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Artist Development

artist-devleop-fullThumbnail & main image credit: Anita Delaney, Exeter Contemporary Open 2012.

Whether you’re a new or established artist, there are many ways in which we can help you develop your skills and practice.

Opportunities and Advice:

To find out more about open calls outs, commissions, performance and exhibiting opportunities, keep an eye on our Creative Opportunities page.

If you’re a filmmaker and would like to run an idea by us, please do get in touch.  We have an ‘open door’ policy and if we can’t help you, we’ll at least be able to point you in the right direction.  Pop in, email or call 01392 667066.


Alongside our regular programme of classes and workshops, we offer bespoke workshops in photography, video design, photoshop, wordpress and many more.


We hire out a range of equipment and spaces at affordable rates including cameras, lighting and A/V kit, our black box, dance and art studios and even our main auditorium.


Our Creative Socials offer a chance to meet artists from other disciplines, share ideas and gain insights into the creative industry. Details of upcoming creative socials can be found here >>


Each year we select and award a bursary for the development of an Artists Moving Image Commission and for a Short Film Commission. We also have an open call out for our annual Exeter Contemporary Open for which there is a £1000 prize.

Scratch That:

Scratch That! is a night for artists and companies to test out ideas or works in progress in front of a supportive and friendly audience.

There will be a variety of new and exciting work each month, alongside an opportunity to give and receive feedback. This feedback will be an important part of making the future of the work a success!


david-salas‘What’s great about Exeter Phoenix? The sheer crazy volume of eclectic stuff going on that really is open to anyone. It’s chaos but that means you want to make a film but you don’t have the background? You can. Want to put on a show, but don’t really know how to draw or where to start. You can. Fancy starting a band, pole dancing, being a radio DJ? At Exeter Phoenix you can. At other arts organisations, you don’t get to do anything unless you’re already famous. The number of first steps here are astounding and, if you’re willing to engage, there a moments of real brilliance right here as magical and as inspiring as you will find anywhere.’


volkardt-quote ‘Exeter Phoenix is outstanding at providing direct and uncomplicated support for artists on many levels. As an artist I value the Phoenix for the incredible expertise amongst their staff and their  deep commitment to making things happen both on a high end and a grass roots level. This would not be possible without their core strength – an unmatched understanding and knowledge of the local arts scene in relation to regional and national players, and for pretty much each and everyone of their key staff, a real understanding of how artists operate.’