About us
Our mission is to activate creativity, and we like to do this by joining things up. We make connections between people. We participate in creative networks. We share ideas. We support artists and their work. We’re part of the University of Exeter community of staff and students, and we’re also part of the community of cultural organisations and creative practitioners working in the South West. We want to encourage more purposeful encounters across both, and support joint creative working.
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What we do

We’re here to help strengthen creative networks, raise the profile of creative activity at the University of Exeter, and bring more people into a shared and open creative community.

We do this in the following ways:

  • Lead creative projects with artists, staff, students and partners to create new artwork and share it with the public.
  • Programme events that bring the work of creative practitioners to new audiences.
  • Bridge the university and cultural and creative communities. We do this by making introductions between staff and creative practitioners, participating in joint projects, and listening to/advocating for both.

  • Offer guidance around arts and culture, and signposting people to what or who they need.
  • Deliver workshops and training for students and staff on creativity and design processes.
  • Care for the Fine Art Collection, including online access, display on the campuses, and loans off-site.
Why we do it

We are firm believers that great ideas come from playing with possibilities. Creativity is driven by a sense of possibility; it is the process of using imagination and critical thinking to generate new ideas that have value. It isn’t just for artists, and it isn’t just for a few. It is a mindset and a way of working that can be developed.

We are fascinated by the creative process and better understanding how it works. We believe that a greater understanding of creativity will help people tap into their own creative potential and expand their sense of what is possible.

Find out more about our work by reading our annual reports.

Sarah Campbell
Associate Director for Arts and Culture
01392 724772
I have a background in museum and gallery learning with a particular focus on creativity and the creative process. My role is to steer and guide the delivery of the Arts and Culture strategy. This involves lots of great conversations with fascinating people – both inside and outside the university – quite a bit of planning and writing, many meetings, and occasional workshop delivery. There is so much amazing creative activity happening here and I want to share it as far and wide as possible.
Naome Glanville
Arts and Culture Coordinator
I am Arts and Culture Co-ordinator at the University. I look after the University’s fine art collection, organise art exhibitions, events and activities. I also liaise with artists, conservators and academics as well as other professional staff around the University to help achieve the objectives of the Arts and Culture Strategy. My working days are Monday-Thursday.
Cerise Johnson Bird
Arts and Culture Administrator
Arts and Culture is a dynamic and busy team, and it’s my job to help it run smoothly. It’s a varied and exciting role, and I can find myself working on everything from event logistics and evaluation to finance to collection care. A key part of my job is to stay on top of what everyone is doing and keep an eye out for any support needed. My working days are Monday to Wednesday and Friday.
Anna Bunt
Communications and Marketing Officer (currently on maternity leave)
From events to festivals and commissions to fellowships, there’s a whole host of exciting work happening across our campuses. It’s my job to playfully communicate these innovative and inspired stories of creative discovery to our many audiences, using an engaging mixture of social media, digital marketing, new media and PR. I'm also responsible for raising our profile both internally at the University, and externally to the local community and further afield. My working days are Tuesday to Thursday.
Tom Elliott
Communications and Marketing Officer (maternity cover)
There are so many inspiring arts and culture projects taking place on and around our campuses. I’m here to help tell the story of these projects, spreading the word about a variety of inspiring events, research, commissions, collaborations and more. Using skills and knowledge learned from my background in arts marketing, my responsibilities include managing our website, social media, PR and other channels that allow us to raise awareness of the creativity happening around us. My working days are Tuesday to Thursday.
Dr Natalie Pollard
Academic Director for Arts and Culture (Cornwall)
I am Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies at the University of Exeter, and Academic Director for Arts & Culture (Cornwall). I have active research and teaching interests at the intersections of the arts, humanities and natural/social sciences, and frequently collaborate with artists and researchers on a range of transdisciplinary projects. I am Director of Unhoming Pedagogies, an online network which brings together local and global scholars and students to unmoor anthropocentric and colonial educational norms, through practices that involve risk-taking, bewilderment, creative digression, environmental and multispecies collaboration.
Dr John Wedgwood Clarke
Academic Director for Arts and Culture (Devon)
I’m a poet and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing. My career has been shaped by creative collaboration across arts practices and the arts and sciences. My route into academia was via the Professional Acting course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, a PhD in Modernist poetics, and directing an Arts Council-funded organisation. Much of my work explores the way poetry can redraw the boundary between what we value and what we consider worthless. At present, I’m an AHRC Leadership Fellow directing the cross-disciplinary poetry project Red River: Listening to a Polluted River (www.redriverpoetry.com).
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