Devonport SOUP event to support Plymouth Art Weekender


Our Arts and Heritage Service, Devonport Live and the Real Ideas Organisation have joined forces to support two local artists’ involvement in this year’s Plymouth Art Weekender.

The three organisations are holding a ‘SOUP’ event at Devonport Guildhall on the evening of Thursday 14 July. During the event four artists or artists groups will be invited to pitch their projects to an audience from the local community.

Everyone in the audience will get the chance to vote for their favourite project. The two with the highest number of votes will each receive a small grant of up to £600 so they can run an event during the Art Weekender.

Plymouth Art Weekender is an ambitious three-day event taking place across the city from 23 to 25 September. The Weekender will celebrate Plymouth’s visual arts scene and aims to promote the city as an exciting contemporary art destination with exhibitions, activities and commissions by local, national and international artists.

Devonport SOUP is Plymouth’s micro granting dinner, based on a concept that was established in Detroit, USA in 2010. The aim is to bring people together for a simple meal and the chance to determine which projects and ideas in their community or city receive funding.

This will be the third SOUP dinner in the city initiated by Devonport Live and the Real Ideas Organisation. Past recipients of the funding include Blue Parakeet and The Real Junk Food Project.

Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture said: “Devonport SOUP is a brilliant community-focussed way to help make a difference. We’re looking forward to hearing the pitches on the night and choosing two really interesting projects to become part of the Plymouth Art Weekender which was a massive success when it was launched last year. I’m sure 2016 is going to be even better.”

If you’d like to be in the audience on Thursday 14 July please book your ticket via the Devonport Soup website. Tickets are £5 per person and entitle you to soup, bread, salad and a vote.

If you’re a local artist or arts collective and would like to pitch your project at the event you can also apply via the Devonport Soup website. If you are selected you will have four minutes to make your pitch and will then be asked up to four questions by the audience.