The Arts Institute

Cutting-edge and world-leading research in combination with a vibrant public programme, forms the rich arts and cultural offer provided by The Arts Institute.  

Here, the creative and contemporary sit side by side with new perspectives on history and heritage.

Maggie Irving, PhD thesis performance (photo: Siobhan Mckeown)

Public arts season

Informed by research expertise and through collaborations with partners across the city, including The Box, The Arts Institute welcomes audiences of all ages and backgrounds throughout the year to experience a high quality programme of arts. Join us for:

  • exhibitions
  • films
  • music
  • performances
  • talks.

Photo credit: David Batchelor, Festival, 2006. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. © the artist.

Research portfolio

Our academics explore the arts and humanities with investigation that also cuts across science, health and marine. Our key research themes reflect our expertise, priorities as a research community, and our scholarly interests and passions. These are:

  • heritage
  • transdisciplinary creative practices
  • digital arts and humanities
  • histories, memory and memorialisation
  • ecologies, cultures and cities
  • medical arts and humanities
  • marine cultures.

Plymouth awarded share of Cultural Development Fund

A project to build Plymouth’s creative industries and nurture creative people power has been awarded £3.5 million by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The University has partnered with Plymouth City Council, Destination Plymouth, Mayflower 400, Plymouth College of Art and the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) to create iMayflower.

The money is part of a £20m Cultural Development Fund for the regions announced by Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright. An additional £750,000 has been awarded to Mayflower400, with the remaining £2.75m to help fund new creative sector initiatives in the city – like the Illuminate light festival in which the University is a key partner.

The Illuminate Festival of Light at the Royal William Yard, which took place on 22–25 November 2018