Exeter Culture is supported by key stakeholder partners: University of Exeter, Arts Council England, Exeter City Council, InExeter (the city’s business improvement district) and Exeter College. This unique collaboration and investment presents a step change in Exeter Culture’s development, and demonstrates the value of art and culture to all sectors in Exeter


Exeter Culture is hosted within the Culture Theme in the Innovation, Impact & Business Directorate, which works across the research and education landscape. The Directorate’s expertise is in developing impact, connecting partners, creating opportunities for collaboration, and generating value.

Exeter is a great place to study and work – and culture is integral to the city. We are proud to support Exeter Culture and its ambitions to attract and retain creative talent and embed arts and culture in all aspects of the city’s life.
— Brigid Howarth, Culture Theme Lead, IIB

The South West is home to 102 National Portfolio Organisations, and between 2018-22 they will receive a combined investment of more than £109 million. The Arts Council also invests in artists, creative practitioners, and arts and cultural organisations through its Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants and body of Development funds.

Exeter College provides tertiary education for around 10,000-12,000 students. The college was established in 1970 as the first tertiary college in the UK, bringing together the former grammar schools' sixth forms and Exeter Technical College. In February 2016, the College launched Exeter School of Art in the Faculty of Art and Design. Sited in Queen Street, very close to where the original Art School was established in 1854, Exeter College is working with Higher Education and Foundation Diploma students to bring Exeter School of Art back to the cultural heart of the city.

Exeter College recognises the important role that education plays in cultural development and is proud to support Exeter Culture to ensure that our city thrives in the arts and creative industries.
— Rob Bosworth, Exeter College

InExeter, the city’s business improvement district, represents more than 550 individual businesses in the city centre, including shops, bars, restaurants, cafés, entertainment and services in the city centre.  InExeter hosts some of the city’s most high-profile events including the Christmas Light Switch On and Style InExeter, and supports many more, including the Fore Street Flea, Gandy Street Summer Fete and Countdown to Christmas, and the Cathedral Christmas markets.  InExeter has brought more colour to Exeter’s centre with city dressing such as Chinese lanterns and the spring umbrella installation, hanging baskets, bunting, brightly coloured flags and an installation by local artist Aylwyn Bowen across the Queen Street railway bridge, making the city a more inviting place for residents and visitors.  The group funds the city’s Welcome Team, who are on hand to help shoppers and tourist make the most of their time in the city.

A vibrant programme of arts and culture brings the city centre to life and gives residents and visitors the best and most impactful experience. This is vital to Exeter’s continued success: we are proud to support Exeter Culture.
— Ann Hunter, InExeter manager

Exeter City Council offers a variety of arts funding; see the Resources page for more information.

Exeter City Council is proud to support Exeter Culture as they galvanise the cultural community and enrich the lives of residents and visitors. We believe in the exciting and tangible outcomes they will help bring to the city