Visual Arts Plymouth


Visual Arts Plymouth (VAP) represents visual arts organisations, communities, and independent artists, providing a platform for visual arts in the city.

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Visual Arts Plymouth are delighted to announce that funding for the organisation of the Plymouth Art Weekender has been secured for the next two years 2017/18.

For the past few years Plymouth Art Weekender has proved a hugely successful annual celebration of Arts and Culture throughout the city of Plymouth. Made in Plymouth talks to Visual Arts Plymouth, the group behind the Weekender, to find out more about them and their plans for the future.

Visual Arts Plymouth are a diverse group of volunteers who represent visual arts organisations, communities, and independent artists from across the city. VAP works year round to act as a platform for the visual arts in the city and once a month they meet to discuss and implement ways to support the growth and sustainability of visual arts in Plymouth. The emphasis of the group is very much on getting things done as an active voice for the arts within the city.

“VAP provides a platform to activate, encourage and inspire creativity for all in the city of Plymouth and beyond”, says Rachael Allain, VAP activator, artist and lecturer.

The aim of VAP is to support and foster a strong visual arts sector by connecting grassroots activity with the larger city cultural plan and vision. Holding regular public forums is paramount to this as the feedback from these help shape what VAP does. At the time of writing the fourth public forum has just past and one of the outcomes of the forum was the setting of eight agenda points that VAP will discuss in the next eight meetings. The feedback on these agenda items will be available to view through monthly blog posts on

“VAP is run by artists and those involved in the visual arts in order to support and develop creativity in the city. It is a voice for the arts in Plymouth”, remarks Rosie King, VAP activator and artist.

The recent news about the successful funding of Horizon, a two year visual arts programme in Plymouth, by the Art Council England’s ‘Ambition for Excellence’, funding programme has a large impact on VAP. VAP is part of the Horizon programme and the funding will enable it to consolidate and build the organisational capacity of the group, create new opportunities through paid roles, nurture talent, and increase public access and engagement with contemporary visual art. This includes two years funding for the organisation of the Weekender as part of VAP’s role in talent development.

We are currently looking for a dynamic and organised Visual Arts Plymouth Coordinator to coordinate VAP’s 2017-2018 Talent Development Programme, as well as a Plymouth Art Weekender Festival Coordinator.

The deadline to apply for these roles is 2 January 2017. Visit to find out more.

Alongside the Weekender VAP will support talent development in the city through forums, research trips, training and workshops, jobs, and mentoring. All these areas are developed and informed by your feedback.

To begin the process VAP are undertaking a skills survey in the city to find out what talent is in the city and what people want to develop. As was raised in the last forum this is a skills survey for everyone, artist or not, as VAP are aware that there is talent that can be shared in all sectors of the city.

Click here to complete the survey or pick up a paper copy from Plymouth Arts Centre.

The Gold Ones’ by Reactor, a commission for the Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 (credit: Rod Gonzalez)

‘Impromtu’ by LOW PROFILE at Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 (credit: Rod Gonzalez)

Crowds enjoying the ‘Douglas Gordon: Searching For Genius’ exhibition at Peninsula Arts’ Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 opening (credit: Rod Gonzalez)