70th Anniversary 2017


70th Anniversary in 2017

In 2017 we are celebrating our 70th Anniversary. Founded in 1947 in our historic building on Looe Street, Plymouth Arts Centre was one of seven arts centres set up around the country with funds from the newly established Arts Council of Great Britain.

Artists who have presented their work at Plymouth Arts Centre include Heather Phillipson, Tim Etchells, Bob and Roberta Smith, Patrick Heron, Tracey Emin, Allen Ginsberg, Tom Raworth, Paula Rego, Peter Greenaway, Ralph Steadman, Gwen John, Jenny Holzer, Vong Phaophanit, Richard Deacon, Andy Goldsworthy, Helen Chadwick, Malcolm LeGrice, Beryl Cook, Douglas Gordon and Sir Terry Frost. Many people exhibited here at the start of their careers and went on to become household names. Previous artistic activity in the building has included a theatre, a pottery studio and a jazz club. Malcolm LeGrice played in the house band here in the 1950s.

In 2014, artist Sara Bowler ran the ‘Looe Street Detectives’ project, engaging Plymouth residents aged 9 to 70+ and resulting in a gallery exhibition which led to a new understanding of 38 Looe Street. The building was donated by Nancy Astor, and had previously been a pawn brokers, sweet shop, butchers, hatters, tripe dressers, egg importers and saffron flour warehouse during its 500 year history.

If you have memories and family anecdotes, or even old programmes, posters and tickets, we would love to see and hear about them! Please contact Charlotte McGuinness, Marketing Manager charlotte@plymouthartscentre.org