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In Loco Parentis, Vincent Dance Theatre

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 Making It season also introduces a new series of talks exploring anthropology, the study of material culture. By examining the commonalities of humans across the world, we can better understand the nature and extent of our diversity as a species and ultimately discover more about ourselves.

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.

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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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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 providing a platform for both emerging creative talent and more 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

What Would You Do?' Bo Lanyon, Plymouth Contemporary 2017

What Would You Do?' Bo Lanyon, Plymouth Contemporary 2017


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