VIDEO: 'Why we're backing Plymouth's City of Culture bid'- Jon Blyth and Matthew Pontin
Plymouth is bidding to be named UK City of Culture 2017. We are asking the people of the city to speak up to support the move. Today Jon Blyth and Matthew Pontin, directors of Fotonow, lend their support to the campaign.
Jon: It's an opportunity for Plymouth to look at the long-term infrastructure. It's about the creative arts and creative disciplines forming some kind of prospective employment, prospective infrastructure by which Plymouth is associated nationally.
It's an opportunity to look at what already exists, it's an opportunity to get behind, nurture, nourish people who have worked here for a long time and have developed practices in sculpture, fine art, painting, photography, and to help them realise some of their aspirations and support Plymouth to become synonymous with something more than the armed forces.
Matthew: It's a chance for people who have lived here, people who have moved here to study or moved a business here to remember why we have come here. There are good things going on here and it's maybe a chance to market and promote what is good already and invest in those things to make sure they grow to their potential. So Plymouth becomes that "fantastic ocean city".