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We The People (Are The Work)

16th September, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 18th November, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


We The People Are the Work is a city-wide exhibition that builds connections and collaborations between the people of Plymouth and internationally renowned artists.

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We The People Are The Work is a major visual arts project in Plymouth that explores ideas of power, protest and the public.
The project will build connections between the people of Plymouth and five internationally renowned artists through structures that involve people living in Plymouth in generating the ideas and artworks in the exhibition alongside the artists.

Venues across the city ranging from Plymouth City Council’s Council House to the city’s public galleries will be animated by a series of new commissioned artworks that explore our engagement with politics and identity. In the wake of recent global events – from Brexit, to the election of Donald Trump as the new president of the United States, to the recent UK general election – the exhibition explores both the shared experiences and social differences that shape our society and our aspirations and fears for the future.

The exhibition is curated by Simon Morrissey, Director of Foreground, who has built a critical reputation for his distinctive approach to involving audiences in the development and realization of permanent and temporary artworks.

We The People Are The Work explores the ways in which an increasing number of artists are interested in involving the public in the creation or realisation of artworks, the different ways they work with the public and why artists are drawn to work with ordinary people to bring artworks to life. The commissioned artists in the exhibition will both work with people in Plymouth to develop the ideas for the exhibition and develop works where the participation of the public is essential to bringing the artists ideas to life.

These new artworks commissioned especially for and with the people of Plymouth are concerned with ideas of articulation and power – how do we as individuals, as the public, get our voices heard within or against the structures of power that govern our lives and claim to speak for us, the people? We hope you will get involved.

Saturday 16 September – Saturday 18 November
Monday – Friday 10:00-17:00, Saturday 11:00-16:00 Peninsula Arts Gallery

Friday 22 September – Saturday 18 November
Monday – Friday 9:00-17:00, Saturday 10:00-14:00 The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art
Tuesday – Saturday 13:00-20:30 Plymouth Arts Centre
Monday – Saturday 10:00-16:00 The Council House
Wednesday – Saturday 11:00-17:00 KARST
Sunday 24 September 10:00-17:00 All venues


16th September, 2017 @ 8:00 am
18th November, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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