Postcard from... Archive 2017

Postcard from...Plymouth Platform

Image credit: Laura Edmunds, A Soft Introduction

Visual Arts Plymouth’s first talent development programme, Plymouth Platform 2017, aimed to support the development of early career artists, creative practitioners and arts professionals whilst simultaneously developing the mentoring skills of more established artists and professionals in the region. Laura Edmunds (Plymouth), Rosie King (Plymouth) and Jules Varnedoe (Looe) were selected alongside their mentors Hannah Rose, Sophie Mellor and Bruce Asbestos to embark on an 8 month project that sought to develop their practices creatively and professionally.

Jules Varnedoe has been working with Bruce Asbestos (Nottingham) to develop a body of work entitled Anthrosoluble Dispersion which will features video, sound, research materials, sculptures, food and conversations that draw upon Jules’ research into oceanic futurism, displaced geologies and the intersection of human infrastructures with landscapes and other organisms. Working with Sophie Mellor, one half of Close and Remote, Rosie King presents G O N E (preserve us). Working with a village’s history, present and future, Rosie has worked with a cartographer, geologist and psychic during the project. Speaking of working with Sophie Mellor, Rosie says, “It’s made me more ambitious in what I make. Now I know that those mad ideas are within reach and it has been through working with Sophie that I’ve learnt the different approaches to realise them”.

A Soft Introduction sees Laura Edmunds exploring edges, boundaries and surfaces from a metaphysical and visceral perspective using drawing, printmaking and soundscapes at Ocean Studios Event Space. She is concerned with what cannot be seen or touched, visions of that which is indistinguishable. Working with Hannah Rose (one half of LOW PROFILE), Laura reflects, “Being able to draw from Hannah’s experience has pushed my practice and approach to working to another level of ambition, confidence and determination whilst also fostering a supportive relationship that will transcend the Plymouth Platform”. As a part of the project development, the mentors have embarked on a research trip with the mentees, linked them up with specialists within the city and facilitated the successful support from Arts Council England through Grant for the Arts for both Laura Edmunds and Rosie King. The three exhibitions will be shown during Plymouth Art Weekender from 22 - 24 September.


Rosie King

G O N E (preserve us) at Images Nightclub, Cornwall Street, 11- 5pm.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Laura Edmunds

A Soft Introduction at Ocean Studios Event Space, 10 - 5pm.

Closing event and live performance by artist Ian Watson (Cardiff) 2-4pm Sunday 24 September.

Support using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Jules Varnedoe

Anthrosoluble Dispersion at Batter Street, Plymouth Arts Centre.

Opening event: Friday 22 September 6 - 8.30pm

11 - 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

What's On

Groundwork: Steve Rowell, Points of Presence

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Eastern House, Old Cable Lane, Porthcurno TR19 6JX

Thursday 21 June 2018 – Monday 01 April 2019

Fabric Africa: Stories told through textiles

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol, BS8 1RL

Saturday 30 June 2018 – Sunday 19 May 2019

Phizogs - Bedwyr Williams at RAMM

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX

Tuesday 17 July 2018 – Monday 01 April 2019

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