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.
Serial Composition Bipartite series

Exhibition: Plymouth Contemporary Artist Showcase 2018

  • 2 — 29 March 2018 *on now

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.


Peninsula Arts Gallery


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


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.
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 *on now

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


Jill Craigie Cinema


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


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.


Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building


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


Head shot (photograph) of performer Seth Kriebel. The white outline of a viking helmet has be drawn on his head

Performance: Beowulf, by Seth Kriebel

  • 25 April 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.


The House


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


Peninsula Arts
Drake Circus




Monday - Friday

01752 58 50 50

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