Roland Levinsky Building
The University of Plymouth has unveiled its public arts programme for the new academic year. 
Whether attending a performance, film, or exhibition, or getting involved in a workshop, there is something for everyone – reflecting the University’s key position in Plymouth’s cultural quarter and the wider region. 

Our new season captures The Arts Institute’s ethos - producing cultural experiences that celebrate creativity, inspire collaboration, and enable people to work together to make change happen. Our team looks forward to welcoming everyone to enjoy a vibrant and varied programme of arts and culture, connect with our university community and immerse in a rich seascape of ideas and opportunities.

Rupert LorraineRupert Lorraine
Director of The Arts Institute

The centrepiece of the 2023-24 season is Ocean, a free exhibition curated by The Arts Institute team in collaboration with the Marine Institute as a forum where science and creativity meet, which opens in the Levinsky Gallery on 16 September and runs to 16 December.
Three commissioned works by Bridgette Ashton, Mat Chivers and Stefanie Posavec create a rich tapestry of ocean narratives, exploring the hidden secrets of Drake's Island, the awe-inspiring majesty of the Eddystone Lighthouse, and the intricate, underwater world of Plymouth Sound.
Each artist innovatively bridges the gap between science and art, offering an immersive, experiential exploration of the marine world.
The University’s public arts programme includes the return of the Musica Viva concert series, an interesting and topical series of talks, Rinkoo Barpaga’s award-winning Made in (India) Britain performance, plus a programme of films and much more. 
Discover the full public arts programme at The Arts Institute 


16 September – 16 December 2023
Ocean explores and celebrates our human connection with the water that covers over 70% of the planet. It does this from a number of different perspectives, bringing together world-leading researchers with contemporary artists and designers to create new works that invite a deeper understanding of the interconnected nature of land and sea.
Photo by Lloyd Russell, University of Plymouth