The public art works for Plymouth Art Weekender had been commissioned by Gordon Dalton to bring impetus, spontaneity and a sense of occasion to an already exciting, event filled Weekend, while using performance, intervention and temporary monuments. Three artists had been commissioned to bring together a wide and diverse audience as they respond to aspects of Plymouth’s past, present and possible future.
Serena Korda created public events that mixed performance and participation with a dramatic sense of occasion. Bedwyr Williams humorous interventions which included standup comedy and film whilst Richard Woods iconic sculptures were both monumental and intended to be sat on and used by the public. Each artist was making the most public and participatory form of public art, including the people of Plymouth in their work.
Organised as a pilot project by Visual Arts Plymouth (VAP), a group representing Plymouth’s galleries and artists, the Weekender is supported by Plymouth Culture and Arts Council England.
Appointed by VAP to coordinate the festival programme and commission the public art works, Gordon Dalton joined the Weekender following 3 years at Art Across The City, Swansea, where he commissioned over 30 temporary public art works including Jeremy Deller, Emily Speed, Ross Sinclair, Jacob Dahlgren and Juneau Projects. He commissioned permanent works by Olaf Breuning for Bristol City Council and coordinated the Urban Legacies programme in Cardiff, commissioning artists including Marjetica Portc, Richard Deacon, Peter Liversidge and Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan.
Dalton said; “The Plymouth Art Weekender builds on what is already here - a great city filled with great artists and great galleries. There is a real feel good factor here in Plymouth we want to share that confidence and connect with the widest audience possible.”