Exhibitions

Featuring exhibitions from world-renowned artists alongside new arts stars of tomorrow; based in the University's Roland Levinsky Building, The Levinsky Gallery offers a sometimes provocative, sometimes beautiful and always thought-provoking experience.

All exhibitions are free and include associated events for you to learn more about the artists and exhibits through gallery tours and artist and curator talks, as well as fun events for all the family.

Previously featured artists include Turner prize winning artists Lubaina Himid and Douglas Gordon, award winning artists Tacita Dean and Vija Celmins, leading graphic designer Ivan Chermayeff and internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor Peter Randall-Page.

The Arts Institute is committed to supporting artist development and the creation of new work, regularly commissioning artists working across all art forms.

Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 17:00

Saturday - Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Closed Mondays (including Bank Holiday Mondays)

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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Upcoming exhibitions

British Art Show 9

8 October 2022 – 23 December 2022
Held every five years to showcase work of British artists who have made a significant contribution to international contemporary art, the ninth British Art Show (BAS9) returns to Plymouth for a second time.
This four venue, city-wide exhibition, welcomes 37 artists in total, including Abigail Reynolds, Cooking Sections and GAIKA who will show in The Levinksy Gallery. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fascinating programme of films, bite size gallery insights and evening talks.

<p>BAS9 - Place holder image<br></p>

Previous exhibitions

Maurizio Anzeri: On The Move 

Saturday 6 August – Sunday 11 September 
On The Move was a major presentation of Italian artist Anzeri’s practice from the last decade, alongside newly commissioned works. It was the outcome of a three-year dialogue with the artist, whose work responds to, and resonates with The Box’s diverse collections and narratives. 

<p>Heavenly Sounds Pink &amp; Yellow  <br></p>

Heavenly Sounds Pink & Yellow

Breaking the Mould

26 March 2022 – 5 June 2022
Breaking the Mould challenged the male-dominated narratives of post-war British sculpture by presenting a diverse and significant range of ambitious works by women. It was the first survey of post-war British sculpture by women, providing a radical recalibration, addressing the many accounts of British sculpture that have marginalised women or airbrushed their work from art history altogether. 

<p>Breaking the Mould Feature panel</p>

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

21 October 2021 – 27 February 2022 | The Levinsky Gallery and The Box
This award-winning exhibition took visitors on an epic journey that traversed three states, three deserts and some 500,000 square kilometres, travelling from west to east: to places in the deserts of the Martu, the Ngaanyatjarra and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) peoples. Using the power of contemporary art, performance, song, photography and multimedia, Songlines shared ancient stories from the world’s oldest continuing culture.

<p>Seven Sisters Songline 1994 by Josephine Mick, Ninuku Arts © the artist/Copyright Agency 2020. Image: National Museum of Australia<br></p><p>(cropped)</p>

Seven Sisters Songline 1994 by Josephine Mick, Ninuku Arts © the artist/Copyright Agency 2020. Image: National Museum of Australia

This, the third Plymouth Contemporary exhibition since its launch in 2015, continued to support new ideas and a risk-taking approach across all art forms. Themed 'Making it' the chosen artists were invited to open up, interrogate, unpick and shake out what does it might mean to ‘make it’ as an artist in 2021.

What might the future look like in our littered world? Are there ways that humans, animals and plants can co-exist with or even prosper amongst the rubbish? And what will it take to clean up our act?

Kehinde Wiley is a world renowned Nigerian-American artist whose naturalistic portraits challenge the conventional view of power, taste and privilege by portraying black people of disparate origins and social status as celebrated figures. 

Word is...

  • f "A fantastic opportunity to see established and upcoming artists. An amazing space!"
  • . "Beautiful and inspiring work by Jem Southam!"
  • t "One of my favourites! Beautiful, subtle and atmospheric." (on Birds, Rocks, Rivers, Islands: Jem Southam)
  • i "An incredibly uplifting yoga session in the gallery this evening, amongst some of Trevor Bell's finest works!"
  • . "Absolutely stunning exhibition. Thank you so much for bringing it to Plymouth." (on Thinking Tantra)
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