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The future for ECP and farewell from me

Exeter Cultural Partnership (ECP) is about to enter an exciting new phase of development: Additional investment from new partners - and increased funding from existing ones - has been secured. This will come online in the coming weeks. More details about this will be shared in due course and a new role will be recruited for the new year.

In advance of this, an independent governance review of ECP is now underway conducted by consultants Emmie Kell and Ceri Gorton.…


Added by Martin Thomas on September 28, 2017 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

Lost Weekend: 6 - 8 October 2017

The Lost Weekend takes place in Exeter over the first weekend on October. Lost Weekend is a festival of music, art, tech, film and ideas, with events taking place in venues around the city. For more information visit the website: www.lostweekend.co.uk. The programme is here:…


Added by Martin Thomas on September 8, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Heritage Open Days: across Exeter 7 - 10 September

The national Heritage Open Days programme is in its 23rd year and runs from 7 to 10 September. Heritage Open Days celebrates the country's architecture and culture. A diverse range of organisations in and around Exeter are participating this year - including Exeter City FC, the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, Dissenter's Graveyard, Devon Wildlife Trust and the Underground Passages. The national programme is managed by the…


Added by Martin Thomas on September 4, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Exeter Public Art: Commissioning Guidance 2017

Earlier this year Exeter Cultural Partnership commissioned Diana Hatton Consultancy to revisit the earlier public art commissioning guidance which Diana prepared for Exeter City Council in 2003. 

Diana consulted a range of organisations and individuals in Exeter.  She reviewed and updated the guidance to take into consideration recent good practice, changes in local government and the cultural sector, and developments in the city.  The result is a refresh of the Exeter Public Art…


Added by Martin Thomas on August 15, 2017 at 14:30 — No Comments

National Trust/Trust New Art - 'Castle Drogo - Changing Times'

The following is a message and opportunity from the National Trust team at Castle Drogo:

'Castle Drogo wishes to appoint a socially engaged creative practitioner to work with them in 2017-2018 during the final phase of a major building conservation project. This is an opportunity to be part of a unique and ambitious project culminating in the creation of new work for display from March 2018. We want to work collaboratively to help us develop the next stage of our…


Added by Martin Thomas on July 25, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Creative Health - report published by the All-Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health & Wellbeing

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing has recently been published. In case anyone has missed this, it presents the findings of two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists, arts administrators, academics, local government, ministers, policy-makers and parliamentarians from both Houses of Parliament. 

The report can be found here…


Added by Martin Thomas on July 24, 2017 at 10:44 — No Comments

Review of Governance of ECP - brief for tenders

As mentioned in my earlier posting, Exeter Cultural Partnership (ECP) is issuing a brief and inviting tenders by 5pm, Friday 11 August 2017. The document below outlines the work and fee, and provides contact information for any queries.

ECP Review of Governance…


Added by Martin Thomas on July 24, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Update on the future for Exeter Cultural Partnership

Dear Exeter Cultural Partnership members,

The following is an update on current developments and plans for the future of the partnership.  Jay Milling, Chair of ECP since 2014 has stepped down and everyone in Exeter Cultural Partnership will want to extend their appreciation to Jay for all his hard work over the last few years. On a personal note, I also want to express how Jay has been very supportive and how much I have enjoyed working with him.

I am pleased to let you know…


Added by Martin Thomas on July 19, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

Exeter City Council Arts & Events Review - comments invited

Message from Exter City Council regarding proposals for City Council Arts & Events.

The following is a message from Victoria Hatfield, Economy & Enterprise Manager, inviting comment from ECP members:

Val Wilson, Exeter City Council's City Arts & Events Manager is retiring at the end of March 2018, which will be a great loss to the City Council and especially Exeter. Over the previous couple of years Val has managed and delivered two…


Added by Martin Thomas on July 18, 2017 at 9:00 — 8 Comments

Arts Council England National portfolio for 2018-22 - investing in Exeter

Arts Council England has announced investment through its National Portfolio for 2018-22. This includes 8 arts and cultural organisations based in Exeter that will together receive over £6.3 million in funding over four years. The 8 organisations are Arts & Health South West, Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter Phoenix, Kaleider, Libraries Unlimited, Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) and Theatre Alibi.

Major changes…


Added by Martin Thomas on June 27, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

'Lost Weekend' - a message from Jocelyn Spencer Mills inviting participation

News about a new festival from Jocelyn Spencer Mills, at Kaleider:

'There is a new festival for Exeter – to celebrate the city being home to world-leading technologists and scientists, as well as artists, musicians and thinkers. The Met Office Informatics Lab first brought the festival idea to the table and they were inspired in part by SXSW in Austin.  This first ‘beta’ festival is 6 – 8 October 2017 and will take place all over the city…


Added by Martin Thomas on June 1, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Intern Opportunity - 'Pathways to Art, Culture & Heritage' programme

The University of Exeter is advertising an immediate opportunity for Heritage organisations to host a UoE student on a week-long internship between 26/6/17 and 30/6/2017. This is part of the 'Pathways to Art, Culture & Heritage' programme delivered in conjunction with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.

The intern could help you with a short term project in one of the follow areas:…


Added by Martin Thomas on May 24, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

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…


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…


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…

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…


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:



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…


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.…

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…


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


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