The marine realm has had a profound impact on the development of human society and continues to stimulate creativity across the full spectrum of human expression. Marine Cultures is a key theme of the Arts Institute at the University of Plymouth, which aims to share knowledge and understanding about art and culture in ways that are inclusive, life affirming, challenging, informative and enjoyable.
Land/Water consists of artists, writers and curators who embrace a diversity of creative and critical practices. As a research group it operates as a forum for interrogation of nature and culture, aesthetics and representation. We generate work that addresses a range of issues. These include environmental change, sustainability, journey, site and regional specificity.
Plymouth with its historic links to the voyages of discovery, the founding of the new world, and the development of the Royal Navy, provides a unique perspective from which to connect with this global marine history. Maritime and naval history offers a means to explore these connections on both a global and a regional basis. The Maritime History Research Group provides a focus for work in this area at Plymouth University and beyond. Contact Dr Harry Bennett or Dr Elaine Murphy
i-DAT is an Open Research Lab for playful experimentation with creative technology.
We co-create and share technological prototypes and practices, that push and challenge the boundaries of digital arts and creative media practice. Our main focus is on making ‘data’ tangible, playable and readily available as a material, to generate new meaning and inform participation, audience engagement and innovation in the arts.
Dr Harry Bennett
Associate Professor (Reader) in History
Dr Mandy Bloomfield
Associate Professor in Modern and Contemporary Literature
Ms Caroline Burke
Lecturer in Media Arts
Dr Sarah Chapman
Director of Peninsula Arts
Dr Jane Grant
Associate Professor (Reader) in Visual Arts
Dr Alexis Kirke
Senior Research Fellow
Mr Mike Lawson-Smith
Lecturer for Digital & Time Based Fine Art
Ms Heidi Morstang
Associate Professor in Photography
Dr Elaine Murphy
Associate Head of School - History and Art History
Dr Kayla Parker
Lecturer in Media Arts
Professor Liz Wells
Professor in Photographic Culture
Mr Louis Halewood
Philip Nicholas Lecturer in Maritime History