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
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.
(Closed Sundays and bank holidays)
Our commitment to the safe enjoyment of the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic means that this season's events are free for you to enjoy at home.
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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
Held every five years to showcase the 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.
"In framing the exhibition, we have grouped practices into three expansive categories: healing, care and reparative history; tactics for togetherness; and imagining new futures. While these themes were shaped at the end of 2019, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the protests against racial injustice, make them even more urgent. We want the exhibition to present a multitude of voices and viewpoints and evolve from city to city. ‘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.
Hetain Patel - Don’t Look at the Finger, 2017 © the artist
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.
Curated by The Box in partnership with The Arts Institute and Royal Museums Greenwich. Find out more about the exhibition.
Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition curated by writer and critic, Martin Herbert, featuring the work of 19 talented artists.
An exhibition of paintings that take their time, and invite us to do the same. Find out more about the exhibition.