A collaboration between University of Plymouth Media Arts students and Fotonow, exploring the history of Central Park.


Central: Long Lasting Community, is an exhibition by year 2 Media Arts students at The University of Plymouth. A series of work which explores the history of Plymouth's Central Park, and how it has changed throughout the years. Working collaboratively with Fotonow, Ocean Studios, Friends of Central Park Plymouth and members of the public to produce a range of multimedia artwork. Each piece captures different aspects of the park's past, present and represents historic memories of the people who have been, used and remember the changing landscape of Central Park. The artists involved come from different backgrounds and have taken aspects of their own creative style to produce a promotional film, magazines, newspaper articles, an interactive game, illustrations, photographs and animations. For more information on our artists and their work please visit our gallery.

Fotonow is a Plymouth based media social enterprise, specialising in community-focused photographic and film projects. The company uses creative media to enable people’s voices to be heard. Over the past six years, Fotonow has worked with Plymouth University to support media arts students to develop a public-facing collaborative project. Central Park was chosen as a location to develop work in response to ongoing investment into the park and research into its significant history. The ambition being to bring contemporary media arts project work to a new audience, working in a socially engaged way. Find out more at www.fotonow.org.



Friends of Central Park is a charity that dedicates themselves to protecting and improving Plymouth Central Park. They work on the upkeep on the park, celebrating Plymouths heritage, developing and promoting the park. We have worked with the charity for research and information on the park and its heritage.

Ocean Studios is run by Real Ideas, it’s a space for the creatives of Plymouth City to work and exhibit at. They provide affordable studios and workshops for artists. In addition to their studios, they also have shared spaces with Column Bakehouse Café/Gallery that is attached to their gallery space. Ocean Studios was the original location for our Central: Long Lasting Community exhibition. We had been working with them closely to plan our event but unfortunately due to Covid-19 we had to cancel the space and moved our exhibition online. We have continued to work with Ocean Studios and Real Ideas to allow our exhibition to be a part of Plymouth's History Festival. More information on Plymouths History Festival can be found at https://plymouthhistoryfestival.com/


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A collaboration between University of Plymouth Media Arts students and Fotonow, exploring the history of Central Park.

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