GO BEYOND - VISUAL ARTS PLAN

 

‘Go Beyond’ is a visual arts plan for Plymouth. Find out more below!

The Plan

We want the best possible plan for the future of visual arts in the city.

But we want to be sure that the people who really matter in terms of its conception and delivery – the members of the arts sector itself – play a major part in developing and driving that plan.

What we have so far is the result of consultation to date. But there’s a long way to go and this document is intended to be flexible to respond to changes and opportunities. So please feel free to input in the form on the right.

Click the button below to download the plan (total file size 3.7MB).

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The Vision

Our vision is really very simple:

For Plymouth to become a leading centre of excellence for the visual arts, consistently producing and exhibiting work of the highest quality.

To build international partnerships and projects, together with an international reputation to match.

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GO BEYOND - VISUAL ARTS PLAN

 

‘Go Beyond’ is a visual arts plan for Plymouth. Find out more below!

Introduction

There’s always been plenty to see in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City.

Starting with the city’s spectacular location – the view from The Hoe is one of the finest and most inspirational seascapes in the world.

But that’s not enough.

A reputation for creativity and a powerful and broad cultural offer is no longer a nice-to-have for a city with global ambitions.

It’s a must-have.

A vibrant arts scene is now recognised not only as a great way to engage local people, but also as a powerful brand ambassador and a driver of prosperity.

Plymouth is turning its attention to building an impressive and distinctive offer in the world of visual arts – a sector which is developing rapidly with an increasing focus for partnerships.

The desired outcome is that the city’s overall health and wealth is enhanced considerably. Everyone in the community benefits, whether businesses or private citizens – and enjoys great stimulus, and fun, in the process.

Plymouth already has a plethora of great artists on its cv going back to Joshua Reynolds, the original driving force behind the Royal Academy.

Also, Benjamin Robert Haydon, Beryl Cook, Ben Hartley, George Passmore (of Gilbert & George), and R O Lenkiewicz.

Plymouth is perfectly position to achieve ambitious cultural projects and we’re looking forward to an exciting period of development.

This brief working document outlines our priorities, and some of the strategies we envisage to ensure we deliver all we aspire to.

“Plymouth is demonstrating a commitment to placing culture and creativity at the heart of city plans. This will work to steadily help re-imagine and reinvent the city and engage a range of local people and new cultural visitors. These are exciting times!”

– Charles Landry, author of ‘The Creative City’ and authority on creativity and place shaping

Where we are today

We’re certainly not starting from scratch.

The 2011 British Art Show 7 was positively transformational.

Looking forward, Mayflower 400 in 2020 will focus the international spotlight firmly on Plymouth.

2020 will also see the opening of the fully funded £34m History Centre (a total re-envisaging of the City Museum) – a major new arts hub and excellent new exhibition space. The £14m Heritage Lottery Fund grant towards the cost of this is their biggest award of 2016.

There’s much happening organically too.

Recent examples:

Plymouth College of Art, which now enjoys University status, is a conveyor belt of fresh creative talent; Ocean Studios, with its unrivalled working spaces and facilities; Effervescent, a ground-breaking organisation putting young people at the heart of curating; KARST, an artist-led gallery/studio complex; and the Market Hall Digital Centre, which opens in 2017.

Then there’s the Plymouth Art Weekender and Visual Arts Plymouth – a dynamic development network for individual artists and organisations.

And there’s more in the pipeline.

Plymouth, culturally, is on the move.

Plymouth Art Weekender

The Plan

The Vision

We want the best possible plan for the future of visual arts in the city.

But we really want to be sure that the people who really matter in terms of its conception and delivery – the members of the arts sector itself – play a major part in developing and driving that plan.

What we have so far is the result of consultation to date. But there’s a long way to go and this document is intended to be flexible to respond changes and opportunities. So please feel free to input.

Our vision is really very simple:

For Plymouth to become a leading centre of excellence for the visual arts, consistently producing and exhibiting work of the highest quality.

To build international partnerships and projects, together with an international reputation to match.

Plymouth Art Weekender