Peninsula Arts

Peninsula Arts Gallery

Peninsula Arts operates from within the Faculty of Arts and serves as the arts and culture public programming organisation for the University of Plymouth. The year-round programme includes exhibitions, music, film, public lectures, and theatre and dance/ performance. One of its principle aims is to provide access to a programme of wide-ranging high quality arts and cultural experiences, which is informed by the expertise, research and scholarship of the University and its partners, to the communities of Plymouth and the South West and visitors to the region.

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Opening hours

Monday - Friday: 10.00 -17.00
Saturday: 11.00 - 16.00
Closed on Bank Holidays

Admission charges


Additional info

Parking available in the evenings on event nights.
Disabled access and facilities
Cafe (daytime opening)
Gift Shop

Collection details


Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Artwork by Andy Francis, BA Media Arts, Plymouth University. Faceless figures on a yellow background with a red umbrella

HOT’17 Architecture, Art & Design Degree Show

  • 10 — 16 June 2017

Showcasing the latest innovations, the brightest ideas and new emerging talent, Peninsula Arts is delighted to feature a selection of work from Plymouth University’s School of Art, Design & Architecture final year students.

The Show includes work created by Architecture, 3D Design, Digital Art and Technology, Fine Art, Graphic Communication with Typography, Illustration, Media Arts, TV Arts and Photography students. Selected artworks are available to buy and/or to commission.

Sat 10-Fri 16 Jun, Mon-Sun 10:00-16:00
Room 101, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University
Scott Building, Plymouth University
Mills Bakery, Royal William Yard

Highlights shown in the Peninsula Arts Gallery
Sat 10-Fri 23 Jun, Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat 11:00-16:00
Free admission


Artwork - sketch of face

Exhibition: Signpost 6: A String of Theories

  • 10 July — 4 August 2017

Pioneered by the art department at Devonport High School for Girls, the Signpost exhibition is now in its ninth year and enables students from across Plymouth to showcase their work alongside professional artists in a public gallery.

As art students, they have explored concepts that are an integrated part of creative thinking and practice. They have investigated different processes and looked at the intangible and unconscious dialogue that creative thinkers bring to their work – this continues to excite and motivate the Signpost projects.

Art constantly faces challenges in the way it is perceived – artwork is often seen as a purely practical, making process – and this misconception means that first impressions are based on how the audience perceives a work of art. The context, concept and how the process and media work together with the artists’ ideas are formed in our human experiences, and the intellect and academic thinking associated with the work. How the work performs and interacts within the gallery are areas of perception often overlooked.

This all creates a wonderful, visual phenomenon for a collaborative experience for all the exhibiting artists, other artists, and the work in an exhibition in the Cube 3 gallery, in partnership with Peninsula Arts.

Opening Times:
Monday-Friday, 10:00-17:00


Cube³ Gallery
Portland Square Buildings
Plymouth University


Free admission


Artwork by Paul Vivian; Crouching Billionaire Ghost, 2014. Safety blanket, wood, metal, tape, cut paper

Exhibition: Plymouth Contemporary

  • 15 July — 2 September 2017

Now in its second year, the Plymouth Contemporary, run in partnership with Plymouth City Council (Arts & Heritage), is an open submission exhibition, providing a platform for new, up and coming creative talent alongside artists working nationally and internationally.

The 2017 Contemporary has grown to include the city’s largest independent contemporary art venue in Plymouth, KARST, providing space to show more quality artwork and to extend the impact of this prestigious biennial.

The artists, selected by a panel of curators, art directors and artists were asked to respond to the theme ‘Visions’, a pertinent subject at a time when the world, on the surface at least, seems to be going through turbulent change. Artists have explored what the concept of ‘Visions’ might mean for us now – from the political and social, to alternative realities and other dimensions, imaginary or absurd, utopian or dystopian, concrete or literal.

Nominate your favourite artwork to win this year’s Audience Choice prize when you visit.

Opening Times:
Peninsula Arts Gallery - Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00, Saturday 11:00-16:00
KARST - Wed-Sat 11:00-17:00


Peninsula Arts Gallery & KARST


Free Admission


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Generic talk image, Plymouth University

Talk: Rhapsodies in Paint: Modern Art and The Jazz Age

  • 6 June 2017 From 7pm

Art and music have long engaged in cultural dialogue and exchange. This talk by Jody Patterson, Associate Professor and Programme Leader for Art History, Plymouth University, will address the impact of jazz music and the dynamics of improvisation on the development of modern art.

From Kandinsky’s early abstractions to Matisse’s vibrant paper 'cut-out’ collages, the new rhythms of jazz inspired artists to fuse European tradition with African American expression, pushing the conventional boundaries of painting.


Jill Craigie Cinema, Plymouth University


£6/£4.20/Friends free. Discounts available via the Artory App and free to Plymouth University students via SPiA


Lecture, Peninsula Arts

Talk: Plymouth in the Roaring Twenties

  • 7 June 2017 From 7pm

Artist, author and broadcaster, Chris Robinson, has been writing about Plymouth for 40 years. He has produced dozens of books about the City including Plymouth in the Twenties and Thirties.

His lavishly illustrated talk will look at the music, theatre, sport, entertainment and politics of Plymouth in the Roaring Twenties.


Jill Craigie Cinema, Plymouth University


£6/£4.20/Friends free. Discounts available via the Artory App and free to Plymouth University students via SPiA


Photograph of cabaret duo Kit Hesketh-Harvey and James McConnel

Music: Noel Coward and His Legacy

  • 9 June 2017 From 7:30pm

Cabaret duo Kit Hesketh-Harvey and James McConnel pay homage to 'The Master’, performing many of Coward’s enduring songs, as well as some lesser-known gems.

Peppered with anecdotes and chat, plus one or two offerings of their own, join them for an evening of wit and sophistication.


Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre
Plymouth University




Photograph of internationally praised star soprano Alwyn Mellor

The Roaring Twenties Gala Concert

  • 10 June 2017 From 7:30pm

Simon Ible - conductor
Alwyn Mellor - soprano

Peninsula Arts Sinfonietta is joined by internationally praised star soprano, Alwyn Mellor, for this celebration of 1920s’ British and American music.

Great songs and English pastoral classics make up this concert, celebrating the innovation, free spirit and sheer fun of the decade. The programme will include show songs by George Gerswin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern and Fats Waller including With a song in my heart, Can’t help lovin dat man, Ain’t Misbehavin and Let’s do it, Let’s fall in love.

The orchestra items will include Vaughan Williams English Folksong Suite and Lonely Waters by E.J.Moeran.


Minster Church of St Andrew
Royal Parade




Black and white photograph of the ArtDeco Band playing their instruments

The Roaring Twenties Tea Dance

  • 11 June 2017 From 4pm

Live jazz performed by the ArtDeco Band
Steve Chisolm, band leader

Led by vocalist Steve Chisolm, for many years resident ‘crooner’ at the famous Burgh Island Hotel, ArtDeco recreates the authentic sounds of the jazz and ‘hot’ jazz bands of the 1920s. Join in, show off your Charleston and enjoy afternoon tea in the elegant Duke of Cornwall Ballroom. Period 1920s costumes invited, but not essential.


The Ballroom, Duke of Cornwall Hotel


£17.50 (including afternoon tea)


Musician from the Plymouth Music Accord Young Performers

Plymouth Music Accord: Young Musicians’ Platform Audition Performances

  • 22 June 2017 From 6pm

The Young Musicians' Platform helps talented local young performers to start their musical careers. Plymouth Music Accord support those musicians selected at the auditions in finding local concert engagements, recitals and helping to purchase instruments.

Young performers are invited to give a 20-minute recital followed by a short interview.

Application forms can be requested via email:


Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre
Plymouth University


To take part: Application forms can be requested via email from
To watch: Free admission, no need to book


National Youth Dance Company

National Youth Dance Company: Tarantiseismic

  • 25 June 2017 5:30-6:30pm

Returning to Plymouth with their new work created by 2016-17 Guest Artistic Director Damien Jalet, National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) present a unique piece of theatre which addresses themes of melancholia, ritual, control and abandon.

Run by Sadler’s Wells, NYDC has established a reputation for producing performances with a diverse cast of dancers who are expressive, brave and shaping the future of dance in this country.


The House, Plymouth University




University Of Plymouth Choral Society

University Of Plymouth Choral Society Singing Workshop

  • 1 July 2017 From 10am

Directed by Simon Ible

Come and sing a selection of choruses from Handel’s celebrated 1746 oratorio Judas Maccabaeus.

Interested musicians can apply by contacting the University of Plymouth Choral Society Secretary, Jan Green: or 01752 844899.
Parting donations welcomed in aid of Brain Tumour Research.


St Paul’s Church, Yelverton


Participants £14/£12 UPCS members
Informal performance 17:30 Free admission


Peninsula Arts
Drake Circus




Monday - Friday

01752 58 50 50

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