Visual Arts


Sculpture collection



Bill Douglas Cinema Museum


Bill Douglas Centre for the history of cinema and popular culture


Heritage collections




Visual Arts


The University supports the visual arts, through its extensive fine art collection and through exhibitions and events relating to the visual arts, both on its campuses and collaboratively at the venues of external partner organisations.

The University's sculpture collection at the Streatham Campus is open to all to visit, containing sculptures by artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Peter Thursby, Geoffrey Clark and Elaine M. Goodwin. The University is also developing its sculpture collection at the Cornwall Campus.

The public are also welcomed to the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, a museum containing an enormous collection relating to the history of film and visual media.

The University's Heritage Collections can also be viewed by appointment.  These include a rich variety of archive material including historic prints and maps.

There is a strong student Art Society at the University which has a dedicated art studio and exhibition space.


The University has a small number of exhibition spaces at:

To find out about venues please click on the names above and for exhibitions go to What’s on.


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 Devon Woodlands 

Devon Woodlands

22nd June 2017 - 29th June 2018 from 9am to 5pm


Richard Rochester is an Exeter based artist who works in a variety of media ranging from large-scale charcoal drawings to small-scale etchings and porcelain sculpture.  His themes are varied but are frequently connected to the natural world. The works...

 Rock, Paper, Scissors - When microbes play games 

Rock, Paper, Scissors - When microbes play games

4th - 25th June 2018 from 9 am to 5 pm

free entry

From 4 to 25 June a new exhibition will be on display at the ESI Creative Exchange on the University of Exeter Penryn Campus entitled Rock, Paper, Scissors – When microbes play games Rock, Paper, Scissors – When microbes...