David Batchelor, Festival, 2006. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. © the artist.

David Batchelor, Festival, 2006. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. © the artist.

The Levinsky Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA

10am to 5pm Monday to Friday
11am to 4pm Saturday


A Select exhibition supported with loans from the Arts Council Collection 

This is a partnership exhibition delivered by The Arts Institute and The Box, Plymouth

As we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the world famous Royal Academy in London (RA 250), ‘Great Artists | Great Teachers’ brings together the work of some of the most significant artists/teachers from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Selected as important artists in their own right, each are also recognised as influential art teachers, helping to shape the direction of art education and inspiring the next generation.

Featured artists include Phyllida Barlow, David Batchelor, Anthony Caro, Michael Craig-Martin, Richard Hamilton, Lubaina Himid, Janice Kerbel, Rosalind Nashashibi, Wendy Pasmore, Victor Pasmore, Carl Plackman, Bob and Roberta Smith, Jon Thompson and Richard Wentworth.

The exhibition’s starting point is the influence of Plympton-born Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-92), founding President of the Royal Academy. See a series of extracts from his ‘Discourses’, some of the earliest formal lessons on art, drawn from the city’s permanent collections.

As part of RA 250 we are also supporting Saltram House’s ‘Fame and Friendship – Kauffman and Reynolds at Saltram’ exhibition (on display until 30 September), and the work of the Plympton Civic Society.

This exhibition has been supported with loans from the Arts Council Collection. Founded in 1946, the Arts Council Collection is a national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art. Operating as a ‘museum without walls’, the Collection includes important examples of the UK’s prominent artists acquired at an early stage of their careers. For more information visit the website.

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Related events

We have a fantastic series of events programmed to take place while ‘Great Artists | Great Teachers’ is on display including lectures, Bite Size talks and family activities. Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy will also give the inaugural ‘Reynolds Lecture’ on 27 September.

Find out more about all our RA250 events here.