Interview: Siân Docksey from The Sex and Nature Salon

I interviewed Siân Docksey prior to the salon to ask her how she found out about this unique, yet fascinating opportunity, to which she replied, “way back in March when the world set on fire and everything just disintegrated in front of us, I lost all of my gigs. I was on a writer’s weekly mail out and there was an advert for joining a Creative Fellowship at the University”. After questioning whether being a ‘Fellow’ involved “[walking] around in a cravat [tipping your] hat at people”, she soon discovered that the University of Exeter’s Arts and Culture team recruits three Creative Fellows a year, who work with academics to enhance their area of research. So, “it’s a bit like speed dating,” Siân noted, laughing. As if by fate, Siân was partnered with Dr Ina Linge, an expert in “The Politics of Sexual Nature”. Continue reading Interview: Siân Docksey from The Sex and Nature Salon

Review: RAMM Lates

Last Friday night I went to the RAMM for just the second time since I’ve lived in Exeter. As an English student and exhibition lover, I find it strange that there is such a valuable resource in the centre of town that I have never used. The RAMM Lates event highlighted the fact that the RAMM is a great resource that has real relevance to the student community. Museums allow us to experience culture up close and without the filter of computer screens that we have become accustomed to. After learning about Native American culture and history last term I found it eye-opening to be able to see firsthand authentic artefacts – such as traditional clothing and weapons – from Native American culture. So surely this is a resource we should all be using more often? Continue reading Review: RAMM Lates

Review: Lucian Freud: The Self-Portraits @ The Royal Academy of Arts

This winter the Royal Academy of Arts has exhibited Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits. The collection of portraits ranges from his early career in 1940, to his most recent work in 2001. This masterfully curated exhibition focuses on the self and demonstrates how Freud’s painting style has changed and matured over time. The exhibition progresses from his early surrealist painting, to his later brutally realist work, exposing the frailty of his aged body. The style of his portraits is striking and contradictory as Freud resists being exposed and “known”, he hides in his paintings, yet also maintains intrigue as the subject of the portrait. Continue reading Review: Lucian Freud: The Self-Portraits @ The Royal Academy of Arts

Investing in Arts and Culture: A Public Conversation on Value and Where We Place It

The panel was held on the 23rd of May at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum Exeter. The speakers included experts in Business and Theatre from Exeter University (Beverly Hawkins and Jane Milling respectively), the director of South West Arts Council of England (Clare Titley), the Chairman of the HQ theatres Trust (Stephen Herthington), and the executive director of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre centre, based in … Continue reading Investing in Arts and Culture: A Public Conversation on Value and Where We Place It

Jim Causely: Devon Folk Legend Presents the Poems of Charles Causely

On Wednesday 6 November 2013 at 7.30pm, the University of Exeter Arts & Culture Team in conjunction with the University’s Heritage Collections Department are proud to present one of Devon’s, and indeed the UK’s finest contemporary folk singers, Jim Causley.   Accompanied by talented guitarist Lukas Drinkwater, Jim will be performing the wonderful songs he has composed to the words of the poems of his distant … Continue reading Jim Causely: Devon Folk Legend Presents the Poems of Charles Causely

Bob Harris: A Life in Music

The second speaker in the University of Exeter Arts & Culture Team’s Forum Series talks  is ‘whispering’ Bob Harris, the legendary DJ and broadcaster who made his name presenting BBC2’s seminal rock programme, The Old Grey Whistle Test , was Co-founder of Time Out Magazine and is current host of BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris Country which focuses on country, roots and Americana music. On … Continue reading Bob Harris: A Life in Music