Plymouth Contemporary 2015

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

Artists

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

  • 'Crouching Billionaire Ghost'

    Paul Vivian

    'Crouching Billionaire Ghost'
  • 'Gleaming Portico'

    Chloe Brooks

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

    Dan Beard

    'Portrait of Jean-Claude Duvalier' and '25 May 1980'
  • 'For the Roses' and 'For Freedom'

    Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski

    'For the Roses' and 'For Freedom'
  • 'Brick to Bone on a Luke Warm Plane'

    Harriet Bowman

    'Brick to Bone on a Luke Warm Plane'
  • 'A Shipment for a Massive Baby'

    Tim Foxon

    'A Shipment for a Massive Baby'
  • 'Life Before Colour #1 and #2'

    David Morgan-Davies

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

    Ailbhe Ni Bhriain

    'Departure'
  • 'A Brutal Story'

    Jessie Brennan

    'A Brutal Story'
  • 'The Visitor' and 'Invisible Ceiling'

    Naomi Frears

    'The Visitor' and 'Invisible Ceiling'
  • 'How to Walk'

    Bram Thomas Arnold

    'How to Walk'
  • 'Antinous/Acrobats' and 'VINVS FOGGINI / SCVPSIT FLO / RENTIAE / 1749'

    Steven Paige

    'Antinous/Acrobats' and 'VINVS FOGGINI / SCVPSIT FLO / RENTIAE / 1749'

Plymouth Contemporary 2017

Plymouth Contemporary is an open submission exhibition that provides a platform for new, up and coming creative talent alongside nationally and internationally significant artists. The Plymouth Contemporary is a partnership between the three key cultural change-makers within Plymouth in the lead up to 2020; Plymouth University, the Plymouth History Centre – the City’s £34 million visitor attraction for art and heritage, due to open during the Mayflower 400 commemorations – and KARST, Plymouth’s largest independent, artist-led contemporary art venue. 

Find out more about the 2017 Contemporary, key dates and how to apply.