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K. Yoland, Still from 'Billboard Premonition (Mojave Desert, California, USA)', 2020, video

Making It season

This season we explore what ‘making it’ means in 2021. From the act of moulding and shaping an idea or physical artwork to what it means to ‘make it’ as an artist, we uncover some of the innovative creators and activists who played a part in the evolution of the arts and culture we enjoy today.

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.

Open to everybody.

Contact us: theartsinstitute@plymouth.ac.uk

Our commitment to the safe enjoyment of the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic means that this season's online events are free for you to enjoy at home.

The Arts Institute relies on income to develop and deliver a public programme, which not only promotes audience engagement and access to the arts, but also directly supports emerging and established artists' careers and the creation of new content.

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Van Huynh Company presents DEP

26 May 2021 | Online

Đẹp is the Vietnamese word for beautiful. With his latest dance work, the UK-based choreographer Dam Van Huynh explores influences from his Southeast Asian heritage. In Vietnamese culture, death is also a form of rebirth. When a person dies, the family and community enact rituals that will enable the deceased to pass into another realm, a higher state of being.

Find out more and book your free place

DEP, Van-Huynh Company, photo courtesy of Pari Naderi.

DEP, Van-Huynh Company, photo courtesy of Pari Naderi.

Some Call It Home (Trailer)

Some Call It Home

4 and 5 June 2021 | Theatre Royal Plymouth

A provocative multimedia music drama bringing to life conflicting perspectives of our uneasy relationship with the land – our home, our planet. A world premiere performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra ensemble with leading international soloists.

Tracing a narrative through-line from the colonisation of North America to the current climate change and geopolitics induced mass migration, Some Call It Home combines imagery, video, narration, song and a string orchestra over the course of its 75-minute runtime. Created, produced and directed by Robert Taub, Music Director at The Arts Institute, as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations.

Find out more and book your tickets

Plymouth Contemporary 2021

7 July-5 September 2021 | The Levinsky Gallery and KARST

An open submission exhibition for both emerging creative talent and established artists working nationally and internationally.

Themed Making It Plymouth Contemporary invites artists to open up, interrogate, unpick and shake out what 'making it' might mean in terms of contemporary art practice in 2021. 

Learn more about the exhibition

Jennifer Taylor, ‘Lunar Dawn’, 2020, Digital Photographic Print, 60 x 42 cm

Jennifer Taylor, ‘Lunar Dawn’, 2020, Digital Photographic Print, 60 x 42 cm

The Arts Institute Film Commission 2021

Now in its fourth iteration, this annual film commission invites submissions from both emerging and established filmmakers and visual artists.

To coincide with The Arts Institute’s autumn theme of Storytelling, and a major exhibition across The Arts Institute and The Box in late 2021, the winner will be awarded £3,500 to explore one or more of the exhibition's themes including diversity of cultures and languages; oral and visual traditions of sharing knowledge; and creation stories.

Deadline: 14 June, midnight.

Find out more and submit your proposal

Still from 'Diviner' by Frances Scott, winner of the 2017 Film Commission Prize

Still from 'Diviner' by Frances Scott, winner of the 2017 Film Commission Prize

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