Exhibition Launch

The snow did not deter the many who came to our exhibition launch last Sunday. We had a full house to enjoy the poetry of James Turner, the music of Ric White, tea, cake, conversation and not least the artwork of Gareth Williams and Gordon Hill in our new gallery. The exhibitions continue until April 15th by appointment, phone us first to arrange to view.

New Gallery Exhibitions

Our new gallery space, featuring work from Gareth Williams and Gordon Hill is now open! The exhibitions run until April 15th – please phone first (01392 256206). We look forward to seeing you.


We’re pleased to announce the launch of our new gallery space with a guest exhibition from Illustrator Gareth Williams. Our hopes for the new space are to keep it small but intense, showing only black and white illustrations, sketches and photographs; we felt Gareth’s avian illustrations were a great way to kick things off!

Gareth Williams – Black Throated Diver

Illustrator and artist Gareth Williams grew up in Gloucestershire (near Slimbridge wildfowl trust), studied Illustration at the University of Hereford and for the past 10 years has called Exmouth home. He splits his time between making his art and working for the RSPB at Darts Farm. His art has been shown in central London at the Mall Galleries, you can also see his work on Exeter city’s own Exeter Pound where he has designed both images for the 20 pound note.

Gareth says “bird watching and drawing have been the constant in my life, it’s something i’ve always done. I’ve really enjoyed putting together this new body of work and I hope people viewing my work will find it interesting and enjoyable”.

Also Showing – Gordon Hill

As a taster to an upcoming exhibition at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, Conversations in Colour, which features the work, done here, of Budding Friends, an Age UK Exeter project for those with Alzheimer’s and their carers.
Gordon with his skill and pleasure in using colour demonstrates how within this disease something so positive, bright and active can be produced.



A Mischief of Magpies – An Evening Performance

To co-incide with our avian theme: Thursday 12th April – 7pm

£5 entry, proceeds to Age UK Exeter’s Budding Friends Project

Don’t forget to bring a picnic for the interval!

A Beginner’s Guide to Birds through the Seasons draws on the rich traditions of birds in songs and in folklore. A Mischief of Magpies will be mixing old and new ballads, and ancient songs with new arrangements, offered on some extraordinary instruments and interwoven with spoken words and ornithological poetry. Together the Magpies will weave a nest of bright, shiny and surprising things which happen to have caught their eyes and ears.

A Mischief of Magpies is a collaboration between multi-musicians Nick Peed and Philip Robinson of “A Bold Set of Ruffians” (amongst many other bands), and Pippa Marriott, writer, reader and twitcher.

Conversations in Colour

Our Age UK Budding Friends, gathering each week at Studio 36, are busily and enthusiastically creating artwork for the Conversations in Colour exhibition to start at the Barnfield Theatre on 4th May.

As can be seen above, actual conversations within the group are turned into fabulous works of art created by all of the participants.

Further interest and enjoyment has been achieved through the involvement of Professor Michael Schillmeier of Exeter University’s Sociology & Philosophy department. He has been taking an ethnographic approach to help to understand and engage with the questions, issues and requirements of the Budding Friends’ everyday life.

Also happening and coming soon!

Art Week Exeter

We can also confirm that we will be taking part in Art Week Exeter 2018, 22-28 May, and Steven Bramble will be exhibiting alongside Veronica and Gordon. We are currently working towards a range of events during this week so make sure to look out for news regarding our openings.

Mind Out!

After the success of Patterns, we are soon to commence the planning and preparation of our next performance – Mind Out! This event will be as wide ranging as the cast and taking place in autumn. More information will be revealed as it unfolds!