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Cygnet Theatre calls for memories of the Royal Clarence

Cygnet Theatre is calling for people who have stories or memories of the Royal Clarence Hotel to come along to an event they are holding over the weekend 20/21 May, at St Martins Church, Cathedral Green.  

If you can't make the event in May, you can email info@cygnettheatre.co.uk (Subject 'Fire at The Clarence')

Telephone: 01392 277189

Write to: Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ

More information can be found on the press release from Cygnet…

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Added by Martin Thomas on April 27, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Cultural Hustings at the Boat Shed, Monday 10 April

Come to the Cultural Hustings at the Boat Shed on the Quay - Monday 10 April at 7pm.  This is a chance for citizens to hear from candidates running for Devon County Council - Yvonne Atkinson (Labour Party), Andrew…

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Added by Martin Thomas on March 31, 2017 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Needs assessment for new Exeter entertainment venue gets underway

Work has commenced on a needs assessment for a new entertainment venue in Exeter.  As reported previously by local media, and mentioned here, Exeter City Council and partners have been consulting on this issue.  This involved the City Council setting up a New Entertainment Venue Advisory Group and undertaking an open tender over the winter for external advisors to complete the assessment work. The council has appointed the…
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Added by Martin Thomas on March 30, 2017 at 16:12 — No Comments

Latest news from Exeter Cultural Partnership

Thank you to everyone who responded to the surveys about Creative Apprenticeships and the culture sector in Exeter. As mentioned in the last update on 1 March, Exeter Cultural Partnership is working with Exeter & Heart of Devon Employment & Skills Board (EHOD ESB), Exeter City Council and Exeter College to consider how best to support those culture sector organisations who may want to offer opportunities for…

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Added by Martin Thomas on March 29, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

News about Women Of the World Festival in Exeter

On International Women's Day 2017 it's appropriate that Women of the World has issued advance press information.

Preparation is now underway for 'WOW - Women of the World Exeter'.   It takes place in the city from 13-15 October in partnership with Southbank Centre in London.

In planning for WOW, Exeter coordinators Debbie Bucella and Chloe Whipple are organising open events - 'ThinkIns'. These take place in April as below:

Monday…

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Added by Martin Thomas on March 8, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

This Summer The Boat Shed Comes Alive

This summer, for sixteen weeks, the old maritime museum will spring into life. Filled with theatre, visual art, live music, comedy, cocktails, ice-cream and the best mini golf course this side of Marsh Barton, The Boat Shed is issuing an open invitation to the people of Exeter to get a taste of what the future of this building could be like.

For more details click this link: The Boat…

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Added by Martin Thomas on March 2, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Celebrating the life of Paul Bull

Councillor Paul Bull's recent death will be marked with a special event later this month. The celebration, at 1pm on Friday March 17th at Exeter Cathedral is an open invitation for people to come together to reflect on the many ways in which Paul made a positive contribution. Attendees are encouraged to wear bright clothing – especially red.…
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Added by Martin Thomas on March 1, 2017 at 10:44 — No Comments

Spring update from Exeter Cultural Partnership

It’s the first of March. According to the Met Office that makes it meteorological spring...so an update is called for. A lot has been happening. Just a few things to keep an eye out for...

Creative Apprenticeships and the cultural sector: As mentioned in a previous blog, work is under way to support the culture sector’s engagement with the new national programme of Apprenticeships.  Exeter & Heart of Devon Employment & Skills Board (EHOD ESB), the City…

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Added by Martin Thomas on March 1, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Pathways to art, culture and heritage - closing 2 March

The 'Pathways to art, culture and heritage' programme has been promoted via the University and others. In case anyone missed it, this is a reminder that the closing date is 2 March. The Pathways opportunity is a partnership between the University of Exeter and RAMM; it involves a 4 day training course followed by a paid week long internship. The programme will bring together local creative small / medium sized enterprises…

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Added by Martin Thomas on February 27, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Councillor Paul Bull

It is with great sadness we note the passing of Exeter City Council’s lead for Communities and Culture, Cllr Paul Bull, who died on Sunday 19 February.  Paul was passionate about Exeter, serving his community as an elected member and was always friendly and warm to people, whether old friends or new acquaintances.  In addition to Paul's hard work for the City Council, he was an award-winning sound designer and engineer who had worked nationally and…

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Added by Martin Thomas on February 20, 2017 at 20:06 — No Comments

University of Exeter invitation - 'How Should We Do Culture Together?' February 28th, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Exeter Corn Exchange

The University of Exeter is refreshing its approach to arts & culture and has issued a public invitation to an Open Space event. 

Where and when: 28 February from 9:30am - 4:30pm, Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW

The University of Exeter is refreshing its approach to Arts & Culture. Its research, impact and educational activities engage with people in many different ways; through its internal and…

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Added by Martin Thomas on February 15, 2017 at 11:00 — 4 Comments

Culture and Creative futures - Exeter Apprenticeships Survey

Exeter City CouncilExeter CollegeExeter Cultural Partnership and Exeter & Heart of Devon Employment & Skills Board are working together to improve the learning and career opportunities for the Cultural and Creative sector in and around Exeter, in particular to connect potential apprentices with…

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Added by Martin Thomas on February 3, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Exeter Season Launch Party at Cathedral, 7pm on 26 January

An open invitation to celebrate a new season of cultural events in Exeter

Thursday 26 January, 7pm at Exeter Cathedral

Exeter’s cultural venues will celebrate a new season of events at a launch party…

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Added by Martin Thomas on January 19, 2017 at 15:44 — No Comments

Exeter City Council Portfolio Changes

Following changes to Exeter City Council portfolios last week, Councillor Rosie Denham has asked that I share this round to ECP:

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Message from Councillor Rosie Denham

Dear Exeter Cultural Partnership members,

I wanted to let you know about some changes at Exeter City Council. Due to an increasing workload across a number of key strands of my Portfolio, Councillor Paul…

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Added by Martin Thomas on January 17, 2017 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

Study to look at whether Exeter needs new entertainment venue

Work to assess whether Exeter needs a new entertainment venue in the city is about to begin.
Exeter City Council is inviting external advisers to carry out a needs assessment for a new 1,000 minimum capacity venue. The Council currently runs the Exeter Corn Exchange, which has a capacity of 500. However, leases on the Corn Exchange…
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Added by Martin Thomas on January 17, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

Clore Open Event on 1 February at Bike Shed Theatre

Thinking of applying for a Clore Leadership Fellowship? Or interested in leadership in the cultural sector?  On Wednesday 1st February at 5.30pm, Clore Fellows Ciara Eastell, Anna Matthews, Sally Lai, Sue Smith and David Lockwood will be hosting an Clore Open Event at The Bike Shed Theatre.
 
They will be joined by Petia Tzanova, Communications Director at the Clore Leadership Programme, to…
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Added by Martin Thomas on January 12, 2017 at 17:26 — No Comments

Forthcoming events early 2017

Several events are taking place in the coming weeks which may be of interest to members of the Ning group.  The following are just a few.  For those using twitter you may have seen tweets about these already @ExeterCultural:

Tuesday 31 January, 6.30pm: Tackling Inactivity in Devon: Hosted by Active Devon at Haven Banks, this is aimed at people who want to get inactive people motivated to be more active.  More details and costs from Active…

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Added by Martin Thomas on January 10, 2017 at 15:36 — No Comments

Apprenticeships and careers - documents available

Following recent meetings with Exeter City Council, Exeter College and the Exeter & Heart of Devon Employment & Skills Board (EHOD ESB) and cultural organisations, two files have been uploaded to the ECP website document library.

These are the government advice on the renewed Apprenticeships scheme (launching in 2017) and a summary of a survey conducted by EHOD ESB at the recent 'Creative Futures' event at Exeter College. Discussions…

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Added by Martin Thomas on December 9, 2016 at 8:30 — No Comments

Exeter Cultural Partnership - One Year On

I felt it was timely to send a short summary as it is one year to the day since I was appointed to this role with Exeter Cultural Partnership.  

ECP Summary 1 December 2016.pdf

Thank you to everyone who has helped me do the work I've been doing.  This note can only scratch the surface,…

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Added by Martin Thomas on December 1, 2016 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Survey Into The Civic Role of Arts Organisations

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (CGF) is supporting a national inquiry into the civic role of the arts. This inquiry covers the following questions and themes - 

  • What do we mean by the civic role of arts and cultural organisations?
  • What is the history of this activity in the UK?
  • What activities does the civic role encompass?
  • What initiatives have been developed to support and encourage arts organisations to develop their civic…
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Added by Martin Thomas on November 8, 2016 at 16:43 — No Comments

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