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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

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

Admission charges

FREE

Additional info

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

Collection details

Archives

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
MARK FRANCIS, HADREL (2015), ACRYLIC AND OIL ON CANVAS, 214 X 274CM, COURTESY OF KERLIN GALLERY DUBLIN (IN DB)

‘There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres’: conversations across art and mathematics

  • 9 April — 28 May 2016 *on now

In 2015, to mark their 150th anniversary, The London Mathematical Society selected artists, Mark Francis and George L–Legendre, to create new work drawing on mathematical ideas. Heidi Morstang was also commissioned to produce a film ‘Thinking Space’, which explores how mathematicians think.

The exhibition brings these new works together, alongside visual material from the mathematicians, with whom they worked.

On Friday 22 April at 18:30 there will be a special film screening and talk by Professor Stephen Huggett, Professor in Pure Mathematics and Heidi Morstang, Lecturer in Photography.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/thinking-space

Hot'16

Hot'16 Plymouth University Art & Degree Design Show

  • 10 — 23 June 2016

Exceptional work from graduating honours degree students will be shown, sold, or commissioned from 3D Design, Fine Art, Illustration, Media and TV Arts, Photography, Digital Media and Animation, Architecture, Graphic Communication with Typography, and Digital Art and Design.

Inspired and inspiring, join us in celebrating Plymouth University graduating students’ inventiveness.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/hot-16

Plymouth Young Contemporary Open

Plymouth Young Contemporary Open

  • 2 — 9 July 2016

Following on from the success of the international Plymouth Contemporary Open, Plymouth University has partnered with Effervescent and the Plymouth History Centre to launch the first Plymouth Young Contemporary Open; an exhibition that will showcase the wealth of creative talent Plymouth has to offer.

Responding to the theme GROW, the exhibition will feature selected artwork from an open call to artists and creative producers aged 4 to 30 years. It will run across two city centre sites: Peninsula Arts Gallery and Radiant Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Sea Swim

Sea Swim: Head Above Water

  • 23 July — 3 September 2016

Head Above Water reveals the embodied imagination of the swimmer’s experience through film, photography, sculpture, drawing and poetry. Artists: Sally Barker, Tessa Bunney, Gary Coyle, Dorothy Cross, Lynn Dennison, Peter Matthews, Heinrich & Palmer, Simon Pope, Gayle Chong Kwan, Anna Sikorska, Kit Wise and Sea Swim.

Sea Swim explores, with groups of swimmers in Plymouth, how swimming in the sea changes the way we feel ourselves to be in our bodies.

CURATED BY LARA GOODBAND
A HISTORY CENTRE PARTNERSHIP PROJECT DELIVERED BY PENINSULA ARTS AND PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL’S ARTS AND HERITAGE SERVICE.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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.
Pete Long

Such Sweet Thunder

  • 30 April 2016 From 7:30pm

Such Sweet Thunder is among the most masterful of the many suites composed by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, his most frequent and significant collaborator. It was commissioned in 1956 by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Such Sweet Thunder and premiered to critical acclaim on 28 April, 1957, the night before Ellington turned 58, at New York’s Town Hall.

The programme will also include Duke Ellington classics Take the A Train, Caravan, Mood Indigo and It Don't Mean A Thing.

The Echoes of Ellington Big Band
Led by Peter Long - musical director of the acclaimed Ronnie Scott’s Big Band

Admission

Tickets: £10
Friends of Peninsula Arts: £8

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/such-sweet-thunder-duke-ellingtons-twelve-part-suite-based-on-the-work-of-william-shakespeare

Plymouth Fox Talbot

Amateurs & Artists: Early Photography and Plymouth

  • 3 May 2016 7-8:30pm

Nigel Overton, Curator City & Maritime Heritage, Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery

Nigel introduces us to a number of people from the early days of photography: Henry Fox Talbot and his photographs of Mount Edgcumbe and Plymouth, and pioneering photographers such as Linnaeus Tripe, Robert Hunt and Richard Beard, all of whom were from Devonport.

The photographs they took, and evidence from the numerous Union Street photographic studios, provide a fascinating glimpse into the local and social history of the ‘Three Towns’, and the growing fashion for photography during the second half of the 19th century.

Admission

Tickets: £6.60
Concessions: £4.50
Friends of Peninsula Arts, Historical Association, Devon History Society and Devon Record Office members free

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/amateurs-and-artists-early-photography-and-plymouth

Posession

Posession

  • 3 May 2016 7-10pm

The lives of two modern day academics (Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart) become entwined with the clandestine romance of two poets in the Victorian period. Neil LaBute’s adaptation brings A.S. Byatt’s Booker Prize winning novel to life with
a beautiful attention to detail.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets: £6.60
Concessions: £4.50
Friends of Peninsula Arts Free

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/possession

Pierre-Emmanuel Largeron

Chamber Concert: Mediterranean

  • 7 May 2016 7:30-9:30pm

Arnold Bax provided the name to this chamber music concert. He composed his piano piece Mediterranean after being inspired by a trip to Majorca. Here at the heart of Mare Nostrum we explore the grand operatic repertoire as we cross 400 years of history and meet the virtuosic roots of violin and piano playing in Spain.

Pierre-Emmanuel Largeron, violin
Daniel King Smith, piano

Paganini: Caprice No.24, for solo violin
Vivaldi: Violin concerto in A minor
Geminiani: Violin Sonata in G Major
Bax: Mediterranean, for piano
Ravel: Pièce en forme de Habanera
Sarasate: Hommage à Rossini

Admission

Tickets: £10
Friends of Peninsula Arts: £8

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/chamber-concert-mediterranean

King Lear

King Lear

  • 9 May 2016 7-10pm

Kozintsev's gripping version of King Lear provides unforgettable scenes from the grand entrance of Lear to divide his kingdom, to the final muddy battlefield. As Kozintsev wrote, “In Shostakovich's music I can hear a ferocious hatred of cruelty, the cult of power and the oppression of justice ... a fearless goodness which has a threatening quality.”

Peter Hinds, Associate Professor of English at Plymouth University will give a short pre-screening introduction to each film in this series. The introductory talk will consider how the film handles the sensitive subject of political power and the world of poverty and peasants in Brezhnev’s Soviet Union.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets: £6.60
Concessions: £4.50
Friends of Peninsula Arts Free

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/king-lear

West Side Story

West Side Story

  • 16 May 2016 7-10pm

Based on Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story remains the most successful musical film at the Oscars, winning 10 in all. Set in the Upper West Side of New York City in the late 1950s, two youngsters from rival gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. Bernstein’s superb score energises the excitement, melodrama and despair.

Peter Hinds, Associate Professor of English at Plymouth University will give a short pre-screening introduction to each film in this series.The introductory talk for West Side Story sets the film in the social and
racial context of 1950s New York.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets: £6.60
Concessions: £4.50
Friend of Peninsula Arts Free

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/west-side-story

Exploring the Depths: a Brief History of Marine Research

  • 17 May 2016 7-8:30pm

Dr Matthew Frost, Deputy Director, Marine Biological Association of the UK

Marine research in the 20th century has transformed our understanding of the world, but evidence of marine research dates back to ancient times.

Modern day research is often associated with Captain Cook and his voyages in the 18th century. Later studies associated with Darwin and then with the HMS Challenger voyage, brought new advances and many naturalists were beginning to realise the importance of a closer study of the seas and marine life.

The Marine Biological Association of the UK was formed in 1884, with Professor T.H. Huxley as President, and the Plymouth Laboratory on the Hoe opened shortly after in 1887.

Admission

Tickets: £6.60
Concessions: £4.50

Effie Gray

Effie Gray

  • 17 May 2016 7-10pm

The famous love triangle between the Pre-Raphaelite model and muse Effie Gray, the painter John Everett Millais and the art critic John Ruskin is the subject of Emma Thompson’s screenplay, set in the heart of the Victorian art world. Addressing ideas about love, sex and marriage, the film is brimming with period detail and a lavish attention to the art of the Pre-Raphaelites.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets: £6.60
Concessions: £4.50

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/effie-gray

University of Plymouth Choral Society

Schubert: Mass No.6 in E flat

  • 21 May 2016 7:30pm

This was Schubert’s last Mass composed in 1828. It is quite different from his early masses – very romantic with a Beethoven-like style and reflects some of the musical passion of Mozart’s Requiem. It is a large scale work requiring a substantial orchestra, with glorious choral sections and a particularly beautiful Et in carnatus est for the soloists.

University of Plymouth Choral Society

Simon Ible, conductor
Robyn Allegra Parton, soprano
Anna Harvey, mezzo-soprano
Daniel Auchincloss, tenor
James Oldfield, bass-baritone

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Minister Church of St Andrew
Royal Parade
Plymouth
Devon
England

Admission

Tickets: £15
Friends of Peninsula Arts: £13
Children: £5

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/schubert-mass-no6-in-e-flat

City Pleasures, City Dangers

City Pleasures, City Dangers: The Fallen Woman in Victorian London

  • 24 May 2016 7-8:30pm

Lynda Nead is a world leading authority in Victorian studies, whose work encompasses the history of British visual culture, representations of Victorian womanhood, the Victorian metropolis and the regulation of obscenity in the 19th century.

Drawing upon findings from her recent exhibition at the Foundling Hospital, London, The Fallen Woman (25 September 2015 – 3 January 2016), Professor Nead will examine the myth and reality of the fallen woman in the Victorian era, her troubled representation in the art and literature of the period and her operation as sign within an urban context.

Admission

Talks: £6.60
Concessions: £4.50
Friends of Peninsula Arts Free

Orchestra

Plymouth University Gamelan Orchestra & Friends

  • 24 May 2016 4-5:30pm

The 20 instruments, that originate from Indonesia are made of bronze and are built and tuned to be played together as an orchestra. They produce a unique rhythmical vibrating sound, allowing a variety of music to be played ranging from louder, flamboyant and dramatic pieces to quieter, contemplative arrangements.

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/plymouth-university-gamelan-orchestra-and-friends

Relic

Relic

  • 18 June 2016 8:30-9:15pm

In 2000, Dilys Richardson anonymously sent her eldest granddaughter Katy her 1949 wedding dress, then later, a journal containing memories of her early life.

Based on these sources, Katy Richardson (artist and performer), and Imperfect Orchestra (Home 2013, Tamar 2014) present Relic, an immersive visual, auditory and musical performance exploring themes of deterioration of memory and identity.

'Relic' is supported by the Suzanne Sparrow Plymouth Language School.

Admission

Tickets: £7
Friends of Peninsula Arts: £5
Special offer: Inclusive ticket for all three events (Voice(s), Celestial, Relic) £18, £14 Friends of Peninsula Arts and Ten Tors Orchestra

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/relic

Paul K Joyce

Celestial

  • 18 June 2016 7-7:45pm

Celestial is a moving and uplifting collage of songs, words and projections created by composer, Paul K Joyce. This new work is inspired by the childhood poems of Johnnie Douglas-Pennant, many of which show him struggling to come to terms with the loss of his sister, Anna.

Celestial features singers, orchestra, synthesizers and natural sounds. Projections are by renowned filmmaker, Graham Gaunt. Poems of Johnnie Douglas-Pennant used by kind permission of his family.

This performance is linked to Voice(s) and Relic music performances by the theme of memories. Memories of loved ones and memories passed on by and to loved ones. The pieces express through the multi-disciplinary genres of music, words, film and sound the spirit, imagination and emotions of family bonds, secrets and histories.

Admission

Tickets: £10
Friends of Peninsula Arts and Ten Tors Orchestra: £8

Inclusive ticket for all three events (Voice(s), Celestial and Relic) £18, £14 Friends of Peninsula Arts and Ten Tors Orchestra

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/celestial

Juliet Fraser

Voice(s)

  • 18 June 2016 5:30-6:15pm

Christopher Fox: Magnification
Scott Mc Laughlin: Snowflake
Michael Finnissy: Same as we
Nicholas Peters: Scantlebury

Juliet Fraser performs Voice(s), a programme for soprano and electronics that exploits the technology of pre-recorded tape parts and live manipulation to explore the interior worlds of memory, dreamings and identity. The central piece of the programme is Nicholas Peters' Scantlebury which sets his Grandad's spoken reminiscences of all the characters in his family, who were from Devonport, Plymouth, to music (?).

The development of the Voice(s) project has been supported by Arts Council England, the PRS Music Foundation, the Hinrichsen Foundation and the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust.

This performance is linked to Celestial and Relic music performances by the theme of memories. Memories of loved ones and memories passed on by and to loved ones. The pieces express through the multi-disciplinary genres of music, words, film and sound the spirit, imagination and emotions of family bonds, secrets and histories.

Admission

Tickets: £5
Friends of Peninsula Arts: £3
Inclusive ticket for all three events (Voice(s), Celestial and Relic) £18, £14 Friends of Peninsula Arts and Ten Tors Orchestra

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/voices

Orchestra

University of Plymouth Choral Society: Singing Day Workshop

  • 2 July 2016 8-8:45pm

Come and sing a selection of sacred anthems, motets and madrigals from the 16th and 17th-century Europe. All welcome.
For further information and an application form, contact the UPCS Secretary Jan Green. E-mail: jan.fairview@gmail.com or telephone: 01752 844899

www.universityofplymouthchoralsociety.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

St Paul's Church
Yelverton
Devon

Admission

Participants: £14
Participants (members of UPCS): £12
Free admission to the performance with parting donations invited in aid of Brain Tumour Research.

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/university-of-plymouth-choral-society-singing-day-workshop

Peninsula Arts
Drake's Circus
Plymouth
Devon
PL4 8AA
England

Website

www.peninsula-arts.co.uk

E-mail

peninsula-arts@plymouth.ac.uk

Telephone

Monday - Friday

01752 58 50 50

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