Image © John Cook 2017. www.ourberylcook.comCouncil House, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 2AA
(this is the building to the left of the Civic Centre,
opposite the Crown Court)

Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays


Beryl Cook (1926-2008) is one of Britain’s best-loved artists.

Often referred to as ‘Rubens with jokes’ her work is instantly recognisable and is represented in private and public collections around the world.

Although shy, Beryl took a great interest in people. From nightlife of all varieties, to the more innocent pursuits of line dancing and sunbathing on the beach, her paintings reveal a diverse spectrum of human activity – and her strong sense of humour.

Image copyright John Cook 2017. www.ourberylcook.comCo-curated by her family, this exhibition is crammed full of insights into Beryl and her outlook on life.

From her very first painting, to the items she painted for her home in Plymouth, to the quirky paintings and objects she made for the people she loved.

Beryl’s family and friends were the most important thing in her life, and they are all here with their cats, dogs and tortoises for you to see and enjoy.

Beryl’s family have produced a special range of bespoke merchandise for this exhibition, all of which will be available to purchase at the Council House. We have also organised a great range of events in connection with the exhibition – details of which can be found below.

Related Events

Take part in some fun family-friendly activities during the summer holidays. Pick from our ‘Beryl Cook Character Bonanza’ on 3 August, ‘Craft with Clay’ on 23 August, or why not come along to both of them? Limited tickets remain for these two events so book now to avoid disappointment.

Join us on a special guided walk to discover ‘Beryl Cook’s Plymouth’ on 2 September – last few tickets remaining!

A free ‘Bite Size’ presentation of the exhibition will take place on 6 September.