KARST is an artist led contemporary art gallery and organisation based in Plymouth, currently co-directed by founder Carl Slater and Donna Howard. The gallery, whose previous life has had a variety of uses, has presented a core programme of exhibitions since 2012, ranging between solo and group shows, and regular shorter events and screenings. Parallel to the end of Union Street, a mile long road that leads from the central high street down to the fringes of a semi-vacant industrial estate, KARST pronounces the austere black façade and minimal logo reminiscent of a post-downtown LA garage, humming quietly next to the still-operational workshops, yet defiantly against the other permanently-vacant redevelopments; a familiar landscape and journey visiting many artist led spaces.
Whilst sited within the displaced or marginalised activities and businesses of the city, and being one of only a handful of contemporary art sites in the South West of its size to maintain a steady beacon of activity, KARST is becoming a bit of a haven to established artists or curators, ostensibly offering an opportunity to experiment within a young but biggish art gallery. Recent exhibitions have included works by Francis Alys, Maria Fusco and Martin Creed. John Russell had a solo exhibition last year, and internationally acclaimed curators such as Franz Thalmair and Lorenzo Bruni have produced projects in the gallery.