We create space for taking risks, where artists and curators can experiment, provoke, disrupt and innovate.
KARST was founded in 2012 by artists 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 most ambitious gallery in the South West with a reputation for being edgy, dynamic 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 a transformative power, and we play our part in shaping the cultural identity of our city. We will ensure we all hear the voices of underrepresented members of our society. Our passion is to help grow the individual and sector through inclusivity, inspiration, creativity, and experimentation. Our ambition is to be sustainable, to achieve rigorous quality, and to 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.
22 George Place
Plymouth, PL1 3NY
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, Alan Qualtrough
Executive Director: Donna Howard
Head of Creative Programme: Ben Borthwick
Head of Operations: Dawn Melville
Marketing & Communications Officer: Tilly Craig
Administrator: Molly McCarthy
Technical Coordinator: Paul Ager
Gallery open: Wed-Sat 11 am–5 pm (During exhibition times only or by appointment)
Admission is free
Office open: Tues–Fri 10 am–5 pm (by appointment)
KARST is located behind Union Street in Plymouth, a short walk from the city centre.
Our gallery is in the heart of Millbay – within easy walking distance from public parking and many public transport links.
If you are travelling via car, there is free street parking for up to three hours outside KARST.
Martin Street, Brunel Way and Pavilions car parks are all a five-minute walk from the gallery. We have limited onsite parking at KARST for Blue Badge holders only.
More parking is available around the city centre, for information visit the Plymouth City Council website at plymouth.gov.uk/parking, or plymouth.gov.uk/parkandride.
By public transport
KARST is within walking distance from Plymouth Train Station where direct services depart from London Paddington (taking 3-3.5 hours), Bristol, the Midlands, the North of England, Scotland and Cornwall.
The majority of local buses stop at Royal Parade, a 15-minute walk from KARST.
Plymouth Coach Station is located on Mayflower Street, a 20 minute walk away. National Express services run to London Victoria via Exeter and plenty of other UK destinations.
KARST gallery and facilities are wheelchair and buggy accessible. Visitors with guide and assistance dogs are welcome in the gallery.
We are committed to achieving AA standard under WCAG 2.1 guidelines and our website is built to the highest WCAG standards we can achieve.
Please contact the gallery if you have any accessibility or additional requirements.