VAP Supporting Organisations

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Flameworks Creative Arts Facility was founded in 2000 by a group of metalworkers looking for somewhere to practise. Once they’d moved in, people in other disciplines soon joined them. Based in a former boat building shed on Devonport’s Richmond Walk, Flameworks leases affordable studios to artists and makers in our central, waterfront location. We also lease facilities including hot and cold metalwork equipment, jewellery equipment and, soon, we hope to also have public access ceramics and an education room available. Our associate members are increasingly involved and exhibit with us, feature on our website and social media and help us out from time to time!

Groundwork is the community charity with a green heart. We want places to look better, streets to be safer and outside areas to be green and beautiful. We want people of all ages to be able to work together to make the best of where they live. We want to improve job prospects by offering training and employment opportunities. We want to show people how they can make their homes and workplaces better for the environment and cheaper to run. We’re passionate about creating a future where everywhere is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and where everyone can reach their potential.

KARST has since its inception in 2012 made significant progress in establishing itself as Plymouth’s major independent artist-led gallery, project and studio space. As a non-profit contemporary art venue in Plymouth, comprising of a public gallery and artists’ studios. The gallery is dedicated to showcasing current and experimental visual art through an international exhibition programme and our studios provide a creative hub. KARST is an artist-led organisation that focuses on working in partnership with cultural organisations, artist groups and creative individuals to significantly contribute towards regional cultural growth.

Ocean Studios is a Community Interest Company whose aim is to provide affordable studios for over 100 artists within the Royal William yard, Plymouth. By creating specialist provision in the form of a unique managed workspace, Ocean Studios will boost creative enterprise in the city and engage local people with the arts. In addition to individual studios, shared spaces and well-equipped workshops Ocean Studios will also have two education spaces which will host workshops, seminars and conferences as well as an exhibition/retail space that will provide opportunities for our artists to sell their work. The vibrant creative community built around Ocean Studios will act as a catalyst, revitalising Plymouth as a cultural destination and re-engaging the city with the national arts dialogue.

Peninsula Arts is a multi-artform venue in Plymouth, hosting the largest contemporary art gallery within the city; the Jill Craigie cinema; Plymouths only professional music ensemble; a cutting edge performance programme; and a series of all-year round talks exploring the latest understandings and developments across history and contemporary art and culture. Supported by Plymouth University we reach out to the widest audience possible – from young to old – raising aspirations and enriching lives through high quality cultural experiences.

Plymouth Arts Centre is a nationally-renowned centre for contemporary art, independent cinema and creative learning. It offers a dynamic arts programme from its historic building near both the city centre and Barbican waterfront, and has been occupying a key place in the cultural life of the city since it was founded in 1947.

Plymouth College of Art Our purpose as an independent specialist Art College since 1856 is to provide a distinctive, innovative and supportive learning community in contemporary arts practice; to add value to the cultural, social and economic life of Plymouth and the South West region; and to develop our distinctive profile of our work nationally and internationally. We celebrate social and cultural diversity, and encourage engagement with the community and cross-cultural dimensions of learning. We run a busy national and international programme of visiting artists, exhibitions, public events and partnership activities. Our biennial conference ‘Making Futures’ affords an opportunity for an international cast of scholars and makers, curators, campaigner and activists, to investigate contemporary craft as a ‘change agent’ within 21st-century society.

Plymouth Culture

The Box (previously Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery). PCMAG celebrated its Centenary in 2010 and is the cornerstone of the cultural life of the City of Plymouth. The institution has a key role in the City, delivering on Plymouth City Council’s strategic goals and ‘The Vital Spark’. PCMAG has unique and high quality collections, and the capacity to acquire, present and contextualise a broad range of material culture for diverse audiences and age ranges. In the last 7 years it has demonstrated commitment and a proven track record in delivering high quality public programmes – often in partnership, engaging audiences and developing partnerships at local, regional and national level. It has established a high reputation for its cultural offer in the wider regional and national arts and heritage sectors, in particular for the production of high quality exhibitions, projects and audience engagement programmes. The Box is due to open in 2020 and will include seven large-scale permanent galleries featuring collections from the now closed Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and archive material from Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, South West Film and Television Archive and South West Image Bank.

Visual Arts South West‘s vision is for the South West to have a highly valued, supportive and sustainable visual arts ecology that work together to create, produce, present and promote high quality artwork engaging broad and diverse audiences. We work towards this by creating opportunities for artists, organisations, professionals and groups to develop their practice, share ideas, knowledge, resources, and cultivate relationships with each other. We provide platforms to promote and support the work of the whole visual arts ecology in the region.


i-DAT is an Open Research Lab for playful experimentation with creative technology. They co-create and share technological prototypes and practices, that push and challenge the boundaries of digital arts and creative media practice. Their main focus is on making ‘data’ tangible, playable and readily available as a material, to generate new meaning and inform participation, audience engagement and innovation in the arts. Hosted by Plymouth University, it has been delivering world class R&D and cultural activities since 1998.


Radiant is a new space in Plymouth City Centre. Developed by Effervescent (, Radiant is a hack space for contemporary cultural practices. Radiant comprises: a contemporary art gallery; performance and photography studio; office space for creative businesses; and a bistro called RumpusCosy. Effervescent is a transdisciplinary arts laboratory. We work collaboratively with a range of clients, artists, communities and individuals to make the world a happier and kinder place, helping voices be heard, and – drawing on current research across multiple disciplines – developing new practice.