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Massive weekend for the arts coming up!

A series of small grants are adding a vital spark to this year’s Plymouth Art Weekender which takes place this weekend (23 to 25 September). Over 90 events, involving 500 local, national and international artists, will be taking place all over the city from the water’s edge to people’s houses, the Athenaeum to the Mayflower […]


Museum and Art Gallery prepares to close for the History Centre

Things will never be the same again after tomorrow (Saturday 3 September) at the City Museum and Art Gallery, which will close its doors at 5pm so construction and development work for the Plymouth History Centre (working title) can get underway. The Museum building originally opened in 1910 and will be closed until spring 2020 […]


Award-winning choreographer brings children’s dance theatre to Museum

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery will host a day of promenade performances by an award-winning choreographer on Saturday 2 July.  ‘The Imagination Museum’ has been created by Lincolnshire-born choreographer Katie Green in collaboration with writer Anna Selby and composer Max Perryment. Visitors will meet eccentric tour guides Mildred, Henry and Harriet and join them […]


New family events at Smeaton’s Tower

Our arts and heritage service has launched a brand new series of family-friendly events at Smeaton’s Tower. ‘Smeaton’s Tower Rocks’ will take place on Sunday 12 June, with a chance to paint lighthouse scenes on pebbles collected from the local foreshore. Visitors will be able to paint ‘Sunny Seaside Scenes’ on Sunday 17 July and make […]


Vital Sparks to support seven new community arts projects

Seven Plymouth-based community arts projects have been given the go-ahead this week thanks to funding support from Vital Sparks. Vital Sparks is a Plymouth Culture project led by Plymouth City Council and funded by Arts Council England. The scheme awards bursaries of £500 to £5,000 to community, youth and residents groups and is designed to […]


The Vikings and Tudors are back as Local Studies Day returns

Plymouth’s annual Local Studies Day will take place on Saturday 7 May with a day of presentations that celebrate the history of Plymouth. The event, which will kickstart this year’s History Festival, will be held at the Robbins Conference Centre from 9am to 4.30pm. It will also include a series of small displays highlighting current […]


Programme for 2016 History Festival goes live

The 2016 Plymouth History Festival has now been confirmed, with a packed programme of 100 different events. This is the fourth year that the month-long celebration of Plymouth’s history has taken place and details are now available online. The festival, co-ordinated by our Arts and Heritage service, will run from Saturday 7 May to Sunday […]


Arts Council announce funding for Plymouth History Centre

Plans to transform Plymouth’s museum and art gallery into a new world class visitor attraction have taken a giant step forward with the award of £4.2 million funding from the Arts Council. The Arts Council funding to help create a major new cultural attraction at the heart of the city is in addition to £12.8m […]

Project partners celebrate the Arts Council funding announcement

Six more projects join Vital Sparks family

Vital Sparks has added six more projects to its growing family in its fourth round of funding. The Plymouth Culture project, which is led by Plymouth City Council and funded by Arts Council England, is designed to inspire arts, culture and creativity in local communities. The new additions include community events, dance sessions, an innovative […]


Largest GIS space in the southwest

In the world of museums and art galleries, GIS is a term which is given to exhibition space that has highest standards and best conditions. A city which has a GIS space could host some of the country’s most prized art collections and touring exhibitions. Plymouth City Council has now revealed that the developing plans […]


‘Charming’ new bridge for Barne Barton and St Budeaux

Kinterbury Creek is to get a charming new footbridge, thanks to an exciting project led by Barne Barton young people. Local residents will be making wind charms to hang on the low-level bridge which will span the creek that provides the only access to the shoreline in this part of Plymouth. A planning application has […]


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 […]


125 events on packed Plymouth History Festival programme

This year’s Plymouth’s History Festival is set to begin later this week and features a packed programme filled with 125 events. The festival will run from Friday 1 to Sunday 31 May and is coordinated by our arts and heritage service, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and a wide variety of local organisations, […]


Plymouth leader and City Centre Manager step into another world

 Shh, don’t tell anyone but the Council leader and City Centre Manager have been seeing strange creatures… Councillor Tudor Evans and Stefan Krause stepped into another world created by Effervescent, the arts organisation, to see for themselves the magical woodland created inside the Radiant Art Gallery at Derry’s Cross. The unique theatrical experience for the […]


Iconic buildings set to shine in ‘Light Fantastic’ events

Five of Plymouth’s most iconic buildings will become beacons of light on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 November as part of the city’s Three Towns centenary celebrations. Light Fantastic will see landmarks in Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse brought to life with photos, images, sounds and memories from the last century as well as today. On […]


Showreel showcases Britain’s Ocean City at MIPIM

Investors at the country’s number one property trade show will be getting a snapshot of how great Britain’s Ocean City is for business and lifestyle. A team from the Council will be at the event in Olympia this week for MIPIM, which attracts investors, developers, hotel groups, agents and business service providers. And to help them […]


Vital Sparks brings Hindu festival of Holi to Mutley

Six more projects have been given received Vital Sparks funding to put art and creativity into the heart of the community. The Plymouth Culture project, led by Plymouth City Council and funded by Arts Council England has awarded bursaries to groups that promise to create a buzz in their own communities. All these new and […]


City Landmark Given Centre Stage

The re-landscaping of the area around one of Plymouth’s iconic landmarks is now complete. As part of the public realm improvements to the Theatre Royal Plymouth, a new split level public space has been created with Derry’s Clock as its focus. The clutter around the base of the clock has been removed to improve the […]


‘An Epic Fishy Tale’ on the beach at Devil’s Point

Making costumes, rehearsing lines, weaving fish…the community of Stonehouse is creating an unforgettable theatrical experience at Devil’s Point this month. ‘An Epic Fishy Tale’ is a play about a little fish that goes on an extraordinary journey of discovery from moor to shore and will highlight the rich biodiversity around the beach at Devil’s Point. […]


Plymouth and Exeter’s museum partnership nets over £3M

Plymouth and Exeter are celebrating a joint victory today after scooping over £3M from a national arts funding pot to continue their excellent joint heritage and cultural work across the South West. Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery in Exeter (RAMM) learned their Major Partner Museum (MPM) […]


Famous characters inspire films, tours and talks at City Museum

Explorers, artists, politicians and royalty are all featured on Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery’s programme of events for adults this July. Ernest Shackleton, whose Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition set sail from Plymouth in 1914, is the subject of a lunchtime talk at 1.10pm on Tuesday 1 July. Paul Davies from the Devon and Cornwall Polar Society […]