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Emerging Band Showcase

It’s time for another emerging band showcase. These events showcase the very best talent from the local music scene, giving you the chance to say you saw them here first!

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Emerging Band Showcase

It’s time for another emerging band showcase. These events showcase the very best talent from the local music scene, giving you the chance to say you saw them here first!

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Exeter Ale & Cider Festival

Summer has arrived at Exeter Phoenix! Join us for a wide range of cask ales, craft beers and local ciders, plus music and entertainment.

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Dj In The Bar

Dj in the bar Music from Bose System DJs from 8 til midnight. Venue: Exeter Phoenix, Café Bar

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Emerging Band Showcase

It’s time for another emerging band showcase. These events showcase the very best talent from the local music scene, giving you the chance to say you saw them here first!

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She Drew The Gun

Louisa Roach isn’t a protest singer. The ambitious, melodic psych pop this Merseyside artist makes under the moniker She Drew The Gun is too abstract for that label, more dreamy than didactic. But it’s fair to say this rising star – winner of Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent contest in 2016 – works adjacent to that tradition.

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Paul Simon’s Graceland

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Tickets on Sale Fri 31 May Paul Simon’s Graceland Performed by the London African Gospel Choir The LONDON AFRICAN GOSPEL CHOIR was…

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Studio 74 Showing Times

Welcome to Studio 74 – the home of independent cinema in Exeter. With a growing programme of first-rate films, eye opening documentaries and special screening events, there has never been a better time to visit Studio 74.  What’s more, Studio…

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Holiofest

Holiofest is a one-day rock and metal festival in support of mental health charities in loving memory of Tom Holio. Probably the most fun you will ever have raising money for charity! Support creativity supporting mental health.

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Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart

Over the past four decades, Jah Wobble has ploughed his own furrow as a solo artist, as well as becoming a well-respected session musician, with a genuine passion for Eastern and Global music. He has worked with a diverse range of musicians, including Baaba Maal, Bjork, Primal Scream, Brian Eno, Sinead O’Connor, Julianne Regan, Dolores O’Riordan, Holgat Czukay, U2’s The Edge, and Chaka Demus & Pliers.

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Rhys James

Mock The Week regular and star of his own BBC Radio 4 series, Rhys James heads out on his first national tour. 

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King Hammond

ing Hammond is Nick Welsh former member of Bad Manners, The Selecter & Skaville UK. He has worked with & produced artists like Prince Buster,Laurel Aitken,Dave Barker,Judge Dread & Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.

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Ba Ba Boom

Ba Ba Boom Highest Grade and Eyes Open Promotions present Ba Ba Boom, Exeter’s finest regular reggae dance sessions featuring Highest Grade Sound System playing the latest cuts in dancehall, conscious vibes and classic roots reggae. You can combine entry…

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The Deppa Hirst Band

The Deppa Hirst Band combines two major forces from the South African/British jazz scenes. Led by South African jazz trumpeter Claude Deppa and British tenor saxophonist Claire Hirst the band performs music that brings together influences from Township Jive to Brazilian Samba and Jamaican Reggae.

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Ibiza: The Silent Movie (15)

IBIZA – THE SILENT MOVIE tells, without words or narration, the extraordinary 2,000-year story of dance music’s most influential, charismatic and spiritual island filled with an explosion of music, imagery, re-enactments and remarkable archive clips with an eclectic score curated, mixed and and produced by Fatboy Slim.

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Encounters: Deaf Shorts Showcase (15)

Carefully curated by Encounters Film Festival – the UK’s leading short film and animation festival, this new collection of live action short films aim to normalise on screen D/deafness.

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We The Animals (15)

Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable. Three boys tear through their rural New York hometown, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over.

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Thunder Road (15)

Winner of the coveted Grand Jury Award at South by Southwest in 2018, Thunder Road is a genuinely innovative, startlingly confident feature debut which balances affecting drama with brutal comedy, both of which come from a deep and complicated place.

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Rocketman (15)

In a drab suburban sitting room, shy and insecure but accomplished pianist Reg Dwight longed to be something more extraordinary and willed into being the flamboyant superstar Elton John. A musical fantasy from the director of Bohemian Rhapsody with a confident central performance from chameleon Welsh actor Taron Egerton.

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Rude Boy (15)

Rudeboy is a film about the love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture told through the prism of one of the most iconic labels in the history of black music, Trojan Records.

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Tucked (15)

Tucked is a raw and tender drama about an ageing 80-year-old drag queen who forms an unlikely friendship with a younger queen, both struggling with their own issues of gender identity & mortality. As they discover more about each other, they realise how to truly be themselves.

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Birds of Passage (15)

This screening is part of Birds’ Eye View’s Reclaim The Frame campaign to bring ever greater audiences to films by women to offer a wider perspective of the world. There will be a post screening panel discussion hosted by Mia Bays of Birds’ Eye View, the charitable pathfinder for films by women and network for those who make, show, release and watch them. She is an Oscar-winning producer of documentaries and fiction.

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Birds of Passage (15)

This breath-taking epic centres on the Wayúu indigenous people and the violent origins of drug trafficking from the tribes of the Colombian Guajira desert.

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Inquiring Nuns (U)

A beloved but unknown gem of pure cinéma vérité in which Sister Marie Arné and Sister Mary Campion tour Chicago during the Summer of Love, asking: “Are you happy?”

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Beats (18)

A universal story of friendship, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth set to an eclectic and electrifying 1990s rave soundtrack, Beats is a bittersweet coming-of-age story from Scottish director Brian Welsh (In Our Name), executive produced by Steven Soderbergh.

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Amazing Grace (U)

Almost 50 years after being filmed Sydney Pollack’s concert film about Aretha Franklin’s legendary gospel album Amazing Grace finally makes it to the big screen, and is already being hailed as one of the finest music documentaries ever made.

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High Life (12A)

French auteur Claire Denis’s (Beau Travail, 35 Shots of Rum) breathlessly awaited English language debut is a tale of criminals flung into deep space. Robert Pattinson stars as Monte, a criminal who volunteers for a mysterious space mission to avoid imprisonment.

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Maborosi (12A)

Unavailable in the UK for decades, Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s debut returns to cinemas. A visually stunning and moving drama, Maborosi tells the story of Yumiko, a widow trying to process her husband’s suicide.

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Jimmy Ireland

Jimmy Ireland is a Devon based singer/songwriter who has a voice that can switch from delicate and fragile to rich and powerful with ease. His own songs cover themes ranging through family relationships, love and self reflection. Jimmy can be found performing at many venues and events across Devon.

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Grace Petrie

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Grace Petrie Protest singer Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, delivered with the warmth and wit which have won…

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Elles Bailey

They say you get a lifetime to write your first album & the blink of an eye to make your second. Elles Bailey wins either way, and she’s followed up the widespread success of Wildfire with the stunningly mature and highly personal synopsis of a year that changed her life with the no.1 selling brand new album Road I Call Home.

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Firehouse Sound System

Rum Runner returns from the West Indies to present a night of heavyweight bass music in collaboration with Majestic and Mana Sound.

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King Yellowman

The King of dancehall Yellowman comes to Exeter to headline Exeter Street Arts Festival 2019 after party here at Exeter Phoenix, bringing with him his legendary, incorrigible showman performance style and non stop crazy dancing.

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The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra

A one-man orchestra of epic proportions, taking you on a journey from minimalist solo guitar to looped cinematic sounds and explosive six string explorations.

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Tony Walsh

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Tony Walsh + Special Guest Stephen James Smith Tony Walsh Forget what you imagined a poetry night could be and expect belly-laughs,…

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Before the Big Bang

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Before The Big Bang: Professor Laura Mersini-Houghton We’re dealing with a biggie in this talk – the origin of the universe. Recent…

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David Ford

Ford’s masterful songwriting, powerful live performances and utter distaste for self-promotion have helped cultivate a passionate, devoted fan base that exists something like a secret society.You are very welcome to join.Just don’t go around shouting about it.

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Trans-Life Drawing

Working with our life model we explore , nudity, semi nudity and gender identify through experimental drawing and collage. Using props and having fun with rainbows.

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Dodgy

Dodgy will play their album Homegrown in full plus other hits at a handful of UK dates this Winter. Homegrown is the band’s breakthrough, gold-selling second album and this tour continues the album’s 25th anniversary celebrations after a hugely successful tour in the Spring.

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Sampled

A celebration of dance work by Exeter College Dance students. Dance Anthology, The Exeter College dance department presents a celebration of the dance work created over the past academic year, with contributions from both A Level, Extend and Vocational dance students.

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The Weight of Water

Making your first solo kayak run of the Grand Canyon is daunting, particularly if you are totally blind. Erik Weihenmayer has already overcome some stunning challenges for both sighted and blind people, including summiting Mount Everest. How will Erik react when disaster strikes on Lava Falls, the most dangerous rapid on the Colorado River? The Weight of Water is the story of a blind man balancing fear in the midst of chaos, and the powerful desire to be free from a prison of darkness.

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A Land Shaped By Women

A LAND SHAPED BY WOMEN follows director Anne-Flore Marxer and Aline Bock as they adventure to Iceland, inspired by tales of gender equality. Wanting to dig deeper into Icelandic women’s mindset while combining it with their love for the mountains and the waves their adventure unfolds.

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The Best of SHAFF 2019

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival hits the road for the second time with The Best Of ShAFF 2019. Representing the pinnacle of climbing, running and biking, as well as adventures from the snow and streets and the latest from FREE SOLO’s Alex Honnold and Jimmy Chin.

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The Sweet

By the early 70’s The Sweet were arguably the hottest ticket in town with a string of top ten records in the UK and Europe including Blockbuster, Hellraiser, Ballroom Blitz, Teenage Rampage and The Sixteens.In 1975 the USA had discovered the band with Fox on the Run hitting the number 3 spot in the Billboard 100. Another self-penned hit Action followed in 1976 firmly establishing Sweet in the US charts.

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The Ponds

A year spent with the swimmers at London’s unique swimming ponds. In a world of constant flux and chaos, it’s almost a shock to discover some experiences remain natural, unhurried and unchanged. In the middle of metropolitan London lies Hampstead Heath, 320 hectares of forest, parkland, wildlife plus three swimming ponds.

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Machotaildrop

Walter Rhum realises his dream of becoming a pro skateboarder and riding for the world’s greatest skateboard company… Machotaildrop. Set in an anachronistic time and place, Machotaildrop is the greatest skateboard company of its day and the regal and the grand sport of skateboarding has been thriving for many generations.

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Holy Tour

A film to talk about those who encourage the Tour de France, A film about modern-day pilgrims, A film about motorhomes arriving 15 days before the stage, A film to talk about the time that passes between road and precipice, A film to talk about our need for community.

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Priboi

Siberia; average temperatures of just 2 degrees, snow coated beaches and blistering blizzards at every turn. This is cold water surfing at its very limits. Told through stunning cinematography this ground breaking, visually arresting masterpiece is a two-year quest across the vastness of the Russian continent.

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Big Wata

BIG WATA is a positive story about the first and only surf club in Sierra Leone. Wanting to break free from the restrictions of a traditional community the younger members of a West African fishing community discover surfing as their identity and purpose in life.

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Yukon Assignment

British adventurer Chris Lucas (34) and his actor father Niall (64) depend on each other for survival as they canoe 500 miles across one of the most remote rivers in Canada. The Yukon Assignment is a breathtaking exploration of one of the Earth’s last wildernesses.

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Final Ascent

The legend of Hamish MacInnes began early. At 16 he climbed the Matterhorn. At 17 he built his first motor car – from scratch. He attempted Everest in 1953 with his friend Johnny Cunningham, and almost stole the peak before Hillary and Tenzing. As an explorer, expedition leader and engineer he achieved world fame.

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Stand By Me (15)

Four 12-year-old boys set off into the woods in search of a dead body of a local boy who has been missing for a few days. Along the way, they learn about themselves, the meaning of friendship and the need to stand up for what is right.

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Womans (Like Romans, but with a ‘W’)

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> WOMANS (Like Romans, but with a ‘W’) It’s 44BC, Ancient Rome. Our hero, Leta, has been declared a traitor by the Roman Senate….

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The Evolution of Public Attitudes During Brexit

Politicians claim that their views reflect the will of the British people, especially when it comes to Brexit. In this special talk, the President of the British Polling Council examines the evidence behind these claims. It takes place on the last day of the extension to Article 50.

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The Velveteen Rabbit

Alice knows what she’s going to get for Christmas this year (and EVERY year) because it’s always, always, always the same! Socks from Granny, hankies from Uncle Graham, fluffy pyjamas from the Jones cousins and bath smellies from Aunt Betty.

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Kiefer Sutherland

Fresh from releasing a brand new album, Hollywood star Kiefer Sutherland is heading to Exeter for a one-night-only appearance this summer. He is best known for his roles in movies like Stand By Me and The Lost Boys, as well as the TV series 24 and Designated Survivor, but what you might not know is that Hollywood star Kiefer Sutherland is also a talented and critically acclaimed musician.

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Now That’s What I Call Manchester!

The Total Stone Roses come to Exeter for a special one-off double-header gig with Oaysis – two of Manchester’s finest bands by the best tribute acts around – all for one ticket price!

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The Eskies

Hailing from Dublin, The Eskies bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide. The release of their second album ‘And Don’t Spare The Horses’ on Absolute Record has cemented their position of one of the best emerging artists from Ireland.

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Exhibition On Screen: Van Gogh & Japan

In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.

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Summer Varley

An installation inspired by shrines and the practice of worship that is also influenced by hyper connectivity and the way we communicate on the internet. This new work responds to the over familiarity of curated self-image that we see of our peers on a daily basis.

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Artful Dodgers

A selection of work created by participants in weekly art classes run at Exeter Phoenix by the Workers Educational Association (WEA) which provide a safe creative space to develop new skills and techniques.

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Freefall Youth Arts Group

An exhibition of some of the exciting work produced by young artists participating in Exeter Phoenix’s youth arts groups Freefall and Freefall+.

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Freefall Youth Group

FREEFALL YOUTH GROUP Freefall is an arts group for young people between the ages of 13-16, running on Thursday evenings from 6-8pm during term time at Exeter Phoenix. The group is free to attend and is run by a qualified…

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Hospital Rooms: Responses

Walkway Gallery Hospital Rooms Service Users, Staff and Community Responses Prints, collages and paintings created by past and present staff and people who have had care and treatment on mental health wards at Devon Partnership NHS Trust. Exhibited as part…

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Tanya Morel

With a background in theatre, Tanya Morel feels compelled to create images that reflect her love of a good narrative. She is drawn to ambiguous imagery where what initially seems innocent and benign can at a second glance appear rather sinister.

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Angie Seaway

Angie Seaway has exhibited widely since studying Fine Art at Plymouth University and teaches painting and printmaking from her gallery in Devon. These paintings all began on locations around Devon and Cornwall and are a celebration of the British obsession with the weather. This is reflected in the titles, which are excerpts from weather forecasts.

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Emily Powell

Emily Powell’s paintings and drawings respond directly to aspects of the natural world but have a primary focus on the use of colour.

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Nicky Hirst

Nicky Hirst’s art is perhaps best described as an exploration of serendipity that can occur in unintended and unexpected places. Her sources may be particular objects or certain words whose meaning she may subtly shift by manipulation or juxtaposition.

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Young & Animated Saturday Club

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Young & Animated Saturday Club This popular Saturday morning group for 8-13 year olds provides fun and detailed exploration of both digital…

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Uncut Poets

*Subject to a £1 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Uncut Poets Exeter’s poetry platform presented by Alasdair Paterson and Liz Adams. Each month we host a new headlining poet.  March 28:…

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Wild Rose (15)

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> RECLAIM THE FRAME Wild Rose (15) Dir. Tom Harper 101 mins | 2018 | UK Diamond-in-the-rough Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley) is fresh…

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Artist’s Workshop: Susie Hamilton

Phoenix Gallery Hospital Rooms Artist’s Workshop Using poems as a starting point, Hospital Rooms artist Susie Hamilton will lead an art workshop where you will be able to make your own bold and dynamic paintings, drawings and collages. You don’t…

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Artist’s Workshop: Jon Emmony

Phoenix Gallery Hospital Rooms Artist’s Workshop Join Hospital Rooms artist Jon Emmony as he leads a sculpture workshop in which you will form shapes and textures based on the landscape. Sculptures will then be 3-D scanned and enhanced using digital…

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Oasish

Definitely Maybe is 25 years old this August and to celebrate this anniversary Britain’s top Oasis tribute band Oasish will honour the album’s immense contribution to British Music at Exeter Phoenix.

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The Embezzlers

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> The Embezzlers + Delta 88 A benefit event for Hospicecare. THE EMBEZZLERS The Embezzlers are a 6 piece, 100% Live, SKA band…

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Los De Abajo

Los de Abajo are a band from Mexico City founded as a Latin ska four-piece. They have expanded to eight members and widened their musical influences to include rock, salsa, reggae, ska and cumbia.

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Acid Mothers Temple

The sprawling universe of that is Acid Mothers Temple was formed in 1995 by Kawabata Makoto. Originally titled the Acid Mothers Temple soul-collective and encompassing musicians, dancers, artists, farmers, channellers, ex-yakuza, mermaid researchers and professional vagrants, the collective has always had at its core a dedication to improvised music.

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War School

War School is a film about the battle for the hearts and minds of Britain’s children. ​Set against the backdrop of Remembrance the controversial and challenging documentary reveals how, faced with unprecedented opposition to its wars, the British government is using a series of new and targeted strategies to promote support for the military.

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Woman At War

From Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson, who scored an art house hit with 2013’s triumphant Of Horses and Men, comes another pleasingly off-the-wall story that winningly combines an absurdist comedy with a tense thriller.

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Eighth Grade (15)

US comedian, actor and writer Bo Burnham’s coming-of-age comedy-drama Eighth Grade is a hilarious, heartfelt and unusually clear-eyed look at the trials and tribulations of adolescence.

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Styx (12A)

The Western world’s indifference to the refugee crisis is put under the spotlight in this tense moral thriller about a woman on a solo sailing trip who encounters a sinking boat of refugees. A powerful story about personal responsibility, privilege and empathy, this is a film with no easy answers.

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Vox Lux (15)

In 1999: teenager Celeste, a survivor of a high school shooting, performs a song composed with her sister at a memorial for her murdered classmates and in so doing, captures the attention of a manager, who sets her on the path to fame.

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Rafiki (12A)

Inspired by Ugandan author Monica Arac de Nyeko’s 2007 Caine Prize-winning short story Jambula Tree, Rafiki (‘friend’ in Swahili) is first and foremost a tender love story, depicting the romance between two young women amid familial, societal and political pressures.

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Loro (15)

After his arthouse hits The Great Beauty and Youth and stepping Oscar-winning Italian director Paolo Sorrentino is back with Loro (‘them’), an ambitious, sexually explicit, no-holds-barred satire of the life and misfortunes of the corrupt, scandal-ridden four-term Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his inner circle.

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Red Joan (12A)

The new thriller from renowned British theatre director Trevor Nunn, Red Joan casts Judi Dench in a rewardingly complex role as a retired physicist who late in life is revealed to be a long-serving spy for the former Russian KGB.

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Us (15)

Jordan Peele follows up his Oscar-winning hit Get Out with his latest horror, one of the most anticipated films of the year.

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Wild Rose (15)

Rose-Lynn Harlan (BAFTA rising star nominee) is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of jail and with two young kids, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer.

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Royal Shakespeare Company Live: Measure For Measure

When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her. 

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National Theatre Live: Small Island

Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday. Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. 

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Emerging Band Showcase

That’s right, it’s time for our first emerging band showcase of the year. These events showcase the very best talent from the local music scene, giving you the chance to say you saw them here first! All of the bands featured in this month’s line up are current or past students at the Academy of Music & Sound. 

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Hot 8 Brass Band

The Hot 8 are an incredible raw and funky brass band, straight from the streets of New Orleans. Famous for their boundless energy, you can’t help but raise a smile and tap your foot when in the presence of this infectious band.

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King Farmer

KING FARMER King Farmer plays funk, soul, reggae, hip hop and dance floor classics. venue: Exeter Phoenix, Bar

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Music is Murder

Music Is Murder is two monthly night dedicated to improvised, experimental, noise, weird, non-linear and the generally uncategorizable music.  VENUE: THE WORKSHOP, EXETER PHOENIX

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Through The Grapevine

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Cancelled Through The Grapevine There’s a new funk and soul night in town!  Join us for Exeter’s first Through The Grapevine –…

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Masterclass in Stupidity

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Cancelled One Day Workshop Masterclass In Stupidity with Le Navet Bete Learn the skills needed to be utterly and ridiculously silly both…

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El Mundo Sigue

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> El Mundo Sigue (ctba) Life Goes On Introduction by Sally Faulkner and round table following screening with MA students / Son of…

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Springwatch’s Gillian Burke

Gillian takes us behind-the-scenes on one of the nation’s favourite wildlife shows, to discover Britain’s natural spectacles, hidden gems and surprising oases of hope.

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Quién te cantará (12A)

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Quién te cantará (12A) Who Will Sing To You Dir. Carlos Vermut 124 mins | Spain, France | 2018 Spanish with English…

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Exeter Fringe Festival

In Summer 2019, the city will come alive with Exeter Fringe Festival. Born from the embers of The Bike Shed Theatre and striving to bring audiences and artists together making a fair and fun festival for all.

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Petra (15)

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Petra (15) Dir. Jaime Rosales 105 mins | Spain | 2018 Spanish & Catalan with English subtitles Bárbara Lennie, Alex Brendemühl, Joan…

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Diary Of An Expat

Diary of an Expat is a solo show directed by Katharina Reinthaller (Labels, Fringe First Winner 2015), telling the comic story of the encounter between modern migrant Cecilia and London – a contemporary El Dorado craved by generations of young Europeans.

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Alanis (18)

This fifth film from writer/director Berneri is a superbly well-told tale of a young mother working as a prostitute in Buenos Aires. Winner of Best Director and Best Actress at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the film portrays a proud young woman doing her best for her infant son, with the beautifully naturalistic performance enhanced by the real-life mother-son relationship.

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Mistero Buffo

A travelling storyteller, another employee of the gig economy, rushes from his last delivery of the day to recount ancient tales of Jesus and his life… however these versions aren’t like any you’ve heard before. Darkly comic, sometimes tragic and always subversive, Mistero Buffo takes aim at those who manipulate truth and belief for power and control.

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No One Is Coming To Save You

A ‘romance for the age of anxiety’ (Matt Trueman), No One is Coming to Save You takes place over one night in the minds of two insomniacs. She sits in the dark staring at a glass. He is watching TV in a language he can’t understand.

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Passionate Machine

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Rosy Carrick Passionate Machine TICKET OFFER – SAVE £6 Explore more of our theatre and performance programme, and enjoy money off your…

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Let Me Show You

Ignoring a warning not to venture too far out to sea from a beach littered with plastic, Julia falls into a strange, dark world beneath the water. As she searches for a way back to the surface, she encounters animals that have fallen victim to humans poor treatment of the world.

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[Untitled]

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> The Young Pretenders [Untitled] Running time: approx 95 minutes First half: 1 hour 15 minute interval Second half: 20 minutes TICKET OFFER…

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Pricks

This urgent, funny new show blends warmly engaging storytelling with poetry and an original soundscape. It tells a surprisingly moving and uplifting story about families and learning to care for each other better.

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Empty Room

Empty Room is about a family held together by music. Onstage a jazz singer talks about her daughter and sings about her lover. Backstage a sax player rants about art and addiction, and coping with fatherhood in between. And in a classroom, an idealistic teenager (over)shares her passion for Dmitri Shostakovich and the importance of music in times of trouble.

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FISSURE

The world is in chaos. Hazel, a doctor, and Archer a space shuttle engineer fall in love. Archer’s work creating shuttle engines, when unsuccessful, has terrible repercussions on people’s health, leaving Hazel to deal with the results.

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Laura Hopes With PSU: Surrender

Artist Laura Hopes and Exeter Phoenix, Associate Artists, PSU invite you to join them in a performance artwork that marks the surrender and dignified retreat from Exeter’s city walls by Royalist troops during the Civil War in 1646.

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Creative Hub Social

Creative Hub Social The home for Exeter’s creative network. Whether you make art, films, theatre, music, a bit of everything, or are still discovering your niche, we want to meet you and support your artistic development. Follow Exeter Phoenix Creative…

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Mandala Illustration

Spend a fun day learning how to draw Mandalas from scratch. Be guided through each step of drawing your own Mandala using just a set of compasses and a ruler. Be taught colour symbolism and bring your mandala to life with professional colouring techniques using colour pens and pencils.

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Sacred Geometry

This is an intensive one day course introducing students to the principles of Sacred Geometry in Nature, through pattern making using compass, ruler and pens. I will be guiding the class through each step of drawing several classic geometric patterns including how to draw the perfect Golden Ratio.

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Mushroomhead

MUSHROOMHEAD are one of the most unique and adventurous alternative metal bands working today. Known for their stunningly theatrical live show and artsy masks, this innovative band has forged new ground in the rock world and influenced many other bands to push the envelope and bring art into rock. Formed in the late 80s in Cleveland Ohio, the band’s combination of metal, rock and atmospheric elements has struck a chord with thousands of fans worldwide. 

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Hugh Cornwell Electric

Golden Brown, Strange Little Girl, Always The Sun, Peaches, No More Heroes, Nice & Sleazy…sound familiar? All big hits, all great songs, all written and sung by Hugh Cornwell, the songwriter behind The Stranglers.

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Sculpt A Selfie

Create a clay model of your own face in this fun workshop. Tutor Sarah John will take you through some of the basics of mask making in clay showing you how to form a face for you to sculpt your own selfie.

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Sketch A Skeleton

Get up close to a (replica) skeleton and draw the bare bones of the human body. The workshop is aimed at 8-14 year olds but younger children can attend if accompanied by an adult.

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Photogram Workshop

Photograms are a very early form of photography and can be made by placing objects onto light sensitive paper. In this workshop you will experiment with light and shadow, learn all about this photographic process and create your own set of prints to take home.

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Experimental Drawing

Experiment with drawing and mark-making techniques using a variety of materials to unlock your creative potential. This fun and surprising workshop is suitable for all levels of ability Materials are provided.

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Memento Books

Learn the simple art of Japanese Stab Binding to bind together your old postcards, photos, magazine clippings and more into a decorative work of art that’s completely unique to you. Bring along your own ephemera to create a beautiful notebook that contains your own memories, or make a personal gift for someone else.

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Sculpture From Life

Spend the day working from a life model developing your technique for translating observations into a clay sculpture.

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Lampshade Making

During this workshop you will be taught how to make your own 30cm diameter Drum Lampshade. This class involves no sewing or experience. Please bring 1.2 metres by 30cm of non-embellished, non-silky, medium weight cotton or polycotton fabric. All other materials provided.

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Further Oil Painting

Ideal for those painters wanting to develop their technique and those who have completed our Beginners Oil Painting course. Develop your technique use sketches and source material to produce a painting.

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Colour Workshop

A fun, hands on workshop where you will learn all about creating and using colour. All materials provided.

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Tile Making

Through this one day workshop you will look at the tile designs of Gaudi, Art deco and Minton tiles to inspire you to create your own designs. Covering tile cutting, slip decoration and design, you will have your own bundle of completed tiles to collect a week or so after the end of the session.

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Experimental Drawing

Experiment with drawing and mark-making techniques using a variety of materials to unlock your creative potential. This fun and surprising workshop is suitable for all levels of ability. Materials are provided.

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Introduction To Oil Painting

This will be an introduction to oil painting with guidance on colour mixing, different types of oils and additives through to application and techniques. You will get the opportunity to create an oil painting on canvas by the end of the day.

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Summer Sketchbook Workshop

Join artist Nicci Wonnacott for this 1 day workshop considering the role of the sketchbook and its importance in your creative journey. Using your sketchbook, you will experiment with a range of media to look at ways of recording ideas, places and events. This is a mixed age workshop suitable for ages 12 upwards.

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Still Life

Use a range of materials and experimental techniques to build simple compositions suitable for beginners and improvers.

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Life Drawing

Spend the day working from a model and use a variety of drawing techniques and approaches. Perfect for beginners and those returning to drawing. All materials provided.

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Life Drawing

Spend the day working from a model and use a variety of drawing techniques and approaches. Perfect for beginners and those returning to drawing. All materials provided.

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Ben Walker

Ben Walker was recently hailed as ‘one of the best acoustic guitarists in the world’ by Total Guitar magazine. A BBC Folk Award winner, a versatile producer as well as a celebrated instrumentalist, he has a passion for putting old jewels in new settings, for bringing together traditional and contemporary music and for playing it like no-one else.

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Painting Mexico

Discover the art of Mexico in this one day workshop. An introduction to the art history of Mexico will explore Mexican artists use of colour and symbolism and their responses to landscape and still life. You will then be able to create your own Mexican inspired art works, using a variety of media including paint and collage.

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Japanese Woodblock Printing

Adrian Holmes will show you the wonderful art of Japanese woodblock printing. Traditional Japanese woodblock printing is a beautiful and meditative print process using watercolours and rice. Green and environmentally friendly, it uses non-toxic materials to create rich organic prints which are beautiful to the eye.

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Yes We Mystic

At a time when bands are stripping to the bare essentials, shedding instruments and members in favour of pre-recorded tracks, Yes We Mystic remains committed, in all senses, to excess. Their maximalist live show packs stages with equipment; their rich, knotted orchestration seem to indulge their every instrumental whim; and their album releases resemble large scale performance art projects.

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Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts (NYC, Rough Trade Records) play a crazy, original mix of scuzzy urban…

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Wishbone Ash

It’s a remarkable milestone few bands have achieved…50 years of continual touring and recording…always at the highest level. As Wishbone Ash take their place amongst an exceptionally rare elite, they’ll be celebrating the occasion with a specially extended show with video clips of the band through the years, taking the audience through their illustrious history.

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Exeter Contemporary Open 2019

An annual, open submission exhibition that presents work from some of the most exciting emerging and established artists from across the UK and beyond. This year’s panel will include critic and curator Sacha Craddock and artist and 2006 Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner as well as Phoenix Gallery Curator Matt Burrows.

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Robin Ince

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> ROBIN INCE’S CHAOS OF DELIGHT + She Makes War ‘WHEN SOMEONE WRITES THE HISTORY OF MODERN COMEDY, THEY SHOULD MAKE ROOM FOR…

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Well Raver

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Well Raver The aim of Well Raver is simple. Come and dance your socks off to high octane rave music while…

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Little Miss Sunshine (15)

Toni Colette and Steve Carell form part of a dysfunctional family who must pull together in order to get 8-yea- old Olive to California in time for the Little Miss Sunshine Beauty Pageant. Exeter’s favourite outdoor cinema event returns for two weekends of movie magic under the stars. 

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A Star Is Born (15)

Exeter’s favourite outdoor cinema event returns for two weekends of movie magic under the stars. Multi-award winning A Star Is Born is packed with killer performances and a powerful soundtrack that will go on to define Lady Gaga’s career.  

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (15)

Grab your fishnets and suspenders… it’s time to do The Time Warp in Northernhay Gardens! When a newly engaged couple breakdown in the middle of nowhere, they have no idea what awaits them in the bizarre residence of Dr Frank-N-Furter. Can Brad and Janet escape? And do they really want to?

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Pan’s Labyrinth (15)

Dark, twisted and beautiful the horrors of fantasy and reality are blended together when a young girl, Ofelia is sent to live in a remote Spanish forest with her pregnant mother and cruel step-father, Capitán Vidal. As Vidal works to flush out rebel fighters Ofelia is drawn in to Pan’s Labyrinth, a magical world of mythical beings. 

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Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

Considered one of the most legendary singers in rock history Freddy Mercury defined an era. Together with Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon they became Queen – one of the greatest bands the world has ever seen.

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Jurassic Park (PG)

Welcome to Jurassic Park…65 million years in the making. One night to destroy. Exeter’s favourite outdoor cinema event returns for two weekends of movie magic under the stars. 

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Exeter Phoenix Photowalk

Explore the beautiful historic city of Exeter with your camera on the Exeter Phoenix Photowalk. Led by local professional photographer Vanessa Miles you’ll uncover ‘hidden gems’ to photograph in Exeter’s most vibrant areas.

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Film Foley Fun Workshop

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Sold Out Film Foley Fun Workshop Half Day Workshop Get hands on with the incredible world of film sound effects! In this…

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Space Explorer Movie Maker

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Space Explorer Movie Maker Two Day Course (Tue 27 & Wed 28 Aug) This two day workshop will give an introduction into…

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2D Animation: Creatures, Aliens & Robots

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Cancelled 2D Animation: Creatures, Aliens & Robots Two Hour Workshop This workshop is an introduction to 2D cut-out animation. Using a variety…

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Artist’s Talk: Nina Royle

Phoenix Gallery Hospital Rooms Artist’s Talk  Artist Nina Royle will talk about her practice of making paintings on sculpted panels as an expression of landscape, weather, corporality and time and about working with Hospitals in Exeter. Hospital Rooms is an…

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Artist’s Talk: Mark Titchner

Phoenix Gallery Hospital Rooms Artist’s Talk  Hospital Rooms artist Mark Titchner will discuss his practice, which focuses on an exploration of words and language ranging from the quasi-mysticism of corporate mission statements to the maxims of revolutionary socialism. Hospital Rooms…

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Hospital Rooms – Exhibition Preview

Phoenix Gallery Hospital Rooms Join us for a glass of wine and a first chance to see the exhibition. Hospital Rooms is an arts and mental health charity that commissions extraordinary artworks from an impressive roster of award winning and…

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Hospital Rooms

Hospital Rooms is an arts and mental health charity that commissions extraordinary artworks from an impressive roster of award winning and acclaimed artists for NHS mental health inpatient units across the UK.

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Behind The Scenes: Life Casting

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Behind The Scenes: Life Casting Half Day Workshop Are you fascinated by the world of special effects and film prosthetics? Well now…

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Coding For Minecraft

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Postponed Coding For Minecraft 90 MINUTE WORKSHOP Experience coding Minecraft on a Raspberry Pi computer! In these two hour sessions for 9…

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Beginners Slime Making

Join the slime craze! If you haven’t already then this one hour course is best place to start your slime adventure. Our tutor, Izzy Wild, will teach you how to create slime from scratch using non-abrasive safe materials to create the best starter recipe that you will be able to re-create easily at home.

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Kid’s Animation: Mix-and-Match

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Cancelled Kid’s Animation: Mix-and-Match Two Hour Workshop Exeter Phoenix is delighted to offer this new animation workshop, suitable for those aged 5…

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Introduction to Adobe Lightroom

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Introduction to Adobe Lightroom One Day Course Lightroom is software for the professional and keen amateur photographer, helping you organise, edit and…

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Adobe Illustrator

This course will offer an in-depth introduction to Adobe Illustrator and prepare you with an understanding of how to use the programme to benefit your work.

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Photoshop

*Subject to a £1 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Adobe Photoshop CC essentials Two Day Course Our Adobe Photoshop course is lead by our Adobe Certified Instructor, who has an in-depth…

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WordPress

*Subject to a £1 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> WordPress Five week course Spread across five weeks, these morning sessions will introduce you to creating a new website using the powerful,…

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WordPress

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> WordPress Two Day Course This is an intensive introduction to creating a new website using the powerful, user-friendly software WordPress. Over the…

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Photography For Beginners

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Photography For Beginners Five week course This weekly photography course will build your confidence in photography skills, taking you from beginner to…

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Adobe InDesign

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Adobe InDesign CC essentials Two Day Course InDesign is a desktop publishing program that incorporates illustration capabilities into its interface. It also…

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Introduction to Visual Effects

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Sold Out One Day Workshop Introduction to Visual Effects Learn how to bring your films to life with industry animation and visual…

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Introduction to Editing

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> One Day Workshop Introduction to Editing Film editing is now something that anyone can do at home to a basic level, however…

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Introduction to Cinematography

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> One Day Workshop Introduction to Cinematography This practical hands-on one day course will help you become comfortable with operating professional film cameras….

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Introduction to Sound Recording For Film

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Postponed One Day Workshop Introduction to Sound Recording For Film This day-long practical course in sound recording for film will look at…

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Beginners Scriptwriting

This intensive one day course is designed for those new to scriptwriting looking to push their work to a professional level.

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Photography For Beginners

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Cancelled Photography For Beginners Two Day Workshop Professional photographer and picture editor, Vanessa Miles, will be running this in-depth two day course introducing…

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Exeter Phoenix Camera Group

The Exeter Phoenix Camera Group is a monthly social meet up for anyone keen on photography who has some experience, or may have been on the beginners course and would like to keep in contact with like minded enthusiasts.

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Drawing In Stitch

Use beautiful, colourful embroidery yarns as a way of considering how ritual and mark making can help create new and interesting artworks and offer a sense of meditation and letting go.

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Dr Feelgood

Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s Dr. Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw and uncompromising style of their performance resulted in the album Stupidity that immediately went to the number one position in the U.K. charts.

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Tom Baxter

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> Tom Baxter + Rob Richings One of the most distinguished song craftsmen of the 21st century makes his long-awaited return with ‘the…

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An Evening With Alan McGee

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> An Evening With Alan McGee Creation Records label owner, musician, music manager and blogger Alan McGee is one of the most recognisable…

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A Perfect World

A feisty young woman ventures into a Boy’s Own world of undiscovered jungles, treasure maps, campfires and penknives on an action-packed adventure. Leading her team of quarrelsome explorers she stumbles into a bountiful paradise, whose inhabitants seem entirely peaceful, productive and fulfilled.

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Kris Barras Band

UK guitarist Kris Barras is known for his high-energy hybrid of no-nonsense rock, blues and country. Winners of ‘best new band’ in the 2018 planet rock awards, The Kris Barras Band have become one of the UK’s fastest rising acts.

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Abstracting The Landscape

Over five week, explore ideas and techniques for making abstract art using colour and composition inspired by your favourite photos, sketches and memories of the landscape. This course is suitable for all levels of ability and will also offer an insight into art history and contemporary art.

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Freedom of Speech in a Globalised World

We are living through political and  societal disruption. Increasingly this is delivered by individuals proudly claiming their rights to free speech. Journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown argues that sexism, homophobia and xenophobia are sometimes expressed with intolerance justified through invocations of liberty.

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Further Painting In Acrylics

This course will give an all round approach for those wishing to improve painting ability and is ideal if you have completed one of our Painting for Beginners courses and who wish to learn more about painting techniques, composition, colour and styles.

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Further Drawing

This five week course will boost your artistic confidence, drawing on basic skills you already have. In this course we will consider the artists and practitioners and art movements that we are individually inspired and influenced by.

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Cyanotypes And Notebooks

This one day hands-on cyanotype workshop will introduce you to how to make your own cyanotypes and turn them into individual notebooks. Cyanotype is one of the earliest forms of photographic processes, distinctive for its Prussian blue prints.

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Cyanotype Workshop

Find out about this early form of photography and experiment with an assortment of objects to make a set of distinctive blue cyanotype prints to take away.

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Art Of The Far East

Spend the day developing artwork inspired by the landscapes and materials of China and Vietnam using traditional materials and tools.

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Pattern Design

Use a variety of source materials and techniques to create you own designs. Each week we will investigate different source materials, looking at historical and contemporary, geographical and political research to inform practice.

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Life Drawing

Work from a model and learn the principles of life drawing. Perfect for beginners and those returning to drawing, this course covers a variety of technical and expressive approaches to life drawing while offering an insight into their uses in art history and contemporary art.

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Portraiture

Explore portraiture techniques and approaches. Learn to translate the 3D model onto the 2D surface through various drawing and painting methods. Look at character and personality as well as bone structure and muscular form. Your drawing will refer to artists who specialised in portraiture.

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Guadalupe Plata

Guadalupe Plata is, in the group’s own words, ‘a new attempt to go further and beyond, in our crusade for regression and the idea of creating our own personal “Gris Gris”‘ – the record that dominated the tour van on their last tour of the UK.

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A Spork! Sporktacular

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >> BlahBlahBlah & Apples and Snakes Present A Spork! Sporktacular Spork! & Blahblahblah Bristol are buddying up to bring you a huge sporkful…

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Art of the Far East

An introduction to creating artwork inspired by the landscapes and materials of China and Vietnam using Chinese brushes and inks.

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Your Face / My Face

Work in pairs with a family member or friend and use fun techniques to create portraits of each other.

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Your Face / My Face

Work in pairs with a family member or friend and use fun techniques to create portraits of each other.

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Your Face / My Face

Work in pairs with a family member or friend and use fun techniques to create portraits of each other.

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Abstracting The Landscape

Explore ideas and techniques for making abstract art using colour and composition inspired by your favourite photos, sketches and memories of the landscape. This workshop is suitable for all levels of ability and will also offer an insight into art history and contemporary art.

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Abstracting The Landscape

Explore ideas and techniques for making abstract art using colour and composition inspired by your favourite photos, sketches and memories of the landscape. This workshop is suitable for all levels of ability and will also offer an insight into art history and contemporary art.

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Experimental Life Drawing

This workshop offers a new way of drawing the model through the use of props and clothing, which helps to redefine the way we consider the nude, space, colour, form and gender context. You will work through experimental approaches in scale and technique, through a diverse use of materials, to achieve contemporary drawings and mixed media artworks.

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Japanese Stab Binding

Learn the meditative art of Japanese Stab Binding with bookbinder Esther Williams. Stab binding is a simple and decorative method of bookbinding. In this workshop you’ll learn how to assemble a book, prepare the thread and create several beautiful notebooks each with a different stitch pattern.

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Life Drawing

Work from a model and learn the principles of life drawing. Perfect for beginners and those returning to drawing, this course covers a variety of technical and expressive approaches to life drawing while offering an insight into their uses in art history and contemporary art. Materials are provided. Please book in good time to avoid disappointment.

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