Plymouth Platform 2018 is a mentoring scheme initiated by Visual Arts Plymouth that seeks to support the development of early career artists, creative practitioners and arts professionals (this may include teachers / researchers / curators) whilst simultaneously developing the mentoring skills of more established artists and professionals in the region.
Plymouth Platform 2018 – Artists
Elena Brake is a Plymouth-based artist working with performance and audience participation to reimagine and enchant everyday experiences. She plays on the edge of boredom and anticipation by focusing obsessively on mundane details until they become magical. Her pieces direct the attention of the audience onto unexpected moments, stirring complicated emotional responses.
Her practice captivates through its blunt simplicity and accessibility. The playful moments of pause offered by her work allow the viewer a chance to savour small moments of enlightenment in the ordinary, revealing the magic of domestic and public experience.
Flo Brooks is an artist living and working between Brighton and the South-West of England. His practice encompasses painting, collage, print and social practice to investigate ideas surrounding identity, liminality and physicality.
Recent exhibitions include Is now a good time?, Cubitt Gallery, London, 2017; Outskirts – Astigmatism – Acutance, Exeter Phoenix Café Gallery, Exeter, 2017; Plymouth Art Weekender, Plymouth, 2017; Inland Art Festival, Cornwall, 2016 and Open Source, Gillett Square, London, 2016. He recently launched Outskirts, a social portrait project exploring liminality in relation to trans and gender non-conforming identity and experience, with an accompanying zine published by Makina Books, 2016.
Plymouth Platform 2018 – Mentors
Rachel Dobbs is an artist & educator based in Plymouth, UK, and is one half of LOW PROFILE (with Hannah Rose). LOW PROFILE’s practice spans small-scale live moments, gallery exhibitions, books, videos, text works, and large-scale participatory projects. Their concerns are commonplace – centered on people, relationships, communication and an examination of the role of community, individuals and the collective.
Recent projects include: Jamboree 2018 (forthcoming); LOCAL (2017), Plymouth Art Weekender; Impromptu (2016) solo exhibition, Plymouth Art Weekender & (2015) The Edge, Bath; Picture in the Paper (2015) ICIA, Bath; Artsadmin Showcase (2014) as part of LOW PROFILE’s Artsadmin Artists’ Bursary supported by Jerwood Foundation. As an artist, Rachel has a long term commitment to developing and delivering artist-led activity in Plymouth, and is the co-founder of a range of DIY arts projects – including PL:ay (2007), DXDX Studios (2010), Come To Ours (2011), Jamboree (2015 & on-going).
Mark Leahy is a writer and artist operating among textual practices and performance. Recent performances include ‘subject to gesture’ (Liverpool, Apr 2017); ‘his voice’ (Counter, Plymouth, Oct 2015; Other Room, Manchester, Feb 2016), ’flat-head self-tapping’(London, May 2015) and ‘answering machine’ for Experimentica14 (Cardiff, Nov 2014).
He has published texts to accompany work by artists including Nathan Walker, Katy Connor, Steven Paige, and LOW PROFILE; and critical essays in C21 Literature, Open Letter, Performance Research and Writing in Creative Practice. He teaches part-time at Plymouth University and is a director of artdotearth.
Beth Emily Richards
Beth Emily Richards is an artist-researcher investigating contemporary mythmaking, often exploring popular culture and its associated idiosyncratic subcultures. She is a funded doctoral student in the Performance.Experience.Presence research group at Plymouth University, and works as a producer for socially engaged arts organization Take A Part, and artist-led professional development event Jamboree.
Recent projects include co-directing Video Social Club with artists Steven Paige and Rachel Dobbs, creative producing Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now and Next, and exhibitions including: Yes, It Really Happened at Exeter Phoenix; Understand Better at Biquini Wax, Mexico City; Cornwall Autonomous Zone’s Square Eyes at the Market Studios, Dublin and The Exchange, Penzance; Groaners at Videofag, Toronto.
Plymouth Platform is designed & coordinated by Visual Arts Plymouth, informed by previous mentoring schemes run by VASW, a-n (review bursaries) and Hand in Glove (Bristol) and is supported financially through Horizon – a collaborative two year programme of visual contemporary arts, funded through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund and supported by Plymouth Culture.