Over 1,200 submissions were received for the Plymouth Contemporary in 2015 from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe and beyond and were displayed in the Peninsula Arts Gallery between 11 July-29 August 2015. They were reviewed by the following highly-respected panel comprising:

Helen Legg, Director, Spike Island, Bristol; Sam Thorne, Artistic Director, Tate St Ives; Judith Robinson, Partnerships Officer, Plymouth City Council; Dr Sarah Chapman, Director, Peninsula Arts; Chris Cook, Associate Professor (Reader) in Painting, School of Art and Media, Plymouth University and Professor Alan Schechner, Head of School of Art and Media, Plymouth University.

Prizes included:

£2,500  Artmill Gallery & Framing Centre Prize

£1,000  Special Recognition Award | Selected by Panel

£1,000  Martin Bush Fine Art | New Artist Award

£500   Audience Choice Award


The 25 artists selected worked in a variety of mediums; digital, sculpture, textile, paint, installation and drawing. 

Artists: Bram Thomas Arnold, ATOI (Amy Thomas and Oliver Irvine), Dan Beard, Harriet Bowman, Jennifer Boyd and Alice May Williams, Jessie Brennan, Bristol Diving School, Chloe Brooks, Michael Cox, Tim Foxon, Naomi Frears, Laura Gower, Jane Hayes Greenwood, Will Kendrick, Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski, Cathy Lomax, Mateusz Marek, Pilar Mata Dupont, David Morgan-Davies, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Steven Paige, Sarah Poots, Michael Porter, Ruaidhri Ryan, Paul Vivian.

Bram Thomas Arnold, winner of the 2015 Audience Choice Award

“It is truly amazing that the people who visited the Plymouth Contemporary took the time to vote for me. When you spend so long on a body of work in isolation, you forget it may be a novelty or a pleasure to someone else, and to have it received in such a way is remarkable. The entire exhibition was a great collection of international works that also showcased not only what the South West has to offer contemporary art, but also what contemporary art has to offer the South West.”

Works featured in the Plymouth Contemporary 2015

  • PCO1

    Paul Vivian

    'Crouching Billionaire Ghost'
  • PCO11

    Chloe Brooks

    'Gleaming Portico'
  • PCO12

    Dan Beard

    'Portrait of Jean-Claude Duvalier' and '25 May 1980'
  • PCO2

    Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski

    'For the Roses' and 'For Freedom'
  • PCO3

    Harriet Bowman

    'Brick to Bone on a Luke Warm Plane'
  • PCO4

    Tim Foxon

    'A Shipment for a Massive Baby'
  • PCO5

    David Morgan-Davies

    'Life Before Colour #1 and #2'
  • PCO7

    Ailbhe Ni Bhriain

  • PCO9

    Jessie Brennan

    'A Brutal Story'
  • PCO14

    Naomi Frears

    'The Visitor' and 'Invisible Ceiling'
  • PCO15

    Bram Thomas Arnold

    'How to Walk'
  • PCO16

    Steven Paige

    'Antinous/Acrobats' and 'VINVS FOGGINI / SCVPSIT FLO / RENTIAE / 1749'
Paul Vivian: Crouching Billionaire GhostSafety blanket, wood, metal, tape, cut paper, heigh apprximately 100cm, 2014.

Plymouth Contemporary 2017

Want to know about the Plymouth Contemporary? You can find out more about the biennial exhibition, the awards on offer, the selection process and the full list of judges.

You can also find the full list of selected artists, whose artwork will be displayed across the Peninsula Arts Gallery and KARST.

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