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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.

The Box | There's a human story behind every object
History - Jan 2021

There's a human story behind every object

The police have been an important part of our frontline workforce over the last year – not just here in the UK, but in other parts of the world too. This police truncheon and whistle were donated to our collections in early 2020 by a Mr Brookshaw. We believe they once belonged to a man called Sidney Hannam, who passed away 80 years ago, on 13 January 1941.

The Box | A letter to home from World War I
History - Jan 2021

A letter to home from World War I

This week is ‘Universal Letter Writing Week’ – an annual event designed to encourage us to take up pen and paper and write to someone. In this digital age, methods of communication have certainly changed and we’re now more likely to message someone with our mobile phone or send them an email – making the act of writing or receiving a handwritten letter quite special.

The Box | Curriculum Challenges for homeschoolers
News - Jan 2021

Curriculum Challenges for homeschoolers

We're full of admiration for everyone who is currently home schooling their children. If you're looking for some different or extra ways to inspire them, we hope these challenges help. Take your pick and try one, a few or all of them!

The Box selects local creatives for LGBT+ micro-commissions
Press Release - Jan 2021

The Box selects local creatives for LGBT+ micro-commissions

The Box is thrilled to announce that Eric Rickard, Elani Evangelou, Laurie Reynolds and Arth Lawr have been chosen for its ‘My Story’ LGBT+ digital commissions.

The Box | Christmas opening hours
News - Dec 2020

Christmas opening hours

Like a lot of other organisations, we're taking a short break in between Christmas and New Year - but we'll be open again from early next week and will also be open on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day!