KARST was founded by a small group inspired by the British Art Show 7 who wanted to develop an artist-led space in Plymouth to produce and show the best international contemporary art. In less than a decade we’ve grown to become the largest independent gallery in the South West with a reputation for being edgy, provocative and challenging.

We’re based in an iconic industrial building, but we think beyond our walls and invite projects from anywhere where art, ideas and life meet. Our space affords time to think and ask questions. It’s an experimental workshop; a safe place to take risks; a place for ambitions beyond defined outcomes. It’s also an incubator for new talent.

We believe art has transformative power and play our part in the shaping of the cultural identity of our city and to ensure the voices of underrepresented members of our society are heard. Our passion is to help grow the individual and sector through inclusivity, inspiration, creativity and experimentation. Our ambition is to be sustainable, to achieve quality in depth and be the best we possibly can in all we do.

KARST is an independent arts organisation with charitable status and is supported by Arts Council England and Plymouth City Council. Registered Charity no. 1157242, registered in England and Wales no. 08653315.


KARST will take an active lead to address structural and hidden racism and the inequalities underpinning society wherever we find them.

Read more about KARST’s inclusivity policy.


22 George Place
Plymouth, PL1 3NY

+44(0)1752 222676



As part of our commitment to widening participation in the arts, we have the support of a dedicated and enthusiastic bank of volunteers, For more information on volunteering please contact us.


Nick Buckland (Chair), Mark Cotton, Christy Johnson, Mandy Precious

Executive Director: Donna Howard
Technical Coordinator: Paul Ager

Opening times

Gallery open: Wed–Sat 11am–5pm (During exhibition times only or by appointment)
Closed: Sun–Tues
Admission is free

Office open: Tues–Fri 10am–5pm (by appointment)


KARST is located in the industrial Millbay area of Plymouth, approximately a 20 min walk from the town centre.


KARST has an off road parking bay for visitors.

Unfortunately, KARST does not have ramped wheelchair access and there are several steps leading to the building which have handrails. This is currently being rectified with building alterations that will provide a fully disability access. This should be completed by the end of this year. The gallery and all other facilities are on level ground.

Please contact the gallery if you have any accessibility or additional requirements.