The Arts Institute – public arts programme

Anthea Hamilton, Leg Chair (Jane Birkin), 2011, Acrylic, brass, photographic reproductions, 7” single cover, nylon stockings, wax, 81 x 92 x 46cm. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Anthea Hamilton. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery.

The Breaking The Mould season

New paradigms emerge when old patterns are interrogated, challenged, and even destroyed. In our Breaking The Mould season we invite you to join us for an eclectic programme of events, which demonstrate the extraordinary creativity that results from such acts of disruption.

The eponymous exhibition, which showcases the work of over 40 British women sculptors, challenges and radically recalibrates the gendered art historical narrative of post-war sculpture. In all areas of creative practice, periods of political and social unrest have led to the breaking of old patterns and forging of new ones, as showcased in our continued celebration of Expressionism in theatre, film, music and the visual arts.

Theatre company Dam Van Huynh triumph with their innovative use of movement, light, sound and voice to explore a personal experience of displacement and reinvention, whilst a wide range of talks, a live-scored film, a sound bath, and a writing workshop all invite us to explore what ‘breaking the mould’ might mean to us, and perhaps even forge some new exciting insights and reinventions.

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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Breaking the Mould

26 March 2022 – 5 June 2022
Breaking the Mould challenges the male-dominated narratives of post-war British sculpture by presenting a diverse and significant range of ambitious works by women. It is the first survey of post-war British sculpture by women, providing a radical recalibration, addressing the many accounts of British sculpture that have marginalised women or airbrushed their work from art history altogether. 

<p>Breaking the Mould Feature panel</p>

Expressionism (cont'd)

5–7 May 2022
We continue with our venture into the vibrant artistic era of Expressionism and invite you to join us for three more extraordinary evenings where we delve into the unbounded influence of this period, including a film whose musical and visual aesthetics daringly disrupt classic Hollywood traditions, and a rare concert performance of songs of Kurt Weil. 

<p>Expressionism: Emotions Unchained, Illustration by BA (Hons) Illustration student Milly Gowan<br></p>

Historical Association Talks

26 April 2022 – 17 May 2022
Take a journey through time to explore rural Britain's colonial connections with Professor Corrine Fowler as well as investigating two of Plymouth’s most iconic landmarks; Drake's Island and the Tamar.

<p>Les Deering, 2016, Cremyll Ferry, looking across to the Royal William Yard<br></p>

Exhibition workshop: Sound Bath

With Carly Seller
19 May 2022
Lay down and relax amongst the artworks of Breaking the Mould as you are immersed in therapeutic sounds from singing bowls, gongs, chimes, and percussion. This Sound Bath will allow your mind to comfortably enter an altered state of consciousness, similar to meditation, evoked through the unique tones and textures of the instruments.

<p>Sound Bath with Carly Seller<br></p>


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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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