Exeter is getting ready for a stroke of genius and a brush with greatness as one of the city’s biggest events of the year draws ever closer.
Art Week Exeter is a week-long festival showcasing not only the best that the region has to offer, but also displaying the critically-acclaimed work of some of the world’s leading artists.
It is back, bigger and better than ever, for a third year, after going from strength-to-strength following the inaugural event in 2016 and the highly-successful follow up 12 months later.
Organisers are once again busy working tirelessly in the background in partnership with a host of creatives, producers, businesses, venues and local government. They are on a mission to put together an awe-inspiring seven days filled with free exhibitions, events, lectures, workshops, street art, open studios and installations in iconic Exeter buildings.
This year’s eagerly-anticipated splash of colour arrives on May 22nd and runs until May 28th across the city. If you are a student in Exeter and have relatives visiting, rest assured there is plenty to appeal to people of all ages. It is very much a family-friendly affair, and the younger delegates may just grow up to be the next Lowry or Picasso!
Who does it appeal to?
This is a chance for students living in Exeter as well as those who live and work in the city to broaden their horizons and immerse themselves in what promises to be the most innovative, eye-catching and thought-provoking festival to date.
Whether you are a lifelong art lover or a complete novice in this field, it matters not. The vast array of diverse work will be revealed to the people of Exeter at the end of May will appeal to a range of tastes.
And chances are, if you aren’t an art fan at the start of the event, you will be a firm follower by the end of it! Many a ‘culture vulture’ has been converted to this new hobby later in life, having never previously had the time or inclination to check out what the art world had to offer them.
Conversely, if you are already passionate about art or studying the subject at university, you can still expect to be captivated by new ideas, methods and processes, from which you can take inspiration.
Organisers are still putting the finishing touches to the full schedule, so here is just a small taste of what Art Week Exeter has in store for the 2018 festival:
The AWEsome Art Space
Paris Street, Exeter
A brand-new feature for this year, Art Week Exeter has joined forces with Princesshay to host events, workshops and exhibitions in an unused shop unit on Paris Street, in the heart of the city.
Visitors can expect a delightfully-eclectic range of work that is billed as a ‘Left Bank’ ambience. Artists have been showing off and selling their work in the run-up to the main event and have been invited to exhibit in the AWEsome Art Space.
Contemplations at St Martin’s Church
St Martin’s Church, Cathedral Close
A centrepiece by celebrated local artist Peter Randall Page will take centre stage to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy.
Peter has a devoted fan base which grew in Exeter and Devon and took on a life of its own further afield when his reputation grew.
The Art Car Boot Sale
Revellers will be given the opportunity to purchase affordable art in a friendly family setting or, if they prefer, simply have a stroll around and soak up the culture that can be found around every corner!
Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements from the Art Week Exeter team in the coming days and weeks by visiting artweekexeter.org.uk
In the meantime, organisers have revealed that new volunteers are welcome to join the team and play a significant role in making the event a success story again this year.
No prior expert knowledge of art is required – simply a can-do attitude and a bit of available time before and during the festival. Specifically, they need help with sculptural installations, hanging art shows, handing out drinks and flyers, stewarding exhibitions, and chatting to visitors.