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Plymouth Art Weekender - a great opportunity!!

I just love Plymouth,

Its a hughely vibrant city with an amazing energy, history and culture. Having worked in the City for 10 years ago I always love returning. Wanted to just give a plug for this fab festival. 

Plymouth Art Weekender (PAW) is an artist-led DIY arts festival that takes over the whole city every September. Plymouth Art Weekender's exhibitions and events showcase a huge range and variety of artworks made by the creative community of Plymouth and the wider South West. PAW creates an important platform for the work of artists at all stages of their career to be promoted and supported as part of the same event - from school children & residents, to local art students, recent graduates and professional artists working in region, all the way up to big name art superstars! Communities across Plymouth can come together to enjoy art, take part in activities and have new exciting, creative experiences.

Now in its 5th year, Plymouth Art Weekender is going from strength to strength. The event has been successfully run & managed by a voluntary board called Visual Arts Plymouth - a group of artists, curators & arts organisers who live and work in the city - since 2015. Through the funding this group work hard to  generate jobs and paid opportunities for artists, curators, producers and stewards to make sure everything runs smoothly. The group help early career artists to realise new and ambitious projects through our Plymouth Platform mentoring scheme and they work with communities, residents and school groups from all over the city & make sure that more people get to see and experience the great art that Plymouth has to offer.

Every year free print & online listings and maps of all of the fantastic cultural events that take place throughout the city across the 3 days for the Weekender are produced.


The group are crowdfunding with a range of offers for businesses within the city who want to support the festival and in return take advantage of print and online marketing opportunities! These include: 

YOUR BUSINESS ON OUR MAP! - In return for a small pledge you can get your business on our online and print map alongside all of our fantastic art events. You will also be thanked in our print publication and on our webpage. If you have a business in the city and would like to make the most of this opportunity to advertise to our audience, then please check out the areas our map covers on our website.

ADVERTISE WITH US! - For a range of pledge amounts you can advertise your business with us in our print publication, whilst helping us ensure the future of our city-wide festival. Your pledge will mean that you can take advantage of a quarter to full page ad in our publication (Approx A4), reaching our audience around the city, the Southwest and further afield. You will also be thanked in print and on our webpage.   

What Your Money Will Help Us Do?

The money that your give will help us unlock extra funds from Arts Council England and Plymouth City Council, meaning we can deliver: 

  • A paid team of professionals to help our voluntary body in the coordination, production and marketing of the festival. This includes a public engagement role, meaning that communities from all over Plymouth will get better access to all of the events happening over the three days, as well as working with school groups around the city. 
  • Two £3k commissions for Southwest artists to produce works for the Weekender, supported by project partners Nudge Community Builders and Theatre Royal Plymouth. 
  • Two £500 SOUP seed funds, for artists needing help to get their ideas off the ground for PAW. 
  • Produce a fabulous print publication, listing all of the events across the three days with a map of event locations, and helpful information for audiences. 
  • Support for our online presence, meaning we can share and promote the work of all our artists, as well as our partners. 


Here is the link:

Please contact:

Sue at the Royal William Yard