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Plymouth the City of Culture

This month we would like to mention a little more about all of the cultural opportunities awaiting you here in Plymouth.

Plymouth submitted a bid to become the Britain’s City of Culture for 2017. Many were stunned at Plymouth not being short listed, but this has not stopped Plymouth’s Council and the people of Plymouth continuing to highlight the city’s rich culture.

Here, we take a look at the world of the arts in Plymouth…

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In one of our previous features – Plymouth City Break Guide we wrote about Theatre Royal Plymouth. It is worth mentioning that at the end of September 2013 we saw South West’s famous Theatre Royal re-open its doors after undergoing major renovations.

The grand sum of £7m was invested into this process which involved creating a new auditorium, additional entertainment rooms, new extension inclusive of sun terrace for visitors to enjoy, new entrance, enlarged open plan kitchen area, VIP lounge, soundproofing works and many, many more. Without a doubt all the work put into this project has given the Theatre a well deserved breath of fresh air and a modern yet luxurious and comfortable look.

Whether you come to Plymouth regularly to visit Theatre Royal or have never been before, this is the most perfect time to book your City Break and see for yourself the effects of this major transformation. We absolutely love it and highly recommend it. To find more information about the Regeneration Project and to see the list of forthcoming shows please visit

The city of Plymouth is also rich with vibrant galleries promoting work by local artists. We would like to mention some of them here:

45 Southside Gallery

45 Southside is a gallery located in the heart of Plymouth’s historic Barbican. They specialize in contemporary ceramics, glass and metalwork by artists based in Devon or Cornwall. A mixed display by designer-makers working mainly in ceramics, glass and metalwork, but also in textile, paper, wood and many more materials, changes frequently throughout the year. In addition, we run temporary feature exhibitions in spring and autumn of established artists as well as new and emerging talent

The Somerville Gallery

This City Centre gallery is situated on Mayflower Street. It takes great pride in showcasing the best of South West’s artists and more. Along with internationally recognized you’ll find the up and coming as well as blue chip painters. They also show Sculptors by David Begbie, Heather Jansch and Paul Vanstone and organized exhibitions of Robert Lenkiewicz’s work.

Kaya Gallery

Situated on Plymouth’s historical Barbican Kaya Gallery holds an extensive collection of the famous Brian Pollard’s colorful work.“Kaya’s artistic ambitions lie simply in presenting a diverse range of exciting and inspiring art, both original and prints that will sit comfortably in your home. Work from leading South West artists sits comfortably alongside contemporary photography” says Norman Holmes of Kaya Gallery.

The historic Plymouth Barbican Waterfront is home to a wide range of art galleries offering a vast range of choice and perfect for picking up a special gift for yourself, friend or loved one. For a list of Barbican galleries see here.

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