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Council awards two Art Weekender grants to local artists

Two local artists have received funding support from our Arts and Heritage Service to enable them to take part in this year‘s Plymouth Art Weekender. Katy Richardson with The Imperfect Orchestra and LOW PROFILE have each been awarded £500. They will now feature on the programme for the Art Weekender which will run from Friday 23 […]


History Centre team with History Centre building contractor

Building contractor announced for History Centre

History Centre partners have today announced the appointment of construction and regeneration specialist Willmott Dixon as the contractor for the project. Willmott Dixon is one of the largest contracting companies in the UK with offices throughout England and Wales, yet it has remained a family-run business since its establishment in 1852. The company, which recently […]


History Centre team celebrates funding from Wolfson Foundation

The team behind the Plymouth History Centre project is celebrating again after receiving confirmation of a £128,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation. The London-based charity supports excellence in the fields of science, education, health and the arts and humanities, including museums and galleries, historic buildings and landscapes. It has already awarded more than £1 million […]


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 […]


Last chance to catch War Games exhibition

A major exhibition at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is heading into its final week. War Games is a nationally touring exhibition from the V&A Museum of Childhood and will be on display until Saturday 18 June. The exhibition explores the role of warfare in children’s play from 1800 to the present day, and looks […]


Final flag raised in Hoe Garden public art project

The third in a series of flags celebrating Edward Stanley Gibbons, the Plymouth-born founder of the renowned Stanley Gibbons stamp business, will be raised in the Hoe Garden this afternoon. The flags are the brainchild of artist Joanna Brinton, who won a public art commission from the Council (supported by Plymouth Culture) to showcase local artists […]


Busy half term for families at City Museum and Art Gallery

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has a busy programme of family events and activities on offer during February half term. On Tuesday 16 February there’s a chance to make art and craft creations inspired by the thousands of objects in the Museum’s collections. The ‘Colour and Collage’ drop-in session will run from from 10.30am to 1pm with […]


Museum exhibition reveals links between Plymouth and the South Pacific

A world cultures exhibition at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is exploring the surprising connections the city has with Polynesia. ‘Fiji: Ocean Connections’ is a collaboration between the Museum and Art Gallery and the Fijian Art Research Project. The initiative, which is supported by the Arts and Heritage Research Council, has seen experts from […]


Let it be the place for #Beatlebums!

  Let it be… the place music fans take pictures at the spot where the Beatles sat on Plymouth Hoe. Plymouth officially unveiled its cheeky memorial to the Fab Four with Council leader Tudor Evans and music writer David Quantick the first to sit in the copper casts of four fab backsides. The image they […]


Gus Honeybun to Appear at Consultation

To celebrate National Archive Week, Gus Honeybun will be appearing at the Plymouth History Centre pop-up consultation shop at Taylor Maxwell House – soon to be the new home of the City Library. The pop up shop will be open to the public from Saturday 21 November to Friday 27 November. It is an opportunity […]


How Plymouth’s new history centre could look

This is what Plymouth’s new history centre could look like at night. The team behind the project has issued the latest concepts for the project which will be a game changer in how Plymouth celebrates its incredible history and culture. The images are being released as exciting plans to put Plymouth on the national cultural […]


Dust is a must for forthcoming artist project

Do you have any dust going spare? Artist Catherine Bertola is asking local people for their help in completing her latest installation. Catherine is one of six makers whose work will be featured in the Acts of Making festival, organised by the Crafts Council. The 14-day festival will take place from Saturday 12 to Saturday 26 […]


Unveiling of the Michael Foot Memorial

A memorial is being unveiled to one of Plymouth’s most famous sons – Michael Foot. The unveiling to the memorial for the former Plymouth MP, journalist and one time leader of the Labour Party, is taking place at Freedom Fields in Plymouth today at 3.30pm, followed by hot drinks at the nearby Freedom Fields Café. […]


Historic breakwater inspires unique piece of public art

What do an historic painting, a military band, an event on water and a giant wave breaker have in common? They’re all part of an exciting public art commission by a Plymouth-based artist who is aiming to shed new light on the city’s breakwater. Heavy Rock by Keith Harrison is a New Expressions commission for […]


Reynolds’ links with Devonport explored through ‘Art in the Park’

An outdoor exhibition running in Devonport Park until 26 July is highlighting the work of one of Plymouth’s most famous artists and exploring his links with a part of the city that is often forgotten. ‘Art in the Park’ is an arts and health project organised by ‘One Red Dot’ in association with Community Health […]


Hoe Garden flies flag for Plymouth-born founder of global stamp

The first in a series of flags celebrating Edward Stanley Gibbons, the Plymouth-born founder of the renowned Stanley Gibbons stamp business, has been raised in Plymouth’s Hoe Garden. The flags are the brainchild of artist Joanna Brinton, who won a public art commission from Plymouth City Council (supported by Plymouth Culture) to showcase local artists […]


Local venues to bring national craft festival to South West

Plymouth City Council, Plymouth College of Art and Mount Edgcumbe are joining forces to bring a national festival of contemporary craft to Plymouth this autumn. ‘Acts of Making’ is a two-week festival produced by the Crafts Council that celebrates contemporary craft through performances, live installations and workshops. Supported by Arts Council England and Plymouth Culture, […]


Last chance to see Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

There is less than a fortnight left to catch an international showcase of the very best in nature photography at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. Following its showing in London in late 2014 it’s now on an international tour […]


Museum officer awarded bursary to research Blitz collections

A learning development officer from Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has secured a research bursary set up by the family of a former long-serving member of staff. Maureen Attrill worked at Museum and Art Gallery for nearly 33 years before her sudden death in February 2011. During that time she demonstrated an immense commitment […]


More community groups get Vital Sparks funding

Vital Sparks, a city-wide initiative designed to inspire arts, culture and creativity, has awarded bursaries to five new exciting projects. This unique Plymouth Culture initiative is led by Plymouth City Council and supported by Arts Council England. Councillor Peter Smith, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “There are some lovely projects that will get a […]


Wildlife Photographer of the Year stopping at Plymouth on international tour

An international showcase of the very best in nature photography will be on display at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery from 28 March to 30 May. ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. Now in its 50th year, the competition is recognised for taking a lead […]


Public art commission for Hoe Garden

Artists based in the South West are being invited to apply to create a new piece of public art for Plymouth’s Hoe Garden. Led by Plymouth City Council and supported by Plymouth Culture, this exciting new commission will see the selected artwork installed in the garden next to the café for up to a year, […]


£50,000 funding boost for Plymouth-led arts initiative

A groundbreaking scheme led by our arts and heritage service has received a £50,000 funding grant from Arts Council England (ACE) today. New Expressions involves 15 museums and heritage sites across the South West, Midlands and North of England, all of whom are working with artists to produce new work inspired by their historic collections. The […]


Last chance to see top photography exhibition

An exhibition featuring images by nine of the world‘s top photographers will be on display at the City Museum and Art Gallery for just 10 more days. Open for Business features images of contemporary British manufacturing and is the result of a project led by UK arts organisation Multistory and world-famous photographic co-operative Magnum Photos. […]


Focus on Nature for Museum and Art Gallery photography competition

Could you capture a winning wildlife photo? If so, your work could be displayed alongside some of the best in the country at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. The ‘Focus on Nature’ competition is inspired by the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which is coming to Plymouth at the end of March […]


Reynolds self-portrait reveals a hidden secret

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery’s early self-portrait by famous 18th century portrait artist Sir Joshua Reynolds has revealed a hidden secret during conservation treatment. The painting, which dates from about 1746, was acquired last year along with a sketchbook filled with drawings that Reynolds made while visiting Italy in the early 1750s. It underwent important […]


New Museum exhibition puts portraits ‘In the Frame’

A new exhibition opening at the City Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 13 December will showcase some of Plymouth’s most important and interesting portraits. In the Frame: Plymouth’s Portraits Revealed delves into the city’s collection, and presents new research about some of the characters who are new or rarely seen. Visitors will be able […]


Team appointed to oversee History Centre development

A key appointment has been made to the team that will drive the development of the £21m Plymouth History Centre. Plymouth City Council has appointed consultants Atkins to lead the design of the project, which will see Plymouth’s existing museum and art gallery refurbished and expanded to create a major new attraction. The appointment follows […]


Plymouth to trip the ‘Light Fantastic’ in celebration of Three Towns centenary

The 100th anniversary of the amalgamation of the three towns of Plymouth, East Stonehouse and Devonport will be celebrated in lights next month, thanks to a £36,203 grant from Arts Council England (ACE). Plymouth City Council’s arts and heritage service has successfully secured the funding for a special lighting project, which will see iconic buildings […]