In the last few years, there seems to be a surge in arts’ activities and developments throughout Plymouth and the local Council appears to be encouraging a growth in arts and culture in the city.
Although Plymouth lost in its bid to become the City of Culture for 2017, one of the organizations Plymouth2017 who were involved in the bid stated that:
Plymouth is ready now to be a cultural hub (BBC, 2013, online)
Plymouth City Council were part of Plymouth2017 and pledged £20,000 to the bid, proving how dedicated the local government have been in trying to make Plymouth a City of Culture.
Further evidence of the Council’s support of the arts was seen in July 2013 when they gave the go ahead for a new “arts hub” (Plymouth Herald, 2013, online) Ocean Studios in Royal William Yard
The following month news of plans for the Civic Centre were released:
If a funding bid succeeds, a new home for Plymouth Arts Centre will be built between the Civic Centre and the Theatre Royal, creating a new cultural quarter for the city (Rossiter, 2013, online)
Also, September 2013 saw the opening of Plymouth School of Creative Arts for 4-16year olds in Millbay, with their purpose being
personal, professional and cultural transformation through creativity, the arts and high quality education (Plymouth School of Creative Arts, 2013, online).
With these examples in mind – one word kept springing to mind – namely “hub” i.e. “cultural hub”, “arts hub” etc. Although I knew that hub meant a centre of activity, I looked up the definition on oxforddictionaries.com:
- the central part of a wheel, rotating on or with the axle, and from which the spokes radiate.
- the effective centre of an activity, region, or network:the city has always been the financial hub of the country the kitchen was the hub of family life
- central airport or other transport facility from which many services operate:the airport authority’s policy promotes Manchester as an international hub; the city’s major transportation hub for bus and rail[as modifier]:major hub airports have grown up all over the world (Oxford Dictionaries, 2014, online)
The first part of the definition interested me and I thought this could be incorporated into an exhibition.
The Council House comes across as a very traditional space and I felt that some motorized, mobile or kinetic installation work surrounding the idea of the wheel or axle could create a more fun and dynamic atmosphere.
Examples of artworks which inspiration could be gained from could include Charles and Ray Eames Do Nothing Machine, 1957 and several decades later Edgar Olaineta’s, Solar Do-(It-Yourself) Nothing Toy. After Charles Eames in 2012:
Also, Alexander Calder’s work could be of interest and Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel, 1913 or Rotary Demisphere, 1925:
I will present my idea to my fellow students tomorrow to discuss.
BBC (2013) Plymouth City of Culture bid failure ‘disappointing’ [online] London: BBC. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-22969022
Plymouth School of Creative Art (2013) Vision [online] Plymouth: Plymouth Colleg of Art. Available from: http://plymouthschoolofcreativearts.co.uk/vision/
Oxford Dictionaries (2014) Hub [online] Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available from: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/hub?q=hub
Rossiter, K. (2013) Civic Centre to Become Four Star Hotel [online] Plymouth: Local World. Available from: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Plymouth-Civic-Centre-star-hotel/story-19681415-detail/story.html