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, artist studios, café and bar 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, Tom Raworth, Peter Greenaway, Ralph Steadman, Vong Phaophanit, Richard Deacon, Andy Goldsworthy and Sir Terry Frost.[6]


  1. ^ "Arts centre's rich canvas | This is Plymouth". 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013. Sir Kenneth Clark 
  2. ^ "Application Office 2013.pdf" (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. 

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