Primal Parent, 2018. Photo by Dom Moore.

KARST is recruiting for an Operations Manager

KARST is seeking a highly organised, ambitious and dynamic Operations Manager that will direct a collaborative, diverse and effective working environment, across the organisation.

"KARST is recruiting for an Operations Manager"
Credit: Hetain Patel, Don’t Look at the Finger, 2017. Single Channel HD video, stereo sound 16 mins 08 secs. Copyright the artist. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, with Manchester Art Gallery and QUAD. Supported by Arts Council England. Initial research supported by Jerwood Choreographic Research Project.

KARST programme highlights 2022

Over the course of 2022, KARST’s programme will celebrate a host of local, national and international artists. Exhibitions from Euphrosyne Andrews and Kevin Hunt examine how the architecture and materials of public and private spaces frame social interactions and intimacy. Projects and events by KARST studio artist Katy Richardson, former studio artist Marcy Saude, and …

"KARST programme highlights 2022"
Graduate Resident Alice Benbridge (UoP) end of residency event at KARST, 2018. Photo by Dom Moore.

UNDER studio open call

In February new studios will become available at UNDER, the unit below KARST’s main space. UNDER will increase KARST’s studio community but also make studios available for artists at a range of career stages, from recent graduates to established artists.

"UNDER studio open call"

Ocean Moon Group: Lo Recordings X House of St Barnabas

Ocean Moon Group (OMG) is the most recent incarnation of a six-year collaboration between KARST studio artist Graham Guy-Robinson, musician and founder of Lo Recordings Jon Tye, and musician Jack Harman. OMG combine sonic collage with live sound, light, tactile surface, image and objects. The resulting synaesthesia forms an eventful space, a temporary system of …

"Ocean Moon Group: Lo Recordings X House of St Barnabas"
No Soap Radio at KARST, photo by Dom Moore.

Join KARST’s Board of Trustees

KARST is looking for up to four new Board members to further develop the skills base and work of the Board. Our Board provides leadership and governance, and sets the strategic direction of the organisation. Board members play an active role representing KARST externally as well as monitoring the organisation against its agreed aims and …

"Join KARST’s Board of Trustees"
British Art Show 9 graphic image. Photo by Dom Moore.

Arts venues mark one year to British Art Show 9 with £100k funding boost

Leading arts organisations based in Plymouth have secured a £100,000 grant from Arts Council England to support the city’s hosting of British Art Show 9 (BAS9). The funding award comes just as the twelve month countdown to the prestigious exhibition begins. The British Art Show is a landmark touring exhibition that celebrates the vitality of …

"Arts venues mark one year to British Art Show 9 with £100k funding boost"

KARST welcomes three new studio artists

From October, three new artists will be joining the studio community at KARST. Two artists are Plymouth-based and will join KARST on an ongoing basis. The third is a BA Fine Art graduate from Bath Spa University joining us for a five month residency. Annie Shrosbree, a recent graduate, multimedia artist and sculptor has been …

"KARST welcomes three new studio artists"

Introducing Bedwyr Williams’ MILQUETOAST

KARST is excited to invite you to our next exhibition, Bedwyr Williams’ MILQUETOAST – open from 11am on Friday 24 September. This major new body of work by Welsh artist Bedwyr Williams satirizes the art world through sculpture, video, painting and drawing. The exhibition also includes his witty and acerbic autobiographical Instagram drawings in which …

"Introducing Bedwyr Williams’ MILQUETOAST"
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Studio open call

In October, two studios will become available at KARST and we are inviting applications from artists interested in joining KARST’s community. Applications are judged on individual artist’s needs and scope for progression. Priority is given to artists who are able to evidence a sustained practice and potential for further development within their work. Studio Facilities …

"Studio open call"

KARST reopens with increased accessibility, environmental credentials and new exhibition

KARST completed an extensive refurbishment before reopening in July this year with the Plymouth Contemporary 21 open exhibition. Occupying a 7,000 sq. ft. industrial unit, the gallery is a more accessible and environmentally friendly space ahead of hosting the British Art Show 9 next year. The gallery and studios now have increased physical access and …

"KARST reopens with increased accessibility, environmental credentials and new exhibition"

Artists announced for Plymouth Contemporary 2021

An international line-up of established and emerging creative talent has been selected for exhibition at this year’s Plymouth Contemporary. Twenty-nine artists from around the world, working across different and varying disciplines including fine art and performance, will exhibit 44 works of art for this third staging of the prestigious event. Held across two galleries in …

"Artists announced for Plymouth Contemporary 2021"
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KARST is seeking an experienced, ambitious and dynamic Administrator, to provide effective and efficient business support services to the management team and staff. You should be a hugely organised team player with a proactive attitude, good communication skills and a passion for organisation and accuracy. Reporting to the Head of Operations, the administrator will support …


Themes for British Art Show 9

British Art Show 9 will focus on migration when it reaches Plymouth next year, speaking to the city’s longstanding maritime history and its role in colonisation. The show’s overall themes are Healing, Care and Reparative History; Tactics for Togetherness, and Imagining New Futures, all agreed on before the Covid-19 pandemic and the global recognition of …

"Themes for British Art Show 9"

KARST to receive £42000 from second round of Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

KARST has received a grant of £42000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including KARST in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today. …

"KARST to receive £42000 from second round of Government’s Culture Recovery Fund"
More Mogya Vinyl Cover, audio-based works from acoustic-based Highlife sounds.

KARST awarded funding for international digital collaboration

KARST has been awarded funding to research a digital solution to international artistic collaboration restrictions because of the Covid-19 epidemic. KARST will receive money from the British Council Arts Digital Collaboration Fund to research the development of a collaborative digital platform that aims to preserve and interpret Highlife’s legacy, reinventing it for a new generation …

"KARST awarded funding for international digital collaboration"
Alberta Whittle Celestial Meditations II, 2017. © the artist. Courtesy of Alberta Whittle and Copperfield, London.

New dates announced for 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. Held every five years to showcase the work …

"New dates announced for British Art Show 9"
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KARST appoints curator Ben Borthwick as Head of Creative Programme

Ben starts the newly created role immediately and will lead the development of the exhibition and studio programmes, working with KARST’s co-founder and Executive Director Donna Howard to deliver the organisation’s ambitions in Plymouth and at national and international levels. Ben combines working internationally with grass roots artist development and community engagement. He was previously …

"KARST appoints curator Ben Borthwick as Head of Creative Programme"
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British Art Show 9 artists are named

Forty-five artists have been selected to take part in the UK’s biggest contemporary art show which visits Plymouth in autumn next year. KARST is one of four city venues to host the British Art Show 9 for a three-month run beginning in October 2021. The other galleries are the Arts Institute’s Levinsky Gallery at the …

"British Art Show 9 artists are named"