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.

Read more about KARST’s inclusivity policy.


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
Technical Coordinator: Paul Ager

Opening times

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

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


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

Getting here

Our gallery is tucked away in the heart of Stonehouse – within easy walking distance from public parking and many public transport links.

By Car

If you are travelling via car, Martin Street car park is a five minute walk from the gallery. Alternative parking is available at Brunel Way and Pavilions car parks, both a seven minute walk from us. We have limited onsite parking at KARS for disabled access 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 10-15 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 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 full 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.