Recently I went to a new exhibition at the Peninsula Arts Gallery, the Plymouth Contemporary Open 2015, it showcases new, up and coming creative talent alongside nationally and internationally significant artists.

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The Plymouth Contemporary Open explores the relationship between history and the very latest innovations and understanding within contemporary art practice. The work on show is selected by a highly respected panel, including Helen Legg, Director, Spiked Island, Bristol; Sam Thorne, Artistic Director, Tate St Ives; Judith Robinson, Partnerships Officer, Plymouth City Council, Sarah Chapman, Director Peninsula Arts, Chris Cook, Associate Professor (Reader) in Painting, School of Art and Media, Plymouth University and Professor Alan Schechner, Head of School of Art and Media, Plymouth University.

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My favourite piece from the exhibition was by an artist who puts paint onto their photographs creating a textured piece with detailed textures. These mixed medium pieces have an exciting concept that inspired me to consider exploring the possibilities of working with mix media.

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The exhibition also featured many video installations, from the abstract to the visually stimulating. I only had a quick look round the gallery but really enjoyed looking at the range of work that was included. I would recommend looking at everything and leaving plenty of time. There is also the opportunity to vote for your favourite piece to nominate them for the Audience award.

The Plymouth Contemporary Open is a partnership between Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University and Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.

Saturday 11 July to Saturday 29 August 2015

11.00 to 16:00 Saturday, 10.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday

Peninsula Arts Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

Free admission

FWP

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