The Arts Institute – public arts programme

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.

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Our commitment to the safe enjoyment of the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic means that many of 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.

In place of the price of a ticket, please consider a donation to The Arts Institute.


Thank you for your support.

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.

Find out more

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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