The Arts Institute – public arts programme

Hetain Patel - Don’t Look at the Finger, 2017 © the artist

Welcome to the September–December Season at The Arts Institute. After many delays due to the pandemic the British Art Show 9 finally opens in Plymouth. The Levinsky Gallery will host seven of the 37 artists showing in the City and as usual we have a programme of film, talks and bite size insights to complement the exhibition. Other favourites return including Musica Viva at its new home, Levinsky Hall, Celluloid Psychology giving fascinating insights to another three films, a series of talks from the Historical Association. New for this season is Music and Film series; four films introduced by Bob Taub all with music as the central theme. The season concludes with usual Christmas musical festivities – but there is plenty to enjoy before then!  

The Arts Institute is the curated public arts programme of the University of Plymouth which plays a pivotal role in building culture and art in the city and South West region, supporting established, new and emerging artists from around the world.

It comprises The Levinsky Gallery, a space for engaging, contemporary artworks; the Jill Craigie Cinema which screens a diverse range of classic films and contemporary cinematic masterpieces; a cutting-edge theatre and dance programme in The House; musical performances and concerts, and a year-long series of fascinating talks that open up a world of art, literature and history.

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The Arts Institute's public programme promotes audience engagement, access to the arts, and directly supports emerging and established artists' careers. Please consider a donation to support development and delivery of our programme.

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Maurizio Anzeri: On The Move 

Saturday 6 August – Sunday 11 September 
On The Move is a major presentation of Italian artist Anzeri’s practice from the last decade, alongside newly commissioned works. It is the outcome of a three-year dialogue with the artist, whose work responds to, and resonates with The Box’s diverse collections and narratives. 

<p>Heavenly Sounds Pink &amp; Yellow  <br></p>

Heavenly Sounds Pink & Yellow

British Art Show 9

8 October 2022 – 23 December 2022
Held every five years to showcase work of British artists who have made a significant contribution to international contemporary art, the ninth British Art Show (BAS9) returns to Plymouth for a second time.
This four venue, city-wide exhibition, welcomes 37 artists in total, including Abigail Reynolds, Cooking Sections and GAIKA who will show in The Levinksy Gallery. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fascinating programme of artist choice films, bite size gallery insights and evening talks.

<p>BAS9 - Place holder image<br></p>

Musica Viva in Levinsky Hall

15 October – 12 November 2022
Musica Viva welcomes you to our inaugural season in the recently refreshed, and newly named Levinsky Hall in the Roland Levinsky Building, with our wonderful Steinway Model C grand piano now in situ along with new on-stage acoustic panels. This season, two concerts – Romantic Piano and Virtuoso Violin – highlight both compositional and instrumental virtuosity in works ranging from the Romantic era to present day that are fresh and daring in their expressive qualities. 

<p>Illustration by Madison Wright, UoP Illustration Student<br></p>

Celluloid Psychology film series

3 October – 5 December 2022
Our hugely popular Celluloid Psychology film series returns again on the first Monday evening of each month. A Clockwork Orange, Awakenings and the popular Pixar film, Inside Out are each introduced by our School of Psychology’s cognitive phsycologists and neuroscientists to give us fascinating insights to these blockbusters, that we’d otherwise miss.

<p>A Clockwork Orange film still</p>

Historical Association Talks

18 October – 15 November 2022
For those with a passion for history, the Historical Association and University of Plymouth History Department welcomes historians and naval experts for this intriguing series of talks. Covering a wide array of artistic and political topics, talks include North American art and writing, the British artist, Linda Kitson as well as the wreck of HMS Amethyst in Plymouth Sound and the political intrigue of the 1922 General Election.

<p>Big Ben and Houses of parliament, London, credit:&nbsp;sborisov, courtesy of Getty Images<br></p>

Music and Film series

Music has long been used in film to help create drama, including creation of mood, suspense, and portrayal of characters. However, each of the films in this series focuses on music as a central theme, as a unifying biographical element, as a motivating force. These films have been chosen to complement our Autumn concerts – Romantic Piano and Virtuoso Violin. 

<p>Shine film</p>

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The Levinsky Gallery, Tuesday – Friday 10:00-17:00 and Saturday – Sunday 12:00-17:00 (closed Mondays and Bank Holidays)

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