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 - sketch of face

Exhibition: Signpost 6: A String of Theories

  • 10 July — 4 August 2017 *on now

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 *on now

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


Peninsula Arts
Drake Circus




Monday - Friday

01752 58 50 50

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.