Art Week Exeter is the annual city-wide art festival in Exeter, Devon. Its aim is to encourage and frame artistic activity: this involves working with artists, producers, organisations, venues and local government to produce a programme that showcases the best Exeter has to offer, alongside the work of nationally- and internationally-renowned artists.

The next AWE will take place 22–28 May 2018. The full programme will be published here in early 2018. In the meantime, here’s how you can keep in touch and get involved…

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The AWEsome Art Space

AWE presents an exciting pop-up venue for participating artists and the browsing public, in central Exeter. From December 2017 to the end of May 2018, including, AWE itself (22-28 May 2018), we’re hosting a series of selling exhibitions, workshops and discussions showcasing talented contemporary artists. From the grass roots inspiration of Exeter’s own artists to national and internationally recognised names, the AWEsome Art Space invites you to view, comment on, and even buy unique works at affordable prices. All sales are made direct with the artist, so you can be sure all of the purchase price goes to the maker.

Projects in the space include:

The AWEsome Art Space is available as a project or gallery space for artists and organisations registered to participate in AWE. To book the space for your own project, you’ll first need to register for Art Week Exeter 2018, then email for more information.

27 Paris Street
EX1 2JB (view on a map)

AWE is able to open the AWEsome Art Space with the help of Princesshay, who have generously given AWE use of the premises for the pop-up period. This is a welcome part of a growing appreciation by business of local talent and the importance of arts and culture in the life of any city.

AWE has published its ‘artist compact’ – the artist and festival agreement, describing how you can get involved. Once you’ve read the compact, individual artists can register to participate in 2018’s festival by clicking the button below.

Don’t have a venue? Don’t worry: we have a growing list of available spaces in a range of locations. Sign up and we’ll work with you to find your perfect place.

Once you’re registered, we’ll send you a link to our listing submission form where you can provide details of the exhibitions, events and projects you have planned for AWE. The deadline for inclusion in AWE’s printed publicity material is Sunday 11 February 2018.

Register now

For groups, collectives and organisations representing three or more people, the registration fee is £140. Contact and we’ll let you know how to register and pay.

AWE is growing year-on-year, thanks to the support of local (and not so local) businesses. It provides a lively, high-profile way to showcase your brand and demonstrate your investment in Exeter. Full details of the opportunities on offer for 2018 can be found here:

Contact if you’d like to find out more.

To get a feel for how the festival is developing, you can find archived programmes for 2016 and 2017 here:

The Lonely Arts Column

Are you a business with wall space to spare and a horror of mass-produced ‘corporate’ art? Always thought you’d like to dabble in something different but worried about the price tag? Feeling like a side step away from your comfort zone? If so, AWE would like to introduce you a hand-picked shortlist of our participating artists. You get to choose the artist whose work you like the best, and you get to have it on display for the duration of AWE in May 2018. Who knows, the relationship could flourish (or totally bomb)!

Find out more here.

We are looking for lots of volunteers to help run AWE. We need over-18s with different skills: we don’t need you to volunteer for the whole week necessarily — you could just do one day, or one venue over several days, or you could move around and cover different venues. Even two hours of your time would really help!

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Latest AWE press releases (PDF downloads):

Our growing library of images for press and marketing activity can be found at

Members of the AWE team and participating artists, curators and producers are available for interview, comment and guest-contribution spots. Contact if you’d like to find out more.