The dynamic city of Exeter is rich with art, theatre and music with a variety of arts venues and independent theatres like the Northcott Theatre, Exeter Phoenix, Lemon Grove, the Old Firehouse and the Corn Exchange. Exeter has also has its share of music related enterprises including the famous Mansons Guitar Works, who make guitars for the likes of Matt Bellamy (Muse) and Mikey Demus (Skindred).
Exeter has always been a historic and cultural hub, but in 2019 the Cathedral City truly came into its own. New, quirky bars and cafes opening left, right and centre make Exeter a fun and vibrant city to explore throughout the year. Being so close to the countryside means that real earthy, muddy festivals are only a short hop away. Beautiful Days (run by the Levellers) happens every year as well as the cheerful Chagstock Music Festival in the heart of the moors – plus you’re only a short hop on the train to Glastonbury, home to the most famous festival of all.
Of course, coronavirus has sadly impacted many of our local venues and arts centres, but with several of them having recently received Arts Council England funding, we think Exeter will be quick to get back on its feet.
Online learning: Since March we’ve swapped the studio for home and come September we’re confident we’ll be in a great position to offer flexible, online learning to students should we need to. We’re also spreading out, finding new spaces for learning so classrooms can be bigger and class sizes smaller. We were quick to adapt to the changes back in the Spring, and received some hugely positive feedback from our students.
“Group tutor sessions and live online performances have kept me feeling involved and uplifted during these crazy times”
– Ella Crossland, Exeter student, April 2020.