University of Exeter Open Exhibition

 The Observatory: perspectives on landscape, society and spirit

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Free entry - all welcome

The Forum - University of Exeter

11th - 18th June 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm


The Observatory: perspectives on landscape, society and spirit is an exhibition of artistic responses to the key research themes of the University.

The University is a place of learning and also a place of research. Artists from across the region were invited to submit works for this exhibition that respond to the idea of ‘observatory’ as a channel for exploring a certain type of vision, investigation or view.  The theme is open to interpretation and artists explored and investigated specific areas of research at the University of Exeter as inspiration for their work.

The University’s research takes place in teams combining a wide variety of topics from the distant reaches of the universe, to conditions in our own localities or our own minds, bodies and societies. This free exhibition showcases selected works from those submitted, reflecting the diversity of research at the University.

Many of the artworks are for sale and whilst you are at the exhibition you can also vote for your favourite artwork. The artwork with the most votes at the end of the exhibition will win a prize of £200.

Entry to the exhibition is free and all are welcome.  It is open daily from 10am - 5pm, including weekends.


A Week of Activities linked to the Exhibition

During the exhibition, there are a range of associated free bookable activities on campus for you to enjoy:

On Saturday 17 June, 11 - 4pm  there is also a free family fun day, Think..Art in the Forum on the Streatham Campus a variety of free fun artistic activities linked to the University's research themes.  Activities include print-making, model-making and textile art. See the exhibition The Observatory at the same time, explore a camera obscura and see memorabilia from Exeter City Football Club - and more...


Click here to find out about getting to the Streatham Campus,including parking.

Find out more about the University's key research themes here.


The exhibition and associated events are organised by Arts and Culture at the University of Exeter.

Image: Diana Tingley