​Matt Stokes, Cantata Profana, 2010
Matt Stokes, Cantata Profana, 2010. Six channel HD film and audio transferred to synced hard-drives. Installation view at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Photo: Colin Davison

Matt Stokes’ works begin with an immersive research process that explores the social structures of the place he is working in, resulting in the production of films, installations and events. These outcomes hold collaboration at the centre of both their formation and philosophy, often being made directly with people from the collectives they are celebrating. 

In his new commission Stokes has worked with different generations of the punk-DIY music scene in Plymouth to create a multi-screen film work that poignantly explores punk’s legacy of protest and resistance, whilst charting the decline of live music venues in the city.

The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art
The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art

The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art features a high quality contemporary programme of exhibitions and events which seeks to enrich teaching and learning at the college, whilst also welcoming a wider public audience to enjoy and debate contemporary arts.

The programme is shaped by the curriculum, with focus given to art, design and digital media, reflecting the rich and diverse cultural community of the college and the city. The Gallery specialises in supporting artists at various stages of their careers, enabling them to produce new exhibitions, and offering exciting opportunities to enhance artists’ professional practice in fresh and interesting ways.

The Gallery was established in 2006 and has presented over 50 exhibitions, including shows by: Boudicca studio, Craig Fisher, Claire Hooper, Albert Irvin, Gareth Neal, Lucy Orta, Martin Parr, Erika Tan, Timorous Beasties, Noam Toran, Marie Toseland and partnership exhibitions with LUX Artists’ Moving Image and Plymouth Visual Art Programming Group.

The Gallery often works in partnership, contributing actively to strengthening and enhancing the offer of arts and culture in Plymouth.

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Vickie Fear on We The People Are The Work

Vickie is Producer of We The People Are The Work, a major visual arts project in Plymouth that explores ideas of power, protest and the public, opening on Friday 22 September. Vickie previously worked as the Assistant Curator at Plymouth Arts Centre. She is also a PAC Home member and one of the organisers of Counter, the Plymouth art book fair.

25th Aug, 2017