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Exeter Phoenix

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Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3LS
  • Telephone 01392 667080
  • Bar open Mon–Sat 10am–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 10am–3.30pm & 3.30pm–9pm.
  • Box office times Mon–Sat 10am–8pm
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Artists Talk: Huhtamaki Wab

Join the artist Huhtamaki Wab as he discusses the exhibition and his wider practice. This talk is free, but booking is essential.

Exeter Phoenix is pleased to present this solo exhibition of recent work by Devon-based artist Huhtamaki Wab who works across painting, sculpture, video and performance. This sculptural and performative installation presents a series of gongs, which will be played by the artist at various stages throughout the exhibition. These will sit amongst new paintings and fabric banner works.

Huhtamaki Wab lives and works in Devon, UK. He was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1984 and graduated from Chelsea College of Arts, 2008.

He employs a wry humour to situate himself and his practice in relation to the institutional art world, which is exemplified through his choice of adopted name, Huhtamaki, an alias taken from the base of a disposable cup from the Tate. A move to rural Devon has revitalised his acute connection to the landscape.

Wab has a keen interest in art made outside of the institution, collecting artworks from markets and car boots mostly created by unknown makers. Known as the Genius Treasure Collection, it was displayed in London as a public museum in his bedroom between 2018 and 2019.

Sun 31 Jan

Further Drawing: Scale & Texture

Welcome back to art classes at Exeter Phoenix. As part of our response to these uncertain times we have adapted our art courses so that you can book what feels right for you. We invite you to book onto as many individual sessions as you feel comfortable committing to from our series of further drawing workshops.

  • Session 1: Observation & Detail
  • Session 2 & 3: Scale & Texture
  • Session 4: Self Portraits
  • Session 5: Large Scale Still Life Observation and Detail Working from your own still life, learn to scale up your drawings to really observe and record form.

Tutor: Sarah John

Tue 26 Jan

£25 (£21)

Tue 2 Feb

£25 (£21)

Huhtamaki Wab: Gong Performances

Artist Huhtamaki Wab presents a series of gongs to accompany the paintings and fabric banner works in his current exhibition.

Sun 31 Jan

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Empathy Pains

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Empathy Pains

The multi-award winning comedian takes aim at her latest bête noire: empathy.

Sun 31 Jan


Tue 4 May

£14.50 (£12.50)

Lampshade Making Half Day


Sat 7 Nov

10.30am -1pm

During this ½ day 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 poly cotton fabric. All other materials provided.


Laurel Coxon

Laurel Coxon is a screenprint and textiles lecturer and co-founder of Arrietty and she has many years of experience teaching craft techniques and sewing skills. Laurel also makes and sells her own work in shops, markets and online platforms as well as contemporary craft fairs.

Sat 30 Jan

£30 (£26)

Make A Home For A Tiny Plant Ceramic Decorating Workshop

Decoration Workshop Sat 21 Nov 2pm-4pm £35 (£30)

Illustrator and maker Scotty Gillespie will guide you through the process he uses to produce illustrations and decoration for ceramics. You will be given one of his own hand formed and ready to decorate pots to make a statement home for a tiny succulent or cactus plant. At the end of the session Scotty will take your finished pieces and fire them, posting them out to you with a Riso print certificate as a memento of the day. All materials, mini plant, firing and postage of your fired and glazed pot are included in the price. Tutor: Scotty Gillespie Scotty Gillespie is a multidisciplinary illustrator whose work consists of bright, optimistic imagery and celebrating inclusivity, playfulness and tenderness. Their practice spans across illustration, textiles, animation and ceramics.

Sat 30 Jan

£35 (£30)

Sculpture From Life Half Day

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

Sarah is a practising ceramics and fine artist and is a regular tutor at Exeter Phoenix. Observation of human and natural form (in both 2D and 3D media) has remained central to her interests. Sarah focuses on learning ‘ways to see’, that are key for expressing the world of form around us, and on sharing skills and techniques in an informal atmosphere, which bring out the best creative ideas.

Workshop attendees get 10% off all food and hot drinks at the Café Bar.

Wed 27 Jan


The Simmertones

Seasoned nine-piece ska and reggae band from the UK.

Sat 30 Jan


Sat 29 Jan


Exeter Phoenix

Multi-use arts venue with film and gig auditorium, gallery spaces, recording studio and a cafe-bar.

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