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Foreground Director Simon Morrissey Curates New Major Visual Arts Project In Plymouth

We are delighted to announce that Foreground’s Director Simon Morrissey is curating We The People Are The Work, a major visual arts project across Plymouth in Autumn 2017.

We The People Are The Work is a project that explores ideas of power, protest, and the public. The project will build connections between the people of Plymouth and five internationally renowned artists through structures that involve ordinary people living in Plymouth in generating the ideas and artworks in the exhibitions alongside the artists.

Venues across the city range from Plymouth City Council’s Council House, flagpoles on the Hoe and to the city’s public galleries, including KARST, Peninsula Arts at Plymouth University, Plymouth Arts Centre and the Gallery at Plymouth College of Art. These sites will be animated by a series of new commissioned artworks that explore our engagement with politics and identity. In the wake of recent global events – from Brexit, to the election of Donald Trump as the new president of the United States, to the recent UK general election – the exhibition explores both the shared experiences and social differences that shapes our society, our aspirations and fears for the future and how we attempt to represent ourselves.

Internationally acclaimed artists Antonio Vega Macotela & Eduardo Thomas (Mexico), Claire Fontaine (France), Matt Stokes (UK), Ciara Phillips (Canada) and Peter Liversidge (UK) will both work with people in Plymouth to develop the ideas for the exhibition and develop work where the participation of the public is essential to bringing the artists’ ideas to life.

These new artworks commissioned especially for and with the people of Plymouth are concerned with ideas of articulation of power – how do we as individuals, as the public, get our voices heard within or against the structures of power that govern our lives and claim to speak for us, the people?

Opening weekend:
Friday 22nd September – Sunday 24th September Plymouth, England

Official Exhibition opening & special events across 3 days to coincide with The Plymouth Art Weekender

The exhibition will then continue until 18th November 2017.

We The People Are The Work is presented by PVAPG (Plymouth Visual Art Programming Group), a partnership between The Gallery at Plymouth College of ArtKARSTPeninsula Arts at Plymouth University, Plymouth Arts Centre and Plymouth History Centre. It is part of Horizon, a collaborative two-year programme of visual contemporary arts, funded through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund and led by Plymouth Culture.

More information about Horizon can be found here.