Organised by the Devon Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Historic Naval Plymouth

Talk and Tour | Royal William Yard and Ocean Studios

Tuesday 7 June 2016 - 11:00 until 16:00

The Royal Navy's former Victualling Yard has been converted with great skill and sensitivity into a flourishing 21st century estate. Early 19th century stone buildings, including the Bakery, Slaughterhouse and Brewhouse, now house shops, restaurants and cafes, offices, residential apartments and, in the Factory Cooperage, the recently opened Ocean Studios for emerging and established artists.

The visit will be in two sessions: an introduction and tour of Royal William Yard in the morning and a tour of Ocean Studios and the current exhibition in the afternoon.

Meet at 11am for coffee, followed by the introduction into the thinking behind the handsome conversion of Grade I Listed buildings by project architect Jackie Gillespie of Gillespie Yunnie Architects, Dartington. The tour will be led by Emily Handslip and colleagues from Urban Splash, the internationally renowned regeneration company responsible for the conversion.

The afternoon visit to Ocean Studios, a community company set up to provide creative space and promote contemporary art, includes a tour of the equipped technical workshops and studios with director Leigh Mason. The exhibition space will have works by Richard Deacon and Bill Woodrow.

Please note lunch is not included in the ticket.

This event has been organised by the Devon Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue information

Royal William Yard and Ocean Studios

Plymouth, PL1 3RP

Entry details

£22.50 (includes morning coffee)

To book, please contact Jo Hawkins on

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