Arts Council England
New immersive creative hub throws open doors for the first time in Plymouth
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of the Arts Council yesterday cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the Market Hall in Devonport, Plymouth – a new creative space that will open to the public this weekend, and puts the south west even more firmly on the global map as a leader in immersive creative technology.
The Grade II listed building has undergone an extensive and cutting-edge capital renovation led by the team at Real Ideas. The building comprises of a 360 immersive dome, the first of its kind in Europe, as well as dynamic co-working spaces, a production suite, events space and a café. There is something for everyone – from locals seeking a coffee and an unusual experience, students working at the forefront of digital innovation, to businesses who are looking for dynamic ways of working post-pandemic.
Untold opportunity as a place for jobs, research, development, exploration, learning, collaboration, economic development and secondary economic benefits too.
Real Ideas support young people to develop skills and opportunities, and they provide mentoring and support to enterprises and start-ups to help them thrive across Devon and Cornwall. This ethos and desire for lasting social change permeates through the Market Hall too. With opening weekend tickets selling out in just 24 hours, there is clearly much local pride in this new hub. As restrictions ease more and more over the coming months, it really will be the new place to work, learn, meet, eat, create… and have fun in Plymouth!
The spectacular dome measures 15m diameter, 210 degrees over the top, with a flat floor and will have a VR and AR cultural programme. The only other like it in the world can be found at SAT in Montreal, Canada – so we expect cultural experience hunters to come from far and wide, giving the local economy a boost with tourism too.
Latest News from
Arts Council England
Working together to protect museums and collections at risk30/07/2021 16:20:00
Please note, on Tuesday 27 July 2021, the Arts Council and 16 museum funders and sector bodies published an updated joint statement on heritage, museums and collections at risk.
New partnership brings outdoor art and culture to England’s waterways27/07/2021 16:20:00
Arts Council England and the Canal & River Trust have embarked on a revitalised partnership to bring engaging artworks to England’s waterways, with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by our Chief Executive, Darren Henley OBE, and the Canal & River Trust’s Chief Executive, Richard Parry.
A Mughal dagger and scabbard worth over £1 million at risk of leaving UK12/07/2021 09:07:00
A temporary export bar has been placed on a Mughal Dagger and Scabbard worth over £1 million
Poet up for double award thanks to Midlands publishers28/06/2021 16:20:00
A Rugby-based poetry publisher supported by Arts Council England has announced one of their young writers has been nominated for an array of awards.
Midlands Area Council member appointed to international role21/06/2021 16:20:00
Midlands Area Council member Ayub Khan has been elected as one of just five people internationally to sit on the Governing Board of The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
Coventry gets moving21/06/2021 13:20:00
A collection of Lady Godivas, historical vehicles and some familiar faces brought Coventry to life as it became the city that moves.
Arts and Creativity transform prisoners’ wellbeing14/06/2021 10:20:00
Led by Soft Touch in Leicester, and supported with £97,505 of National Lottery Project Grants funding, ‘Unlocked’ used arts, creativity and the CHIME (Connectiveness, Hope, Identity, Meaningfulness, Empowerment) model of recovery to enhance the wellbeing of those in prison and serving a community sentence.
Discover England's Creative Coast07/06/2021 09:15:00
Looking for a socially distanced day out this summer? England’s Creative Coast combines exciting new artworks with a chance to enjoy the beautiful coastlines of Essex, Kent and East Sussex. This coastline has inspired artists including JMW Turner for hundreds of years.