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.
Photograph of the artwork Bird by Trevor Bell

Exhibition: Trans-form – Trevor Bell

  • 16 April — 26 May 2018 *on now

Trans-Form presents a selection of major works spanning the last three decades of award-winning artist Trevor Bell’s career, including the most recent paintings and favoured works from the artist’s personal archive.

Along with other significant artists who were working in St Ives in the 1950s, Trevor Bell (1930-2017), helped establish British art on the international stage. He also spent 20 years living and working in America and showed work on both sides of the Atlantic.

Trans-Form is the last exhibition supervised by Trevor Bell who passed away in November 2017. Recently, Bell embarked upon a dialogue between mark making and contemporary dance in collaboration with the choreographer, the late Rodger Belman.

Trans-Form celebrates Bell’s engagement with how the physical energies of a painting can transcend the object’s form and includes a specially commissioned audio/physical visual response, featuring a musical score by Jamie Mills and dance choreographed and performed by Sarah Fairhall.

Trans-Form is conceived and curated by Joseph Clarke.

This is a partnership exhibition delivered by Peninsula Arts and The Box, Plymouth.

Opening times: Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00, Saturday 11:00-16:00 (closed Bank Holidays)


Peninsula Arts Gallery


Free Admission


Photograph of visitors at the Architecture, Art and Design Degree Show 2017 (3D Design)

Synesthesia: Alumni Show

  • 9 — 23 June 2018

Synesthesia – the sparking of a sensory or cognitive pathway that leads to a new way of thinking. A function that is the very basis of creativity, where one idea leads to another and inspiration is fired through testing, experimenting, making and doing.

Running alongside the University’s Degree Show, this exhibition brings together some of the finest alumni from the University of Plymouth’s School of Art, Design and Architecture, including artists, designers, filmmakers, illustrators, photographers and architects, who since graduating have built successful careers within their respective fields.

From social enterprises to surfboard design, hard-hitting social documentaries and memorable brand campaigns, come and see how creatives are changing our world.
During the exhibition, we will host a number of talks and workshops with the artists.

Gallery opening times: Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00, Saturday 11:00-16:00
Ticket information: Free admission


Peninsula Arts Gallery


Free admission


B/w photograph of two men lying on their back spinning tables in the air using their feet

Exhibition: Collected Shadows

  • 6 July — 1 September 2018

This exhibition of 200 photographs is drawn from the extensive collection of the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC). The AMC was first established 25 years ago as a repository for vernacular photography and ephemera relating to the First and Second World Wars. It has since grown to a total of eight million images encompassing a plethora of subject matter – not solely defined by war and conflict – collected from diverse sources all over the world.

Curated by AMC Director, Timothy Prus, Collected Shadows offers a glimpse into these extraordinary holdings. This eclectic display includes scientific, astronomical and botanical studies, studio sittings, portraits and private snapshots, press photographs, film stills and aerial photographs from several wars, as well as a rich and unpredictable array of works we would simply have to call art.

A Hayward Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre, London, organised in collaboration with the Archive of Modern Conflict, London.

Please note, photography is not allowed in the Gallery.

Gallery opening hours: Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00, Saturday 11:00-16:00 (Closed bank holidays)


Peninsula Arts Gallery


Free admission


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Photograph of the artwork Balance by Trevor Bell

Talk: Something Beyond Ourselves: Trevor Bell and The Idea Of Abstraction

  • 22 May 2018 7-8pm

During Trevor Bell’s long career, the fortunes of abstract painting rose and fell, but Bell always remained committed to abstraction.

Writer and independent art historian, Michael Bird, explores the changing ideas and ideals embodied by abstract painting in the second half of the 20th century, beginning with Bell’s arrival in 1955 in the abstract outpost of St Ives.


Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building


£6/£4.20/Friends free


Photograph of a bassoon and sheet music

Plymouth University Orchestra Summer Concert

  • 24 May 2018 8-9:30pm

Directed by Jonathan Hurdle and Jamie Dove

Plymouth University Orchestra will perform a selection of orchestral works prepared during the term with additional pieces for strings, wind and brass ensembles.

The Orchestra comprises of students, staff and community members and performs three concerts during the academic year.


Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth


Free admission, booking advised. Parting donations invited towards concert costs.


University Of Plymouth Choral Society - three woman singing

University Of Plymouth Choral Society Singing Workshop

  • 30 June 2018 9:30am-6pm

Join the University of Plymouth Choral Society at their singing workshop and explore a selection of Edward Elgar pieces, including:

• Lux aeterna
• Snow
• Ave verum corpus.

There will be an informal performance at 17:30 with a retiring collection for Brain Tumour Research.


St Paul’s Church, Yelverton, PL20 6JF


£16/£14 for UPCS Members

Interested singers can apply by contacting the University of Plymouth Choral Society Secretary, Jan Green: on or 01752 844899.


Handmade books from Memory Books Workshop

Family workshop: Memory Books With Let’s Make Art

  • 15 August 2018 2-4pm

Join Let's Make Art in making a personalised memory book to collect everyday treasure in. Each family will be guided in making a book complete with an image of its owner.

We'll be exploring the ways people archive their everyday lives and drawing inspiration from the exhibition in the gallery, Collected Shadows: The Archive of Modern Conflict.

Let's Make Art organise high-quality events and provide a wide variety of well-resourced art workshops that are enjoyed by all ages and abilities.


Peninsula Arts Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building


£2.50 per child, booking advised. Children must be accompanied by an adult


Peninsula Arts
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Monday - Friday

01752 58 50 50

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