Plymouth Arts Centre

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Plymouth Arts Centre is a centre for contemporary art, independent cinema and creative learning based in the Barbican area of Plymouth, UK.

Founded in 1947 in a Grade II listed town house in Looe Street, it was opened by art historian Kenneth Clark.[1] It was one of seven arts centres set up around the country with funds from the newly established Arts Council of Great Britain.[2] The centre comprises gallery spaces, a 61-seater cinema, café and restaurant space and receives over 70,000 visitors a year.[3]

The artist, Beryl Cook had her first exhibition at Plymouth Arts Centre in 1975,[4] and Bernard Samuels, then Director of the Plymouth Arts Centre, is credited with discovering her.[5]

Other artists with connections to Plymouth Arts Centre include Patrick Heron, Tracey Emin, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Greenaway, Ralph Steadman, Vong Phaophanit, Richard Deacon, Andy Goldsworthy and Sir Terry Frost.[6]

In 2012, the centre's restaurant The Arthouse won the Best Restaurant Plymouth Award[7] and in 2013, Plymouth Arts Centre took over the running of the restaurant, renamed PAC Food, retaining Sammy Lounds, a Jamie Oliver protégé from 15 Cornwall as chef.[8]


  1. ^ "Arts centre's rich canvas | This is Plymouth". 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013. Sir Kenneth Clark 
  2. ^ "Application Office 2013.pdf". pdf.js. 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. Just seven arts centres 
  3. ^ "Navaho Technologies: Digital Signage, Content Creation, Network Security and Managed Network ServicesPlymouth Arts Centre". 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013. over 70,00 visitors every year 
  4. ^ "The Official Beryl Cook site - offering Beryl Cook's original paintings, prints, calendars, books, exclusive content, press cutt". 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Plymouth to host major Beryl Cook exhibition". 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. Bernard Samuels,Director of the Plymouth Arts Centre 
  6. ^ "BBC - Devon - Arts and Culture - Art for Plymouth's sake". 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Food Plymouth Awards". 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Cohort 1 graduate Sam Lounds comes up trumps! | Fifteen Cornwall Blog". 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 

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