Exhibitions

The Levinsky Gallery will be open to visitors from 18 June 2021 - Free admission, booking not required. 

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
Saturdays 11:00–16:00

(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.

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.

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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

Upcoming exhibitions

British Art Show 9

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.

Find out more about British Art Show 9

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

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

Previous exhibitions

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. 

Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition curated by writer and critic, Martin Herbert, featuring the work of 19 talented artists.

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)

Visit The Levinsky Gallery

The Arts Institute, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 7LG

Tuesday – Friday 10:00–17:00, Saturdays 11:00–16:00