Open Studios will be taking place both Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm.
Plymouth Knitters are linking together - quite literally - in aid of Jeremiah's Journey, a Plymouth-based charity for grieving children, young people and families. A community of local knitters have created a yarn bombing project, including resident Susie Abel, all in the name of a good cause. They have each been sponsored to knit links, with all proceeds going to Jeremiah's Journey. The links will join together to make an immense knitted trail - see how far it reaches on display, at Ocean Studios during Saturday and Sunday of Art Weekender.
Zine Workshop with Camilla Stacey
Come to Ocean Studios on the first day of Art Weekender, and create a collaborative zine under the guidance of Camilla Stacey. Self-described as 'a curator, artist, crafter and cat owner', Camilla is based in Penryn, Cornwall, where she completed an MA in Curatorial Practice in 2011. She will be taking over the Makers Table in our Cafe/Gallery Space on Friday 22nd, teaching you how to create zines.
A popular form of self-publication, zines allow for self-expression and independent content. Camilla will teach about its history and how to make a one-page mini zine, which will contribute a page to a collaborative Art Weekender zine.
Laura Edmunds: A Soft Introduction
Laura will be revealing a new body of work, A Soft Introduction, which explores residue, affect and energy through both sound and drawing. The Welsh-born and Plymouth-based artist is particularly interested in phenomenology and the drawn mark, working expansively across various practices.
This body of work has been in development since January 2016, with guidance from Hannah Rose (of LOW PROFILE) through VAP's Plymouth Platform mentoring Programme. A Soft Introduction will be on show across this year's Plymouth Art Weekender (22-24 September) in Ocean Studios' Event Space.
JoJo: U + ME = US
U + ME = US encompasses an on-going series of projects documenting 'real people' by Plymouth-based photographer, Jojo. He explores different dynamics, from 'fathers and sons' to 'people and pooches' - two projects currently in development. His quest is to capture, to communicate, some essence of the intangible mystery that connects us to those we love.
Photographing his subjects within their domestic environment, Jojo takes a traditional approach which includes sepia toning the final images. This creates a visual juxtaposition, between the appearing oldness of the photograph and the contemporary subjects within it.
For twenty years, Jojo has been documenting the people of Plymouth in books and exhibitions. Despite being well-known for his naked portraits, this exhibition focuses on familial relationships from soul-mates to single mothers and features no nudity. U + ME = US will be on show for the majority of September, including across Art Weekender, in our Gallery/Café.
Family Figure Making
Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of papier-mache and create a figure to become part of a family sculpture... Help to create a magical synergising sculpture over Art Weekender. You will craft an individual papier-mâché figure, which will join together to form a brilliantly big sculpture for display.
There's no need to book; drop in for half an hour of fun crafting and make your own unique paper person. Under the guidance of a teacher with decades of experience, you can construct your own character and leave it with us to dry. The next time you return to the Royal William Yard, call in and find your papier-mâché figure. See the part it plays in the final 3D art form alongside all the other Art Weekender paper people creations. Making and creating is always fun - we hope you can find the time to call in and visit us at Ocean Studios' Makers Table in the Cafe.
more information coming soon...