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.
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21 October 2021 – 27 February 2022 | The Levinsky Gallery and The Box
This award-winning exhibition takes visitors on an epic journey that traverses 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 shares ancient stories from the world’s oldest continuing culture.
Conceived and curated by a team of First Australians, led by Margo Neale, Senior Indigenous Curator at the National Museum of Australia and custodial elders from the Central and Western Deserts of Australia.
Seven Sisters Songline 1994 by Josephine Mick, Ninuku Arts © the artist/Copyright Agency 2020. Image: National Museum of Australia
What's on this season
- Ten Canoes (PG) 25 October 2021 19:00 - 20:30
- Does Britain have ancient 'Songlines'? 26 October 2021 19:00 - 20:00
- Samson and Delilah (15) 1 November 2021 19:00 - 20:40
- Ceremonial site walk at Drizzlecombe 2 November 2021 09:00 - 14:30
- Bitesize: Curating and producing ‘Songlines’ 17 November 2021 13:00 - 13:45
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
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.
Delivered in partnership with The Box, Plymouth. Find out more about the exhibition.
Photography by Helge Mruck.
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.
Curated by The Box in partnership with The Arts Institute and Royal Museums Greenwich. Find out more about the exhibition.