Plymouth art graduates find themselves on more common Ground

Deptford Foundry
2 years ago

Recent graduates of the Painting, Drawing and Printmaking BA Hons at Plymouth College of Art were given a unique opportunity to exhibit their work in a London gallery this month, with their ‘Uncommon Ground’ exhibition taking centre stage at the no format gallery, at Anthology’s Deptford Foundry development.

Organised and hosted by the Second Floor Studios and Arts (SFSA) team, the exhibition kicked off with a private viewing for friends and family on Thursday 9th December. Throughout the weekend, the exhibition was open for the public, who were able to drop in and see the product of the graduate’s hard work.

Seven recent graduates of the Plymouth College of Art BA Hons course – the only of its kind in the UK – travelled from their rural home settings of Devon and Cornwall to the vibrant community of Deptford, to immerse their own work into the thriving art network of the area. The collaboration with Plymouth College of Art comes as part of SFSA’s commitment to providing emerging artists with the platforms and opportunities they need to continue creating and showcasing their work.

Marie Taylor, one of the exhibiting artists at the Uncommon Ground exhibition, said: “Having the opportunity to work with Matthew and the SFSA team to organise this exhibition has been an amazing experience for us as recent graduates. One of the things we are taught throughout our degree course is the importance of being able to market ourselves and our work, and I know I speak on behalf of the entire group when I say how grateful we are to have had this opportunity. We were only in Deptford for a few days, but it was a real honour to have our work on show in what is such a thriving town for emerging artists.”

Matthew Wood from SFSA said: “The collaboration with Plymouth College of Art is really what we are all about at Second Floor Studios and Arts. As a collective of artists ourselves, we understand and appreciate the importance of having the means and space to showcase creativity, and this exhibition is the epitome of that. The standard of work at the Uncommon Ground exhibition was unbelievably high and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed welcoming the graduates to London for what I hope is a long-standing partnership between ourselves and Plymouth College of Art.”

The SFSA exhibition and project space, hosted within one of the arches of Anthology’s Deptford Foundry development, provides an ideal space for a variety of exhibitions and events. SFSA uses the space to engage the local community; with most exhibitions having a community involvement element. Diverse programming will keep the space interesting and vibrant until the completion of its permanent workspace, also provided by Anthology, in 2018.

Ben Allen, Project Director of Anthology Deptford Foundry added: “One of the very best things about living and working in Deptford is the real sense of artistic flair that you can sense even just walking down the street. We are thrilled to do our bit to help support this by working with the SFSA team here at Deptford Foundry, and the space needed to support local talent.”

Anthology Deptford Foundry currently has a mix of one, two and three bed apartments with prices starting from £365,000. The development will also provide a mix of social rented and shared ownership homes whilst offering two new play spaces, a new public route and landscaped areas.

For more details on the homes being created at the Anthology Deptford Foundry development, visit the Anthology London website: or call 020 7526 9229. Find Anthology London on Twitter @AnthologyLondon, Facebook and Instagram.


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*Photo credit to Taylor Harford*