Effervescent and Peninsula Arts warmly invite you to the private view of the inaugural Plymouth Young Contemporary Open (PYCO), a contemporary art event showcasing the incredible talent of local children and young people in Plymouth.

Following on from the success of the international Plymouth Contemporary Open, young people aged 4 – 30 were invited to submit work across all contemporary art genres including photography, installation, sculpture, performance, film, visual arts and more in response to the theme GROW.

The winning entries were selected by a judging panel made up of representatives from partner organisations across the city and will be announced at the preview.

These entries have been curated into a dual site show in the Peninsula Arts and Radiant galleries that will celebrate the creativity, skill, ideas and the developing aspirations and ambition of younger people in the city.


Friday 1 July 2016

16:30 – 18:00

Radiant Gallery, 12 Derry’s Cross, Plymouth

Including the announcement of prize winners in categories 4-7, 16-18 and 24-30 years

18:00 – 19:30

Peninsula Arts Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

Including the announcement of prize winners in categories 8-11, 12-15 and 19-23 years.


Children and families are welcome; entry is free.

Open to the public at both sites from 2 – 9 July, 2016.

RSVP: [email protected]



Plymouth Young Contemporary Open is a partnership between Peninsula ArtsPlymouth UniversityEffervescent and Radiant, with associated partners: KARST, Ocean Studios, Plymouth Arts Centre, The History Centre and Plymouth Culture.


For media inquiries and/or images, please contact Sally Bell, Communications Lead at Effervescent on 07787 168946 or [email protected]


Effervescent is a creative engagement lab based in Plymouth, UK.  We research how high quality art and cultural activity can catalyse lasting positive social change in people, places, and services.  We find out how much of a change can be created; and what factors, methods or new knowledge can make these changes bigger, better, faster or stronger.


Radiant Gallery is the only gallery space in the UK permanently curated by young people.  In November 2014 “I’m Beautiful Now” was ranked in the top three shows in the UK by Artist Newsletter, in between Tate Britain and Tate Liverpool.