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.

Stephen Hodge
Academic Director for Arts and Culture
01392 724524
I am Professor in Live Art + Spatial Practices at the University of Exeter, and the Academic Director of Arts and Culture. I am a practice-based researcher, a resident at Kaleider, and a core member of the walking-artist collective, Wrights & Sites, who employ disrupted walking tactics as tools for playful debate, collaboration, intervention and spatial meaning-making. As a former Co-Director of the AHRC-funded Knowledge Exchange Hub REACT, I have a strong interest in Arts and Creative Technology.
Sarah Campbell
Associate Director for Arts and Culture
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.
Anna Bunt
Communications and Marketing Officer
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 - Thursday.
Dr Natalie Pollard
Deputy Academic Director for Arts and Culture (Cornwall)
I am Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies at the University of Exeter, and Deputy Academic Director of Arts & Culture for the University’s Cornwall Campuses. 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.
Gemma Lucas
Arts and Culture Assistant
I am an ESRC funded Human Geography PhD student at the University of Exeter, and currently on a 6 month work placement with Arts and Culture funded by the South West Doctoral Training Partnership's 'Placement Scheme'. My PhD research focuses on the ways in which yoga impacts on people’s gendered understandings of, and relationships with, their bodies. During my work placement with Arts and Culture I will be running an arts project in collaboration with two artists Bee Watson and Cinna Solar. Together we will use creative practice in various ways to explore intersectionality, with a focus on race and racism, mental health and wellbeing.
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