About us

The Arts Institute

Over the last 14 years Peninsula Arts has evolved significantly, finding its place in the city's art and cultural offering. With the new updated visual identity of the University, along with our academic research that uncovers, challenges and experiments and lies at the heart of what we do, we believe the name 'The Arts Institute' articulates and represents this more closely. 

Cutting-edge research in combination with a vibrant public programme, forms the rich arts and cultural offer provided by The Arts Institute. 

Whilst The Arts Institute research portfolio explores the arts and humanities with investigation that also cuts across science, health and marine, The Arts Institute public season, informed by research expertise and through collaborations with partners across the city, including The Box, welcomes audiences of all ages and backgrounds to experience high quality exhibitions, talks, films, music and performances throughout the year.

We host the largest contemporary art gallery in Plymouth, recently named the Levinsky gallery; the Jill Craigie Cinema; The House and its cutting-edge performance programme; a year-long series of fascinating talks that open up the world of history and contemporary culture, and a rich classical and contemporary music programme.

Explorations season at The Arts Institute

This season we have shaped our programme around the theme of Explorations, an apt subject given that Plymouth is Britain's Ocean City, where many an epic journey first began. With such a rich history and expertise at our fingertips, we have looked at notions of exploration from many different angles. 

From explorations of creativity within music, looking specifically at Beethoven's artistic leaps of innovation as presented by Dr Robert Taub and a special performance by the London Mozart Players to quieter more personal journeys that change the way we observe the world in which we live, as seen through the eye of photographer Jem Southam in the exhibition 'Birds, Rocks, Rivers, Islands'

The thirst for knowledge and understanding often provide the first impetus for exploring, and whether groundbreaking or taking baby steps, exploration is without a doubt an essential part of being human. 

Credit: Mark Cocker

The Levinsky Gallery

It's hard to believe we have now delivered 10 seasons of our public arts programme since our move into the iconic Roland Levinsky Building. As a direct result of the vision of our late Vice Chancellor, Professor Levinsky, we have evolved, flourished and now sit at the heart of the city’s arts and cultural offer and the University’s national and international ambition.

From collaborating to host the prestigious British Art Show back in 2011, we are now a key partner anticipating the opening of the city's flagship venue, The Box in 2020. We are delighted to mark such success by renaming our The Arts Insitute Gallery 'The Levinsky Gallery'

Find out about upcoming exhibitions in The Levinsky Gallery.

Ticket information

You can book your tickets online 24 hours a day, you can also purchase tickets via our ticket booking line which is open Monday to Friday between 13.00–17.00. 

Tickets can be posted to you or provided as an e-ticket. We accept all major credit cards. Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Seats are unreserved; a first come first served basis is in operation.

Concessions apply to University of Plymouth students and staff, over 60s, unwaged, full-time students and young people aged 18 and under. Proof of eligibility may be requested.

We regret that it is not possible to offer a refund once a ticket has been purchased unless an event has been cancelled by The Arts Institute.

House rules

Admittance may be restricted after the published commencement time of the event. All programme details are correct at the time of going to print. The Arts Institute reserves the rights to change the programme without prior notice. 

Please refer to the website for up-to-date information.