Horizon is a major two-year programme of visual arts festivals, events and exhibitions in Plymouth. Featuring four major arts events and festivals, a talent development programme for artists and increased opportunities for communities to commission artwork, Horizon is a game-changer for Plymouth.


We The People Are The Work

We The People Are The Work

Opens 22nd September 2017

We The People Are the Work is a city-wide exhibition that will build connections and collaborations between the people of Plymouth and internationally renowned artists. The city will be activated by a series of newly commissioned artworks that question our engagement with politics and identity. In the wake of recent global events, it asks what are the differences and shared experiences that shape society?

We The People Are the Work is curated by Simon Morrissey, Director of Foreground, and presented by PVAPG (Plymouth Visual Art Programming Group), a partnership between The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, KARST, Peninsula Arts at Plymouth University, Plymouth Arts Centre and Plymouth History Centre. It is part of Horizon, a two-year visual arts programme in Plymouth supported by Arts Council England’s ‘Ambition for Excellence’ programme and Plymouth Culture.

Plymouth Art Weekender

Plymouth Art Weekender

28/29/30th September 2018

Plymouth Art Weekender is an ambitious three day event that takes place annually across the city and is delivered by Visual Arts Plymouth. The third Weekender will be held on 28-30th September 2018. The Weekender confidently celebrates Plymouth, its people and the visual arts, promoting the city as an exciting contemporary art destination. The Weekender showcases a wide and diverse range of activity for all ages including a large array of events and exhibitions throughout the city by local, national and international artists.

The Atlantic Project

Atlantic Project

28th September – 21st October 2018

Taking place in public contexts and outdoor locations across the city, the Atlantic Project will aim to raise the critical profile of visual arts in Plymouth and the South West. As well as commissioning site-specific works in the public realm by artists of international renown and supporting experimental emerging practice beyond the gallery, the project will place a strong emphasis upon talent development, fostering artist-led activities, and community engagement. Acting as a pilot for a new international festival of contemporary art in the UK, in the lead-up to Mayflower 400 in 2020, the Atlantic Project will be a highly engaging experience for a wide range of audiences that is relevant and distinctive to the locality.

The Atlantic Project is curated by Tom Trevor (Artistic Director) and is hosted by Peninsula Arts, as a core partnership between Plymouth History Centre and Plymouth University.

Image: Liquidity Inc. by Hito Steyerl (2015)

Visual Arts Plymouth

Artists' Talent Development Programme

If you’re an artist or creative practitioner in Plymouth and you want to develop useful knowledge and skills, look no further! Visual Arts Plymouth are running a two-year programme of workshops and forums on topics such as fundraising, project management and business skills – all crucial information for the practicing artist.


Get Involved With Arts and Culture

We want to address and increase involvement with arts and culture across Plymouth. We’re a city which can be very divided and some areas have much more opportunity than others. If you live in Whitleigh, Tamerton Foliot or Eggbuckland it’s a long travel to see any events in the city centre. You may feel that there aren’t many opportunities in your area.

We want to help change that.

Horizon is a major two-year arts project with lots of opportunities for creative projects to be developed in your community, with you taking a leading role. If you are part of a group which is interested in developing creative and cultural projects, we want to hear from you.

What can we offer?

  • experience in developing art projects
  • working directly with artists and arts organisations
  • the chance to be part of major arts exhibitions like the Plymouth Art Weekender and the Atlantic Project
  • the chance to commission artworks for your local community or group

What do we want?

  • groups which are open to creative and cultural ideas
  • people who want to make a difference in their communities

This is the first time a major art project is happening in Plymouth and we know there are going to be some challenges along the way. It’s also the first time a series of major arts events have reached out to people across the city in this way.

We want all of these events to achieve three main aims:

  • make sure big cultural events work for the whole city, not just the city centre
  • help the city to learn how to deliver successful major cultural events
  • give our artists and creatives more chances to make work and live in Plymouth

Come and be part of this amazing creative opportunity! Contact us on the form on the right and we will be in touch soon.

About Horizon

Horizon is a collaborative two year programme of visual contemporary arts with an aim to provide a major ‘step-change’ in Plymouth’s visual arts ecology. Horizon will be delivered by a partnership between Plymouth Culture, Plymouth University, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth Arts Centre, KARST and Visual Arts Plymouth. It is funded through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund. Starting in November 2016, the Horizon programme will develop four major arts events in the city, support a talent development programme for artists and visual arts producers, and will enable communities to commission visual artworks.

Horizon Partners