The art collections at The Box include more than 15,000 works of art and represent 700 years of creativity and making from the 1400s to the present day. The South West has a rich creative heritage. This is reflected with works by local artists such as Sir Joshua Reynolds and Benjamin Robert Haydon. An ever-growing collection of contemporary art aims to place current societal issues in dialogue with historical ones, including works by Kehinde Wiley, Keith Harrison and Quinlan & Hastings.


Art Unlocked is an online talk series by Art UK in collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies. This Curation is based on a talk by Emma Philip, Senior Curator at The Box, on 24th November 2021. You can find a recording at: https://youtu.be/IpRCVP9GIt4

5 artworks
A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach
Image credit: The Box, Plymouth

A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach 1885

Stanhope Alexander Forbes (1857–1947)

Oil on canvas

H 118.5 x W 154 cm

The Box, Plymouth

Hoe Garden Nursery 1955

Stanley Spencer (1891–1959)

Oil on canvas

H 67.6 x W 108.4 cm

The Box, Plymouth

Bowlers off the Hoe
© the artist's estate. Image credit: The Box, Plymouth

Bowlers off the Hoe

Beryl Cook (1926–2008)

Oil on roller blind

H 158 x W 85 cm

The Box, Plymouth

Charles Rogers (1711–1784), FRS, FSA
Image credit: The Box, Plymouth

Charles Rogers (1711–1784), FRS, FSA

Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792)

Oil on canvas

H 73 x W 59 cm

The Box, Plymouth

To Tell Them There It's Got To
© Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and Corvi-Mora, London. Image credit: the artist

To Tell Them There It's Got To 2013

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (b.1977)

Oil on canvas

H 60 x W 55 cm

The Box, Plymouth