Plymouth Arts Centre

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Plymouth Arts Centre offers a gallery, bijou art-house cinema and cafe: an appealing package of art, film and food. It is a leading regional organisation for the delivery of contemporary visual arts and has a strong education and outreach programme.

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Opening hours

Tues-Sat 10.00-20.30
Sun 16.00-20.30

Closed: Mondays

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Tim Etchells: For Now

  • 25 September 2015 — 3 January 2016 *on now

Working across visual art, performance and fiction Tim Etchells’ work plays with language, place and presence. Based in Sheffield and London, Etchells has led world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment since 1984 and collaborated with numerous artists, photographers, writers and dancers.

In For Now Etchells presents new solo audio and collage works and alongside neon text works, enlivening the galleries and extending out into Plymouth Arts Centre’s other interior spaces. In the newest works Etchells reveals his growing interest in fragments, rhythm and compositional structure as well as exploring the boundaries between sense and nonsense. Working to test his writing through repetition and layering, his new sound piece Stand Off, places visitors at the centre of a dynamic and bewildering confrontation of voices.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


The First Humans

  • 15 January — 2 April 2016

Caroline Achaintre, Salvatore Arancio, Vidya Gastaldon, Andy Harper, Ben Rivers and Jack Strange

The First Humans looks at contemporary art with a prehistoric feel. Often incorporating synthetic colours or materials and a sci-fi aesthetic, much of it is spoof or tongue-in-cheek.

This exhibition identifies and questions a trend among artists to evoke the very distant past. Could dramatic new archaeological findings explain it? Is society suffering an identity crisis?

The First Humans is curated by Angela Kingston and supported by Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


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PAC Home Talk: Peter Liversidge

  • 8 December 2015 From 6pm

Peter Liversidge has exhibited, performed and made interventions extensively, around the world. Beginning from a process of proposal writing on a manual typewriter Liversidge’s practice knows no bounds and leads him to fluctuate from working with photography and bronze sculpture to live bands, taxidermied animals and tupenny trailing toddlers.

In this talk Liversidge will talk about the realisation of proposals in galleries, public spaces and conceptual spaces whilst simultaneously sharing a stream of personal influences. Peter Liversidge is represented by Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh.

Suitable for

  • Any age




Plymouth Arts Centre
38 Looe Street





01752 206114

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