The Arts Institute – public arts programme

Hetain Patel - Don’t Look at the Finger, 2017 © the artist, BAS9 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 eight 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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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 films, bite size gallery insights and evening talks.

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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.

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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. 

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  • t "Some truly incredible works here; and well worth a visit." Mark Jessett
  • f "Blissful sheer escapism." Alexandra Miranda
  • t "Fantastic opportunity to see established and up and coming artists! Amazing space." Jason Brownlee
  • . "Absolutely stunning exhibition. Thank you so much for bringing it to Plymouth." Carly Seller on 'Thinking Tantra'
  • t "Was a very fascinating talk from a very fascinating man" @LilMussRuin on 'In Conversation with Peter Greenaway'
  • A "A hidden gem"
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Contact The Arts Institute

The Arts Institute, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA

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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