The Arts Institute was founded in January 2016 to enrich art and culture in Plymouth and beyond through critical thinking, writing and making. It is where arts and humanities research meets cultural ecologies and economies in south-west England. We collaborate with a wide range of organisations, other researchers and creative practitioners to provide a space for discussion, dialogue and change. Our goal is to share knowledge and understanding about art and culture in ways that are inclusive, life affirming, challenging, informative and enjoyable.
The Institute’s key themes reflect our expertise, priorities as a research community and our passions. These are:
- marine cultures
- histories, memory and memorialisation
- transdisciplinary creative practices.
Together with our partners, we initiate projects and host events that shed light on and engage others in these areas.
The Institute focuses on three strands of work for and with 1) researchers and those who might become researchers; 2) the general public; and 3) other groups, communities and individuals who might benefit – socially, culturally or economically – from our world-leading research.