The Board at Art Week Exeter CIC have been hard at work behind the scenes and would like to share with you where developments are currently.
Plans for next year’s event are currently on hold. We will be releasing a final decision on this at the beginning of December. We are aware that this will be a shock for many of you, but we thought it best to give you notice. If it does happen, it will likely be 23rd – 29th May and will be a compact event with a number of distinct ways for artists and organisations to be involved.
One of the Board’s concerns is about the capacity of the organisation to manage what is becoming an increasingly broad and multi-faceted bonanza… We have been considering the best way to showcase the diverse range of activity on offer; from experience, learning, interaction and intellectual engagement to tours, trails, markets and artists’ workshops.
Nothing is decided, apart from a commitment to you – the art community – to provide a shining platform for your work.
The AWEsome Art Space (27 Paris Street) has a bustling programme underway, please check in with our social media accounts for updates.
The month of November will see an exhibition from Exeter School of Art and a display and auction of street art consumables.
There are bookings in for much of next year – up until the end of our lease in June.
If YOU would like to hire the space to put on a show, exhibition, workshop, etc, please get in touch. We are asking for the cost of running = £50 per week.
There is the opportunity for AWE to change not only what it does, but how it does it too. We will be changing our name to Art Work Exeter to reflect this development.
2018 has seen the departure of Rob Mulholland and Naomi Hart from the Board and welcomed Belinda Dillon and Ben De Cruz to the table. Both bring a depth of experience in the field and a wealth of insight and expertise to take us forward. We will be looking to recruit two more Board members and plan to set up two advisory panels – one for sector support and one for community engagement. We’ll keep you informed about these as things progress, as we’re going to need your help.
Artist development and support are increasingly important, so following from previous collaborative activity with EVAF, VASW and others, we’ll be looking at just how the city can increase the opportunities and resources available to us all.
Photography by Rhodri Cooper.