Working with Artists

Working with Artists

The contemporary visual arts are embedded in the fabric, policies, programmes and collections of The Box. Through working with artists, we aim to innovate and offer fresh perspectives and connections between history and contemporary life.

Building on Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery’s leadership of the national Arts Council England pathfinder programme, New Expressions, The Box unlocks the creative potential of collections, histories and spaces, by commissioning artists to respond to specific contexts and themes.

Collaboration is key, and The Box works in partnership with other city organisations including The Arts Institute at the University of Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth Culture and KARST.

As an Arts Council England Band 3 NPO, we have a leadership role in bringing visual arts to the city. Our first success has been securing British Art Show 9 for Plymouth in autumn 2021. We are working with city partners to make sure this major project really resonates with local audiences, develops our collections and has national impact.

Alongside all this, we support artist-led activity in the city, including networks and artists’ studio facilities.

We also contribute to policies and engage with the wider city strategic plans, such as the Plymouth Principles for Public Art and Visual Arts Plan – Go Beyond.

Image: ARTIST ROOMS Gerhard Richter, The Box. 2015. Photo ©Tate