…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.

Our aims:

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 Cultural Strategy.

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Exeter's first Place-based Cultural Strategy

After months of consultations, conversations and stakeholder engagement across the city, Exeter’s first Place-based Cultural Strategy is now published. The Strategy is co-owned by Exeter City Council, ensuring that culture is embedded in the plans that will shape the city in the future. Culture is one of the five priorities in the City Council’s five-year strategic plan, acknowledging it as a significant contributor to the city’s prosperity and growth.

The Strategy was commissioned by Exeter Culture in partnership with Exeter City Council, University of Exeter, InExeter (Business Improvement District), Exeter College and supported by Arts Council England. It was developed by Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy, a leading international consultancy for the creative economy that offers strategy and policy leadership across the creative, cultural and arts sectors.


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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.

If you’d like to start a conversation, get in touch.


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