New Cooperage Building

We are seeking installations and performances for a variety of spaces within the New Cooperage Building in the Royal William Yard at Cremyll Point in Plymouth.

Sir John Rennie was commissioned to design the new victualling yard at Cremyll Point in 1824. The 8 acre site with its towering main gate, massive perimeter walls, elegant officers residences, minaret like chimneys and broad boulevards once bustled with men, horse drawn vehicles and the clamour of industries related to the supply of victuals to the Royal Navy.

The New Cooperage building was built some 60 years after the bulk of the yard was completed. It was built to house the coopers and various other trades that had been displaced by rearrangements. There were workshops for painters, wheelwrights and other crafts essential to the day-to-day work of the Royal Navy. Its final purpose was as a survival pack ration and equipment store. The Royal Navy eventually withdrew from the yard in 1992.

The New Cooperage is a large building containing a variety of spaces of differing sizes. Most are completely bare stone spaces and those artists submitting work should consider the reverberant acoustic of the building. We will be running both performances and installations in the New Cooperage and we will be offering an 8-channel sound system for the projection of multichannel work.

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