KARST events

A random seagull chick is featured in the No Soap Radio exhibition

Plymouth Art Weekender 2020 Events

No Soap Radio is a street photography collective created by a group of friends to share analogue photos of the oddities they encounter daily. The images have no consistent theme, planning, or any order at all: they are purely opportunistic. The thread that draws the group together is skateboarding in Plymouth but NSR looks beyond that to places and characters encountered along the way. This exhibition follows the completion of a 150-metre mural on the hoardings of Plymouth’s empty Civic Building by the Youth Committee of Prime Skatepark, Cattedown, which was curated by KARST’s Head of Creative Programme, Ben Borthwick. The exhibition runs 18-27 Sept (11:00-17:00) with a live event on Saturday 26 Sept (17:00-21:00) featuring a skate jam and DJ set. Get your Eventbrite tickets here. Social distancing measures are in force and unfortunately, KARST is not currently accessible by wheelchair because of building work.

If you attend this event, we ask you to observe our Covid-19 rules.


In the Future We Will

No New Worlds installation asks us to consider our past and future

A panel discussion with Ben Borthwick, KARST’s head of Creative Programming and Paula Orrell, coordinator, Visual arts South West which will use the framework provided by Speedwell – an ACE/Plymouth Culture commission made by artist’s collective Still/Moving in response to the complexity of commemorating the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. Challenging accepted histories, behaviours and knowledge systems offers the possibility in this moment to consider, design and activate ‘new’ forms of ‘worlding’

Sun, 27 September 2020, 10:00-11:00

If you attend this event, we ask you to observe our Covid-19 rules.

Book your Eventbrite tickets here



KARST gallery

Hire the KARST space for an evening

The KARST gallery space is available to hire for private or public art-related events.

With more than 7,000 sq. ft. of gallery area and good facilities, including easy parking nearby, it’s suitable for conferences, seminars or music gigs which relate to the KARST ethos of experimentation and testing.

Email details of your proposal to 


Selected Past Events

Dustin Ericksen

Dustin Ericksen & Damian Griffiths

Artist and performer Dustin Ericksen brings Light, observed to a close with his Finissage Event ‘The eye ain’t heard, the ear ain’t seen’. With banjo and synthesiser, Ericksen will create improvisational music.

The musical aspect of the performance will be interfered with by two outside elements. First, the photography and light of Damian Griffiths, will trigger changes in the synthesised sound. Simultaneously, Ericksen will attempt to give a didactic explanation of the electromagnetic spectrum, which includes the light we see, and other wavelengths, like x-rays and microwaves.

KARST Enso Sone event

Outlands Tour 6: Ensō Sone

An original audio-visual collaboration between Japanese psych band @qujaku_jpn and UK visual artists @impatv.

Developed during a residency in Japan in June 2019, this new production explores ideas of duality. Sound triggers light that in turn creates form via an amalgam of heavy, rhythmic ambience combined with visual projections, lighting and stage design. The resulting union will unfurl as an expansive spectacle to stimulate the senses. Special guests @group_a_band open each night of the tour with a spectacular new AV set.

Ensō – a circular symbol hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create. Sone – a unit of loudness; how loud a sound is perceived. Ensō Sone expresses a freedom to create loudness, which marks the starting point for this exciting new collaboration. Further ideas from Japanese Zen practice; of oneness, natural opposites and equilibrium, the spirit of harmonious cooperation, the visible and the invisible, absolute fullness in emptiness, simplicity, completeness, and endlessness are explored.