Being beside the sea inspires legions of artists, and there are few better places to kick-start your creative leanings than Sutton Harbour and the Barbican.
The historic waterfront quarter has galvanized many a famous artist over the years, from the famous portrayal of Napoleon on the Bellephron in Plymouth Sound to the comical genius of Beryl Cook bringing the city’s characters to life in colourful form.
Internationally famous painter Robert Lenkiewicz worked from his Barbican studio, as well as decorating the entire side of the building in The Parade with an infamous giant mural, and the endearingly popular paintings of local artist Brian Pollard continue to be best-sellers in the art galleries lining Southside Street and the Barbican.
Burrowed between these galleries are a wealth of welcoming venues where you can try out various art forms for yourself, from needlework and pottery design to crafting jewellery or learning to dance.
Start your own journey of artistic discovery in Sutton Harbour today – and see where it takes you.
This dynamic new workshop space incorporates a welcoming café offering home-baked cakes and tasty lunches alongside a modern haberdashery shop selling fabrics, ribbons, patterns, gifts and accessories.
Make is the ideal place to take part in a workshop and learn more about sewing, crochet, pattern reading and dress making, with all abilities catered for.
Popular button shop Funky Poppy is based here too.
Paint your own pottery at the ClayArt studio in Southside Street, and create unique pieces of art – as well as enjoying an unusual day out with the family.
You can also create keepsake handprints, footprints and pawprints, and ClayArt hosts children’s birthday parties with a difference.
This contemporary jewellery gallery sells inspiring work from British designers and owner Victoria Sewart, a former lecturer at Plymouth College of Art and Design, also runs jewellery making courses, weekend workshops and one to one private tuition. You can even create something extra special for your big day by joining the Make Your Own Wedding Rings course.
If you are interested in dressmaking, sewing and creating your own works of fabric-art then Barbican Fabrics is a must-visit with its comprehensive range of fabrics and fat quarters, haberdashery and a good flow of advice.
Art comes in many forms – and at the Barbican Theatre people of all ages can appreciate and learn more about the art of theatre, dance, and self-expression. Workshops for children are available in term time and many other theatre and dance opportunities for adults and young people are detailed on the website.
The level, one-mile Sutton Harbour Heritage Trail circling the harbour itself is a journey of discovery helping you to learn more about the history of Plymouth and its infamous port.
Look out for shield-shaped brass plaques placed at various intervals along the trail which bring this history to life for younger visitors, and bring paper and crayons to create brass rubbings to take home.
Don’t forget to share photographs of your brass rubbing creations with us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites.