The Arts Institute – public arts programme

The Arts Institute (formerly Peninsula Arts) is the wide-ranging 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. 

The programme includes exhibitions, dance, films, music, performance and talks.

It hosts the largest contemporary art gallery in Plymouth, newly named The Levinsky Gallery (formerly the Peninsula Arts gallery); a diverse range of classic films and contemporary cinematic masterpieces screened in the Jill Craigie Cinema; 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 the world of history.

Open to all University of Plymouth students and the public.

Encounters season at The Arts Institute

This season we have shaped our programme around the theme of Encounters. At The Arts Institute we are interested in presenting the latest ideas and developments within culture, working with artists, musicians and thinkers who are often at the very cutting edge of their field, overturning pre-existing ideas through new discoveries, encounters and inventions.

With equal passion we are also interested in how the present is shaped by the past. The dialogue between past, present and the bringing to light of hidden seams of history that have directly, or indirectly shaped our landscape today, is what informs much of the development of our programme.

Conversation and collaboration, across art forms and disciplines, including the STEM subjects are key to this way of working, to ensure we present ideas to our audiences that are relevant and fresh. 

Antarctica Raft of the Medusa. Courtesy Lucy + Jorge Orta

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Meet our Music Director 

From New York’s Carnegie Hall to Hong Kong’s Cultural Centre, meet Dr Robert Taub, the Music Director for The Arts Institute and acclaimed international concert pianist and recording artist. 

“I think there’s a lot of excitement that we can build upon. I’m jumping in with everything I can bring to music in Plymouth. Music is a language not constrained by any barriers or any national or geopolitical borders.”

Find out more about Bob and his plans for Plymouth's music scene

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  • t "Blown away by #Butterscotch @PeninsulaArts @PlymUniMusic #PACMF Universities play an important role in supporting experimental art/music." Sarah Chapman
  • t "Some truly incredible works here; and well worth a visit." Mark Jessett
  • f "Blissful sheer escapism." Alexandra Miranda
  • . "Absolutely stunning exhibition. Thank you so much for bringing it to Plymouth." Carly Seller on 'Thinking Tantra'
  • A "A hidden gem"
  • t "Fantastic opportunity to see established and up and coming artists! Amazing space." Jason Brownlee
  • t "Great crowd for today's conversation on #ThinkingTantra @PeninsulaArts. One visitor: "It's so immersive, I can't look away" @TerahWalkup
  • t "Was a very fascinating talk from a very fascinating man" @LilMussRuin on 'In Conversation with Peter Greenaway'

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