Art Articles

The Box | Behind The Scenes: The 'Plymouth Panorama'
Art - Mar 2021

Behind The Scenes: The 'Plymouth Panorama'

The ‘Our Art’ gallery at The Box showcases a range of works from our fine art collections. On one wall we’ve gathered over 30 artworks that show different views of Plymouth. Here, our Art Curator, explains the display in more detail and reveals what it took to create.

The Box | Aftermath of The Blitz
Art - Mar 2021

Blitz 80: Aftermath of The Blitz

80 years ago Plymouth was reeling from two massive bombing raids which marked the start of the Blitz. This oil painting from our art collections dates from 1947 and is called ‘Aftermath of the Blitz‘.

The Box | South West artists selected for development bursaries
Press Release - Mar 2021

South West artists selected for development bursaries

The Box has awarded six development bursaries to artists from across the South West. Each bursary is worth £1,000 and can be used by the artists to support existing or new projects and/or research.

The Box | British Science Week 2021: Astronomy and Astrology in the Cottonian Collection
Press Release - Mar 2021

British Science Week 2021: Astronomy and Astrology in the Cottonian Collection

How have the stars and planets been understood, imagined and interpreted over the last two thousand years?

The Box | Two recipients selected for The Box’s 2021 Maureen Attrill Bursary
Press Release - Feb 2021

Two recipients selected for The Box’s 2021 Maureen Attrill Bursary

A postgraduate and an undergraduate from the University of Plymouth have secured research bursaries established by The Box and the family of a former long-serving member of staff.

The Box | Artist Development Bursaries: applications now open
Press Release - Feb 2021

Artist Development Bursaries: applications now open

We’re excited to announce that we’re inviting applications for five £1,000 bursaries from artists based in the South West, to support and share their practice through our digital platforms.

The Box | Plymouth to round off prestigious British Art Show 9
Press Release - Feb 2021

Plymouth to round off prestigious British Art Show 9

New dates for the UK’s most influential contemporary art exhibition, ‘British Art Show 9’ (BAS 9), have been confirmed today. The nationwide tour will culminate in Plymouth from 8 October to 23 December 2022. Prior to this, the exhibition will be displayed in Aberdeen, Wolverhampton and Manchester.

The Box | Narrenschiff, 2017 by Kehinde Wiley
Art - Feb 2021

Narrenschiff, 2017 by Kehinde Wiley

Enjoy this poetic text/meditation by award-winning poet and writer, Vanessa Onwuemezi. It connects to the themes in Kehinde Wiley's 'Narrenschiff' as well as some of her current reading on the modern history of the diaspora.

The Box | Kanye, 2015 by Kehinde Wiley
Art - Feb 2021

Kanye, 2015 by Kehinde Wiley

Discover more about 'Kanye, 2015' by Kehinde Wiley - a bronze bust depicting the American hip-hop artist which was recently displayed in our 'Kehinde Wiley: Ship of Fools' exhibition.

The Box | What's in a frame?
Art - Jan 2021

What's in a frame?

How many times have you looked at an exhibition without noticing the frames or how much they add to the overall display? Frames not only provide support and protection for an artwork, they also affect how we view a painting. When we were developing the ‘Our Art’ gallery at The Box we had to devise a range of framing solutions for some of our most important works of art. Here are some key examples.

The Box | Researching Plymouth's post-war art
Art - Jan 2021

Researching Plymouth's post-war art

In 2015, Engagement Officer Tony Davey was the recipient of the first-ever Maureen Attrill Bursary and used it to research the city’s post-war art collections. Find out more about what the bursary enabled him to do and how it helped his professional development.

The Box | Attrill Bursary relaunched
Press Release - Nov 2020

Research bursary dedicated to former city Art Curator is relaunched

A research bursary established in the memory a long-serving member of the City Council’s staff has been relaunched, and applications are now open.