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New Futures - Plymouth Art Weekender at Ocean Studios

  • Dates: 25th September, 2020 - 27th September, 2020
  • Venue: Plymouth - Ocean Studios


In this current time of crisis and uncertainty, as part of Plymouth Art Weekender, Real Ideas will be hosting and leading a series of events with a focus on social change and a new future.  


We've selected a bunch of local artists to showcase a series of projects relating to this theme across both Ocean Studios and Devonport Guildhall sites. Explore exhibitions, screenings, workshops and don't forget to meet the Real Ideas Members based at Ocean Studios. If you get peckish don't forget to stop off at the cafe to refuel with coffee and treats.  

Please book a time slot to visit any Real Ideas building, your session lasts for 1 hour. 


You must book a ticket per building. Please make sure to maintain social distancing and follow one-way systems when visiting.  


For any information please email




Distanced Conversations

An exhibition of work by Vanessa Allen & Nicky Harwood

Event Space

Fri, Sat, Sun : 10am – 4pm

A collaborative exchange via social media, phone and email, inspired by a work swap just before lockdown. Pushing and playing at the boundaries of painting and printmaking creating and showcasing a body of work that explores and re-imagines our landscapes.

Open Studios

Real Ideas Members

Ground Floor & First Floor

Sat, Sun:  10am – 4pm

Explore Ocean Studios and meet the Real Ideas Members, a cohort of incredible creatives making and developing their practices across specialist workshops and studios.

Moment Specific Paintings

Barry Amey

Real Ideas Cafe  Fri, Sat, Sun: 10am – 4pm

Moment Specific Paintings, these paintings are lit by motion sensors and are created from marks and textures in the surroundings. They work by day as a painting, encased in a frame, but once lit have different characteristics enabling the viewer to see a different image. The images feature; walls, windows, cracks and dust enabling the viewer to see beauty in an otherwise ignored image. 


 GLMC – 'In Extremis'

Zsa Mason, Henry Salvini, Megan Lockwood, Megan Wright, Tina Kutter, Ellie Bruce, Teresa Stabb, Leah Jewitt

First Floor
Fri, Sat, Sun: 10am – 4pm
In Extremis, a 16m x 1m fabric wall-hanging, celebrates the genesis of the Go Large Makers' Collective, and documents their progress through lockdown towards graduation from Plymouth College of Art.
Bringing together their rich and varied skills sets, working remotely and connecting virtually from bases in Devon, Cornwall, Yorkshire, and Lincolnshire, these eight multidisciplinary artists have produced a powerful and moving palimpsest of visual narratives that reflect both personal and universal experiences. In a triumph of collaboration over adversity, they have also established a strong mutual and critical support network enabling their creative practices to thrive in a time of unprecedented existential crisis.

Seeing Sound, Robotic Pen Plotting
Simon Russell
Real Ideas Cafe & First Floor
Fri, Sat, Sun : 10am – 4pm
During PAW at Ocean Studios explore the work of Simon Russell, a local artist developing a series of imagery with a robotic printer arm. Engage with new works and see pieces develop in action over the course of the Weekender. His work is based around visualising sound but also understanding nature and trying to take new perspectives.

Seeing Sound, Animated Music Visualisations
Simon Russell
Fri, Sat, Sun: 10am – 4pm
In addition to the work 'Seeing sound, Robotic Pen Plotting' by Simon Russell at Ocean Studios, make sure to check out a screening of his music visualisations shown throughout the Weekender too.

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