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What's On in Plymouth - June 2024

We’re halfway through the year already! How has that happened?!
<p dir="ltr">We’re halfway through the year already! How has that happened?! To help you make the most of a glorious summer in Plymouth, here’s our What’s On guide for the month of June.</p> <p>Want to give us a heads up for a forthcoming event? Email <a href="mailto:editor@aup.ac.uk">editor@aup.ac.uk</a> or let us know on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/artsuniplym/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/artsuniplym/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">X</a> or <a href="https://www.instagram.com/artsuniplym/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Instagram</a>.</p>
<p dir="ltr">Get ready to sway to the rhythm and beats, feeling the island vibes at the second annual Rum &amp; Reggae Festival at the idyllic location of Mount Edgcumbe. Brace yourself for a day of tropical bliss and for an unforgettable vibrant celebration, where good vibes, fantastic music, Caribbean food and the finest rum create an exciting island experience. Mark your calendars for a day of pure Caribbean magic! Immerse yourself in some of the UK’s best reggae, ska and dub acts!</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/whats-on/rum-and-reggae-festival-p2627203" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">1 June @ Mount Edgcumbe</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Race for Life is Cancer Research UK’s biggest series of fundraising events. Cancer Research UK has been raising funds and changing lives for more than a quarter of a century. At their first event in Battersea in 1994, 750 female participants raised £48,000. Since then, Race for Life has grown into a series of hundreds of events across the country, raising over £970m for life-saving treatments. Today, people of all genders and ages can join the Race for Life. It’s a race for everyone, for you, your friends and family, together. </p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/whats-on/plymouth-race-for-life-p2453013" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">2 June @ Plymouth Hoe</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Known for showcasing some of the region’s most talented artists and makers, the Good Food &amp; Craft Market offers everything from tasty treats to handcrafted gifts. The monthly markets have been a staple of Royal William Yard’s event calendar for years and has won awards along the way. Expect delicious food and drink to sample, savour and take home, unique handmade goods by talented artists and makers, fresh local produce and unique small local businesses all held in a dog friendly venue with plenty to discover and do for all the family.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/whats-on/good-food-and-craft-market-p2522663" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">2 June @ Royal William Yard</a><br /></p>
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The Extended Diploma Graduate Show 2024 will showcase work from our ambitious Pre-Degree students

<p dir="ltr">Our Extended Diploma courses are specialist post-16 study programmes that offer ambitious creatives a dedicated sixth form campus to develop their unique perspective, meet like minded people and gain the sought-after skills necessary to progress onto degree-level study or industry. Join us at Palace Court to see our Extended Diploma students showcasing their final projects.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/events/extended-diploma-summer-shows-2024">3 to 6 June @ Palace Court</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">In association with Real Ideas, Plymouth will be celebrated in art at this exhibition and sale of work at Ocean Studios. View scenes of Plymouth in a diverse range of art styles and mediums, created by talented local artists. All work will be on sale, so this is also an amazing opportunity to buy unique paintings of local scenes. Workshops and demonstrations will also be held as part of the exhibition.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/whats-on/impressions-of-an-ocean-city-art-exhibition-and-sale-of-work-p3523463" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">3 to 9 June @ Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard</a><br /></p>
Dartmoor Folklore

Costume students explore Student Wellbeing Advisor Ethan Pennell's Dartmoor Folklore

<p dir="ltr">The BA (Hons) Costume Production first year students invite you to embark on a journey through Dartmoor Folklore by stepping into Ethan Pennell’s map of ghostly tales and shapeshifting witches. The first show starts at 5pm and takes approximately 30 minutes as you move from one story to the next, witnessing ghoulish apparitions of Dartmoor up close, brought to life in newly-created costumes.You can arrive at any time between 5pm and 7pm, when the last performance starts. </p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/953304719774169/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">4 June - 5pm to 7:30pm @ AUP:SU</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Maverick soulmates Ged and Dave are on a mission through the winding lanes and hidden tracks of North Devon to record their lives and experiences of people living without mains electricity. Filming Where is Heaven? over ten years, they captured not only the beauty of this often harsh environment but also the spirit of the wonderful off-grid characters who inhabit it. A diverse collection of people whose stories at first appear meandering tributaries, but quickly swell to become an intricate weave of philosophies and vibrant wit, uniting around the common search for happiness.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://plymouthartscinema.org/whats-on/where-is-heaven/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">6 to 8 June @ Plymouth Arts Cinema</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Come to the Students’ Union for a low-pressure Study Social event. They’ll be sticking a film on for those of you who just want to relax for a while, and for those of you who prefer a bit of background noise while you get on with your work. This is a regular event so please feel free to suggest films to the SU Team. This event is part of the ‘Anti-Burnout Initiative’ by Beth Evans, Student Union President, helping to keep the pressure off and your work on track.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1209645893355986/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">7 &amp; 21 June - 11am to 12pm @ AUP:SU</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">National Brick Events is a dedicated LEGO event for every LEGO fan. Expect stalls selling rare and long retired LEGO sets, the latest releases, dedicated minifigure stalls where you can pick up that missing figure and lots more for you to view and purchase. Activities for children include a LEGO play area where you can sit and play with hundreds and hundreds of LEGO bricks. Where you’re a collector, a fan of LEGO or just looking for a fun day out with the family, then National Brick Events is sure to bring a smile to your face!</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-brick-events-plymouth-tickets-873873899357?aff=ebdssbdestsearch" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">8 June - 10am to 5pm @ Plymouth Life Centre</a><br /></p>
Palace Studios

The Foundation Diploma Open Day allows you to explore creative arts before degree level study

<p dir="ltr">We know that deciding where and what to study can be a daunting task, this is why we feel it’s important for you to find out as much about the place and course you’re interested in. During your visit to our Open Days, you’ll have the chance to speak to our friendly team to find out everything you need to know about our Foundation Diploma offering, ask questions about studying with us and get support on choosing the right course for you.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/events/open-day-foundation-diploma-8thjune">8 June - 11am to 2pm @ Tavistock Place</a></p>
<p dir="ltr">Our Open Days are a chance for you to explore Plymouth and our Pre-Degree campus at Palace Court, and to get a feel of what life’s like at an independent arts university in Britain's Ocean City. Explore our state-of-the-art facilities, speak to our course leaders and talk through any questions you might have with our knowledgeable staff.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/events/open-day-pre-degree-june">8 June - 11am to 2pm @ Palace Court</a></p>
<p dir="ltr">There’s a whole other world behind some of the doors at The Box and a lot more to see besides our galleries and exhibitions! Join a member of their archives team throughout the year for a fascinating glimpse into life behind the scenes in the research room, basement and stores. This is a chance to learn more about how The Box manage and protect their collections and why, in creating The Box, it was so important to bring Plymouth’s most historically significant archives together under one roof, along with the permanent collections from the former City Museum and Art Gallery.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.theboxplymouth.com/events/talks-and-tours/behind-the-scenes-tour" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">8 &amp; 13 June - 1:30pm to 2:30pm @ The Box</a><br /></p>
Sewing Social

Join alumni Minski and Goraka for a creative evening of fashion and textiles

<p dir="ltr">Join in a vibrant and creative evening of fashion and textiles with local fashionistas <a href="https://minski.co.uk/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Minski</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/go.ra.ka/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Goraka</a>. Minski, an independent UK-based slow fashion collective, is on a mission to create sustainable and funky clothing using a variety of handcrafting techniques. Nina Westwood, Arts University Plymouth alumni, artist and fashion designer behind the brand, started it in 2019, advocating for upcycling, sustainable slow-fashion and expressing individuality. Goraka, a Plymouth-based brand by BA (Hons) Fine Art alumni Ash Franceschi, focuses on repairing, mending textiles, clothing alterations and upcycling. With a background as a fine artist turned self-taught seamstress, Ash specialises in reusing scrap materials and zero-waste making.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://ramp.realideas.org/whats-on/fashion-textile-social-with-minski-goraka-make-140-803117986517/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">13 June - 6:30pm to 8:30pm @ Make@140</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">With a spectacular waterfront setting and home to the landmark Smeaton’s Tower Lighthouse, Plymouth Hoe will come alive with music as it welcomes 15,000 fans to the first-ever TK Maxx presents Plymouth Summer Sessions. This dynamic location already hosts a variety of year-round events like the British Firework Championships and Plymouth Armed Forces Day and will transform this summer to deliver world-class music. This year’s sessions will feature Tom Jones, Bryan Adams, Madness, Sting and more.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.smmrsessions.com/locations/plymouth">13 to 16 June @ Plymouth Hoe</a><br /></p>
Paul Armer by Liam Morley Full Res 55

Singer-songwriter Paul Armer explores Americana, bluegrass and country at the Yard sessions. Image by Liam Morley.

<p dir="ltr">With a voice and perspective that seems beyond his 29 years, and a collection of honest, heartfelt songs that mirror and connect with an audience, Paul Armer is a singer-songwriter that deserves to be heard. Taking inspirations from various genres including bluegrass, country, folk and artists such as Billy Strings, Jason Isbell, Tony Rice and Bruce Springsteen, his sound resides where these influences meet. Sit back, relax and listen to live music from local talent amidst the scenic setting of Firestone Bay.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://royalwilliamyard.com/whats-on/yard-sessions-paul-armer" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">14 June - 5:30pm to 8pm @ Firestone Arch, Royal William Yard</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Join RAMP (Real Art Make Print) every third Thursday of the month for a vibrant and enriching gathering. RAMP invites creatives from all disciplines and skill levels to a unique working lunch model that fosters collaboration, friendship and professional growth. A dedicated space to share ideas, opinions and feelings about your professional or developing experience, connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for creativity.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://ramp.realideas.org/whats-on/creative-working-lunch-790255263767/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">20 June - 12:30pm to 1:30pm @ Ocean Studios</a><br /></p>
Grad Show23

Arts University Plymouth's Undergraduate Graduate Shows 2024 will celebrate the culmination of three years of creative study.

<p dir="ltr">At Arts University Plymouth, we believe higher education is a catalyst for personal, professional and cultural transformation, and now more than ever, creative innovation plays a vital role in a globalised society. We explore new horizons and push the boundaries of creative practice, encouraging students to think of themselves as professionals from their first day on campus. Each year, our annual showcase offers students the opportunity to celebrate the culmination of their hard work whilst propelling them into the creative industries. Join us at Tavistock Place and Studio 11 to see our undergraduate students showcasing their work.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/events/undergraduate-graduate-shows-2024">21 to 27 June @ Tavistock Place &amp; Studio 11</a><br /></p>
<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="https://www.aup.ac.uk/events/open-day-undergraduate-and-postgraduate-june-24">22 June - 10am to 2pm @ Arts University Plymouth</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Join renowned folk singer Jake Sonny Rownlinson and The Box art curator Terah Walkup as they explore folk song related to Napoleon and wider traditions of folk music. Learn about and hear ballads inspired by the historic moment when Napoleon was imprisoned on board HMS Bellerophon in Plymouth Sound and join in if you’d like to sing along! This event will be an exciting opportunity to hear a brand new ballad, written and performed by Rowlinson.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.theboxplymouth.com/events/june-2024/folk-song-and-napoleonic-ballads" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">23 June - 1pm to 2pm @ The Box</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Show your support and admiration to the participants of the Rehabilitation Triathlon, hosted by the Royal Navy, supported by Plymouth City Council and sponsored by AECOM and The Royal Marines Charity. A triathlon that will get the crowd’s excitement going as you see the pure determination and commitment of those competing in the event. 200 participants from the UK Tri-Services and Veterans will attend this event, along with international teams from the United States Marine Corps’ and Royal Netherlands Marine Corps’.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/whats-on/strength-of-spirit-games-the-rehabilitation-triathlon-p3009493" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">27 June @ Plymouth Hoe</a><br /></p>
The time is always now artists reframe the black figure

The Time is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure will feature Le Rodeur: The Exchange by Lubaina Himid, 2016 (detail). Courtesy of the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London. Photo: Andy Keate.

<p dir="ltr">The exhibition, curated by writer Ekow Eshun, showcases the work of contemporary artists from the African diaspora and highlights the use of figures to illuminate the richness and complexity of Black life. As well as surveying the presence of the Black figure in Western art history, it examines its absence - and the story of representation told through these works, as well as the social, psychological and cultural contexts in which they were produced. Displayed across multiple spaces at The Box, The Time is Always Now features the work of 2017 Turner Prize nominee Hurvin Anderson, 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid, 1998 Turner Prize winner Chris Ofili, Michelle Obama portraitist Amy Sherald and 2023 Turner Prize nominee Barbara Walker.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.theboxplymouth.com/events/exhibitions/the-time-is-always-now-artists-reframe-the-black-figure" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">29 June to 29 September @ The Box</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Plymouth Armed Forces Days, in association with Babcock, returns to Plymouth Hoe this summer. Armed Forces Days is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to come along and show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community from currently serving troops to reservists, veterans, cadets and their families. This exciting family day is packed with displays, parades, military equipment to explore, a thrilling arena programme, live music and more.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/whats-on/plymouth-armed-forces-day-p1306823" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">29 June @ Plymouth Hoe</a><br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Are you longing to dive into your sewing projects while connecting with a supportive community of like-minded individuals? Join the Sewing Socially All-Dayer in collaboration with Lizzy from Make at 140, where your creativity will soar, and friendships will blossom. Immerse yourself in a fun and chilled sewing environment within our fully equipped sewing studio. With spacious tables, a comprehensive sewing kit, and all the accessories you need, our studio is a haven for sewing enthusiasts like you. Bring your projects, machines, fabrics and patterns!</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://ramp.realideas.org/whats-on/sewing-socially-all-dayer-637230833577/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">29 June - 10:30am to 4:30pm @ Ocean Studios</a><br /></p>