Exhibitions

Featuring exhibitions from world-renowned artists alongside new arts stars of tomorrow, The Levinsky Gallery offers a sometimes provocative, sometimes beautiful and always thought-provoking experience. Based in the University's Roland Levinsky Building, it is the largest contemporary art gallery in Plymouth.

All exhibitions are free and include associated events for you to learn more about the artists and exhibits through gallery tours and artist and curator talks, as well as fun events for all the family.

Previously featured artists include: leading UK Photographer Jem Southam, award-winning artist Trevor Bell, Turner-prize winning artist Douglas Gordon, leading graphic designer, Ivan Chermayeff, Dorothy Cross, one of Ireland's leading international artists and internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor, Peter Randall-Page.

Word is...

  • f "A fantastic opportunity to see established and upcoming artists. An amazing space!"
  • . "Beautiful and inspiring work by Jem Southam!"
  • t "One of my favourites! Beautiful, subtle and atmospheric." (on Birds, Rocks, Rivers, Islands: Jem Southam)
  • i "An incredibly uplifting yoga session in the gallery this evening, amongst some of Trevor Bell's finest works!"
  • . "Absolutely stunning exhibition. Thank you so much for bringing it to Plymouth." (on Thinking Tantra)

On display now in The Levinsky Gallery

Mariner: a painted ship upon a painted ocean

Join us in The Levinsky Gallery from 23 September – 16 November for a fascinating exhibition exploring the contemporary relevance of one of the most influential poems in the English language, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). 

The Arts Institute's first national touring exhibition in partnership with The Box, Plymouth, features 15 artists showcasing a series of new commissions and selected international artworks that retell this epic tale for a 21st century audience. 

Investigating issues around ecology, the environment, immigration and displacement, this exhibition is accompanied by a thought-provoking programme of talks, film and poetry. View the associated programme

Antarctica Raft of the Medusa. Courtesy Lucy + Jorge Orta

Upcoming exhibitions in The Levinsky Gallery

Future History

FUTURE HISTORY is a two-phase project. 

Version 1.0 is on display in The Levinsky Gallery from 29 November - 11 January and takes a look in the rear-view mirror as we accelerate through this post-digital phase of our cultural evolution. It celebrates the last 25 years of radical innovation in arts practice, education and research, and locates Plymouth at the centre of it all. 

Version 2.0 comes to The Levinsky Gallery in 2020 and projects forward, sending out cultural mycelia and predictive algorithms to envision the future of creative endeavour.