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Plymouth Arts Centre

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, Tom Raworth, 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]

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External links

  • Plymouth Arts Centre website
  • Plymouth Arts Centre, Registered Charity no. 800664 at the Charity Commission




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