Horizon

Horizon will be a game-changing programme of activity for Plymouth, placing the city firmly as a leading cultural destination and developing major international festival expertise in the lead up to Mayflower 400 and the opening of the £34 million History Centre in 2020. Horizon is an ambitious, two-year visual arts programme which will deliver four major arts festivals and events, skills and talent development for artists and producers, and will allow communities to commission visual art.

‘Horizon’, a two-year visual arts programme in Plymouth, has been awarded £635,000 from Art Council England’s ‘Ambition for Excellence’ funding programme.

Starting in November 2016, the two-year Horizon programme will develop four major arts festivals and events, support a talent development programme for artists and visual arts producers, and will enable communities to commission visual artworks. The ambitious Horizon programme will feature the ‘Three Towns’, a cross-city art exhibition working with communities in Stonehouse and Devonport (2017); the ‘Atlantic Project’, a major international public art festival (2018); and two editions of the ‘Plymouth Art Weekender’ festival (2017 and 2018).

Led by Plymouth Culture, Horizon is a collaborative programme developed between Plymouth University, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth Arts Centre, KARST, Plymouth City Council and Visual Arts Plymouth.

Download the Horizon Programme Plan

The Horizon programme will revolve around international partnerships and projects, talent development and community commissioning. These core values will be delivered through a series of four visual arts events and festivals. Find our more about the specific projects involved by downloading our programme plan.

Download the Horizon Programme Plan
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Tombstone (Let’s Get Over This) by Keith Harrison, 2015. Part of the Acts of Making Festival. Credit: Dom Moore

Dom Jinks, Director of Plymouth Culture said:

“Horizon will be a game-changing programme of activity for Plymouth, placing the city firmly as a leading cultural destination and developing major international festival expertise in the lead up to Mayflower 400 and the opening of the £34 million History Centre in 2020. Not only this, Horizon will develop the skills of artists in the city as well as enabling communities to participate in and commission high-quality visual arts. Alongside Arts Council England, we would like to thank Plymouth University for their total support of Horizon, allowing this ground-breaking project to happen and further enhancing their supportive reputation to the cultural growth of Plymouth.”

Horizon will be part-funded by Art Council England’s ‘Ambition for Excellence’ fund which aims to:

  • contribute to the development of strong cultural places
  • grow and develop talent and leadership in the regions and across art forms
  • give an international dimension to excellent work
  • create the highest quality new work, including for outdoor and festival contexts

Arts Council England expects that 80-90 per cent of this fund will be committed outside London, to support their target that a minimum of 75 per cent of Lottery funding is committed outside the capital by 2018.

For more information about Arts Council England and their work, please visit artscouncil.org.uk/

For more information about the Ambition for Excellence fund, please visit artscouncil.org.uk/funding/ambition-excellence