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What's On in Plymouth - January 2024

Happy New Year to all! Have you made your resolutions?
<p dir="ltr">Happy New Year to all! Have you made your resolutions? Let’s get started as we mean to go on with lots of exciting events happening throughout the city this January. Here’s our guide on what to check out this month.</p> <p dir="ltr">Want to give us a heads up for a forthcoming event? Email <a href=""></a> or let us know on <a href="">Facebook</a>, <a href="">Twitter</a> or <a href="">Instagram</a>.<br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Are you an LGBTQ+ identified writer who would like to meet other LGBTQ+ writers and write in the community? Join us on a Sunday morning to keep your writing practice regular. After introductions at the beginning, the rest of the time is for writing - whether you want to chat during or at the end is up to you! Some people may come only to write, some to share their work, some to read and some to swap their work for praise or critique. </p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">7 January - 9am to 11am @ Boston Tea Party</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">DJ Simon S and guests invite you to a Sunday of soulful sounds at Hub Plymouth. Record collectors - there will be quality new and used vinyl for sale, as well as great food, drinks and company.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">7 January - 12pm to 5pm @ Hub Box, Royal William Yard</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Design and make your very own semi-enclosed ecosystem at a Nook Open Terrarium workshop. Learn about the science behind the different substrates they use and explore a variety of succulents to create a miniature desert landscape under glass. The workshop will run for approximately 1.5 hours and all materials and tools will be provided, alongside a glass of bubbles!</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">11 January @ Nook Houseplants, Ebrington Street</a><br /></p>
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Discover what it's like to pursue a degree in creative study at one of our Open Days

<p dir="ltr">Our Open Days offer you the chance to ask questions and find out more about studying at Arts University Plymouth. Our online events are a great option to get a feel for life at Arts University Plymouth, where you can speak directly to our expert staff and students about your options - all without having to leave the comfort of your own home!</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="">13 January - 10am to 2pm @ Arts University Plymouth</a></p>
<p dir="ltr">This event is for anyone who is new to Cricut or needs help making their first projects. You’ll have the chance to meet your local Cricut Ambassador and have your questions answered. You’ll learn how to get started, get the most out of your Cricut machine, discover tips and be inspired by live demonstrations and project ideas.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">14 January @ Hobbycraft</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Join Anne Morgan, The Box’s Senior Archivist, for an exclusive look behind the scenes. Learn how staff at The Box manage, maintain and move the collections across the site and discover more about why they decided to bring some of Plymouth’s most historically important archives together under one roof.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">14 &amp; 26 January @ The Box</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">With free cuisine from around the globe and your first drink free, this event is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with both home and international students, over drinks or a board game before enjoying a variety of world foods. You’ll have the chance to speak to members of the International Team to find out about the Turing Scheme, as well as Dr Stephen Felmingham, Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) about studying abroad and whether it’s right for you. <a href="">Find out more about the UK government’s scheme to provide funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world on our website.</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">15 January - 5pm to 7pm @ AUP:SU</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Join in the fun in the Students’ Union for the regular Open Mic Night, where students and staff are welcome to perform acoustic sets, poetry and spoken word. Come along, grab a drink and have a listen, or add your name to the sign up sheet on the night! There’s plenty of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available, with something for everyone. This is an 18+ event due to licensing, valid photo ID will be required on entry and the bar operates a Challenge 25 policy.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">17 January - 6pm to 9pm @ AUP:SU</a><br /></p>

John Akomfrah’s immersive multi-screen film, ‘Arcadia’, is showing at The Box until 2 June 2024

<p dir="ltr">Join The Box’s Contemporary Art Curator, Nioletta Lambertucci for an informal talk that delves into John Akomfrah’s immersive multi-screen film, ‘Arcadia’. Akomfrah’s practice is heavily research-based and ‘Arcadia’ features footage and draws on archival sources from across the globe. This is a chance to discover more about how it was made and the many themes it explores.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">17 January - 1pm to 1:45pm @ The Box</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">When teenage Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis Presley at a party, the man who is already a meteoric rock-and-roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, a vulnerable best friend. Through Priscilla’s eyes, Sofia Coppola tells the unseen side of a great American myth in Elvis and Priscilla’s long courtship and turbulent marriage, from a German army base to his dream-world estate at Graceland, in this deeply felt and ravishingly detailed portrait of love, fantasy and fame.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">19 to 25 January @ Plymouth Arts Cinema</a><br /></p>
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Ben Sanderson's solo exhibition 'Ouroboros' comes to MIRROR on 19 January and runs until 22 March 2024

<p dir="ltr">South West Showcase artist Ben Sanderson’s solo show ‘Ouroboros’ comes to MIRROR. The exhibition consists of several wall-like works that are arranged to make temporary rooms within the gallery. The walls are created by reusing old paintings in various states: primed and painted, dyed, cropped and quilted back together again, pulped and pressed into rag paper. They have a more deliberate ‘front’ and a more accidental ‘back’, each playing a role in two different spaces. They hold smaller paintings, embedded and framed, a process that has involved sifting, sorting and reactivating a decade of old work.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">19 January to 22 March @ MIRROR</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Grab a coffee with a member of Devon and Cornwall Police for confidential conversations, advice or find out how to report something you’re concerned about. Staff and students from Arts University Plymouth are invited to this no pressure drop-in session with Tracey Godfrey, the Police University Liaison Officer for Arts University Plymouth.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">23 January - 1:30pm to 3:30pm @ Arts University Plymouth</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Join for an evening of poetry at the Central Library with the CrossCountry Writers. Get ready to be inspired by the power of words as local poets take the stage to share their heartfelt verses. Whether you’re a poetry enthusiast or just curious about this art form, come and experience the magic of spoken word in person, surrounded by fellow poetry lovers. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with the vibrant literary community in Plymouth!</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">24 January - 6:30pm to 8:30pm @ Plymouth Central Library</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">The January Plymouth Design Forum (PDF) is in conjunction with G.F Smith and Eat Work Art, presenting guest speaker Simon Dixon - co-founder and Executive Creative Director of DixonBaxi. Simon co-founded DixonBaxi with Aporva Baxi twenty years ago and has been at the forefront of exceptional design from the start of his career. As a designer, creative director and strategic thinker, Simon has explored where creativity, design and technology overlap, creating disruptive digital-first brand experiences. His journey now takes hims on a path to extend that experience into content and storytelling.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">25 January - 6:30pm @ Barbican Theatre</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Hosted by the amazing Nook Houseplants, during this workshop you’ll create one massive jungle under glass between you - making it the perfect date night or just a catch up with an old friend! Learn about the science behind different substrates used and choose the best foliage to fill your mini jungle with. The workshop runs for approximately 2 hours and all materials and tools will be provided along with a welcome drink.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">26 January @ Hub Box, Royal William Yard</a></p>
<p dir="ltr">‘A Perfect Sentence’ explores the shifting terrain of documentary photography: our drive for attention, the complexity of being seen and our anxiety of being overlooked. Commissioned and produced by Forma with eight partners, ‘A Perfect Sentence’ is Oliver Frank Chanarin’s first UK solo exhibition and will see multiple presentations across the country, public acquisitions, a digital platform and a publication. At the centre of the installation are two machines, which continuously hang and rehang framed photographs that are stored in stacks on the gallery floor. Appropriating the language of automation, the machine handles the images according to an inscrutable logic; identifying, sorting, displaying, juxtaposing and storing photographs for the duration of the exhibition.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">26 January to 23 March @ KARST Gallery</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Imperfect Cinema is a socio-participatory venue for film, sound and movie image, founded by filmmakers Allister Gall and Dan Paolantonio in 2010. The project has developed work with a focus on engaging place, local audiences and supporting new voices. Methods of engagement are encouraged through social and collective screenings, filmmaking, workshops and performances which include live sound-film performances. Imperfect Cinema has produced and facilitated the creation of over 700 new film works, micro-cinema events, film festivals, symposia and screenings. Join in the conversation about Imperfect Cinema with the founders.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">24 January - 1pm to 1:45pm @ The Arts Institute</a><br /></p>
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Draw your Screams with MA Fine Art graduate Emily Roach Osbourne on 27 January

<p dir="ltr">A morning of cathartic and intuitive drawing all about screaming as part of the ongoing Shade of You project, hosted by MA Fine Art graduate and artist Emily Roach Osbourne and host Emma Booth. Designed to fall on the weekend of the Wolf Moon (25 January 2024), you’ll explore an intuitive, emotional relationship to drawing, culminating in an exploration and embrace of screaming. Join to release your scream, your inner howling wolf, your shadow side.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">27 January - 10am to 12:30pm @ St Saviours Hall</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Artway</a> is a provider of art materials, technical drawing equipment and other creative supplies for students, institutions and the wider artistic public. They have over 20 years of experience in supplying high quality arts and crafts supplies at competitive prices with a focus on sustainability and the environment. AUP:SU are excited to be hosting Artway for a pop up shop, allowing you to shop their art supplies in person. If you’d like to use their website, AUP students and staff get 10% off with the code AUP10!</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">30 January - 9:30am to 12:30pm @ AUP:SU</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Come and carve some beautiful ceramic plant pots to go with your plant pals! Nook will provide step by step tuition to guide you through the art of clay carving and will help you bring your designs to life. After the workshop, they take care of the firing and glazing of your pots, using the kilns at Ocean Studios in Royal William Yard. The workshop will run for approximately 2 hours and all materials will be provided, alongside a glass of bubbles!</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">31 January @ Nook Houseplants, Ebrington Street</a><br /></p>