Plymouth Contemporary 2021

Credit: Jennifer Taylor, Lunar Dawn, 2020

Explore the best in international contemporary art

The Levinsky Gallery and KARST are delighted to welcome you to Plymouth Contemporary 2021. A biennial open exhibition celebrating 29 emerging and established artists, selected from more than 130 international proposals. 

Featuring 44 artworks across the two galleries, this year’s theme invites us all to explore what it means to ‘make it’ in terms of contemporary art practice today.

Immerse yourself in the exhibition which brings together an exciting mix of disciplines, from painting and drawing to performance and film. Some artists focus on the act of making or shaping a physical work or idea, others investigate making a difference to people or the community. 


The artists

Camilla Alberti, Chris Alton, Bridgette Ashton, Bruce Asbestos, Kelly Best + Herbivore, Harriet Bowman, Caroline Bugby, Gordon Dalton, Kez Dearmer, Stephanie Douet, Nick Ervinck, Rosalind Faram, Damian Griffiths, Andy Harper, Sadie Hennessy, Will Hughes, Seungjo Jeong, Dean Knight, Molly Erin McCarthy, Charlotte McGuinness, James Moore, Paula Morison, Sang-Mi Rha, Janet Sainsbury, Anna Chrystal Stephens, Jennifer Taylor, Marianne Walker, Kate Williams and K. Yoland.

The show was selected by a panel including renowned artist Heather Phillipson, arts writer Manick Govinda, and local arts experts from the University of Plymouth, The Box and KARST.

Credit: Anna Chrystal Stephens, Hack Sink, 2019

Credit: Harriet Bowman, untitled (dis jointed drivers seat), 2020

About Plymouth Contemporary

First staged in 2015, the Plymouth Contemporary supports new ideas and a risk-taking approach across all art forms, and previously featured artists – such as Naomi Frears, Thomas Goddard and Michael Cox – have gone on to achieve national and international success. The exhibition is delivered by the University of Plymouth’s Arts Institute and KARST in partnership with The Box.


Plan your visit

Plymouth Contemporary 2021 is open to all.

7 July – 5 September

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The Levinsky Gallery opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Karst opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 -17:00

Free Admission, booking not required.

Both galleries are operating within current UK government guidelines. Visit the Plymouth Contemporary website to learn more.

The galleries

The Levinsky Gallery, based in the University's Roland Levinsky Building, features exhibitions from world-renowned artists alongside new arts stars of tomorrow. It offers a sometimes provocative, sometimes beautiful and always thought-provoking experience.

Previously featured artists include Turner prize winning artists Lubaina Himid and Douglas Gordon, award winning artists Tacita Dean and Vija Celmins, leading graphic designer Ivan Chermayeff and acclaimed sculptor Peter Randall-Page.


KARST is the largest independent contemporary art venue in Plymouth, comprising a free public gallery and artists’ studios. As a test-bed for experimentation across art forms, KARST attracts diverse audiences through cutting edge exhibitions, screenings, music events, and performances. 

In partnership with artist groups, cultural organisations and the creative sector through curated exhibitions, events and critical dialogue, KARST supports international cultural growth within the South West and beyond.