News and Events

May 2015


From film showcases to mixed media installations, this exhibition by second year Fine Art students from Plymouth University, revolves around the themes of emergence and sound and draws inspiration from the work of British artist, Keith Harrison who is currently producing a new commission for the Arts and Heritage Service. Come and explore the talents of Plymouth’s young up-and-coming artists as they express their voices as part of the Council House Art programme.

The show will be open:

Monday 11 May –  11am to 2pm
Thursday 14 May –  11am to 2pm
Monday 18 May –  4.30pm to 6pm
Wednesday 20 May –  11am to 2pm
Friday 29 May –  11am to 2pm

Further works by the students can also be seen at the historic Duke of Cornwall Hotel from 18 to 24 May

Download the catalogue: Emergence Catalogue 2015





The latest Council House Art Show is now open.

Plymouth Arts Graduate Show: 26 September – 5 December 2014

A Councillors’ selection of artwork by graduate students from Plymouth University, Plymouth College of Art and the University of St Mark & St John.

Opening Hours and Artists’ Talks

Throughout the exhibition the Council House will be open every Friday between 12 and 2pm. From Friday 10 October there will be a programme of Artists’ Talks starting at 12.30:

Friday 17/10 – Thomas Coghill, Jools Mercer

Friday 24/10 – Ali Goodworth

Friday 31/10 – Rosie King, Jools Mercer

Friday 07/11 – Jools Mercer, Caroline Morgan

Friday 14/11 – Thomas Slaney

Friday 21/11 – Jools Mercer

Friday 28/11 – Tony Fitzsimmons

Friday 05/12 – Jools Mercer

There is no need to book.


CHART 29 July – 29 August

Work by Plymouth University’s 5 AA2A artists,Tabatha Andrews, Sally Hall, Kayleigh Hill, Gabrielle Hoad and Lee McDonald and the 3 reps, Rachael Allain, Jamie Morrison and LukeWalder.

Artists’ Talks

There will be a series of informal talks by a number of the exhibiting artists between 12 and 1 pm on the following dates. There is no need to book.

Friday 1 August

Friday 8 August

Friday 17 August

Friday 22 August

Friday 29 August

The Council House will remain open until 2 pm on each of these dates for public viewing of the exhibition.

On the 29 August between 4 and 5.30 pm, AA2A @ CHART is also the first of four venues for ‘First Friday, Open4’ in Plymouth.

Information on the participating artists can be found here:  AA2A Exhibition at Council House 29 July – artists and art work

Further information about the AA2A scheme can be found on their website



The Future of Plymouth

A collaborative exhibition between Plymouth College of Art BA (Hon) Fine Art, Critical & Curatorial Practices third year students and a local kinetic artist featuring new works exploring the transition of the past and future of Plymouth.

Full details on the exhibition can be found at the dedicated website:

The exhibition is open to the general public every Friday afternoon between 1.30 and 4.oopm, from May 2nd until June 20th

Click here for the Plymouth College of Art website’s blog about the exhibition.





Public access to current exhibition

There will be a series of informal talks by a number of the exhibiting artists between 12 and 1pm on the following dates. There is no need to book.

Wednesday 26 February Cllr Penberthy plus artists

Wednesday 5 March artists

Wednesday 19 March artists

Tuesday 1 April Cllr Penberthy plus artists

The Council House will remain open until 2pm on each of these dates for public viewing of the exhibition.


Current Open Art Show catalogue:

The catalogue for the current Open Art Show, February 7th – April 1st, is now available to download here


Open Call

We are pleased to announce a new Open Call for Plymouth based visual artists to exhibit their work in the historic Council House.  Full details can be found on the ‘Open Call’ section of this website.

Public Access to the Exhibition

There will be a new series of Art Bites at the Council House about the Plymouth Arts Graduates Show. These are bookable via Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery – telephone 01752 304774 – on the following:

  • Friday 8 November – 12.30pm – 1.00pm with Judith Robinson
  • Friday 15 November – 12.30pm – 1.00pm with Judith Robinson
  • Friday 22 November – 12.30pm – 1.00pm with Councillor Penberthy

We are also offering general public access at the times specified below:

Fridays 8,15, 22, November between 12.00 noon and 2.30pm.

South West Graduate Photography Prize winner announced

Congratulations go to Nicholas White for winning this year’s South West Graduate Photography Prize.  You can find out more about his work here.

Established by Fotonow, an independent photographic arts organisation based in the South West. Jon Blyth explains more ‘The aim in developing the South West Graduate Photography Prize, now in its forth year, is to create opportunities for emerging artists while enhancing the visibility of photographic practice across the region. Recent graduates from; Plymouth College of Art, Falmouth University, University of the West of England, Plymouth University, Arts University Bournemouth and University of Gloucestershire were invited to submit photographic work. The seven artists within this publication were selected based upon their creative confidence in developing new work with a clear sense of direction in exploring how photography might best communicate their ideas, for more information see;’


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