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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PHD Showcase: Intercultural Painting

6 July – 30 July 2022
Journey through different cultures as we bring together three international artist-researchers in our PHD Showcase: Intercultural Painting. Explore and celebrate the inherent intercultural works of three individuals reaching the end of their PhD journey. Exhibiting the works of Shaikha Almehana from Kuwait, Lei Liu from China, and Bogdan Sassu from Romania.


Detail from Dervish, Shaikha Almehana, 2021<br></p>

British Art Show 9

Held every five years to showcase work of British artists who have made a significant contribution to international contemporary art, British Art Show will be in Plymouth – for the second time in its history – from 8 October until 23 December 2022. It will be shown across four venues, The Box, KARST, Mirror at Plymouth College of Art and here at The Levinsky Gallery.
"‘British Art Show 9’ will be responsive to each city’s local collections, communities, urgencies and histories, enabling meaningful engagement for its local audiences." Irene Aristizábal, BAS9 curator.

<p>Hetain Patel - Don’t Look at the Finger, 2017 © the artist<br></p>

Hetain Patel - Don’t Look at the Finger, 2017 © the artist


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Contact The Arts Institute

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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