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Heidi Morstang, Prosperous Mountain, 2014

Welcome to the new season
We start our 2023 programme with the second in the series of Climavore workshops from British Art Show 9 artistic collective Cooking Sections, before opening Heidi Morstang: Field Observations in The Levinsky Gallery. The exhibition from this internationally renowned filmmaker and photographer puts a spotlight on the climate emergency through film and photography. It is accompanied by a fascinating programme of films, bitesize gallery talks, and family and creative workshops. We are also looking forward to welcoming the Southbank Sinfonia to Levinsky Hall. A chance for all music lovers to experience the crème de la crème of young musicians before they embark on careers with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras. For those of us who revel in contemporary dance, two fascinating performances are scheduled in The House, with Mama, the latest work from Olivier award winning choreographer Botis Seva, bringing our programme to a close.

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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Heidi Morstang: Field Observations

11 February – 8 April 2023
Selected works that are an observation of a fragile natural environment, and the increasing changes in the climate that has developed into a global emergency. Through photography and film, landscape is the principal line of inquiry with the attempt to see various ways humans intervene with and in it.
Heidi is Associate Professor in Photography at University of Plymouth.
<p>Heidi Morstang, Prosperous Mountain, 2014<br></p>

Film Series | Heidi Morstang: Field Observations 

20 February – 20 March 2023 
Artist Heidi Morstang has chosen three films that present the world through curiosity, exploration and observation of place. Werner Herzog meets people living at the McMurdo Research Station in Antarctica, and through filmmaking seeks an insight into the minds of these extraordinary people; Agnès Varda shows how curiosity and creative exploration is a drive to an understanding and observation of life; and Jean-Marc Vallee portrays a woman taking on the epic challenge of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. The common thread in these films is how we encounter landscapes of the mind and of geographical terrain by observation in the field(s). 
<p>Film: Agnès by Varda (15)<br></p>

Musica Viva

4 February – 11 March 2023
Two very different but equally vibrant concerts form this season’s Musica Viva at Levinsky Hall. We commence with the superb Southbank Sinfonia, a thrilling opportunity to hear some of the most loved Beethoven masterpieces by some of the best UK-based young musicians, and conclude with New Music, an evening of works of our time with the dynamic Trio Kurtag, and a premiere performance of a composition commissioned by Musica Viva from David Bessell.
<p>Musica Viva – Southbank Sinfonia<br></p>

III Symfonia - Janusz Orlik

1 March 2023 
“III Symfonia captivates with sincerity of the message using minimal, subtle means. The choreographic sketches reveal the image of the human body, which is sensitive, fragile, gets tired quickly, and at the same time it has an amazing amount of strength and the ability to heal itself.” Dance trajectory
<p>Piotr Jaruga<br></p>

Historical Association Talks

14 February 2023 – 21 March 2023
For those with a passion for history, another intriguing series of talks. From the Armada Maps, saved for the nation in 2020 by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, to understanding how and why the memory of the past can become an instrument of neo-imperialism. We conclude with the annual Christopher Durston Memorial Lecture, exploring the way in which speech and labels helped create political communities and identities.
<p>Armada Maps, 1589. Courtesy of the National Museum of the Royal Navy<br></p>

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