…everyone in Exeter who cares about arts and culture came together to make things happen? Exeter Culture believes that creative activity happens through conversation and collaboration. That by joining existing ideas together in new ways and finding different solutions to the same old challenges, we can make the 'what if..?' ambitions a reality.
Exeter is a city with a rich cultural history and an exciting cultural future. Success lies in recognising our unique strengths and inheritances, and growing them into new possibilities provided by a shared vision, technological developments and thinking outside the box.
By working together, we will increase opportunities for arts and cultural practitioners and producers to create distinctive work, and ensure it reaches a diverse audience.
We want to attract and retain creative talent. Exeter Culture will contribute to a rich and growing creative ecosystem - learning to carry our city forward together, by sharing our ideas and skills across art forms and disciplines.
Exeter Culture is international and diverse in outlook. We will grow and support investment in arts and heritage through knowledge exchange, targeted interventions and advocacy.
We aim to embed arts and culture in all aspects of life, by ensuring they are integrated within the city’s broader strategic planning through the implementation of a new place-based Arts & Cultural Strategy.
Creating Exeter's Arts & Cultural Strategy
A key priority for Exeter Culture is the commissioning of the first Place-based Arts & Cultural Strategy for the city. Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been commissioned to produce the new Strategy. TFCC has an international reputation for delivering strategy and policy leadership across the creative, cultural and arts sectors. With a portfolio spanning over 80 countries, 200 cities and countless institutions and creative details, TFCC’s technical expertise and strategic thinking helps position culture and creativity at the heart of society.
Taking the Mic
Taking the Mic is an open-access spoken word event held monthly at Exeter Phoenix. Providing a meeting point for the spoken word community, it has strong links with similar events across the South West. We spoke to its organiser and host, poet Tim King…
[Image: Chris White, winner of the 2018 Exeter Poetry Slam]
Making the connections that turn ambitions into reality.
Exeter Culture brings together everyone who cares about arts and culture in the city. Our small core team works hard to forge and nurture connections, initiate and facilitate conversations, and encourage and enable co-creation.
Supported by a new collaboration between stakeholders University of Exeter, Exeter City Council, InExeter (the city’s business improvement district) and Exeter College, as well as funding from Arts Council England, Exeter Culture is here to improve the resilience and ambition of Exeter’s arts and cultural sector by creating new local, national and international connections that define the city’s future.
Together with the city’s creative practitioners and cultural organisations, we will shape a vibrant, creative and culturally rich quality of life for those who live in, work in and visit Exeter.