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.
Artwork - Untitled, 2015 by Claudia Wieser. Colour pencil, gold leaf on colour paper, 46 x 33 cm.

Exhibition: Thinking Tantra

  • 31 March — 27 May 2017 *on now

This international exhibition presents a new understanding of how Indian art has influenced Western cultural traditions such as abstract art.

Thinking Tantra begins with anonymous Tantric drawings dating from the second half of the 19th century, then continues with works by Indian artists who directly associated themselves with Tantra in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, concluding with work by international contemporary artists, who know Tantric drawings and make a connection to their own ways of working including: Tom Chamberlain, Shezad Dawood, Nicola Duvasula, Goutam Ghosh, Jean-Luc Moulene, Anthony Pearson, Prem Sahib, Richard Tuttle and Claudia Wieser.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Rebecca Heald, Drawing Room and Amrita Jhaveri, Jhaveri Contemporary. This is the exhibition’s only stop outside London and Mumbai.

A History Centre partnership project delivered by Peninsula Arts in partnership with Plymouth City Council (Arts & Heritage).

Open Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00, Saturday 11:00-16:00

Where

Peninsula Arts Gallery

Admission

Free admission

Website

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

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

Where

Cube³ Gallery
Portland Square Buildings
Plymouth University

Admission

Free admission

Website

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

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

Where

Peninsula Arts Gallery & KARST

Admission

Free Admission

Website

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

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 author Meredith Miller

Talk: Meredith Miller: Book Launch and Reading

  • 2 May 2017 From 7pm

Meredith Miller is a literary critic and fiction writer who grew up on Long Island, New York and now lives in Plymouth. Her work focuses on gender, power and human cruelty and is often described as both 'lyrical' and 'raw'.

Her stories have appeared most recently in Stand, Short Fiction, Prole, AltHist and The View from Here. She has two novels forthcoming from HarperCollins US in 2017 and 2018. Author Mindy McGinnis has called her novel Little Wrecks, “darkly atmospheric and brutally honest”.

Where

Peninsula Arts Gallery

Admission

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

Website

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

WonderZoo

Talk: WonderZoo

  • 3 May 2017 6:30-10pm

Featuring:
Thom Boulton, Plymouth Poet Laureate
Simon Travers
Nick Ingram, Writer and Compere
Laura Quigley
Jackie Juno
Robert Garnham

To kick-off the Plymouth Festival of Words, WonderZoo present an evening of spoken word and a fusion of poetry, acapella, and contemporary and interactive poetry with Plymouth Poet Laureate, Thom Boulton and Simon Travers. The evening will include writers Laura Quigley and Jacki Juno as well as spoken word performer, Robert Garnham – all compered by Nick Ingram.

Taking place in the historic China House, a venue known for its literary events, the evening will also see the three Plymouth Young City Laureate candidates take on Plymouth’s history in their poetry and short story readings, followed by the announcement of the winner of new City Laureate for 2017.

Part of the Plymouth Festival of Words. Find out more at www.plymouth.ac.uk/campaign/plymouth-festival-of-words

Where

China House,
Sutton Wharf
Plymouth
Devon
PL4 0DW

Admission

£3, tickets available on the door only

Website

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

Plymouth Festival of Words logo

Plymouth Festival of Words

  • 4 — 7 May 2017

A Star Wars actor, a Booker Prize shortlisted author, and the acclaimed director of one of the 1980's iconic black comedies – what’s not to love about the Plymouth Festival of Words?

Building on the success of the Plymouth International Book Festival, Plymouth Festival of Words celebrates words in all their forms including literature, poetry, theatre and more. Launching Plymouth History Month, it showcases an eclectic blend of nationally and internationally renowned writers and artists, alongside a rich community programme coordinated by WonderZoo, involving literary groups from across the city and region, and the announcement of the 2017 Plymouth Mayflower Young City Laureate.

The Festival includes celebrated film director and screenwriter, Peter Greenaway – and his stunning film, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover; highly acclaimed writer, Michèle Roberts who will introduce her new novel, A Walworth Beauty, set in Victorian London; international writers Fereshteh Ahmadi and Irenosen Okojie; performances from Helen Chadwick Song Theatre, Joan Ellis and Star Wars actor, Michael Pennington; workshops by Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award creator, Cathy Galvin and a celebration of the South West writer, Charles Causley.

The programme also includes the Society for Storytelling’s annual gathering, bringing professionals storytellers from across the UK to Plymouth for a weekend of storytelling through music, dance, interactive workshops and talks.

The Plymouth Festival of Words is a partnership between Literature Works, the literature development agency for the South West, Peninsula Arts at Plymouth University, Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage), and is supported by Arts Council England.

Times:
4 May: 13:00-19:30
5 May: 13:00-20:00
6 May: 11:00-20:30
7 May: 13:00-19:30

Where

Various venues at Plymouth University

Admission

See individual event listings

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/campaign/plymouth-festival-of-words

Histories of the Unexpected logo

Talk: Histories of the Unexpected Live

  • 4 May 2017 7:30-8:30pm

As a curtain raiser for Plymouth History Month, BBC’s Sam Willis and Plymouth University’s James Daybell present Histories of the Unexpected Live, the chart-topping, history podcast that features on Dan Snow’s History Hit Network, Histories of the Unexpected Live.

There is a new buzz about history – the new rock and roll! Surely, there is nothing unexpected about the past? About history?

Adopting a new approach to exploring our past, and moving away from the traditional linear plotting of battles, monarchs and political movements, Histories of the Unexpected argues that everything has a history. The history of the itch, the history of crawling, the history of clouds or of lightning, zombies, zebras, holes, perfume or rubbish – they all have fascinating histories of their own – histories that can change the way you think about the past and present.
Sam and James electrify history for you, showing you how everything links in unexpected ways. It will blow your mind.

Part of the Plymouth Festival of Words. Find out more at www.plymouth.ac.uk/campaign/plymouth-festival-of-words

Where

The House

Admission

£6/£4.20. Discounts available to Plymouth University students through SPiA.

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/histories-of-the-unexpected-live

Short story writer and novelist, Fereshteh Ahmadi

Talk: Fereshteh Ahmadi: Women’s Literature In Contemporary Iran

  • 4 May 2017 6-7:30pm

A short story writer and novelist living in Tehran, Fereshteh is widely recognised for her enigmatic and mysterious psychological fantasies, including her first short story collection, Everybody’s Sara (2004). She has won several literary awards for both her short stories and novels which include The Fairy of Forgetfulness (2007), Cheese Forest (2008) and Domestic Monsters (2016).

Fereshteh will be reading from her work and discussing its influences in the context of contemporary Iranian literature. Co-presented by International Agatha Christie Festival (Torquay) and with the support of the British Council.

Part of the Plymouth Festival of Words. Find out more at www.plymouth.ac.uk/campaign/plymouth-festival-of-words

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema

Admission

£3/£1.50. Discounts available to Plymouth University students through SPiA.

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/fereshteh-ahmadi-womens-literature-in-contemporary-iran

Cathy Galvin, founder of The Word Factory

Talk: Cathy Galvin: First Impressions

  • 4 May 2017 4-5pm

Whether you are preparing to send your first collection to an agent or submitting to one of the many short story awards, you will find this event an invaluable hour of practical advice from Conville & Walsh literary agent Carrie Kania and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award creator, Cathy Galvin.

Cathy is the founder-director of the leading short story powerhouse, The Word Factory, and Carrie represents fiction and non-fiction writers, including Simon Van Booy, Paul McVeigh, Allen Frances and Giovanni Frazzetto.

Part of the Plymouth Festival of Words. Find out more at www.plymouth.ac.uk/campaign/plymouth-festival-of-words

Where

The House

Admission

£3/£1.50. Discounts available to Plymouth University students through SPiA.

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/cathy-galvin-first-impressions

Author Michele Roberts

Talk: Michèle Roberts: Book Reading

  • 5 May 2017 5:30-6:30pm

Author of 13 highly acclaimed novels, Michèle Roberts is best known for The Looking Glass and Daughters of the House, which won the WH Smith Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

Ignorance, her most recent novel, was longlisted for Women’s Prize for Fiction and her memoir, Paper Houses, was BBC Radio 4’s ‘Book of the Week’. She has also published poetry and short stories, most recently collected in Mud-Stories of Sex and Love.

Michèle will introduce her latest novel, A Walworth Beauty – published by Bloomsbury Publishing – a sensuous and evocative story exploring prostitution and poverty in Victorian London.

Part of the Plymouth Festival of Words. Find out more at www.plymouth.ac.uk/campaign/plymouth-festival-of-words

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema

Admission

£6/£4.20. Discounts available to Plymouth University students through SPiA.

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/mich_le-roberts-book-reading

Screenshot from film The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover (1989)

Film: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover (1989)

  • 5 May 2017 From 8pm

This film put Peter Greenaway firmly in the public eye and it became notorious for its onscreen cruelty and power. With costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier and a score by Michael Nyman the film is a visual as well as emotional experience.

The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secret romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this modern fable.

Where

The House, Plymouth University

Admission

£6/£4.20. Free to Plymouth University students via SPiA

Website

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

Black and white photograph of Peter Greenaway

Talk: In Conversation with Peter Greenaway

  • 5 May 2017 From 6:30pm

Peter Greenaway is one of England’s true auteurs, and since 1965, his films have delighted, challenged and stunned cinema-goers.

With remarkable works such as The Draughtsman's Contract (1982), Prospero's Books (1991) and The Baby of Mâcon (1993), Greenaway remains a vital voice in today’s sometimes staid and unadventurous approach to the medium.

In this talk, Peter Greenaway reflects on the making of The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover chaired by Johnny Mains, award-winning editor, author and curator for several Peninsula Arts film series.

Where

The House, Plymouth University

Admission

£6/£4.20. Free to Plymouth University students via SPiA

Website

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

Photograph of War Correspondents by Helen Chadwick Song Theatre

Helen Chadwick Song Theatre - War Correspondents

  • 6 May 2017 From 8:15pm

War Correspondents bears witness to those who risk their lives in extreme circumstances in order to tell the truth to the outside world. Chadwick and creative collaborator Miriam Nabarro interviewed over 30 journalists working in conflict zones across the world which were then transformed into songs. “I keep hoping that someday, if we keep telling the truth, it will be better for all of us”, so said a Liberian journalist when speaking about why he felt compelled to take such risks telling the stories he dared to tell.

“Chadwick … an exquisite find.” The Guardian

Running time: 65 minutes

Where

The House, Plymouth University

Admission

£10/£7 – £15/£10 workshop and performance deal

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/war-correspondents

Photograph of Helen Chadwick

Harmony Singing Workshop

  • 6 May 2017 3:30-5:30pm

Join Helen for an uplifting and fun afternoon singing her gorgeous harmony songs. Helen has been running workshops of exquisite harmony songs for community choirs, actors and amateur singers in over 20 countries as well as at the National Theatre and across the UK.

Where

The House, Plymouth University

Admission

£10/£7 - £15/£10 workshop and performance deal

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/harmony-singing-workshop

Logo of a golden key for Plymouth History Festival 2017

Local Studies Day

  • 6 May 2017 9am-4:30pm

Kick starting the 2017 Plymouth History Festival, this day is packed with talks and presentations about heritage. It includes the Restoration, the Victorian era and an update about the Plymouth History Centre project.

Where

Robbins Conference Centre

Admission

£12, booking via www.plymhearts.org

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/local-studies-day-2017-tickets-30948811729

Peninsula Arts Talk

Talk: On Growth and Form

  • 6 May 2017 6-7:30pm

Hailed as ‘the greatest work of prose in 20th century science’, and inspiring scientists, artists and thinkers alike, On Growth and Form by the Scottish mathematical biologist D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Matthew Jarron, curator of the D’Arcy Thompson Museum of Zoology at the University of Dundee will discuss the influence of D’Arcy Thompson’s writing.

*Please note, due to unforeseen circumstances, Peter Randall-Page will, unfortunately, not be able to be involved in this talk as previously advertised.

Part of the Plymouth Festival of Words. Find out more at www.plymouth.ac.uk/campaign/plymouth-festival-of-words

Where

The House

Admission

£6/£4.20. Discounts available to Plymouth University students through SPiA.

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/talk-on-growth-and-form

Actor, director and writer Michael Pennington

Performance: Michael Pennington: Chekhov in Siberia

  • 7 May 2017 7:30-8:30pm

In 1890, Anton Chekhov did a most un-Chekhovian thing: he battled 4,000 miles across Russia in order to conduct a survey of the penal colonies of Sakhalin Island. Michael Pennington brings that journey superbly – and shockingly – to life with a pungent one-man performance.

Pennington’s deep affection for Chekhov shines throughout the performance highlighting the intimate relationship that can miraculously bloom between reader and writer.

Michael is an actor, director and writer. Well known for his roles as Moff Jerjerrod in Return of the Jedi (1983) and Michael Foot in The Iron Lady (2011), he founded the English Shakespeare Company in 1989 with director Michael Bogdanov. He has performed many memorable roles on stage and screen and is Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Part of the Plymouth Festival of Words. Find out more at www.plymouth.ac.uk/campaign/plymouth-festival-of-words

Where

The House

Admission

£6/£4.20. Discounts available to Plymouth University students through SPiA.

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/michael-pennington-chekhov-in-siberia

Author Irenosen Okojie

Talk: Irenosen Okojie: Book reading

  • 7 May 2017 6:30-7:30pm

Irenosen Okojie's unique and highly imaginative critically acclaimed debut novel, Butterfly Fish deftly charts a dark, multigenerational tale of loss, legacy and inheritance.

Selected by Booker Prize winning author Ben Okri as a dynamic talent to watch, Butterfly Fish traverses modern London, the ancient kingdom of Benin and 1950's Nigeria.

Her second book, Speak Gigantular, a collection of surreal and unusual short stories was shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize. Join the award-winning author to discuss reimagining lost kingdoms, cultural loss, diversity and taking risks in fiction.

Part of the Plymouth Festival of Words. Find out more at www.plymouth.ac.uk/campaign/plymouth-festival-of-words

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema

Admission

£6/£4.20. Discounts available to Plymouth University students through SPiA.

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/irenosen-okojie-book-reading

Author Joan Ellis

Performance: Joan Ellis: Died Blondes

  • 7 May 2017 5-6pm

Marilyn Monroe. Ruth Ellis. Infamous women. Famous last words reimagined. What secrets did Marilyn whisper to Joe DiMaggio? How did Ruth Ellis justify her crime to the lover she shot, David Blakely?

Piecing together the latest theories, award-winning writer, Joan Ellis enables two so-called dumb blondes to find their voice during her stunning solo performance.

Joan is the author of four acclaimed books including psychological thrillers, Guilt and The Killing of Mummy’s Boy – shortlisted for the Winston Fletcher Fiction Prize 2016 – chick lit, I am Ella. Buy Me, and her ‘funny yet poignant’ memoir The Things You Missed While You Were Away.

Part of the Plymouth Festival of Words. Find out more at www.plymouth.ac.uk/campaign/plymouth-festival-of-words

Where

The House

Admission

£6/£4.20. Discounts available to Plymouth University students through SPiA.

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/joan-ellis-died-blondes

Poet and performer Chris Tutton

Talk: Chris Tutton: Poetry Performance

  • 7 May 2017 3:30-4:30pm

Award-winning poet and performer

Poet, raconteur, maverick, wit – for more than 20 years Chris’ books and performances have beguiled, amused and entertained.

A festival favourite, he has appeared widely on radio and television, including Loose Ends on Radio 4, Shaun Keaveny on BBC6 Music and Mark Radcliffe.

Part of the Plymouth Festival of Words. Find out more at www.plymouth.ac.uk/campaign/plymouth-festival-of-words

Where

The House

Admission

£6/£4.20. Discounts available to Plymouth University students through SPiA.

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/chris-tutton-poetry-performance

Charles Causley at 100 logo

Talk: Charles Causley at 100

  • 7 May 2017 2-3pm

Jen McDerra, CEO of the Charles Causley Trust, introduces the Writers-in-Residence based at Causley’s former home, Cyprus Well. She will discuss with them how the poet inspires them and the development of their writing.

Part of the Plymouth Festival of Words. Find out more at www.plymouth.ac.uk/campaign/plymouth-festival-of-words

Where

The House

Admission

£3/£1.50. Discounts available to Plymouth University students through SPiA.

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/charles-causley-at-100

Screen shot of Into Great Silence - Carthusian monks inside the Grande Chartreuse Monastery

Film: Into Great Silence (2005)

  • 8 May 2017 From 7pm

Dir: Philip Groning
Running time: 169 minutes Cert: U

After a 16-year wait, German filmmaker, Philip Groning, created Into Great Silence from footage acquired during six months of living in the monks quarters of the Grande Chartreuse, one of the world's most ascetic monasteries nestled deep in the French Alps.

Without a crew or artificial lighting, Groning filmed their daily prayers, tasks, rituals and rare outdoor excursions, and what he produced is transcendental filmmaking.
Introduced by Duncan Moss, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Buddhist faith advisor at Plymouth University.

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema, Plymouth University

Admission

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

Website

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

Black and white woodcut print of a man and woman in Elizabethan dress sitting on a bed kissing

Talk: Slander and Insults In Elizabethan Devon

  • 9 May 2017 From 7pm

Dr Todd Gray has taken a leading role in the study of Devon's history, has written widely on Devon's past and lectured to a large number of groups.

His recent published work has included Strumpets and Ninnycocks and How to Swear Like an Elizabethan in Devon. His talk sheds light on the nature of society in Devon 500 years ago.

Where

Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building

Admission

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

Website

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

Black and white photograph of poet Rachel Gippetti

Talk: Jamie Edgecombe and Rachel Gippetti

  • 11 May 2017 From 7pm

Plymouth-born Jamie Edgecome, a fiction author mainly focusing on the Far East (predominately Japan), was the recipient of the inaugural Manchester Metropolitan University Novella Award in 2014 for The Art of Kozu. Spanning epic porpotions as it moves between countries, continents and time periods, The Art of Kozu is a meticulously detailed and well-researched story.

Rachel Gippetti recently published her debut poetry collection Birthright (Eyewear Publishing) and her work has previously appeared in Shearsman Magazine, The Stinging Fly, Thief and the Apple Valley Review.

Where

Peninsula Arts Gallery

Admission

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

Website

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

Photograph of a music score

Plymouth Music Accord Fundraising Concert

  • 13 May 2017 From 7pm

Mayflower Trio
Pete Twyman B.E.M and Douglas Clarkson, clarinets
Mila Collier, piano

Mendelssohn - Concertpiece No.1 for two clarinets and piano in F minor Op.113
Ponchielli - Il Convegno (The Meeting), Divertimento for two clarinets and piano Op.86
Tausche - Double Clarinet Concerto No.2 Op.26

Plymouth Music Accord is a registered charity supporting the appreciation and performance of music around Plymouth for the benefit of all and particularly young people.

Activities include funding tickets for schoolchildren, funding instrument tuition, internships enabling budding musicians to perform in orchestras and choirs, and supporting young players to develop their professional careers.

Where

Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre

Admission

£10. Bookings to be made in advance by contacting Clive Jenkins on 01752 863348 or Peter Holt on 01752 873136, or on the door.

Website

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

Film still of American troops in Braunton, Devon during World War Two

From the Archive: Peninsula Arts Film Commission Premiere

  • 15 May 2017 From 7pm

Award-winning artists, Frances Scott and Bryony Gillard, showcase their original pieces for the first time. Using archive footage from the South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA), Frances and Bryony have created two new works exploring the theme of ‘Visions of History’.

A prelude of visual highlights from SWFTA’s rich and diverse archive is included, introduced by Stacey Anderson, Archive Director, SWFTA.

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema, Plymouth University

Admission

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

Website

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

Black and white photograph of Children taken into care in Somerset at a house (Holnicote) requisitioned by the county council.

Talk: Britain's ‘Brown Babies’: The Children of Black GIs and White Women Born in World War II

  • 16 May 2017 From 7pm

The Mary Jacobs Memorial Lecture by Professor Lucy Bland

Lucy Bland’s research has concentrated on the history of gender, sexuality and feminism in Britain between 1880s-1980s. Her new projects are a social and cultural history of transracial adoption in Britain since World War II and an investigation of mixed race offspring of black GIs and British women born during World War II.

Where

Theatre 2, Roland Levinksy Building

Admission

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

Website

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

Photograph of yellow lotus flowers siting on water

Meditation evening: Imagining Inner Peace

  • 16 May 2017 7-8:30pm

Explore your personal potential with this talk and guided meditation from Kadam Ben Seel, Resident Teacher at Ashoka Buddhist Centre in Plymouth.

A mind at peace is a contented, happy mind. In our everyday lives moments of peace and feelings of well-being may arise but how do we create the causes for a more general improvement in our experience? Everything starts with the imagination...

Where

Peninsula Arts Gallery

Admission

£4/£3 (including refreshments). Discounts available via the Artory App and free to Plymouth University students via SPiA

Website

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

Front cover of Wild Gestures; Stories by Lucy Durneen

Talk: Dr Lucy Durneen Book Launch and Short Story Reading

  • 18 May 2017 From 7pm

Lucy Durneen's work has appeared in World Literature Today, Hotel Amerika, and Litro and performed on BBC Radio 4. Wild Gestures is her first short story collection, bringing together stories of loss, desire and opportunities missed, all orbiting the painful knowledge that the things we most long for remain the furthest from reach.

Where

Peninsula Arts Gallery

Admission

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

Website

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

Plymouth Choral Society

University Of Plymouth Choral Society Summer Concert

  • 20 May 2017 From 7:30pm

Simon Ible, conductor
Anita Watson, soprano
Samantha Price, mezzo-soprano
Ross Scanlon, tenor
Timothy Dickinson, bass

Haydn - Nelson Mass

“Arguably Haydn’s greatest single composition”, as declared by his chief biographer, H.C. Robbins Landon, Haydn composed this highly dramatic and exciting work in 1798. Titled Missa in Angustiis (Mass for troubled times), it was later nicknamed Nelson Mass following a performance attended by Admiral Nelson in 1800.

Where

Minster Church of St Andrew
Royal Parade
Plymouth

Admission

£15/£13 Friends

Website

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

Still of film Some Like it Hot, with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon

Some Like It Hot (1959)

  • 22 May 2017 From 7pm

Set in 1929, this cinema classic sees Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis play musicians Gerry and Joe, witnesses to a Chicago mob murder (inspired by the St Valentine’s Day Massacre), who flee to Miami Beach Florida with an all-girl jazz band disguised as Daphne and Josephine.

They meet Sugar (Marilyn Monroe) a down-on-her-luck ukulele player with her heart set on marrying a millionaire. Wilder prioritised story and script over cinematic flourishes, and the simplicity of his direction lets you wallow in a whip-smart script and performances that are impossible to find fault with.

Introduced by Simon Ible, Director of Music, Peninsula Arts.

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema, Plymouth University

Admission

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

Website

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

Musician playing a Gamelan instrument

Plymouth University Gamelan Orchestra and Friends Summer Performance

  • 23 May 2017 From 4pm

Saj Collyer, conductor

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. Plymouth University students and staff developed their music skills during their visit to Bali.

Where

Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building

Admission

Free admission, booking advised

Website

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

Plymouth University Orchestra

Music for Orchestra, Strings, Wind and Brass - Plymouth University Orchestra

  • 25 May 2017 From 8pm

Directed by Jamie Dove and Jonathan Hurdle

Plymouth University Orchestra performs a programme of popular classical music for orchestra and smaller wind, string and brass ensembles.

The Orchestra rehearses on Thursday evenings at the Sherwell Centre and comprises of Plymouth University students, staff and members of the local community. For more information about the Orchestra, email jonathan.hurdle@plymouth.ac.uk.

Where

Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building

Admission

Free admission, booking advised

Website

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

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.

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema, Plymouth University

Admission

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

Website

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

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.

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema, Plymouth University

Admission

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

Website

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

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.

Where

Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre
Plymouth University

Admission

£10/£7

Website

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

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.

Where

Minster Church of St Andrew
Royal Parade
Plymouth

Admission

£13/£7

Website

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

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.

Where

The Ballroom, Duke of Cornwall Hotel
Plymouth

Admission

£17.50 (including afternoon tea)

Website

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

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: clivejenkinsmusic@btinternet.com.

Where

Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre
Plymouth University

Admission

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

Website

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

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.

Where

The House, Plymouth University

Admission

£12/£6

Website

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

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: jan.fairview@gmail.com or 01752 844899.
Parting donations welcomed in aid of Brain Tumour Research.

Where

St Paul’s Church, Yelverton

Admission

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

Website

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

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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