Plymouth Platform is a mentoring scheme initiated by Visual Arts Plymouth that seeks to support the development of early career artists, creative practitioners and arts professionals (this may include teachers / researchers / curators) whilst simultaneously developing the mentoring skills of more established artists and professionals in the region.
Plymouth Platform 2017 – Artists
Rosie King is an artist who examines how spaces are defined by social, economic and historic factors. Rosie uses a variety of materials and she is particularly fond of manipulating the aesthetics of everyday items, from Youtube clips to adverts. Rosie’s recent work has seen her look for symbolic architecture in bikini razor adverts, examine the role of a public bench, and listen to stories of a disappearing village.
Rosie is a graduate from Plymouth University and a studio holder at KARST. She firmly believes that Plymouth is a good place to make art in.
see Rosie’s work at Plymouth Art Weekender 2017:
G O N E (PRESERVE US) – 22/23/24 September // 11:00 – 17:00 at Images Nightclub 89A Cornwall St, Plymouth PL1 1NX
Jules Varnedoe is research-based artist working between Cornwall and London, UK.
Their work spans a range of media including installation, video and sound, poetry, video game environments, publications, web based projects and gastronomy. A general research approach seeks to explore and make visible the blurred connections between various systems of knowledge and experience. They draws links between a variety of topics, such as the relationship between mystic thought and quantum physics, data-network infrastructures and polarized light microscopy, or algal blooms and the unwitting global movement of invasive species.
more info: julesvarnedoe.com
see Jules’s work at Plymouth Art Weekender 2017:
ANTHROSOLUBLE DISPERSION – 22/23/24 September // 11:00 – 20:30 at Plymouth Art Centre, Batter Street Space, 38 Looe St, Plymouth, PL4 0EB
Laura Edmunds is a Welsh artist from Cardiff, Wales. Currently based at KARST studios in Plymouth, Laura is also a lecturer at Plymouth College of Art and the PAC Home administrator at Plymouth Arts Centre. In 2014 Laura returned to the United Kingdom from Australia, where she had completed an MFA with distinction at Curtin University, WA. Laura is concerned with the temporal, ambiguity and melancholy, which manifests itself through approaches to drawing. Laura is currently represented by TEN Gallery in Cardiff, Wales.
see Laura’s work at Plymouth Art Weekender 2017:
A Soft Introduction – 22/23/24 September // 10:00 – 17:00 at Ocean Studios, The Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3RP
Plymouth Platform 2017 – Mentors
Sophie Mellor is an artist and curator based in Plymouth and London. She has established a collaborative practice over the last ten years, working across disciplines but with a specific interest in art and social transaction.
Sophie works as part of Close and Remote, with Simon Poulter. She is also a founding member of Girl Gang (2008-present), a group of women engaged in renegotiating public space. Sophie co-founded Plan 9, an artist-led organisation in Bristol (2005-2010), curating a large body of new projects with her collaborators.
more info: sophiemellor.net
Bruce Asbestos is an artists currently working in Nottingham with the art collective Reactor. An interesting in marketing and storytelling is at the core of Bruce’s work. His online TV show, The Social Media Takeaway, used the quick-fix, low-brow, throw-away nature of YouTube as a platform to produce artworks and performances. He is currently working on a touring exhibition loosely based on the idea of producing a fashion ‘collection’ based on Hansel and Gretel. He also works as the curator of Trade Gallery, Nottingham, billed as ‘One of the World’s Best Secret Galleries’ in the Independent.
Hannah Rose has been practicing as an artist/working as one half of LOW PROFILE since 2003. LOW PROFILE’s practice spans a variety of interfaces with different audiences including small-scale live moments, gallery exhibitions, books, videos, text works, and large-scale participatory projects. Their work is informed by (and often make in response to) specific contexts and situations. As an artist she is also commitment to delivering artist-led activity in Plymouth – including ‘PL:ay festival’ (2007), ‘Come to Ours’ (2011) and the project Jamboree (2015 – ongoing).
Hannah is also Gallery Manager at Plymouth College of Art, where she took on the role and started the gallery programme from scratch in 2006. Since then, she has programmed, produced and delivered over 50 exhibitions and 100 events, including off site commissions and ambitious multi-site projects. Through this role, she established the South West Showcase project in 2013, a recurring open call platform, showcasing artists from across the South West region.
Plymouth Platform is designed & coordinated by Visual Arts Plymouth, informed by previous mentoring schemes run by VASW, a-n (review bursaries) and Hand in Glove (Bristol) and is supported financially through Horizon – a collaborative two year programme of visual contemporary arts, funded through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund and supported by Plymouth Culture.