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.
Serial Composition Bipartite series

Exhibition: Plymouth Contemporary Artist Showcase 2018

  • 2 — 29 March 2018

We are delighted to present the work of Georgie Grace, Jennet Thomas and Serial Composition as part of this artist showcase. The artists were selected from the 2017 Plymouth Contemporary, a major Plymouth biennial exhibition hosted by Peninsula Arts and KARST.

They were recognised for presenting new and original ideas and pushing the boundaries of their field, which include film, animation, painting and drawing.

Animal Condensed and Animal Expanded #2 by Jennet Thomas
Two characters speak urgently to camera about their strange relationship with an intelligent substance they call ‘Animal Expanded’. Intercut with glimpses of their world, a picture builds of an accelerated future where ‘real’ animals may no longer exist – their spirits abstracted into a virus that causes humans to lose control to an artificially intelligent world.

Serial Composition
Brendan Lancaster and Kelly Best have been working collaboratively as Serial
Composition since 2015. The experimental dialogue between the two artists results in a set of rules for making new paintings and drawings. Their blind collaboration is a constantly evolving process of exchange that places emphasis on process over ‘finished’ results.

Attention Seeker by Georgie Grace
Georgie Grace builds landscapes and environments for video production using tools for making video games. Her new video work leverages the way we imagine movement through time as a movement through space and spatialises mental states, and uses digital landscapes and virtual cinematography in combination with sound and hypnotic suggestion to induce and play with these shifts.

Where

Peninsula Arts Gallery

Admission

Free admission
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00, Saturday 11:00-16:00

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/exhibition-plymouth-contemporary-artist-showcase-2018

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.
Photograph of Christopher DeWeese

Poetry reading: CHRISTOPHER DEWEESE

  • 27 February 2018 From 7pm

Christopher DeWeese is the author of The Black Forest and The Father of the Arrow is the Thought, both published in the US by Octopus Books. His third book, The Confessions, was published by Plymouth University's Periplum Poetry imprint in 2017.

He is currently Associate Professor of Poetry at Wright State University, Ohio.

Where

The House

Admission

Tickets: £6 (standard), £4.20 (concessions), Peninsula Arts Friends free/ Free to Plymouth University students via SPIA

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/poetry-reading-christopher-deweese

Photo of Seth Kriebel with a hand drawn image of a viking helmet on his face

Performance: Beowulf by Seth Kriebel

  • 28 February 2018 From 7:30pm

Before we begin, we should warn you: This story ends with a dragon…

Seth Kriebel returns to Plymouth with Beowulf, an interactive performance-game inviting the audience to explore the world of a story from our legendary past… without leaving their seats.

Each show is unique, depending on the audience’s choices, bringing the world of the ancient epic to life… and asking why, after all these years, we still tell each other stories about the monsters that lurk in the dark.

Where

The House

Admission

Tickets: £10 (standard)/£7 (concession)/ Free to Plymouth University students via SPIA

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/performance-beowulf

Photo of a crocodile surfacing above water

Music: The Art of Biology

  • 2 March 2018 From 7:30pm

With a talk by Dr Markus Schmidt, Director of Biofaction

Biofaction is a company based in Vienna, Austria, which conducts research and provides consultancy in the areas of emerging biotechnologies, art and science collaboration, and public communication of science.

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema

Admission

Free admission, booking advised

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/the-art-of-biology

Close up image of a crocodile's head just surfacing through water

Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2018

  • 2 — 4 March 2018

A showcase of extraordinary new technologies and approaches to composition and performance that are pushing the boundaries of music

Decoding Life is the theme of this year’s festival, which celebrates the internationally renowned research combining music, engineering and the life sciences developed at Plymouth University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR).

Decoding Life proposes a weekend of musical allusions to human endeavours to understand, modify, simulate and even create life.

Programme of events:
The Art of Biology - 2 March 2018 19:30 - 20:30
Algoshorts 2018 - 3 March 2018 14:00 - 17:00
Decoding Life with Ensemble Bash - 3 March 2018 20:00 - 20:00
Life Music - 4 March 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Resounding Seizures - 4 March 2018 15:30 - 16:30

Admission

Please see individual programme listings for times, locations and prices

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/peninsula-arts/peninsula-arts-contemporary-music-festival

Photograph of percussion group Ensemble Bash

Music: Decoding Life with Ensemble Bash

  • 3 March 2018 8-10pm

Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival Gala Concert

Reptile Rhythms Duncan Williams
Life-force Archer Endrich
Babbling Baobab Marcelo Gimenes
Artibiotics Eduardo R Miranda

Join the phenomenal percussion group Ensemble Bash for the premiere of extraordinary new music by ICCMR composers, Williams, Gimenes and Miranda, plus 2018’s guest composer and music technology pioneer, Archer Endrich.

Part of the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2018

Where

The House

Admission

£10/£7/ Peninsula Arts Friends free

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/decoding-life-with-ensemble-bash

Photograph of Alexis Kirke

Music: Algoshorts 2018

  • 3 March 2018 2-5pm

The second edition of the world’s first public fest of short fiction films on the topic of algorithms presents a number of short films from around the world including the first screening of Alexis Kirke’s Decode here, a film about the potential effects of online political populism on mental health.

Part of the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2018

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema

Admission

Free admission, booking advised

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/algoshorts-2018

Photo of a man wearing a cap with electrodes on, seated in front of a computer, whilst a string quartet play in the background

Music: Resounding Seizures

  • 4 March 2018 3:30-4:30pm

ICCMR post-graduate research student Alan D Miles used electrical brain signals recorded during epileptic seizures to compose Resounding Seizures. A cinematic piece of electronic music, the composition attempts to capture and explore the experiences of epilepsy.

Part of the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2018

Where

Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building

Admission

Free admission, booking advised

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/resounding-seizures

Photograph of Nuria Bonet

Music: Life Music

  • 4 March 2018 2-3pm

Colours of Life and Fiction (for marimba and viola) - Richard Abbott
Arecibo (for marimba) - Alexis Kirke
Queen Canute (clarinet and electronics) - Núria Bonet

While Abbott explored the relationship between colours and sounds to write Colours of Life and Fiction inspired by the River Dart in Devon, Kirke composed Arecibo with DNA information sent from Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory to a distant star constellation in search for extra-terrestrial life. Bonet’s Queen Canute explores the musical structures that can be found in animal behaviour in a duet for clarinet and seagulls.

Part of the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2018

Where

The House

Admission

Free admission, booking advised

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/life-music

Film screening

Film: Suffragette (2015)

  • 5 March 2018 From 7pm

Suffragette is the first feature film to tell the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement who risked everything in the fight for equality. Based on true events, it explores the passion and heartbreak of those who risked all they had for women’s right to vote. Suffragette is the first British film for which the Houses of
Parliament opened its doors as a location.

Introduced by Dr Kayla Parker, artist film-maker and Lecturer in Media Arts at Plymouth University, whose research interests include feminist film practices.

Director: Sarah Gavron
Running time: 104 minutes
Cert: 12A

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema

Admission

Tickets: £6 (standard), £4.20 (concessions), Peninsula Arts Friends free/ Free to Plymouth University students via SPIA

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/film-suffragette-2015

Photograph of Rory Waterman talking in public

Poetry reading: Rory Waterman

  • 6 March 2018 From 6pm

Born in Belfast, Rory Waterman’s debut collection Tonight the Summer’s Over (Carcanet, 2013) was a Poetry Book Society recommendation and shortlisted for the Heaney Prize.

His second full-length collection is Sarajevo Roses (Carcanet, 2017) and he has published two pamphlets including Brexit Day on the Balmoral Estate (Rack Press, 2017).

Rory is a Senior Lecturer in English at Nottingham Trent University and he writes critical prose for various publications, most frequently The Times Literary Supplement.

He co-runs the poetry pamphlet publisher (and former literary magazine) New Walk

Where

The House

Admission

Tickets: £6 (standard), £4.20 (concessions), Peninsula Arts Friends free/ Free to Plymouth University students via SPIA

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/poetry-reading-rory-waterman

Lecture Theatre

Talk: Choosing War? Choice And Tragedy In The Origins And Escalations Of Vietnam’s Wars

  • 6 March 2018 From 7:30pm

Professor of History at Exeter University and Director of the Centre for the Study of War, State and Society, Martin Thomas has written a number of books about the French colonial empire.

He is especially interested in why the end of European empire was bitterly – and violently – contested in some places but less so in others. He argues that 20th century war in Indochina showed the futility of resisting decolonisation, and could be seen as being a hugely costly and ultimately pointless conflict.

Where

Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building

Admission

Tickets: £6 (standard), £4.20 (concessions), Peninsula Arts Friends free/ Free to Plymouth University students via SPIA

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/talk-choosing-war-choice-and-tragedy-in-the-origins-and-escalations-of-vietnams-wars

Serial Composition Bipartite series

Bite size: THE PLYMOUTH CONTEMPORARY

  • 7 March 2018 1-1:40pm

Join Ben Borthwick, Artistic Director at Plymouth Arts Centre, who gives us an intriguing insight into the Plymouth Contemporary.

Hear his views on the exhibition as a format, the pleasure of discovering new artists, and the rationale of selection for the post exhibition Artist Showcase.

A must for all artists.

Where

Peninsula Arts Gallery

Admission

Free admission, booking advised

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/bite-size-the-plymouth-contemporary

Plymouth Choral Society in concert

University of Plymouth Choral Society Spring Concert 2018

  • 10 March 2018 From 7:30pm

Rossini - Petite Messe Solennelle
The University of Plymouth Choral Society bring an Italian flavour to their Spring Concert, including further pieces performed by the Choir, orchestra and soloists.

Where

Minster Church of St Andrew
Royal Parade

Admission

Tickets: £15 (standard)

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/university-of-plymouth-choral-society-spring-concert

Still image from Daughter Rite - two women, seated, talking

Film: Daughter Rite (1978)

  • 12 March 2018 From 7pm

Daughter Rite is the link between 'direct cinema' documentaries and the later hybrids that acknowledged truth couldn't always be found in front of a camera.

Scandalous in its day for bending the rules of representation to enlighten its audience about filmmaking, this film has a lot to teach those of us hooked on reality TV too. Citron's documentary inquiries into feminism, women in the trades, and feminist approaches to media representation are time capsules that merit re-opening.

Introduced by Anna Navas, Peninsula Arts film programmer

Director: Michelle Citron
Running time: 53 minutes

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema

Admission

Tickets: £6 (standard), £4.20 (concessions), Peninsula Arts Friends free/ Free to Plymouth University students via SPIA

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/film-daughter-rite-1978

Old medicine bottles

Poetry reading: Andy Brown - Medicine To The Dead

  • 13 March 2018 From 7pm

Professor Andy Brown's latest collection of poetry, Medicine to the Dead, focuses on the subjects of the human body and medicine.

Some poems offer personal narratives while others explore the longer lines of medical history. Several respond to medical paintings and sculptures, others are translated versions from the Spanish of Borges, Machado, and some focus on Victorian cholera alongside present day issues.

There are also a number of lively, contemporary versions of medical scenes from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

Andy Brown, Professor of English and Creative Writing at Exeter University will read from these poems and show the images that relate to and inspired them.

Where

The House

Admission

Tickets: £6 (standard), £4.20 (concessions), Peninsula Arts Friends free/ Free to Plymouth University students via SPIA

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/poetry-reading-andy-brown

Still from Daughters of the Dust - Three women under a parasol in period clothing

Film: Daughters of the Dust (1993)

  • 19 March 2018 From 7pm

Julie Dash’s ground-breaking work follows a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina.

As former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions, Daughters of the Dust portrays the struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore.

The first wide release by a black female filmmaker, the film was met with wild critical acclaim and still resonates today – most recently as a major influence on Beyoncé’s video album Lemonade.

Restored (in conjunction with UCLA) for the first time, complete with the correct colour grading overseen by cinematographer Arthur Jafa, you will finally see the film exactly as Dash intended.

Director: Julie Dash
Running time: 112 minutes
Cert: 12A

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema

Admission

Tickets: £6 (standard), £4.20 (concessions), Peninsula Arts Friends free/ Free to Plymouth University students via SPIA

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/film-daughters-of-the-dust-1993

Lecture Theatre

Christopher Durston Memorial Lecture: A Many-Headed Monster? Crowds, Oaths, Petitions And Popular Politics On The Eve Of The English Civil War

  • 20 March 2018 From 7pm

With Professor John Walter, University Of Essex

The annual Christopher Durston Memorial Lecture brings an exciting and local historical topic to life with visiting academics and historians coming to Plymouth every year.

A not to be missed for all history lovers.

Where

Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building

Admission

Tickets: £6 (standard), £4.20 (concessions), Peninsula Arts Friends free/ Free to Plymouth University students via SPIA

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/christopher-durston-memorial-lecture-a-many-headed-monster-crowds-oaths-petitions-and-popular-politics-on-the-eve-of-the-english-civil-war

Peninsula Arts
Drake 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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