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About the Gallery

Image courtesy of Stuart Robinson

South West Showcase Season 

In the coming Gallery programme in 2017, we are delighted to present the South West Showcase. Oliver Sutherland and Stuart Robinson were selected in February this year to create a solo show in The Gallery between January - March 2017.

The South West Showcase is a recurring open call platform, showcasing artists from across the South West region. The showcase aims to uncover and celebrate the talent of contemporary artists working and living in the South West, and to present a long-term commitment from Plymouth College of Art to profiling and supporting the practices of artists in the region. Artists previously supported through this project include Hannah James, Bryony Gillard, Abigail Reynolds, Kit Poulson and Marie Toseland.  This year’s selection panel are Claire Doherty (Director, Situations), Matt Burrows (Curator, Exeter Phoenix), Sandy Kirkby (Creative Producer, B-Side Festival), Tim Bolton (Deputy Principal - Academic, Plymouth College of Art) and Zoe Li (Exhibitions Manager, Plymouth College of Art).

More about our Gallery Programme in 2017

In April to June, we present you a solo exhibition created by international artist Noam Toran, who works across design and art. The Gallery will be turned into a theatre space, with props, sculptures, sound and costumes, inviting interaction from the audience.

It is followed by our Summer Season from June to August, including Degree Shows, BOSS (Best of Summer Show) and Postgraduate Exhibitions, showcasing works from our talented students.


Textile artist Emma Neuberg exhibiting her solo show in The Gallery, 2016


The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art features a high-quality contemporary programme of exhibitions and events, which seeks to enrich teaching and learning at the college, whilst also welcoming a wider public audience to enjoy and debate contemporary arts.

The programme is shaped into seasons, with focus given to different discipline areas and modes of practice, reflecting the rich and diverse cultural community of the college.

The Gallery often works in partnership, contributing actively to strengthening and enhancing the offer of arts and culture in Plymouth.

Previous exhibiting artists and shows in the Gallery at Plymouth College of Art includes Timo Albert Irvin, Martin Parr, BOUDICCA, the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Gareth Neal, Kit Poulson, Marie Toseland – and more.

You can find all forthcoming exhibitions, artist talk, and workshops hosted in or through our Gallery programme here.

You can see our ever-expanding archive of Gallery Shorts films – mini interview-led documentaries focusing on the artists exhibition in the Gallery – online here.

And you can explore photographs and details of our previous exhibitions here.