The Creative Exchange Programme
The Creative Exchange Programme aims to facilitate collaboration between creative practitioners, the ESI and researchers on our Cornwall Campuses who share an interest in issues of environment and sustainability.
Through this programme we are seeking to develop the region’s creative industries, inspire research and stimulate opportunities for public engagement and collaborative learning.
We circulate a call for proposals for Creative Exchange collaborations bi-annually at the start of the academic year and again in late Spring. Details about calls will be made available on this page. For more information, please contact Caitlin DeSilvey, Joanie Willett and Claire English or for administrative support please contact the ESI admin team.
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2020
The ESI Creative Exchange Programme is now open for proposals for projects to take place in the 2020/21 academic year (September-May). This is a great opportunity for artists and creative practitioners to work with University of Exeter researchers to create a genuine intellectual and creative exchange around a collaboration that will benefit the work of both participants. We have small pots of money (up to £750) to help facilitate these collaborations and seed fund larger projects. If you have any questions or would like more information then please feel free to contact us. The deadline for proposals is Friday 28 February and we aim to notify all applicants of our decision by 1 April. The Creative Exchange is co-funded by the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) and the University of Exeter's Arts and Culture programme.
Current Collaboration Upcoming Collaborations
Hidden in Plain Sight
Exhibition running from 17 January - 21 February 2020 as part of our Underworlds series. Find out more about this project here.
From January-June 2020 the ESI Creative Exchange will host an extended programme of art-science collaborations on the topic of UNDERWORLDS. In a series of four projects, artists and researchers are exploring themes of the underground, the undersea, the hidden and the microscopic.
Image provided by Pete Ward
The ESI Creative Exchange programme is jointly funded by the ESI and the University of Exeter's Arts and Culture programme. The Arts and Culture team work across the colleges and campuses of the University of Exeter, and with creative partners around the South West region and beyond.
Artist talk followed by drinks reception Friday 27th September from 4pm. Exhibition 5th September – 11th October 2019.
Bram Thomas Arnold is an artist who started with walking and kept going, into performance, installation, drawing, academia, broadcasting and writing. Walking has become the foundation of his transdisciplinary practice, a practice that does not restrict itself to traditional notions, boundaries, mediums or modes of practice: it is an ecological form of practice that is simultaneously Conceptual in its methods and Romantic in its outcomes.
Dr Alison Harper (environmental textile artist) and Dr Sarah Chave (honorary researcher in the University of Exeter Graduate School of Education) are collaborating to explore the human use and abuse of the material world. Read more.
An interactive exhibition exploring how to live when sea levels rise by Creative Affiliate Natalia Eernstman.
The University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) hosted the Creative Exchange Programme’s ‘Melting Pot’ on 19 April 2018. The event brought together local creative practitioners to discuss and develop new collaborations with University of Exeter research staff. Details of future Melting Pot events will be posted here. Read more.
Dr Elze Hesse (evolutionary ecologist, ESI) and Fleur Winter (ceramic artist and teacher, Leach Pottery) have teamed up to test contaminated soils in ceramics. In particular, the project will test the impact of mine-degraded soils as additions in ceramic glazes and clay bodies. Read more.
The exhibition is a collaboration between the University’s Social Innovation Group, distinguished photojournalist Paddy Dowling, and local foodbanks. Reflecting on lived experiences of foodbank use, the images and stories illustrate the complex circumstances at play and the power of localised forms of care. Read more.
The Mathematician and the Artist featured Prof Stuart Townley’s landscape paintings that he reinterpreted digitally. By viewing these paintings as models we use to represent and interpret reality, parallels can be drawn to Stuart’s computer-based mathematical models of the environment. Read more.
Rosie Fierek’s artwork is inspired by the work that Tamar Grow Local undertakes in the area - stimulating and incentivizing local food production and consumption - and research by ESI researchers Gloria Salmoral and Xiaoyu Yan on water-energy-food nexus in the EPSRC funded WEFWEBs project. Read more.