100 artists gather in historic Plymouth studio


WORK IN PROGRESS is an exciting event taking place on Saturday 9th April at the former Lenkiewicz studio on Southside Street.

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An open invitation has gone out to creatives from Plymouth and surrounding areas to come and make art work together at the new Comma Five Art Space. Up to 100 artists are expected to attend.

This will be the first time that Comma Five Art Space has been used by the wider artistic community, and will be a chance for artists and makers of all types to connect and start conversations with their peers. It will also be a glimpse into the future of Comma Five Art Space and its role as a community arts complex.

Doors open at 10am, allowing creatives time to set up their work, and to talk with the Comma Five artists. The event will begin at 12pm and will run until 5pm at Comma Five Art Space, 5 Southside Street Plymouth PL1 2LA.

“Robert would be so pleased. He’d be really thrilled to bits to see these artists using this building.” Karen Ciambriello – Artist and former Partner of Robert Lenkiewicz

“It would be really wonderful if it could remain within the art world…The more artists a city has the more interesting it is.” Jojo Moreschi – Photographer and Barbican Resident

The Comma Five Collective is a group of practising artists working to buy and save the derelict former Lenkiewicz studio from redevelopment and reopen it as a community art space. The collective is currently inviting contributions to its kickstarter fund to enable the first phase. Comma Five was founded in 2015 by Liz Barile-Page (painter), Tim Pearse (fine art photographer) and Philip Bath (installation artist).


Comma Five workshop space (credit: Mike Kinsey Photography, Sutton Harbour)

Find out more about Comma Five’s Work In Progress event on Facebook.

Comma Five’s Kickstarter will finish on 1 May 2016.

Watch the BBC Spotlight feature on Comma Five from 9 March 2016.