Located by a stunning waterfront and harbour, Plymouth is the perfect place to visit. The historic Barbican waterfront and Royal William Yard are host to a range of independent shops and restaurants as well as a local farmer’s market and open air cinema during the summer months.
The city has three theatres, three independent cinemas and seven art galleries, including the University of Plymouth’s very own Peninsula Art Gallery. The Theatre Royal Plymouth is “the largest and best attended regional producing theatre in the UK”, according to Arts Council England, consisting of a large main auditorium; a smaller experimental theatre called The Drum; and, on a separate site, an award-winning production and learning centre known as TR2.
While relaxing, Mount Edgcumbe park (pictured above) is just a 7 minute trip by foot-passenger ferry; the historic Barbican and Royal William Yard both boast a superb range of bars and restaurants. For those wishing to extend their trip, Plymouth is ideally situated for exploring both Dartmoor National Park and Cornwall, home to the world famous Eden Project and the Minack Theatre.
There are direct trains (3 – 3.5 hours) to/from London Paddington, and the conference has organised discounted rates organised at local hotels and B&Bs. These will be listed on this website when conference registration opens.
About the University of Plymouth
This conference is being hosted by the University’s The Arts Institute, which was founded in January 2016 to enrich art and culture in Plymouth and beyond through critical thinking, writing and making. It is where world-leading arts and humanities research meets cultural ecologies and economies in south-west England. The Institute’s key themes are: marine cultures; histories, memory and memorialisation; and transdisciplinary creative practices.
On campus, the arts and humanities are based within and around the prestigious Roland Levinsky Building, which includes 2 black box spaces and 1 dance studio, large lecture theatres, Peninsula Arts Gallery and the Jill Craigie Cinema.
The University’s performing arts centre, The House, includes a high spec 200 seat theatre and white box studio and nearby is the Immersive Vision Theatre whose ‘Fulldome’ architecture now houses a powerful high-resolution projector fitted with a ‘fisheye‘ lens and customised powerful computers to wrap data, models, video and images around its inner surface. The 10-speaker spatialised audio system enables the dynamic modelling of sophisticated sonic environments and musical performances.
Digital Humanities initiatives at Plymouth include ‘Women’s Early Modern Letters Online’, an AHRC-funded collaborative project with the University of Oxford and the Bodleian Library; as well as involvement with the 1641 Depositions project at Trinity College, Dublin and Oliver Cromwell’s Writing Project at Cambridge University.
Our world leading research groups include:
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) – which develops musical research at the crossroads of art and science, with particular emphasis on biomedical applications of music and new music technologies.
i-DAT – which is an Open Research Lab for playful experimentation with creative technology, i-DAT at Plymouth University co-creates and shares technological prototypes and practices, that push and challenge the boundaries of digital arts and creative media practice. i-DAT’s main focus is on making ‘data’ tangible, playable and readily available as a material, to generate new meaning and inform participation, audience engagement and innovation in the arts.
Transtechnology Research – a transdisciplinary research group comprising historians, philosophers, anthropologists, artists and designers, it is led from a historical and theoretical perspective with the objective of understanding science and technology as a manifestation of a range of human desires and cultural imperatives. Transtechnology Research also hosts the UK editorial office of Leonardo and the international office of Leonardo Reviews and Leonardo Reviews Quarterly.
The university is also a partner in the AHRC-funded 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training with Falmouth University, and the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol). Its aim is to train a new generation of interdisciplinary practitioner-researchers and to foster innovation through practice-led research in the creative and performing arts, especially the interrelated fields of digital design, digital media and digital arts (including music and performance). 3D3 doctoral researchers will be running workshops and presenting their research at the Data Ache conference.