The Arts Institute – public arts season

Credit: Jem Southam

The Arts Institute (formerly Peninsula Arts) is the wide-ranging public arts programme of the University of Plymouth which plays a pivotal role in building culture and art in the city and South West region, supporting established, new and emerging artists from around the world. 

The programme includes exhibitions, dance, films, music, performance and talks.

It hosts the largest contemporary art gallery in Plymouth, newly named The Levinsky Gallery (formerly the Peninsula Arts gallery); a diverse range of classic films and contemporary cinematic masterpieces screened in the Jill Craigie Cinema; a cutting-edge theatre and dance programme in The House; musical performances and concerts, and a year-long series of fascinating talks that open up the world of history.

Open to all University of Plymouth students and the public.

*Please note* The Arts Institute box office is closed from Saturday 15 December–Tuesday 1 January and will reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Explorations season at The Arts Institute

This season we have shaped our programme around the theme of Explorations, an apt subject given that Plymouth is Britain's Ocean City, where many an epic journey first began. With such a rich history and expertise at out finger tips, we have looked at notions of exploration from many different angles. 

From explorations of creativity within music, looking specifically at Beethoven's artistic leaps of innovation as presented by Dr Robert Taub and a special performance by the London Mozart Players, to quieter more personal journeys that change the way we observe the world in which we live, as seen through the eye of photographer Jem Southam in the exhibition 'Birds, Rocks, Rivers, Islands'. 

The thirst for knowledge and understanding often provide the first impetus for exploring, and whether ground breaking or taking baby steps, exploration is without a doubt an essential part of being human. 

Credit: Mark Cocker


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Meet our new Music Director 

From New York’s Carnegie Hall to Hong Kong’s Cultural Centre, meet Dr Robert Taub the new Music Director of The Arts Institute and acclaimed international concert pianist and recording artist. 

“I think there’s a lot of excitement that we can build upon. I’m jumping in with everything I can bring to music in Plymouth. Music is a language not constrained by any barriers or any national or geopolitical borders.”

Find out more about Bob and his plans for Plymouth's music scene here

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  • t "Blown away by #Butterscotch @PeninsulaArts @PlymUniMusic #PACMF Universities play an important role in supporting experimental art/music." Sarah Chapman
  • t "Some truly incredible works here; and well worth a visit." Mark Jessett
  • f "Blissful sheer escapism." Alexandra Miranda
  • . "Absolutely stunning exhibition. Thank you so much for bringing it to Plymouth." Carly Seller on 'Thinking Tantra'
  • A "A hidden gem"
  • t "Fantastic opportunity to see established and up and coming artists! Amazing space." Jason Brownlee
  • t "Great crowd for today's conversation on #ThinkingTantra @PeninsulaArts. One visitor: "It's so immersive, I can't look away" @TerahWalkup
  • t "Was a very fascinating talk from a very fascinating man" @LilMussRuin on 'In Conversation with Peter Greenaway'