We The People Are The Work is a major visual arts project in Plymouth that will explore ideas of power, protest and the public. Taking place from 22 September to 18 November 2017, it will see five internationally acclaimed artists from the UK, Canada, France and Mexico journey to Plymouth to create new artworks, give talks and lead workshops, inspired by the city’s rich heritage, its people, and their aspirations for the future. From recent world-wide events including Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, to the changes being experienced by communities in Plymouth on a more local scale, the exhibition will look at the shared experiences and differences that shape our society.
The exhibition will take place at five venues around the city: The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, The Council House at Plymouth City Council, KARST, Peninsula Arts at the University of Plymouth and Plymouth Arts Centre.
Presented by Plymouth Visual Arts Programming Group, We The People Are The Work is the first major commissioning project of Horizon, a collaborative two-year programme of contemporary visual art which will strengthen and build upon Plymouth’s dynamic arts scene, promoting the city as an exciting contemporary art destination.
The artists commissioned to take part include Claire Fontaine, a Paris-based collective working in neon, video, sculpture, painting and text; British contemporary artist Peter Liversidge, whose recent exhibitions include Tate Modern and the Whitechapel Gallery; Mexican artist Antonio Vega Macotela who is presenting his first major project in the UK; Canadian-born Ciara Phillips and Penzance-born artist Matt Stokes.
We The People Are The Work will launch to coincide with Plymouth Art Weekender (22 - 24 September 2017), and will include events, talks and workshops, and film screenings, inviting communities to engage creatively as part of the cross-city project.