University of Exeter Arts and Culture Fellow

Deadline Monday 16 April 2018

Creative Process Placement

Exploratory placement over 5 weeks working in interdisciplinary Research Environments


The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university, ranked amongst the top 1 per cent of universities worldwide according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The university has recently produced a new arts and culture strategy, aiming to Activate Creativity. This placement offers the opportunity for a creative practitioner to work for a short period as an Arts and Culture Fellow to explore creative sites and practices across the University’s colleges and institutes. The commission is open to any artform practice that can be demonstrated to have relevance to the context (including, but not limited to photographic, performative, text-based or spatial practices).

The role of the Arts and Culture Fellow

The artist will be introduced to a number of key contacts and departments with different research focuses and ways of working. The artist will be supported to work alongside these different research communities, producing creative outputs that investigate, interrogate and explore the processes and practices of research undertaken at Exeter.

On a very practical level, this may involve attending informal department meetings, building 1-1 relationships with particular researchers and exploring novel perspectives on the social and spatial activities that support the University’s work.

The University and its Campuses

The University of Exeter’s campuses in Devon and Cornwall host around 20,000 students and are open to the public from their adjacent communities and enterprises.

The University’s main Streatham Campus is a fifteen minute walk from the centre of Exeter. It is home to University building and institutes, a nationally significant theatre, a film museum, venues, cafes, bars, a public art trail and mature, designated arboretum. It is envisaged that the majority of the Fellow’s activity will take place on this campus.

Further information on the campuses can be found at


·             Connect individuals and disciplinary perspectives within the University, through creative engagement and outputs

·             Navigate different ways of working within different research environments.

·             Act as an advocate for artistic processes and creative methodologies within the context of a research intensive university.

·             Work with specified research institutes, looking at interdisciplinary process.

·             Document processes and ways of working using creative practice




Help facilitate a networking session involving researchers from different disciplines looking at creative ways of working.

Artistic output that can be presented or considered as a guide to creative possibilities within the University, using an agreed artform process.

Documentation (either part of core artistic output, or additional to it) that can be incorporated into a previously commissioned digital work which uses photographic images and text feeds.



Fee £3,500

Travel & accommodation £500

Materials £600

Documentation £400

Total £5,000 exclusive of VAT.



Apply by sending a one page written response (with up to 6 supporting images, or link to one video file if appropriate), plus a CV to by 9am on Monday 16th April.

Interviews will be on 25th April in Exeter.

The Fellowship runs over 5 weeks to be agreed with University of Exeter, between May and the end of July, split between in-situ research and production time. Key engagement should occur between 14th May and 15th June.


Skills and Experience for delivering this project.

Familiarity with University environment, and ideally with non-arts research environments.

Experience of arts placements or residencies with non-arts professionals.

Ability to plan and deliver projects to deadlines.

Strong interest in use of creative processes and application of artistic insights and behaviours in diverse contexts.

Interest in wide variety of subjects addressed by research contexts.

Collaborative outlook.

Willingness and ability to spend time on the University of Exeter campuses.

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