Today Exeter PhD candidate and digital artist Richard Carter presented examples of his latest artwork and gave a fascinating talk on the thinking behind their creation.


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Richard’s creative practice involves computer encoding written messages into intricate visual patterns, producing images that explore the structures and processes underpinning our contemporary digital environment.


In his talk, Richard discussed how he is seeking to not only open up new perspectives on technologies that are continually reshaping how we perceive and engage with the world around us, but to demonstrate how artistic practices can function as significant tools of academic research.


Using 256 sequences of computer-generated triangular tiles, Richard’s works are created to a greater or lesser extent by himself; he makes creative decisions about colour and sequence of some of his works using rules and systems, but the patterns emerging in other works are generated randomly by a computer sensitive to atmospheric sounds immediately around it. He is fascinated that computer glitches and external forces can generate new dimensions to his work and are out of his, the artist’s control. The pictures are contingent not only on the actions of the person at the computer, but by the surrounding active material world.


Some of Richard’s work will be on public display in the Wor(l)ds in Collision: Visual Art and Wittgenstein’s Philosophy exhibition in Byrne House on the University’s Streatham Campus on weekdays from 12 June to 15 September 2015.

 Exhibition in the Forum opens – an artistic response to research into mood disorders at the University

E van der Beugel Anxiety A review of the literature I crop for blog.A new exhibition entitled After the ideal; piece by piece has just opened in the Forum building at the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus.  After a residency in the Mood Disorders Centre with Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology Dr Heather O’Mahen, Elizabeth van der Beugel is exhibiting artworks exploring  the effect of perinatal anxiety on women’s identities. The works, in mixed media such as silverpoint, gesso and ink are beautiful and sensitive.  The residency and exhibition are supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.   The exhibition continues until 27 May 2015 and is open daily from 8 am to 8 pm.  Entry is free. More information about the exhibition and Elizabeth van der Beugel’s residency here.


 New art exhibition with a message opens in Exeter

cowboy 12Cowboy 5aCowboy 2aCowboy 11aCowboy 10An exciting new art-from-waste exhibition organised by the University of Exeter has just opened on the Marsh Barton Industrial Estate in Exeter. 


Entitled From Cowboys to Astronauts, the exhibition has been organised and curated by the Centre for Alternative Materials and Remanufacturing Technologies (CALMARE) at the University of Exeter.  Invited artists, working with CALMARE, have used waste materials to demonstrate what can be achieved when we move away from the throwaway mind-set that is endemic in our society.  They have created an inspiring range of artworks promoting the concept of a circular economy – a regenerative economic system where materials and energy from products are recovered and put back into the system instead of simply being disposed of.


You can see the exhibition for free at The Enviro Hub, Devon Contract Waste, Marsh Barton Road, Marsh Barton, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8NU


CALMARE is a business technology centre, part funded by the ERDF, based at the University of Exeter. The waste materials used in the exhibition have been sourced from the University itself and from other locations around Devon, including Exeter and Plymouth Scrapstores, Peninsula Waste Savers in Okehampton and the Devon County Council


The exhibition is open from 27 April – 22 May 2015, Monday to Saturday (except bank holidays).


Find out more about the exhibition here

 Paddon Award 2015

On March 18 the Judging Event for the Paddon Award 2015, the University’s cross-arts competition, took place on campus at Roborough Studios. The celebratory award evening was attended by over 60 guests who came to hear the shortlisted entrants present their pieces.

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Guests viewing the shortlisted works at the Judging Event

The night showcased the spectacular standard of creativity amongst the staff, students and alumni from the University. From poems to paintings, from stories to film, each of the 20 individual pieces represented the artist’s unique interpretations of this year’s theme ‘Transformations’.


Visual creations included a painting showing four stages of a sunset, a digital image derived from Morse code messages from the First World War, a drawing of a pregnant life-model, a painting of the transforming Living Systems building on campus, a chameleon and a set of paintings showing the life cycle of amphibians.


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Staff member Tom Stevenson’s shortlisted piece ‘Four Scenes Towards Evening’

Creative writing entries included poems about coffee and dreams, a trilobite, a chrysalis and growing into an adult as well as a story about the changes in one child’s life.


Christy Ku scooped the first prize for ‘It All Passes’, a very touching and sensitive poem about the ephemeral nature of life. Second prize was awarded to Jordan Edgington, a graduate in Sports and Exercise Science, whose story ‘Ghosts’ about his first experiences as a graduate was identified with by many in the audience.   The joint third prizes went to Bethany Ashley, a Liberal Arts undergraduate, for her beautifully designed poem ‘Kindling’, in which the second stanza was the inverse of the first, and to Clifford Roddy , Film undergraduate, whose challenging short film ‘Cosmia’ addressed the theme of someone achieving a transformation by ‘putting on a face’.


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First prize winner Christy Ku performing her poem ‘It All Passes’

The judges for the evening were Honorary Graduate and International Curator, Thomas Trevor, folk singer and fiddle player Jackie Oates, and the Student Guild Vice President for Activities, Matt Bate.Their unenviable task of judging the shortlisted entries resulted in them choosing a first, second and joint third prizes. Thanks to the generosity of John Paddon, who attended the event, it was possible for the judges to offer the extra third prize.


The Paddon Award was established in memory of two alumni of the University of Exeter who contributed greatly to fostering collaboration between alumni and students for the benefit of the University.  Both were very interested in the arts so an annual prize was set up to encourage participation in some aspects of the arts.


If you didn’t get the chance to view the shortlisted works at the event, you can view them at the Paddon Award Showcase 6-19 May 2015 in the University Reception.




 Event Exeter and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra celebrate 50th anniversary

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the Great Hall, University of Exeter

Professor Janice Kay, Provost of the University of Exeter and Dougie Scarfe, Chief Executive of the BSO signing the partnership agreement

On 22nd January 2015, the 50th anniversary of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO’s) concert season at The Great Hall at the University of Exeter was celebrated with two unique performances.


As well as an evening concert entitled ‘London Town’, featuring music by Elgar, Rachmaninov and Vaughan Williams, a brand new free schools concert sponsored by Investec Wealth & Investment took place during the day for over 1,300 school children from 20 schools across Devon. Event Exeter, the venue management team at the University marked the occasion by presenting each child with a bespoke musical themed notebook, to use back in the classroom as a reminder of the special event.

The University of Exeter and BSO cemented their relationship by signing a partnership agreement, confirming and celebrating their shared ongoing commitment to delivering world-class symphonic music to people living in the South West of England.


Geoff Pringle, Chief Operating Officer at the University of Exeter said “We are thrilled to be commemorating this remarkable anniversary by strengthening our relationship with the BSO. As one of the largest concert halls in the South West, The Great Hall is the perfect musical venue for people to come and enjoy wonderful performances from one of the best orchestras in the country.”

Dougie Scarfe, Chief Executive of the BSO said “The future of an Orchestra in the 21st Century is built on strong, positive and collaborative relationships, the signing of a partnership agreement with Exeter University, in the BSO’s 50th year of performing at the Great Hall, Exeter is testament to our shared commitment to delivering world-class symphonic music to people living in the South West of England. The BSO are focused on broadening the reach of the Orchestra with our venues, partners and funders, introducing the power of music to new and diverse audiences.’’

The excellent acoustics, moveable seating and fixed tiered balcony make The Great Hall a perfect venue for classical concerts and choir performances. With a maximum capacity of 1,400 seated and 1,800 standing, the venue also attracts a range of other live musical and theatrical events, as well as providing a great space for gala dinners, conferences and exhibitions.

Faces of Conflict – University partners with RAMM on new exhibition


Last Saturday saw the opening of Faces of Conflict, an exhibition at RAMM examining the impact of the First World War on facial reconstructive surgery.


This exhibition has been developed collaboratively between the University of Exeter and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), funded through an the EU INTERREG IV-funded project called 1914FACES2014, led by Prof Bernard Devauchelle (Institut Faire Faces) and Prof David Houston Jones (University of Exeter).

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Paddy Hartley – Walter Ernest O’Neil Yeo, sailor uniform.                         Copyright the artist

The exhibition looks at the unique historical situation of the facially injured soldiers of the First World War, the complex question of their reintegration into society and the long-term cultural legacy of that situation. It features photographs, film and artworks. The subject of the exhibition is challenging but important, as it exposes the realities of war and our reactions to it.

To enable you to explore the subject more deeply, RAMM has organised a series of events to accompany the exhibition including a debate on 12 February ‘Rethinking the Face’ in which World-leading facial surgeons, artists and campaigners discuss how they collaborate towards new understandings of the face and of disfigurement.

The project has also hosted an artist in residence at the University, Paddy Hartley, who has been focusing on retelling the story of Plymouth Sailor Walter Ernest O’Neil Yeo who sustained terrible facial burns in the Battle of Jutland, and subsequently underwent pioneering facial surgery at the hand of surgical pioneer Sir Harold Gillies.

The exhibition runs until 5 April 2015 and is open daily from Tuesday – Sunday,10 am – 5 pm except bank holidays.  Entry is free.

Student project to digitise University Turner engraving featured on Tate blog


FAC 01953 ExeterEarlier this year, first year students researched and made a digital map of a JMW Turner engraving of Exeter in the University’s fine art collection.


This project has been reported in the Tate blog:


The project, focusing on digital archives, was carried out as part of Grand Challenges, an initiative which gives interdisciplinary groups of first year students the opportunity to work together to research and address some of the World’s most pressing issues. A huge issue for the future is the creation and use of digital information.

The result of this project can be seen on the Arts and Culture website:

 Birds Migrating make a beautiful sight..


Part of the migration installation by Naomi Hart

This week is the week to see the stunning installation of ‘migrating birds’ by Naomi Hart, at Hope Hall Heavitree. This exhibition entitled ‘All About Migration’ is the end result of a global, public-participatory art-science collaboration with the University of Exeter.


The artist Naomi Hart sent out 10,000 postcards in the shape of geese all over the world, asking people to write on them and post them back to her. Those that completed their ‘migration’ back to Naomi have been hung in a giant, indoor flock of birds.


The exhibition runs until 22 September and is open from 11 am – 6pm. Click here for more information


The address is: Hope Road, Heavitree, Exeter, EX2 5JN


Find out more here about the migration project here



The Mariners Way passage house sculpture on display at Heathercombe this September

The iconic Mariners Way rope sculpture by Edward Crumpton which we have enjoyed for over a year outside the Forum Building on the University of Exeter Campus, has been temporarily reincarnated as a passage house for the annual Edge Sculpture Trail at Heathercombe Gardens on Dartmoor.


The new passage house structure is sited along the footpath that gave its name and inspiration to the project; The Mariners Way.


Visit the sculpture trail at Heathercombe from 7 – 29 September 2013, 11 am – 5pm every day except Mondays.


Find out more about the Edge Sculpture Trail at Heathercombe Gardens here.