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Plymouth Strawberry Thief

William Morris, Tudor Rose, 1883, used to upholster British nuclear submarine interiors

Last week saw the first Nuclear Culture site visit to the HMS Courageous in Plymouth. Artists Nick Crowe, Ian Rawlinson and Susan Schuppli as well as curators Ele Carpenter and Lucia Garavaglia spent an eventful couple of days in Plymouth, a beautiful city full of palm trees and sea views. As well as being immersed in the Cold War logic of nuclear submarines, the trip provided an opportunity to get a quick overview of contemporary art in Plymouth and the culture of the city.

The Body Nuclear

Nuclear Culture on Film, Sandra Lahire, Uranium Hex.

Lucia Garavaglia reviews Sandra Lahire's 1987 film 'Uranium Hex' (11mins).  This is the first in a series of reviews of artist's film & video works and exhibitions exploring nuclear culture, written by emerging curators on the Goldsmiths MFA Curating programme.

Cove Park Magic

Minesweeper, Coulport

I'm at Cove Park artists residency center in Scotland. I've come to write up some of my research, get some clean air and explore the nuclear culture of the area. Cove Park is on the Rosneath peninsula between Loch Long and Gare Loch. On the west of the peninsula is Coulport (where nuclear warheads are taken on and off submarines), and on the west side of Gareloch is the Faslane Naval base where Britian's Trident Submarine fleet are based.

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