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The Social Making (optional) symposium dinner will take the format of a SOUP event, also held at Devonport Guildhall. SOUP is a powerful tool to start conversations, practice democracy and fund new projects, people, and ideas.

Social Making SOUP, supported by our partners The Box and Visual Arts Plymouth, is a micro granting dinner based on the hugely successful SOUP model – it’s about bringing people together, having fun, and supporting social practice arts projects.


£10 gets you soup, salad, bread and a vote.

£5 goes towards supporting the Real Junk Food Project Plymouth, a social enterprise who use intercepted food that would be otherwise thrown away from supermarkets, to create low cost, delicious food for everyone, while cutting down on food waste.

£5 goes towards a funding pot, to help South West based creative practitioners realise new socially engaged art projects.

At the SOUP dinner there will be six presentations on different potential projects.

Audience members can ask presenters questions after their presentation.

After the presentations, audience members are encouraged to discuss and debate before voting.

Audience members then vote on what project they think will benefit most from the funding.

Whichever presenters get the most votes win the funding to get their idea off the ground!

We are able, with the support of The Box and Visual Arts Plymouth, to support two artists to activate projects that will debut at this year’s Plymouth Art Weekender (28th-30th September). if your project is selected for this funding by the SOUP audience, you will need to submit a description to the PAW listings site by 10th June. Please note that this does not to be a consolidated finished work, this could be the beginning of a longer term project with a community(s) of Plymouth.

In addition, in memory of Michael Bridgewater; Take A Part’s founding father, we are offering one artist working in socially-engaged practice the opportunity to make work centred in Efford, funded through the Michael Bridgewater Memorial Fund for Efford. The time constraints for the Plymouth Art Weekender do not apply for this commission.

If you are interested in presenting at the soup, e-mail [email protected] with a CV and short paragraph describing your project, by April 30th.

With thanks to the Box, Visual Arts Plymouth, and the funders of the Michael Bridgewater Memorial Fund for Efford.