Art, music and culture on campus
Arts and culture is an important part of life at Exeter - there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the arts without stepping off campus. Our Arts and Culture Exeter website lists forthcoming events plus information about supporting us, visiting us and our facilities.
On the Streatham Campus, the Forum provides both formal and informal performance spaces, from the 400-seat auditorium to the open-air Piazza and the pedestrianised street all offering new opportunities for performance, art, film and literature for student societies and major events.
Fine art and sculpture
The University has almost 1000 important and diverse artworks worth over £2 million - exhibitions are held on campus regularly. Recent exhibitions have featured work by prominent artists such as Lucian Freud and Bridget Riley. The Forum at the heart of the Streatham Campus will also have its own version of the Fourth Plinth, known as ‘the Forum Plinth’ - a space available for temporary art commissions.
Barbara Hepworth’s much loved sculpture, Figure, which used to reside in the Northcott Theatre, is now sited in the new University reception for the enjoyment of all visitors to the Streatham Campus. An architectural glass art work by internationally renowned artist Alexander Beleschenko forms the artistic centrepiece of the Forum building, and a felled lime tree that originally stood by the Library, on the corner of Stocker Road, has been turned into a tree seat sculpture by tree surgeon and artist Nigel Ross.
The University’s sculpture walk, which includes works by Barbara Hepworth, is a great way to see the Streatham Campus – there are 25 sculptures set both in the open and in University buildings. View our sculpture collection.
The student art studio is located in the basement of Queen’s Building near the west wing office. Queen’s Gallery is located next to Queen’s café on the Ground floor.
Music at Exeter
The musical life of Exeter is dynamic and varied, including everything from Open Mic nights in the bar to a full-size classical Symphony Orchestra. If you sing or play an instrument, there are plenty of performance opportunities through the student music societies, ranging from Jazz, Folk and Concert Band, through Change Ringing and World Music, to large ensembles such as the University Orchestra, Choral Society and Musicals.
The Exeter University Symphony Orchestra is open to all members of the University and performs three concerts a year, occurring towards the end of each term.
The University provides the venue for dozens of gigs organised by the Students’ Guild as well as hosting classical concerts by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra who perform throughout the year. Distinguished chamber groups and soloists also visit regularly. Find out about Music events on campus.
Art and music lectures
The Streatham Campus is home to the Exeter Northcott, Exeter’s professional repertory theatre. The Theatre hosts productions by touring companies and amateur societies, including the University’s Footlights Society, the Exeter Theatre Company and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture
The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture contains both a public museum and an academic research centre, housing one of Britain's largest public collections of books, prints, artefacts and ephemera relating to the history and prehistory of cinema.
The Centre was founded in commemoration of film maker Bill Douglas, one of the British cinema's most innovative auteurs. At the heart of the Centre is the remarkable Bill Douglas and Peter Jewell Collection of approximately 50,000 items.
Providing a research collection of international stature, the Centre illustrates the development of optical recreation and popular entertainment from the late 18th century to Classical Hollywood and the present day. Complementing the University's existing extensive resources for the study of popular culture, the Collection's 18,000 books give Exeter the country's largest University library on cinema.
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