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.
Photographic artwork by Beccy Strong, titled Empty Pool

Exhibition: BETWEEN: Arts and Humanities MA Show 2017

  • 1 — 16 December 2017

Showcasing the latest works created by 2017 Art, Architecture and Design students, Between features a range of contemporary pieces including: video; installation; sculpture; photography; creative writing and 3D design.

Between is inspired by the Tibetan word ‘bardo’ (loosely translated as in-between state) and the artwork in the Show represents the state of existence between life and death, existence and the unconscious, reality and liberation.

The students involved completed their MA awards in Contemporary Art Practice; MA Photography and the Land; MA Photography and the Book; MA Photography and Writing; and Three Dimensional Design.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Peninsula Arts Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building

Admission

Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00; Saturday 11:00-16:00
Free admission

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/exhibition-between-arts-and-humanities-ma-show-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.
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Talk: Interpreting the Russian Revolution - Professor Geoffrey Swain

  • 17 October 2017 7-8:30pm *on now

Professor Geoffrey Swain is Emeritus Professor at the University of Glasgow and holds the Alexander Nove Chair of Russian and European Studies. Professor Swain has written extensively on the history of Russia and Eastern Europe during the twentieth century, focusing most recently on the following themes: Latvia during the first years of Soviet rule; Russia during the Civil War; and the career of Josip Broz Tito. He is author of 'A Short History of the Russian Revolution'.

In this talk Professor Swain explores two major ways in which the October Revolution has been interpreted. One approach saw it as the culmination of the revolutionary ambitions of the Russian masses, first shown in the failed 1905 revolution. After the Tsar had been overthrown in February 1917, a provisional government had been set up, but there was then a popular uprising that restored the revolution to the path it had been on when the Tsar was overthrown.

A second interpretation suggests Bolshevik concepts of discipline and ideology guided the masses to the October revolution, but then directed them to the unnecessary path leading to dictatorship and terror.

Please note: this talk is taking place instead of ‘October 1917: Revolutionary Dreams in Russia’ by Dr Andy Willimott, which has now been cancelled.

Where

Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky 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/whats-on/talk-october-1917

Film scene: Two men holding a third man who is screaming in pain

Film: Johnny's House of Horror: Salò: 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

  • 23 October 2017 7-9pm

Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Running time: 112 mins
Cert: 18 Subtitled

Pasonlini’s last work before he was murdered in 1975, Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom was only given an uncut release in the UK in 2000. Even though Salò is a very explicit and uncomfortable film to watch, its controversy often gets in the way of extraordinary film making about how monstrous humans can be.

Warning: Contains strong violence, sexual violence, and scenes of torture and degradation.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema

Admission

£6/£4.20/Friends free

Audience listening to a presentation

Talk: Towards a Free Revolutionary Art: Art and Social Change, 1913-1939

  • 24 October 2017 7-8:30pm

The early decades of the 20th century were marked by a series of turbulent political upheavals, from revolutions in Russia and Mexico to unprecedented leftist radicalism across Europe and America. This talk examines the dynamic relations between art and revolution, exploring the ways in which artists working across the aesthetic spectrum, from realism through to the new abstraction, sought to actively participate in the fight for political change, engaging culture as a means of transforming society.

Where

Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building

Admission

£6/£4.20/Friends free

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/talk-towards-a-free-revolutionary-art-art-and-social-change-1913-1939

A dancer captured in a pose, smiling, as he performs (upper body only)

Performance: Anjali Dance Company: Genius

  • 25 October 2017 7:30-9pm

An exceptional group of six dancers perform two dramatic explorations of genius in an inspirational performance full of eminent talent and creative power.
Gary Clarke’s Beethoven takes a touching and darkly humorous look at the extraordinary personal life and musical works of Ludwig van Beethoven. Lea Anderson has created a stylised, gently humorous and visually stunning exploration of the legend of the vampire Nosferatu and his depiction in film.

“One of the brightest companies in British Dance” Donald Hutera

Running time: 60 mins (plus interval)
Age suitability: 8 years+

Where

The House

Admission

£10/£7

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/performance-genius

Art activity with teacher and child

Family workshop: Big Draw - We The People flick book animation

  • 26 October 2017 10:30am-12:30pm, 2-4pm

Be inspired by the We The People exhibition around Plymouth. Get expert advice from our professional artist whilst you create your own flick book.

Suitable for 7 years+ to teens.
Please note, all children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Where

Peninsula Arts Gallery

Admission

£2.50 per child, booking essential - see web page for details

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/family-workshop-big-draw

Scene from the film - A large man with his arm around the shoulders of a woman (actor Schlitze?) who has microcephaly

Film: Johnny's House of Horror: Freaks (1932)

  • 30 October 2017 7-8pm

Dir: Tod Browning
Running time: 120 mins
Cert: 12A

Freaks ruined the career of its director, Tod Browning, known today for the infamous Dracula (1931), starring Bela Lugosi. Banned in the UK for 30 years, audiences were unable to cope with its frank portrayal of disability. Freaks is one of the most human films you will ever watch.

Johnny Mains, author of Freaks (Midnight Movie Monographs 2017) will give a talk after the film screening.

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema

Admission

£6/£4.20/Friends free

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/johnnys-house-of-horror-freaks-1932

Dancers on stage

Performance: Luca Silvestrini's Protein: Border Tales

  • 4 November 2017 7:30-9pm

Award-winning company, Protein, presents a thought-provoking yet poignant commentary on multicultural Britain through dance, live music and dialogue compiled from the performers’ personal experiences. Border Tales looks at post-Brexit Britain seen through the eyes of an international cast and gazes satirically on stereotypical thinking about migrant outsiders and bigoted home-landers.
Commissioned by Bath Dance, ICIA Bath, DanceEast, DanceXchange, Dance Manchester and The Place.

“Superbly staged and performed” The Telegraph

Running time: 80 mins

Where

The House

Admission

£10/£7

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/performance-border-tales

Promotional photo for film - Gary Oldman, John Altman and 3 other actors dressed as sailors from HMS Raleigh, Plymouth, standing in front of the Albert Hall in London

Film: Remembrance (1982)

  • 6 November 2017 7-9pm

Dir: Colin Gregg
Running time: 117 mins
Cert: PG

In the first screening of this film based on Plymouth’s notorious Union Street since the 1980s, Remembrance tells the tale of a group of Devonport-based Royal Navy personnel who go out on the town before they are due to set sail to America.

Featuring the distinctive Brian Eno soundtrack and significant, early performances from British actors Gary Oldman, Timothy Spall and John Altman who have gone on to establish significant careers, the film also features Plymouth residents who will reunite for the first time on this night.

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema

Admission

£6/£4.20/Friends free

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/film-remembrance

Audience at talk at University of Plymouth

Talk: Creating New Histories in India and Pakistan: 1947–2017

  • 7 November 2017 7-8:30pm

The 1947 partition of India devastated the region, engulfing it in violence and the largest, forced migration of the 20th century. The impact was felt immediately by the two new nation-states – Pakistan and India – but the longer-term legacies have been more significant.

70 years later, India and Pakistan appear to be as polarised as ever, and religious nationalism has revived. Focusing on Punjab, Dr Virdee, Senior Lecturer in Modern South Asian History at De Montfort University examines the ways in which the nation-states have re-imagined the region post-partition to create new histories and myths about the past.

Where

Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building

Admission

£6/£4.20/Friends free

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/talk-creating-new-histories-in-india-and-pakistan-1947-2017

Musician Marcelo Gimenes playing a keyboard on stage - image overlaid with binary text

Music of Mixed Reality

  • 8 November 2017 7:30-9:30pm

Marcelo Gimenes: piano/keyboard
Rich Hamer: guitar
Mike Trevarthen: drums

Including audience participation, this improvisation performance includes both musicians and artificial performers in an open musical dialogue. A musical response to the We The People Are The Work exhibition, this performance steps into a world with no pre-determined boundaries or limitations – other than our own imagination – and explores the interaction between humans and technology.

Audience members are asked to participate via a smartphone app.

Where

The House

Admission

£6/£4.20/Friends free

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/music-music-of-mixed-reality

Scene from the film: Head shot of woman who has been shot in the eye, in black and white

Film: Battleship Potemkin (1925)

  • 11 November 2017 7-8:30pm

Dir: Sergei Eisenstein
Running time: 66 mins
Cert: PG

Eisenstein’s hugely influential masterpiece and one of the most famous silent films ever made will be accompanies by a new live score created and performed by The Imperfect Orchestra, an eclectic ensemble of musicians who mix classical and modern instruments.

Focusing on the naval mutiny of the failed 1905 Soviet Revolution, the ‘Odessa Steps’ sequence is still recognised as one of the most important, innovative and inflammatory scenes created in cinema and remains as shocking and provocative as when it was first screened.

Where

Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building

Admission

£6/£4.20/Friends free

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/film-battleship-potemkin-1925

Painting by Lyubov Popova - Space-force construction, 1921

Talk: Art of the Russian Revolution: One Hundred Years On

  • 14 November 2017 7-8:30pm

In this overview of one of the most successful exhibitions of 2017, ‘Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932’, which took place at the Royal Academy of Arts in February-April 2017, curator Dr Natalia Murray will investigate how artists from Kazimir Malevich to Alexander Deineka made Russian art revolutionary in the first 15 years after the Bolshevik revolution of 1917.

Triggering radical innovations in Russian art, artists including Kandinsky, Malevich, Tatlin, Rodchenko and Popova turned the storm of the Russian Revolution into a radical experiment in art and society. However, this was short-lived with Socialist Realism becoming the dominant force from the 1930s.

Where

Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building

Admission

£6/£4.20/Friends free

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/talk-art-of-the-russian-revolution-one-hundred-years-on

Photo of a man playing a grand piano, with his reflection also on the lid of the open piano.

Performance: Michael Pinchbeck's Concerto

  • 15 November 2017 7:30-9pm

Running time: 65 mins
Age suitability: 12 years+

Nicholas McCarthy: piano

A unique musical experience inspired by Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, commissioned by infamous pianist Paul Wittgenstein after he lost his right arm during the First World War. Concerto is a deconstructed and re-orchestrated exploration of the legacy of war and the healing power of music to overcome tragedy.

Created by award-winning theatre maker Michael Pinchbeck, devised with emerging artists Ryan O’Shea and Katt Perry, and featuring world-renowned concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy. Commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Attenborough Arts Centre and Nottingham Lakeside Arts. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England through the National Lottery.

“Michael Pinchbeck is a terrific theatre maker” The Guardian

Where

The House

Admission

£10/£7

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/performance-concerto

Scene from film, character played by Ben Kingsley sitting on a bed taking a patient's blood pressure in front of student physicians

Film: The Physician (2013)

  • 20 November 2017 7-9:30pm

Dir: Philipp Stolzl
Cast: Tom Payne, Ben Kingsley, Stellan Skarsgård, Olivier Martinez, Emma Rigby
Running time: 135 mins
Cert: 15

Based on the best-selling novel by Noah Gordon, this film tells the story of nine-year-old Robert Cole who has a gift of understanding illness which leads him from the familiar life of 11th-century London to small villages throughout England and finally to the medical school at Ispahan.

Roberts’s interaction with the dazzling surgery of a Jewish physician, trained by the legendary Persian physician Avicenna, inspires him to accept his gift and to commit his life to healing by studying at Avicenna's school. Despite the ban on Christian students, Robert goes there, disguising himself as a Jew to gain admission. The film is a tale of the quest for medical knowledge pursued in a violent world full of superstition and prejudice.

Introduced by Dr Péter Bokody, Lecturer in Art History at Plymouth University.

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema

Admission

£6/£4.20/Friends free

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/film-the-physician-2013

Audience listening to a talk

Talk: Scrolls And Serpents: The Wonders Of Dark Age Art

  • 21 November 2017 7-8:30pm

Dr Ramirez, medievalist and TV historian, will introduce us to the wealth of illuminated manuscripts, jewellery and treasures of the Dark Ages. The symbols and designs help us to understand the beliefs and ideas that shaped Anglo-Saxon and Viking art.

Dr Ramirez is Director of the Certificate and Diploma in the History of Art at the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford.

Where

Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building

Admission

£6/£4.20/Friends free

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/talk-scrolls-and-serpents-the-wonders-of-dark-age-art

Film scene, black and white. Ttwo men playing chess infront of the sea - the man on the left is the personification of death, the man on the right is a Medieval Knight, played by actor Max von Sydow

Film: The Seventh Seal (1957)

  • 27 November 2017 7-9pm

Dir: Ingmar Bergman
Running time: 92 mins,
Cert: PG, Subtitled

Bergman’s mediation on life and death stages the human drama in a medieval setting. The apocalyptic themes of sin and sacrifice make this movie a classic of modern cinema and introduces the young Max von Sydow in the lead role of the knight.

Introduced by Dr Péter Bokody, Lecturer in Art History, Plymouth University.

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema

Admission

£6/£4.20/Friends Free

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/film-the-seventh-seal-1957

Scene from a medieval fresco by Giotto di Bondone - Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Virgin Mary, kiss infront of the Golden Gate of Jerusalem

Talk: Her-story of Art: A Brief Alternative History of Giotto and the Arena Chapel

  • 28 November 2017 7-8:30pm

Giotto’s frescoes in the Arena Chapel stand at the beginning of any history of Renaissance art, and he is often called the ‘father’ of the western tradition of painting. But what happens if we look at the Chapel and its paintings from a different perspective? Who were the women who used this chapel, what did they see, and what did they think?

When History of Art becomes Her-story of Art, the results can be surprising.

Where

Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building

Admission

£6/£4.20/Friends free

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/talk-her-story-of-art-a-brief-alternative-history-of-giotto-and-the-arena-chapel-2

Blurred photo of musician Will Dutta

Music: Will Dutta Presents Bloom Live

  • 29 November 2017 7:30-8:30pm

Five years since the release of the highly acclaimed Parergon (Just Music, 2012), Bloom sees him reunite with long time collaborators Plaid and Max de Wardener to create exceptionally vivid and sumptuous compositions.

In designing Bloom Live, Dutta has reimagined what the piano recital can be and the stage show includes luminous visuals and striking production design resulting in a compelling, technologically advanced show of untempered colour.

Where

The House

Admission

£10/£7

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/music-will-dutta-presents-bloom-live

Santa hat on a clapper board

Student choice Christmas film 2017

  • 4 December 2017 7-9pm

Chosen by Plymouth University students via a poll led by the University of Plymouth Student Union (UPSU), the selection always gets you into the Christmas spirit.

Vote for your favourite – look out for the student poll on the Peninsula Arts and UPSU Facebook pages.

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema

Admission

£6/£4.20

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/student-choice-christmas-film-2017

Detail from fresco - Allegory of Injustice (detail), 1303-1305, by Giotto di Bondone

Talk: Representations of Wartime Sexual Violence in Renaissance Painting

  • 5 December 2017 7-8:30pm

Rape of women and girls remains a widespread form of aggression against a civilian population during war and often the belief is that the universal condemnation and prosecution of these crimes is a relatively recent phenomenon.

However, critical representations of sexual violence were already created during the Italian Renaissance. The civic imagery developed in city-republics gives us a unique insight into the revolutionary understanding of gender-based aggression and a forgotten chapter in rape history.

Where

Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building

Admission

£6/£4.20/Friends free

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/talk-representations-of-wartime-sexual-violence-in-renaissance-painting

Plymouth University Orchestra performing on stage

Music: Plymouth University Orchestra Christmas Concert

  • 7 December 2017 8-10pm

Directed by Jonathan Hurdle and Jamie Dove

Plymouth University Orchestra will perform a selection of orchestra 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.

Where

Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building

Admission

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

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/music-plymouth-university-orchestra-christmas-concert

University of Plymouth Choral Society

Music: University Of Plymouth Choral Society and Sinfonia Christmas Concert

  • 9 December 2017 7:30-9:30pm

Enjoy uplifting music including the Christmas story featured in Part 1 of Handel’s celebrated oratorio, Messiahi, that overflows with stirring choruses and evocative solo arias depicting the coming of the Christ Child gloriously announced by angels.

The concert will also include traditional carols. This is what Christmas is all about – a festival of singing and rejoicing!

Where

Minster Church of St Andrew
Royal Parade
Plymouth
PL1 2AD

Admission

£15/£13 Friends of Peninsula Arts

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/music-university-of-plymouth-choral-society-and-sinfonia-christmas-concert

Promotional image for Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Mondo Christmas Film and Quiz: Edward Scissorhands (1990)

  • 11 December 2017 7-9pm

Dir: Tim Burton
Running time: 100 mins
Cert: 12

Mighty Mondo Monday have been called upon to put some festive cheer in your lives with their sixth annual Christmas special at Peninsula Arts.

This year they’re melting hearts with Edward Scissorhands. So for all you misfits, oddballs and hopeless romantics come watch the snow fly and try to make it look like you’ve ‘just got something in your eye’. An amazing quiz is included, with prizes and a myriad of other Yuletide treats to make even the staunchest Scrooge’s head spin.

Where

Jill Craigie Cinema

Admission

£6/£4.20

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/mondo-christmas-film-and-quiz

Plymouth University Carol Service

Music: Plymouth University Carol Service

  • 12 December 2017 7:30-9:30pm

Come and enjoy your Christmas celebrations at Plymouth’s Central Methodist Church.

Members of the public are invited to join Plymouth University students and staff for this service of readings and carols.

Where

Central Methodist Church
Eastlake Street
Plymouth
PL1 1BA

Admission

Free admission. Booking advised. Parting donations in aid of Shekinah Mission welcomed.

Website

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/music-plymouth-university-carol-service

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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