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Working with artists

We are an art gallery as well as a Museum and are committed to representing and working with quality artists who have strong links to the south west.

Have a look through the pages in this section of our website to find out more about the different projects we are and have been involved in with local artists and craftspeople.

Current projects

Heavy Rock by Keith Harrison - during 2015 we will be working with British artist, Keith Harrison on a new commission as part of the New Expressions 3 programme.

Plymouth Contemporary Open 2015 - this major new exhibition will be displayed at Peninsula Arts and is a partnership with Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. It will showcase new, up and coming creative talent alongside nationally and internationally significant artists.

Light Fantastic by Illuminos - in late 2014 the Arts and Heritage Service led on a commemorative lighting commission that marked the 100th anniversary of the amalgamation of the 'Three Towns' of Plymouth, Devonport and East Stonehouse.

Cookworthy, Body Sherds and Plymouth Rock by Paul Scott - throughout 2014 and 2015 we are working with British artist, Paul Scott on a new commission as part of the Contemporary Art Society's 'New Story of Craft' scheme. Our commission is part of a national consortium with partner museums in Bristol, Cardiff and Liverpool.

Plymouth Porcelain: A New Collection - visit this page to find out more about our commission with ceramic artist, Clare Twomey as part of the New Expressions 2 programme.

Crafts Showcases - regular displays of work by local craftspeople organised by our Art Department.

Previous projects

National and Special Events - we regularly join forces with local artists, craftspeople, illustrators and storytellers for our special events. In recent years these have included Rachel Griffin, Jo Larson-Burnett, Karen Evans, Helen Round, Jill Downing, Jane Stevens, David Heathfield, Stonesoup and Stiltskin. Events have included Pirate Weekend, Thanksgiving, Chinese New Year, International Women's Day, Summer Mix and the Contemporary Craft Festival, as welll as activities connected to our changing exhibition programme.

Temporary Exhibitions - in recent years our temporary exhibition programme has included exhibitions featuring work by selected members of the Plymouth Society of Artists, the Newlyn Society of Artists, John Walters, Thrussell and Thrussell, Devon-based artist, Peter Randall-Page and Cornwall-based artist, Kurt Jackson.

Xaio Bai Li - see images of our work with artist, Xaio Bai Li as part of our Tales and Legends project.

Hannah Silva - see images of our education work with artist, Hannah Silva in response to our 'Draw Me a Story: The Art of Illustration for Children' exhibition.

Lust in Translation - find out more about our exciting 'Lust in Translation' project which was led by Eloise Malone of Effervescent Social Alchemy with independent artist, Ray White.

Peter Stiles, PVAC Associate - find out more about our work with Devon-based artist, Peter Stiles as part of the Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium's Associates Scheme.

Lens by Glenn Carter - our 2010 Arts Council England-funded commission by stained glass artist, Glenn Carter.

Labelled by Dail Behennah - our 2009 enamel commission by Bristol-based artist, Dail Behennah, funded through the New Expressions 1 programme.

Community outreach projects - details about recent projects we've worked on with artists including, St. Luke's Hospice's 25th Anniversary, Feeling is Believing and our REC Partnership Working.

2008 to 2009 exhibitions - go to our archive and open the 'Exhibitions 2008 to 2009' document for information about 'Dancing the Clay: Ceramics by Tony Lattimer', 'Plymouth Society of Artists' and 'The Animal Gaze'.

2007 to 2008 exhibitions - open the 'Exhibitions 2007 to 2008' document for information about our major Abolition 200 exhibition, 'Human Cargo' which involved new commissions by five contemporary artists. You can also visit the exhibition response area to see a summary of our 'Sweatshop' project with artist, Lisa Cheung.

2006 to 2007 exhibitions - take a look at the 'Exhibitions 2006 to 2007' document for information about our 'Lead Astray', 'The Art of Dining' and 'Plymouth Society of Artists' exhibitions. You can also visit the exhibition response area to see summaries of the work we did in 2006 with the Drawn to the Valley artists.