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British Art Show 9: On the Fringe

Plymouth is abuzz with British Art Show 9 exhibitions, and the venues are all hosting a range of supporting events, from children’s workshops to artists talks. But the rest of the city is getting involved too! Here are just a few of the many fringe and supporting events you can find in the coming months. There will be more to announce as BAS9 progresses, so why not follow the organisers on their social media accounts for updates.

You can also view all fringe events here

(Cover photo: Leah Jordan, Organ Machine, 2022)


CAMP are a member-led network for the creative and visual arts community in Devon and Cornwall, including artists, producers, curators and arts writers. Their series of fringe events are themed HOW LONG? and are listed by their running time. 

Facebook/Instagram/Twitter @camp_membership

Flock SW are a production company pulled together from people working in contemporary arts across Plymouth. Along with CAMP and Visual Arts South West, they are producing FRONTPAGE/BACKPAGE/CENTREPAGE, a book featuring selected artists from Cornwall and Devon. 

Facebook/Instagram @flocksouthwest

GROW is a new artist studios and event space in Plymouth’s cultural quarter. Their studio holders and partners are holding a series of DIY EXPERIMENTS between until 23 Dec, which will be pop-up and last minute, so make sure you keep an eye on their window and social media for details.

Facebook/Instagram @growplymouth

Plymouth Arts Cinema is an independent cinema located within Arts University Plymouth

Facebook/Instagram/Twitter @plymartscinema

UNDER is a gallery space found directly underneath British Art Show venue KARST

Instagram @under.plymouth



Available soon in venues throughout the city | FREE

Celebrating the variety of amazing artists who live and work in Devon and Cornwall. Developed by CAMP, Flock South West CIC and Visual Arts Plymouth, with support from Plymouth Culture, Plymouth Octopus, Arts and Culture at University of Exeter, Visual Arts South West, Arts University Plymouth, Exeter Pheonix and CAST.


UNDERCUT Exhibition

Thursday to Saturday until 22nd Oct | 11am to 5pm
UNDER, 18 East Street (between KARST and Plymouth Scrap Store) | FREE
An artist-led fringe exhibition opened at the beginning of the festival. Fourteen studio holders from KARST gallery have converted the space to exhibit a range of sculpture, video, painting, installation, photography and performance.

UNDERCUT exhibition, until 22 October


Thursday 27th October | 6pm

Plymouth Arts Cinema, Tavistock Place PL4 8AT | £5/£4 concessions.

Right of Way is a new feature-length programme that mixes stunning new artists’ commissions with historical archive films that give a bigger picture of questions of access and inclusion in the UK countryside.

To an Ancient Elder Tree, 5 November



Tuesday 1 November | 6.30pm to 8.30pm 

GROW, 14 Drake Circus, PL4 8AQ | FREE

See behind the scenes for a rehearsal of this satirical reworking of the 16th century Morality Play “Everyman” (performance 16 November)

HOW LONG Exhibition

Preview Friday 4 November 2022 | 5pm to 7pm

Saturday 5 to Saturday 12 November 2022 | 12pm to 6pm 

Vacancy Atlas, 107 Cornwall Street | FREE

CAMP artists present an eclectic exhibition of wall based and moving image work. 

HOW LONG Talk, Walk and Create (74 minutes) Walk 

Saturday 5 November 2022 | 1pm to 2.14pm 

Meet outside the Millennium Building, Union Street | FREE

A making and performative walk with Sarah Voysey, noticing the ordinary and everyday of Stonehouse. 

HOW LONG To an ancient elder tree (41 minutes) Walk 

Saturday 5 November 2022 | 2.30pm to 3.11pm

Meet at Vacancy Atlas, 107 Cornwall Street | FREE

Nicola Westlake will take you through the city centre and up to the Hoe to converse with an ancient elder tree. 

HOW LONG Concrete Cafe (3 hours) Music 

Saturday 5 November 2022 | 7pm to 10pm 

Vacancy Atlas, 107 Cornwall Street | £5 on the door

This exciting sound art event is BACK! Featuring performances by Ben Philcox, HiP_P and Swift, with Koombe on DJ duties.


Wednesday 9th November | 6pm

Plymouth Arts Cinema, Tavistock Place PL4 8AT | £5/£4 concessions.

In this collection of shorts, curated by Lux and BFI, filmmakers and contemporary artists explore the legacy of forced migration and the transatlantic slave trade in boldly imaginative terms.

HOW LONG Queer Sea Shanty Singing (2 hours) Workshop

Wednesday 9 November 2022 | 6pm to 8pm 

Vacancy Atlas, 107 Cornwall Street | £3/£5 Limited tickets, book here

Join Rhys Morgan and the Queer Sea Shanty Choir for a sea shanty singing workshop.


Friday 11 November | 6.30pm

Zoom – Click link on the day | FREE

A panel discussion themed around desire lines – the paths that we collectively make “as an act of resistance when existing routes are no longer functional or adequate”.  Featuring artists Chrsi Bailkoski/PROFORMA, Begehungen (Germany) and SODAS2123 (Lithuania).

HOW LONG British Art Show Moving Image (3 hours 15 minutes) Walk

Saturday 12 November | 11.30am to 2.45pm

Meet at Vacancy Atlas | FREE

Join Frances Williams and Gabi Marcellus Temple for an informal tour of a selection of the British Art Show moving image work. 

HOW LONG Plymouth City Centre in Incongruous Lies (53 minutes) Walk

Saturday 12 November | 2.30pm to 3.22pm 

Meet at Vacancy Atlas, 107 Cornwall Street | FREE

Convincing liar Tricia Stubberfield invites you on a dubious city centre walk to explore the historical and sociological importance of things you shouldn’t be looking at.


Thursday 16 November | 6.30pm to 8.30pm 

GROW, 14 Drake Circus, PL4 8AQ | FREE book here

A satirical reworking of the 16th century Morality Play “Everyman”, for our dark times of Climate Crisis, written by Jenny and Paul Shryane



Friday 2nd December

Plymouth Arts Cinema, Arts University Plymouth, Tavistock Place PL4 8AT | £5 

A programme of films curated by PDREC and ODILS community workshops running in October. More details will be available in mid-November.

Do you have a fringe event planned, or know of something we’ve missed? Submit details HERE to have it added to our site. 


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The chosen title of the exhibition, ‘We See You’ responds directly to the generosity of the children in Kabul who agreed to share their art and the meaning they attach to it with distant strangers living very different lives.
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The focus of the exhibition is Care for Creation, giving youngsters a voice and say on their future.
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