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The Box | In my true element: Mark Weston (1905-1978)
History - Feb 2021

In my true element: Mark Weston (1905-1978)

Throughout February we’ve been marking LGBT History Month. The theme for 2021 has been ‘Body, Mind, Spirit’ and ‘Five Faces’ were selected to represent the LGBT+ community. One of these was Plymouth-born Mark Weston - an intersex* individual who was raised as a female named Mary Edith Louise Weston.

The Box | Two recipients selected for The Box’s 2021 Maureen Attrill Bursary
Press Release - Feb 2021

Two recipients selected for The Box’s 2021 Maureen Attrill Bursary

A postgraduate and an undergraduate from the University of Plymouth have secured research bursaries established by The Box and the family of a former long-serving member of staff.

The Box | Artist Development Bursaries: applications now open
Press Release - Feb 2021

Artist Development Bursaries: applications now open

We’re excited to announce that we’re inviting applications for five £1,000 bursaries from artists based in the South West, to support and share their practice through our digital platforms.

The Box | Plymouth to round off prestigious British Art Show 9
Press Release - Feb 2021

Plymouth to round off prestigious British Art Show 9

New dates for the UK’s most influential contemporary art exhibition, ‘British Art Show 9’ (BAS 9), have been confirmed today. The nationwide tour will culminate in Plymouth from 8 October to 23 December 2022. Prior to this, the exhibition will be displayed in Aberdeen, Wolverhampton and Manchester.

The Box | Join The Box’s fortnightly online ‘Culture Club’
Press Release - Feb 2021

Join The Box’s fortnightly online ‘Culture Club’

Would you like to find out more about some of Plymouth’s most important collections – and get the chance to explore them in different ways? Thanks to a new fortnightly ‘Culture Club’ which will be launched by The Box on 18 March, you can do just that!

The Box | Narrenschiff, 2017 by Kehinde Wiley
Art - Feb 2021

Narrenschiff, 2017 by Kehinde Wiley

Enjoy this poetic text/meditation by award-winning poet and writer, Vanessa Onwuemezi. It connects to the themes in Kehinde Wiley's 'Narrenschiff' as well as some of her current reading on the modern history of the diaspora.

The Box | Kanye, 2015 by Kehinde Wiley
Art - Feb 2021

Kanye, 2015 by Kehinde Wiley

Discover more about 'Kanye, 2015' by Kehinde Wiley - a bronze bust depicting the American hip-hop artist which was recently displayed in our 'Kehinde Wiley: Ship of Fools' exhibition.

The Box | What's in a frame?
Art - Jan 2021

What's in a frame?

How many times have you looked at an exhibition without noticing the frames or how much they add to the overall display? Frames not only provide support and protection for an artwork, they also affect how we view a painting. When we were developing the ‘Our Art’ gallery at The Box we had to devise a range of framing solutions for some of our most important works of art. Here are some key examples.

The Box | Researching Plymouth's post-war art
Art - Jan 2021

Researching Plymouth's post-war art

In 2015, Engagement Officer Tony Davey was the recipient of the first-ever Maureen Attrill Bursary and used it to research the city’s post-war art collections. Find out more about what the bursary enabled him to do and how it helped his professional development.

The Box | 102 Mayflower hats for modern day seafarers in need
Press Release - Jan 2021

102 Mayflower hats for modern day seafarers in need

102 international seafarers are set to benefit from some handmade woolly hats produced by local ladies during lockdown.

The Box | Discovering gems in the collections
News - Jan 2021

Discovering gems in the collections

After spending years transferring our film and photographic collections to The Box, we always knew there’d be some hidden gems waiting to be discovered! We recently discovered of a set of original glass plates showing Argyle legend Jack Leslie playing football in the 1920s – and now we’ve uncovered another photographic gem.

The Box is shortlisted for 2021 'Hearts for the Arts' award
Press Release - Jan 2021

The Box is shortlisted for 2021 'Hearts for the Arts' award

The Box has been shortlisted in this year’s National Campaign for the Arts' (NCA) ‘Hearts For The Arts Awards 2021’. The awards celebrate the unsung heroes of Local Authorities who are championing the arts against all odds.