About us

The Arts Institute

Over the last 14 years Peninsula Arts has evolved significantly, finding its place in the city's art and cultural offering. With the new updated visual identity of the University, along with our academic research that uncovers, challenges and experiments and lies at the heart of what we do, we believe the name 'The Arts Institute' articulates and represents this more closely. 

Cutting-edge research in combination with a vibrant public programme, forms the rich arts and cultural offer provided by The Arts Institute. 

Whilst The Arts Institute research portfolio explores the arts and humanities with investigation that also cuts across science, health and marine, The Arts Institute public season, informed by research expertise and through collaborations with partners across the city, including The Box, welcomes audiences of all ages and backgrounds to experience high quality exhibitions, talks, films, music and performances throughout the year.

We host the largest contemporary art gallery in Plymouth, recently named the Levinsky gallery; the Jill Craigie Cinema; The House and its cutting-edge performance programme; a year-long series of fascinating talks that open up the world of history and contemporary culture, and a rich classical and contemporary music programme.

'Transformations' season at The Arts Institute

This season we continue with the theme of Transformations, an apt title as we launch our new name, The Arts Institute. The feeling of change is a very live issue, which we wanted to explore in terms of transformation, when a culture or a way of thinking undergoes a complete shift or turn around. This type of change is different to the revolutionary breaks or schisms we have explored in previous programmes, rather a transformation, at least in a cultural sense, is more often associated with a positive outcome.

This also includes the personal transformations we all undergo, whether through education or new experiences. Retaining the space to have these conversations is vital and we see The Arts Institute as providing an opportunity for you to participate in these discussions alongside experiencing the very best in culture here in Plymouth.

The Levinsky Gallery

It's hard to believe we have now delivered 10 seasons of our public arts programme since our move into the iconic Roland Levinsky Building. As a direct result of the vision of our late Vice Chancellor, Professor Levinsky, we have evolved, flourished and now sit at the heart of the city’s arts and cultural offer and the University’s national and international ambition.

From collaborating to host the prestigious British Art Show back in 2011, we are now a key partner anticipating the opening of the city's flagship venue, The Box in 2020. We are delighted to mark such success by renaming our The Arts Insitute Gallery 'The Levinsky Gallery'

Find out about upcoming exhibitions in The Levinsky Gallery.

Ticket information

You can book your tickets online 24 hours a day, you can also purchase tickets via our ticket booking line which is open Monday to Friday between 13.00–17.00. 

Tickets can be posted to you or provided as an e-ticket. We accept all major credit cards. Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Seats are unreserved; a first come first served basis is in operation.

Concessions apply to University of Plymouth students and staff, over 60s, unwaged, full-time students and young people aged 18 and under. Proof of eligibility may be requested.

We regret that it is not possible to offer a refund once a ticket has been purchased unless an event has been cancelled by The Arts Institute.

House rules

Admittance may be restricted after the published commencement time of the event. All programme details are correct at the time of going to print. The Arts Institute reserves the rights to change the programme without prior notice. 

Please refer to the website for up-to-date information.