What's On in Plymouth - September 2023
We can’t wait to welcome the brand new cohort of students joining Arts University Plymouth this academic year. We think Plymouth is such a great city to study in with so much to do for everyone. We’ve pulled together a round up of some of the most exciting events of September to get you started.
At our 2023 MA Summer Show, postgraduate students from Arts University Plymouth will showcase a variety of exciting and dynamic research projects undertaken within our specialist postgraduate community of practice, working across specialisms that include painting, drawing, sculptural installation, moving image, design and ceramics. Work will be displayed in MIRROR gallery at Arts University Plymouth’s Tavistock Place campus and at our Studio 11 Building, on Regent Street (just a two minute walk from our main campus).
Barbie (12A) is in Plymouth Arts Cinema from 1 to 7 September
As ever, Plymouth Arts Cinema is fashionably late to the Barbie party, but fresh out of the box comes the most perfect film about the most perfect doll in the world. To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you're Ken. Eccentric and individualistic, Barbie is exiled from Barbie Land because of her imperfections. When her home world is in peril, Barbie returns with the knowledge that what makes her different also makes her stronger.
Shop small this autumn at the Native Makers Market at Ocean Studios. With over 40 of the best indie businesses in the South West, selling everything from jewellery and ceramics to plants and doggy cupcakes, there will also be kids crafts, live music, delicious food and more. It’s also free entry and dogs are welcome too!
Royal William Yard’s popular Good Food & Craft Market will be taking place inside the iconic Melville building and surrounding area outside. Enjoy the freshest local produce from the South West’s top suppliers and unique arts and crafts by artisan makers, while also having the opportunity to explore one of the Yard’s oldest buildings.
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.
Craft & Flea is a collection of independent makers, collectors, designers and creatives all under one roof! Shop small and local in this authentic twist on the traditional craft market with a huge selection of products from illustration to vintage bric-a-brac, plants to jewellery, sustainable products to food, ceramics to candles and so much more. This is not your typical craft fair, with stalls handpicked based on their high quality, on-trend products.
Organised by Nudge Community Builders, the Union Street Party will feature local bands, activities for the family, delicious food and excellent performances. There will also be local sellers, from vintage clothing to baked goods!
Enjoy a jam packed Freshers with Arts University Plymouth's Students' Union
AUP:SU wants to make sure you have the best start to study at Arts University Plymouth, so they have organised events to suit everybody, from tours of the city to bar nights in the Students’ Union, as well as events for LGBT Q+ students, mature students, international students and more. There’s also a ton of free events on campus as well as free trips and tours throughout the city, to help you get to know your new home! All of the events are ticketed, so grab your space on their Eventbrite links and have peace of mind that you won’t miss out!
A full size replica of a 17th century Spanish galleon will be visiting Plymouth and will be open to the people of Plymouth and visitors to the city to step aboard. El Galeón will be moored at Barbican Landing Stage with visitors being able to explore this ‘living museum’ during her stay. Explore the ship’s six decks which offer a fascinating range of features, exhibits and displays, with the El Galeón’s live-in crew on hand to talk to visitors and explain more about the ship and the history behind the Spanish galleon fleet.
Enjoy a crafty two hours of making playful collage. In this mindful, intuitive and experimentally focused workshop, you will explore traditional cutting and pasting collage techniques in a fun and accessible way. During this session, you will make a collage using recycled paper and a variety of retro and contemporary magazines. Deconstructing old images, you will cut, tear and paste paper to make a wonderful and unique piece of art that you can take home with you! This workshop is relaxed and informal, intended for adults and perfect for absolute beginners. All materials and equipment provided and you don’t need any special skills to take part, only your curiosity and enthusiasm!
Seafest is a celebration by the sea with a fun-filled weekend of delectable food and sea-themed entertainment. Enjoy fresh local produce, sustainable seafood, street performers, cookery demonstrations, sea life displays, live music and a variety of free activities.
Plymouth Brick Festival brings LEGO fans across the city together at the Life Centre on 17 September
Promising to be a great day for families, collectors, adult builders and every other kind of LEGO fan, Plymouth Brick Festival has loads to see and do including speed building competitions, large scale displays, activities, traders selling loose bricks, new LEGO sets, retired LEGO sets, minifigures and accessories plus a dedicated building area!
Enjoy fun and free activities for all ages on Car Free Day! This event will see representatives from local businesses and the council share advice on how people can save money and time all whilst benefiting their health and the environment. Join in with guided bike rides, climb aboard the Plymouth City Chatter Bus, take the challenge of pedalling a bike to power a television, get a free bike maintenance check with Dr Bike and enjoy free rides on the Beryl e-bikes for anyone in Plymouth, download the Beryl app, create an account and get started on your journey!
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!
Come along to an Open Day at Arts University Plymouth to explore your study options
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. We have representatives from Student Finance, Admissions, Student Support and the Student’s Union on hand throughout your visit.
Discover more about the city’s heritage at this year’s History Festival. With activities and events such as history walks and talks, behind the scenes tours, archive displays and performances, the city’s History Festival celebrates the cultural heritage of Plymouth.
The Box and Diversity Business Indicator present this brilliant monthly marketplace gathering in Tavistock Place on the last Saturday of September. Enjoy an array of local vendors displaying exceptional and skilfully crafted products, and indulge in different cultural experiences while enjoying some live music and entertainment.