Looe Street Detectives

Image Credit: Cathy Waite

Plymouth Arts Centre


Friday 02 February 2018 – Saturday 17 March 2018
Opening Hours: 1pm - 8.30pm

Preview 1 February, 6-8pm. Sara Bowler will be in conversation with Artistic Director Ben Borthwick at 7pm. Free and open to all.

The Looe Street Detectives formed in 2013 to investigate the area around the Arts Centre at 38 Looe Street. Drawn from local residents living and working in the city, they investigated the people and events that made up this part of Plymouth, unearthing fascinating insights into those who lived and worked here over the last 500 years. Today, artist Sara Bowler, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is researching the history of the Plymouth Arts Centre site and the people who lived and visited over the centuries.

In 2017 Plymouth Arts Centre celebrated its 70th Anniversary. Founded in 1947 in its historic building on Looe Street, Plymouth Arts Centre was one of seven arts centres set up around the country with funds from the newly established Arts Council of Great Britain.

Sara Bowler completed her undergraduate degree at Aberystwyth University in the late 1970s and a Masters at the Royal College of Art in the late 1980s. Since then, research has been central to everything she does. Recent projects include co-directing ‘Goonhilly Village Green’ on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall and contributing to Tony White’s ‘Missorts’, a sonic public artwork commissioned by Bristol City Council through Situations.

Archive Film Screenings in the Cinema
We are screening a series of historical films that document the Plymouth art scene in days gone by. There will be clips shown just before all films shown in the cinema in March.


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