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University of Plymouth is flying the flag for creative expression in its annual Plymouth Contemporary.

The competition, hosted by the University, attracted entries from more than 800 artists from 26 countries around the world, as far afield as New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and the USA.

They included a wide range of interpretations on the topic of ‘visions’, exploring what the concept means for us today.

Architecture, archaeology, war zones and nuclear survival were all represented, with artists using media from installations and sculpture to film and live performance.

A panel of judges whittled them down to 41, featured in the final exhibition over the summer at Peninsula Arts Gallery on campus and at KARST, Plymouth's biggest contemporary art venue.

“The entries have blown us away in terms of the way artists have interpreted the theme in such a creative and high-quality manner,” says Dr Sarah Chapman, Director of Peninsula Arts. “We have seen gritty social realism mixing with the surreal and absurd in a wonderful and fantastical way.

“The Plymouth Contemporary gives audiences a chance to see not only established artists but also new faces that they will want to keep an eye on."