Are you ready for Art Week Exeter?

The city’s art festival is returning for its third blast from 22 – 28 May. Throughout the week, various venues in the city centre will play host to a vast range of events, exhibitions, talks and workshops to celebrate art in Exeter.

Here are a few events taking place at a selection of InExeter’s venues to look out for:


AWE gave a shout-out to artists, students and creative people in the city, in a bid to fill our visual landscape with art. At a time when advertising shouts at us and everything seems to be vying for our attention, it’s good to find a space that isn’t trying to sell you something, but transport you to a different place. Keep your eyes peeled for wonderful artwork in public places around the city.


Contributors of Magic Carpet, a local charity helping people gain self-confidence and well-being through participating in the creative arts, have decided to help their art escape the studio! All of the Exeter and Honiton groups have been making multi-media forays into the world of fashion and you can grab your own individual, affordable piece of the action.

Visit the AWEsome Art Space at 27 Paris Street throughout the week to check them out.


Two large cabinets in the library’s foyer and three upstairs in the reading room will display pieces by regional artists who are responding to the material, activity, environment and contents of the library itself.

Exeter Library will host a discussion event: ‘The Art of War’. Internationally renowned artists kennardphillipps (Peter Kennard and Cat Phillipps) will present recent work followed by a discussion around contemporary politics and cultural production.

This event will take place on Friday 25 May. Free booking required.


Gandy Street’s much-loved chocolate house, Chococo, will feature a special collection of ceramics created by artists at CEDA with professional ceramicist Emily Parr. Pop in to enjoy hand-crafted chocolates and a cuppa whilst admiring these wonderful pieces anytime during the Festival.

The RAMM will also host a ceramics display created by CEDA, which is inspired by the museum’s objects.

This event will take place on 24, 25 & 26 May, and is one of several events taking place at the RAMM throughout the festival.


The former entrance to Exeter’s underground passages (located in the covered walkway between Boots and Halifax) will display works of three artists in a basement room:

  1. Beth Luxton – Beth combines photographic screen printing and painting to create vibrant monochromatic work.
  2. Joy Anderson – In her latest work on perspex, Joy is interested in ‘excavating’ or carving out solid painterly shapes.
  3. Land Matters: After Process – Laurie Reynolds is an artist who works with camera and landscape with a focus on the process of collaboration with the materials that comprise the landscape.

These are available to view all throughout Art Week Exeter.


Queen Street’s Boston Tea Party will host an exhibition of collaged photographs by artist Stuart Crewes. These are illustrations taken from the Architect Walker by Writes & Sites – the south west’s foremost practitioners of the dérive. Exhibition includes a limited-edition RISO print.

These are available to view all throughout Art Week Exeter.


Visit Exeter Phoenix off Gandy Street to browse affordable prints, plus get the chance to look round the Double Elephant studio. There will also be the opportunity to have a go, with printmakers on hand to help print posters and tote bags.

This event takes place on 25, 26 & 27 May, and is one of several events taking place at Exeter Phoenix throughout the festival.


A panel of scientists, academics and artists (including Longlpayer artist Jem Finer) meet to consider creative responses to space, time, climate and geology: matters with a scale greater than human lifetime…

This discussion will take place on 23 May at St Martin’s Church, Cathedral Close. This is just one of several events taking place at St Martin’s Church during Art Week Exeter.


In a discussion at the RAMM, Dr Tristan Hunt, director at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, talks about founding commitment to art, education and industry continues to define the museum today. He also examines, in a time of Brexit, Netflix and artificial intelligence, the challenges and opportunities that museums face.

This event will take place on 22 May.

To find out more about what’s happening more widely across the city, pop into the AWEsome Art Space at 27 Paris Street at any point leading up to and during the week to grab a guide or visit the website, here:

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