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

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Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Liz-Ann Vincent Merry, The Marseille Papers

Exhibition | ‘Re-Imagined States' Arts and Humanities MA Show

  • 3 — 17 December 2016 *on now

Many of the graduates are working with the relationship between humanity, technology and image. These inter-relationships between the social, cultural and the landscapes of technological change, have fascinated artists, photographers and designers for many years. They have grappled with questions of form, reportage, function and utility since the industrial age, but today’s designers and photographers are trying to reconcile the interactions between the sustainable, science and society, between the digital and the ecological, between the periphery and centre.

The Arts are no longer merely a technological/science/material/ phenomenon, they are rather a relational phenomenon. This exhibition seeks to highlight the links in these relationships, our social lives, the imperative of innovation and the societal search for personal equality, economic, cultural quality, and community well-being.

Gallery opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat 11:00-16:00


Open to the public - free admission

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.
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Film | Student Choice

  • 5 December 2016 From 7pm *on now

Vote for the film you would like to see at the Jill Craigie Cinema this Christmas! The vote will be running with UPSU (link to: and you can cast your vote via the Peninsula Arts Facebook page (hyperlink to: – the winning film will be announced at the beginning of December.


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

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Music | Folk Singing With Jake Sonny Rowlinson

  • 5 December 2016 From 8:30pm *on now

Originally from Staffordshire, Jake Sonny Rowlinson graduated from Plymouth University in 2011. His interest in folksong was sparked by leading folk revivalists. He has been singing since his teens and for some years has been interested in ‘carrying a story with only the use of your voice’.

He runs the monthly session at The Dolphin and will host this session in an informal and inclusive style. Anyone wanting to sing will be given a spot

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Music | The Folk Dimension

  • 5 December 2016 From 7pm *on now

Plymouth University Music BA students with Alice Perrot and Sam Richards perform music by Vaughan Williams, Bartok and other 20th century composers.
Ever since the 19th century, composers and arrangers have transformed roots folk music in various ways, referring to classical and popular styles. This presentation covers a number of these approaches and provides an introduction to the evening’s folksong session.


Free admission, booking is advised.


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Music | The Recurring Music Band

  • 6 December 2016 From 8:30pm

Comprising of highly accomplished musicians in their own right, The Recurring Music Band was formed to mainly specialise in minimalism, post-minimalism and new compositions by its members. The ensemble members are highly accomplished musicians in their own right.
Their programme includes ‘classic’ minimalism as well as music by ensemble director Lona Kozik using visuals and electronics. The programme also includes work by Philip Glass and Louise Adriessen.

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Music | World Music And Minimalism

  • 6 December 2016 From 7pm

Plymouth University’s music degree programme is notable for its inclusion of various world music. Among visitors to the course are Indian classical musicians and African drummers. Among its members of staff are Mike McInerney, a specialist in the Japanese shakuhachi, and Saj Collyer whose has devoted much time and travel to studying the Balinese gamelan.
This short concert presents two extremes – from the quiet, contemplative shakuhachi to the driving rhythms of the gamelan.

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Music | Plymouth University Music Week ‘Soundings’

  • 6 — 9 December 2016

Exploring the exciting and diverse activities, studies and research pursued through Plymouth University’s music degree programme; staff, students and alumni present a showcase of performances across one week.

The Folk Dimension 5 Dec
Folk Singing with Jake Sonny Rowlinson 5 Dec
Plymouth University Gamelan Orchestra: World Music and Minimalism 6 Dec
The Recurring Music Band 6 Dec
Improvisation Talk and Book Launch 7 Dec
Improvisation Performance with Plymouth University Improvisation Workshop Group 7 Dec
Plymouth University Orchestra: Classical 8 Dec
Jazz: Freedom Songs for Solo Piano 9 Dec
Jazz: Alex Lloyd Trio 9 Dec


Open to the public. Free admission but booking is advised.

Nora Invites

Dance | Nora Invites

  • 7 December 2016 From 7:30pm

Outspoken dancers Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley, AKA Nora, bring to the stage a bold, hysterical and sublime programme of new duets made especially for them by respected dance makers Liz Aggiss (UK), Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion (UK), and Simon Tanguy (FR).
These renowned choreographers have worked in the studio with the two women of Nora, each piece requiring Eleanor and Flora to physically and intellectually enter a whole new world of performance.


£10/£7. Discounts available via the Artory App and free to Plymouth University students via SPIA

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Music | Improvisation Performance

  • 7 December 2016 8-10pm

Lona Kozik studied improvisation at Mills College with leading luminaries of the art, Fred Frith and Roscoe Mitchell. Lona also has a PhD in Composition from the University of Pennsylvania and now teaches at Plymouth University on a part-time basis.

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Music | Improvisation Talk and Book Launch

  • 7 December 2016 From 7pm

A book of disparate essays united by the theme of diversity, Sam Richards’ new book, Soundings, is published by the University of Plymouth Press. An improviser, composer and writer, Sam Richards teaches part-time at Plymouth University. A question and answer session will follow his presentation.

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Music | Classical

  • 8 December 2016 From 8pm

Comprised of students, staff and community members, the Plymouth University Orchestra invites you to join them for performances of: Sibelius: Finlandia, Arnold: Little Suite No 1 for Orchestra, Prokofiev: Troika from Lieutenant Kijé, Anderson: Sleigh Ride, Williams: Music from Harry Potter and music for brass, strings and woodwind ensembles. Parting donations towards concert costs welcome.


Music | Jazz: Alex Lloyd Trio

  • 9 December 2016 From 7:30pm

One of the South West’s most accomplished contemporary jazz performers, Alex Lloyd leads the Trio through material by Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus and other greats of the post-World War Two progressive jazz scene. The Trio also plays improvisations and original material by Lloyd.

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Music | Jazz: Freedom Songs for Solo Piano

  • 9 December 2016 From 1:15pm

Combining improvisation with a selection of freedom songs from various times and places, this performance includes songs from The Digger Song of the 17th century English revolution to Bob Marley’s Get Up, Stand Up by the way of Guantanamera from Cuba and Nkozi Sikalele.

University of Plymouth Choral Society

Music | Christmas Concert

  • 10 December 2016 From 7:30pm

Haydn and Mozart’s friendship thrived on mutual admiration and adoration of each other’s musical genius. Look no further for choral works overflowing with uplifting and celebratory music than these two magnificent pieces.
The concert also includes traditional carols for you to join in.



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Film | Mondo Monday Surprise Christmas Film + Quiz

  • 12 December 2016 From 7pm

Mighty MONDO returns to the hallowed halls of Jill Craigie to cause Christmas Chaos in its own inimitable way, which is a big word and perhaps sets rather a high expectation. MONDO MONDAY: more festive than Santa on a Sleigh...with bells on.



University of Plymouth Choral Society


  • 13 December 2016 From 7:30pm

Come and enjoy your Christmas celebrations at the historic church of St Matthias. All members of the public are invited to join students and staff of Plymouth University for this service of readings and carols.


Free admission, booking advised. Parting donations in aid of the Shekinah Mission welcomed.

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