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.
Horror Film 1 is a live shadow performance from 1971. Approximately 15 minutes. Uses three 16mm projectors with changing colour loops and a recorded sound track of breathing. © Le Grice.

Exhibition: Malcolm Le Grice: Present Moments and Passing Time

  • 20 January — 18 March 2017 *on now

Celebrating the innovative and ground-breaking work of Plymouth-born Malcolm Le Grice, this exhibition looks at how he pioneered the ‘British Expanded Cinema’ movement with multi-projection and performance works, as well as making the UK’s first computer art films. These breakthroughs can be traced in his early paintings incorporating flashing light bulbs and more recently in his 3D video installations.
Le Grice was the driving force in expanding the London Filmmakers Co-op’s to include film production, which has had a profound impact on British visual culture since the late 1960s.
He has exhibited across the UK, Europe and New York including at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, the Centre George Pompidou and Louvre, the Museum of Modern Art, MACBA in Barcelona and MUMOK in Vienna. He is represented in national archive collections across Europe and Australia, with over 80 works in the British Film Institute. His films are distributed by Lux.

Friday 20 January-Saturday 18 March
Monday-Friday, 10:00-17:00, Saturday 11:00-16:00, Peninsula Arts Gallery
Tuesday-Saturday, 13:00-20:30, Plymouth Arts Centre
Free admission

Mathilda Roach-Osborne, Foundation Diploma student at Tor Bridge High, Plymouth

Art2Day 2017

  • 3 February — 17 March 2017 *on now

Explore the rich and diverse artwork created by some of Plymouth’s future artists in
this annual exhibition, specially designed to celebrate the work of secondary schools
across the City.

Art2Day showcases the rich talent of students doing GCSE, A-level and Foundation
qualifications. The work demonstrates their research, experimentation and the
development of their creative skills – all displayed exquisitely in a public gallery.

Where

Cube³ Gallery, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

Admission

Open Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/art2day-2017

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.
Sketch by Jacopo de' Barbari

Talk: The Mirror of Painting in Renaissance Art

  • 28 February 2017 7-9pm *on now

Dr Warwick, Reader in History of Art for Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh, explores the key pictorial development of Renaissance art as an understanding of painting as a mirror reflection of the visible world. The motif of the mirror within the painting would become a visual metaphor of the art and skill of painting, from Van Eyck’s Arnolfini portrait to Velazquez’s Rokeby Venus, and beyond.

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/whats-on/the-mirror-of-painting-in-renaissance-art

Exhibition talk

Bite size: Experience Not Object: The Personal Cinema Of Malcolm Le Grice

  • 2 March 2017 1-2pm

As an artist film-maker, Le Grice places the central focus on the material properties and effects of technologies themselves, placing the role of the audience to the foreground. Dr Kayla Parker, Lecturer in Media Arts and convener of the Moving Image Arts (MIA) research group at Plymouth University, explores the legacy of Le Grice’s dynamic practice, which continually transforms itself as he reworks the past to reimagine possible futures.

Where

Plymouth Arts Centre

Admission

Free admission, booking not required

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/experience-not-object-the-personal-cinema-of-malcolm-le-grice

Film showing

Blow-Up (1966)

  • 6 March 2017 7-9pm

Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni
Cast: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles
Running time: 106 mins
Cert: 15

A successful mod photographer in London is bored with what would now be seen as a ‘celebrity lifestyle’. Whilst photographing a couple embracing in the park, he discovers he may have captured a murder and he blows up his negatives, uncovering details and finally putting the puzzle together.

The film’s sexual content contributed to the change of the Motion Picture Production Code in 1968.

Introduced by Dr Péter Bokody, Lecturer in Art History, 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/whats-on/blow-up-1966

General Talk image Plymouth University

Talk: The Women Pirates: Image and Reality

  • 7 March 2017 7-9pm

Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at Liverpool Hope University, John Appleby, looks at the history of women pirates. He has published widely on aspects of English and Irish maritime and colonial history during the 16th and 17th century and most recently the publication Under the Bloody Flag: Pirates of the Tudor Age (Stroud, 2009).

Where

Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, 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/whats-on/the-women-pirates-image-and-reality

Our Carnal Hearts by Rachel Maker

Performance: Our Carnal Hearts - Rachel Mars

  • 8 March 2017 7:30-8:30pm

A Welcome! To you and to me and our sticky, spikey, shameful bits!
This fairy comes round your house.

"You, she says, are in luck.
Ask for anything you want. Anything in the world and I’ll give it to you. But
whatever you ask for, your neighbour gets double."

Our Carnal Hearts is a gleeful, thrilling and murky celebration of envy,
competitive spirits and all the times we f*ck eachother over. Performed with a
live surround-sound choral score, it is born from the suspect parentage of an
ideological rally, a drunken sing-song and a seductive dream.

Running time: 60 minutes

Where

The House, Plymouth University

Admission

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

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/our-carnal-hearts

Exhibition talk

Bite size: Expanded Field of Painting

  • 9 March 2017 1-2pm

Malcolm Le Grice moved from painting into film and installation as a way of extending the experience and two dimensionality of the canvas. Join Dr Sarah Chapman, Director of Peninsula Arts, for an introduction into what is known as the expanded field of painting, alongside a look at the interplay between Le Grice’s ‘graphic works’ and moving image installations.

Where

Peninsula Arts Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

Admission

Free admission, booking not required

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/art-bite-expanded-field-of-painting

Dive (1980)

Diva (1981)

  • 13 March 2017 7-9pm

Dir: Jean-Jacques Beineix
Cast: Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Frédéric Andréi, Richard Bohringer
Running time: 117 mins
Cert: 15

This atmospheric thriller is the twisted tale of two tapes; one, the illegal bootlegged recording of an American opera star, the other, evidence of a crime. The film broke all of the accepted rules of cinema at the time and the director blew his budget on ensuring the style of the film dominated, ensuring its significance as the film that kick-started the ‘Cinema du Look’ wave in 1980’s French cinema.

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/whats-on/diva-1981

General Talk, Plymouth University

Talk: Cromwell’s Trunks: Loyalty, Memory And Public Opinion In Early Modern England

  • 14 March 2017 7-8pm

Edward Vallance, Professor of Early Modern British Political Culture, examines the short period when Oliver Cromwell’s son succeeded his father before the recall of Charles II and the light this sheds on loyalty, memory and the end of the Protectorate. Professor Vallance is author of many books including The Glorious Revolution (2006), and A Radical History of Britain (2009).

Where

Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, 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/whats-on/cromwells-trunks-loyalty-memory-and-public-opinion-in-early-modern-england

Plymouth University Orchestra

Plymouth University Orchestra Spring Concert

  • 16 March 2017 8-9:30pm

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

Minster Church of St Andrew, Plymouth

Admission

Free admission, booking advised

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/plymouth-university-orchestra-spring-concert-2

University of Plymouth Choral Society

Music: Sacred Voices - University of Plymouth Choral Society and Sinfonia

  • 18 March 2017 7:30-9:30pm

Simon Ible: conductor
Augusta Hebbert: soprano
Pierre-Emmanuel Largeron: violin

Haydn: Little Organ
Mass Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor
Vivaldi: Nulla in mundo pax sincera

This concert reveals the expressive beauty of five centuries of European sacred voices through the music by Haydn, Vivaldi, Palestrina, Bach and Bruckner.

Where

Minster Church of St Andrew, Plymouth

Admission

£15/Friends £13

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/plymouth-university-orchestra-spring-concert-2

Chloe Webb as Nancy Spungeon & Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986)

Sid and Nancy (1986)

  • 20 March 2017 7-9pm

Dir: Alex Cox
Cast: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman
Running time: 114 mins
Cert: 18

Gary Oldman plays Sid Vicious, bass guitarist of the Sex Pistols, with Chloe Webb as his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, in an ill-fated King and Queen of alternative rock. Their mutually destructive, heroin-fuelled relationship tests Sid's relations with the rest of the Pistols and ultimately leads to a terrible night in the Chelsea Hotel – the exact nature of which is still disputed.

Suitable for

  • 18+

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/whats-on/sid-and-nancy-1986

General talk image

Talk: Art/Work: Photography in the Age of Communicative Capitalism

  • 21 March 2017 From 7pm

While political and economic issues are addressed frequently in works by contemporary artists, it remains rare for art to explore the political and economic conditions of its own production, distribution and consumption.

Dr Burbridge, Lecturer in Art History at the University of Sussex asks, what is there to stop the questions that artists pose of neoliberal capitalism outside the art world from rebounding on the institutions of art?

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/whats-on/artwork-photography-in-the-age-of-communicative-capitalism

Give Me Your Love, Ridiculusmus

Performance: Give Me Your Love - Ridiculusmus

  • 22 March 2017 7:30-8:30pm

Ex-soldier and budding rock star, Zach, has withdrawn into a cardboard box in a kitchen in West Wales. His friend Ieuan arrives offering recovery in the form of a capsule containing 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine, with which he claims to have successfully treated his own post-traumatic stress.

Theatre legends Jon Haynes and David Woods of Ridiculusmus present a funny, fragile and profound fable based on ground-breaking medical research and real-life war testimonies.

Running time: 60 minutes

Where

The House, Plymouth University

Admission

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

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/give-me-your-love

Orchestral Music, Plymouth University

Plymouth University Student Composers’ Concert

  • 24 March 2017 7:30-9:30pm

Music composed and performed by Plymouth University music students in this concert reflects the breadth of styles and genres taught on the University’s Music BA course.

Where

Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University

Admission

Free admission, booked advised

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/plymouth-university-student-composers-concert

Talk, Plymouth University

Talk: A Short History Of Anger

  • 28 March 2017 7-9pm

A hybrid of prose, poetry, essay and verse, persona and chorus, A Short History takes its source material from the Destruction of Smyrna in 1922. Joy Manesiotis is the author of They Sing to Her Bones and winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. In May 2012, her poems were dropped over Nicosia, Cyprus as part of Spring Poetry Rain, an international event to help foster peace in the last divided city in Europe.

Where

Theatre 2, Roland Levinksy Building, 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/whats-on/a-short-history-of-anger

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

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.
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