Brigid Howarth, theme lead
Creative Placeshaping and the Arts
The South West has a history of producing world-class artists and cultural organisations, with strengths in theatre-making, visual arts, designer makers and vibrant cultural tourism. Programmes of art and culture in the region range from large-scale outdoor festivals to small neighbourhood projects, from trail-blazing performance, cutting-edge producers and contemporary galleries with international reputations, to those working with their local communities or behind the scenes to develop the talent of the future.
Across our campuses we have a dynamic portfolio of research that is co-created with artists and academics. Our research demonstrates that the arts increasingly contribute to innovative methods and models of working that hold space for multi-disciplinary collaborations with health, science and politics. Collaborations with artists and cultural organisations create opportunities for our research to respond to these challenges and have wide-reaching social and economic impact.
Our work includes:
- Developing our portfolio of Arts and Health research collaborations including a performance approach to tackle anorexia; and using theatre to increase public understanding of epilepsy;
- New approaches to evaluation processes and models for the arts sector;
- Contributing to the development of the university’s refreshed Arts & Culture Strategy with a focus on links with the creative economy and resilient partnerships.
Our collaborators include the Charles Causley Trust, Northcott Theatre, Common Ground, Blind Ditch, Red Cape Theatre Company, Tate, Crafts Council, Devon Guild of Crafts and National Theatre. The University of Exeter also collaborates extensively with creative studios and organisations in Exeter, including Kaleider Studio, Exeter Phoenix and The Bike Shed Theatre.