Rachel Dobbs: artist & educator

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How Plymouth Art Weekender can can help nurture the city’s arts eco system

Exploring ideas on how Plymouth Art Weekender (PAW) could develop further for future weekenders by reflecting on my experiences this year (2016). What is Plymouth Art Weekender’s role in nurturing the city’s visual arts eco system?

A short history of Plymouth’s contemporary arts ecology

I’m having a go at compiling a short ‘history’ of Plymouth’s contemporary arts ecology, and significant milestones that have contributed to the development of visual arts and experimental arts activity in the city. Please contribute!!!

Building more empowered local communities through local global online learning

Read my recent provocation on Open Education and how digital platforms can enable improved community learning and development for Digital Plymouth Conference 2016. It’s sparked lots of conversation since the event!!

Crowdfunding Project Analysis Toolkit

NEW: Free download – Crowdfunding Project Analysis Toolkit PDF. Learn how to make a great crowdfunding project today!!

Makey Makey @ Summer Mix 2015

During July & August 2015, I ran a series of Makey Makey workshops as part of Plymouth City Council’s Summer Mix project (free summer courses for young people between 11-19) at Plymouth College of Art. I was aware that the… Continue Reading →

Zombie Apocalypse Planning: Preparedness, dry runs and speculative survival strategies that allow us to discuss the unthinkable

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Here’s an academic paper I wrote and presented at Plymouth University’s Zombies – Walking, Eating and Performance Symposium in 2013… It’s an oldie but a goodie!

Embedded in the zombie genre and mythos is the immanent threat of apocalypse – the complete and final destruction of the world as we know it via an uncontainable, untamable and ever-growing army of the undead.

Makey Makey & the Green Orchestra

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of working with Take A Part on their Green Orchestra project (led by artists Neil Rose & Natalia Eerstmann, in partnership with iOrchestra & the UK’s National Philharmonia Orchestra) – a musical ensemble… Continue Reading →

Why I set up the Plymouth Boardgame Meetup

In December 2014, I decided to set up a brand new Meetup group for people to come together to play boardgames in Plymouth. After a little looking and asking around, I was finding it difficult to find existing groups of… Continue Reading →

Gambling Man: Mark Greenwood

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Writing and reflection around the ideas of provincial poetics and DIY aesthetics with reference to Mark Greenwood’s spoken word recordings White Mice, All Colours and the indie record label one.c from July 2010

“In the aftermath of the Artists Lottery Syndicate launch, having retired to a back-garden in Ealing, I find myself discussing, with two of my fellow syndicate members, a kind of ‘provincial’ experience shared by artists like ourselves, having decided to base our arts practices outside of London (in Nottingham, Glasgow and Plymouth respectively)…

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