Exeter College of Art and Design

Last updated

Coordinates: 50°42′36″N3°30′49″W / 50.709914°N 3.513501°W / 50.709914; -3.513501


Exeter College of Art and Design
Location, ,
The old School of Art building, now the Phoenix arts centre Exeter Phoenix - geograph.org.uk - 315723.jpg
The old School of Art building, now the Phoenix arts centre
Exeter College of Art and Design Earl Richards Road North site 1980's Exeter college of art.JPG
Exeter College of Art and Design Earl Richards Road North site 1980's

Exeter College of Art and Design was an art college based in Exeter, Devon. Founded in 1854, it amalgamated with what would become Plymouth University in 1989.

The main building was located at Earl Richards Road North Exeter from the 1970s with some facilities based at Barts until the early 1980s. Graphics was based on Gandy Street in the old School of Art buildings until it relocated to the main site in 1984. The Printmaking department was initially located at The Mint. [1] The Art College offered higher education courses including Foundation, BA (Hons) and Combination courses with the University of Exeter as well as MA/Pg diplomas. Disciplines were, Fine Art Ceramics, Graphics, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture and 4D (Film, Video, Sound).

The Priory Press was introduced by Alan Richards and Bernard Beard in association with The Bartholomew Print Workshop in the 1960s and produces limited edition handmade printed books. [2]


The School of Art was founded in Exeter in 1854 as part of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and promoted by Edward Bowring Stephens a local sculptor. [3] In 1858 decorative designer Kent Kingdon offered a £5 prize for a decorative design. [4]

In 1951 The Exeter School of Art was renamed as the Exeter Central College of Art. [5]

Clifford Fishwick (19231997) was appointed Painting Master in 1947 [6] and was principal of the college from 1958 to 1984 a skilled painter having trained at Liverpool School of Art, he was a friend of Peter Lanyon and exhibited regularly with the Penwith Society of Arts. [7] Fishwick is now regarded as an important, if underrated figure in post-war British painting and one of the better artists of the St Ives group. [8]

In 1966 students print work was featured in an exhibition entitled "An Approach to Printmaking in Exeter" at The Whitechapel Gallery, London. In 1973 the College was renamed again as Exeter College of Art and Design and a new building opened at Earl Richards Road North on the outskirts of Exeter.

In 1976 painting tutor John Butler set up The Spacex (art gallery) which became a registered educational charity in 1990. [9]

The college amalgamated with Polytechnic South West based in Plymouth in 1989 and in 2007 the facilities moved permanently to the Plymouth Campus. In 2011 planning permission was granted to demolish and redevelop the site to provide 39 dwellings with parking and landscaping. [10]



Related Research Articles

Eduardo Paolozzi Scottish sculptor and artist

Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi was a Scottish sculptor and artist. He is widely considered to be one of the pioneers of pop art.

John Virtue, is an English artist who specialises in monochrome landscapes. He is honorary Professor of Fine Art at the University of Plymouth, and from 2003 to 2005 was the sixth Associate Artist at London's National Gallery.

Topsham, Devon Human settlement in England

Topsham is a town in Devon, England, in the district of Exeter, on the east side of the River Exe, immediately north of its confluence with the River Clyst and the former's estuary, between Exeter and Exmouth. Although village-sized, with a current population of around 5,023, increasing to 5,519 at the 2011 census for the electoral ward population which includes Countess Wear, which is its own individual settlement, Topsham was designated a town by a 1300 royal charter, until the Exeter urban district was formed. It is served by Topsham railway station on the branch line to Exmouth. In 2011 was the 150th anniversary of the railway coming to Topsham, on what is now called the Exeter–Exmouth Avocet Line.

Plymouth College of Art

Plymouth College of Art, formerly known as Plymouth College of Art and Design, is an independent university-sector Higher Education (HE) provider located in Plymouth, Devon UK. In April 2019 the specialist college was awarded taught degree awarding powers (TDAP) by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) granting the creative institution the authority to award and accredit its own BA (Hons) degrees and Masters awards.

Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) is a Canadian arts-related organization that was founded in 1880.

Exeter College, Exeter Tertiary college in Exeter, Devon, England

Exeter College is a general further education college in Exeter, Devon; it was first such college in England, and is currently the highest-ranked in the country. The College has its origins in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, founded in 1869, and first became an independent institution in 1893 as the Exeter Technical and University Extension College. After using various different sites, the College's preceding institution moved into its present main campus in 1959, and was established in its present form as the first English further education college in 1970. The majority of its present buildings were constructed from 2005 onward.

Andre Stitt

André Stitt is an artist currently based in Cardiff, Wales, where he is a Professor of Fine Art at the Cardiff School of Art & Design.

Edward Allington

Edward Thomas Allington was a British artist and sculptor, best known for his part in the 1980s New British Sculpture movement.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) is a museum and art gallery in Exeter, Devon, the largest in the city. It holds significant and diverse collections in areas such as zoology, anthropology, fine art, local and overseas archaeology, and geology. Altogether the museum holds over one million objects, of which a small percentage is on permanent public display. It is a 'Major Partner Museum' (MPM) under the Arts Council England administered programme of strategic investment, which means RAMM receives funding (2012–15) to develop its services. RAMM receives this funding in partnership with Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery. Previously they were described as 'hub museums' under the 'Renaissance' Programme for regional museums which operated between 2002–11 and funded by the now defunct Museums Libraries & Archives Council (MLA).

Bruce McLean is a Scottish sculptor, performance artist and painter.

Franz Kempf AM is an Australian artist.

The Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA) was founded in 1859 by artists eager to promote art and education: organising annual open exhibitions, talks and workshops held at Manchester Art Gallery. The Academy celebrated its 150th anniversary with a series of exhibitions and a service at Manchester Cathedral in November 2009.

Peter Randall-Page

Peter Randall-Page RA is a British artist and sculptor, known for his stone sculpture work, inspired by geometric patterns from nature. In his words "geometry is the theme on which nature plays her infinite variations, fundamental mathematical principle become a kind of pattern book from which nature constructs the most complex and sophisticated structures".

Cardiff School of Art & Design

Cardiff School of Art & Design (CSAD) is one of the five schools that comprise Cardiff Metropolitan University. It originated as the Cardiff School of Art in 1865.

Michael Sandle is a British sculptor and artist. His works include several public sculptures, many relating to themes of war, death or destruction. His work has been critical of what he describes as the "heroic decadence" of capitalism and its involvement in global conflict.

Spacex (art gallery) Contemporary art gallery in Devon, England

Spacex was a contemporary art organisation, located in Exeter, between 1974 and 2017. It was founded in 1974 by John Butler as an artist co-operative. Its programme spanned installations, performance, photography, sculpture, painting, film and video. Its learning programme focused on helping visitors of all ages to explore and engage with contemporary art.

Thomas Trevor (curator)

Thomas Trevor is a British curator and writer on contemporary art.

Clifford Fishwick was a painter and Principal of Exeter College of Art and Design who exhibited regularly with the Newlyn and Penwith Societies. Fishwick is regarded as an important if underrated figure in post-war British painting.

Dorothea Wight was a British printmaker and artist. Wight is best known for founding the Studio Prints on Queen's Crescent, where editions of artists’ prints were created, working with some of the most important contemporary British artists, including Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud, Ken Kiff, R. B. Kitaj, Leon Kossoff, Celia Paul, Paula Rego, William Turnbull, Kim Lim and more than 100 other artists. She married her collaborator in the workshop, Marc Balakjian, in 1973. The two would lead Studio Prints in introducing a number of techniques to British printmaking, and the studio was considered "at the forefront of British Printmaking for 40 years".

Myfanwy Kitchin British artist (1917-2002)

Myfanwy Kitchin (1917–2002) was a British artist known for her paintings and, later in her career, ceramic sculptures.


  1. "Exeter Historic Buildings Trust". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
  2. Maxted, Ian (16 January 2007). "Exeter Working Papers in British Book Trade History; 12 A history of the book in Devon". First published 2001. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  3. Oxford National Biography (2013). "Exeter Memories - E B Stephens". exetermemories.co.uk. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  4. "Exeter Memories - Kent Kingdon". exetermemories.co.uk. 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  5. "Art history in Plymouth". www1.plymouth.ac.uk. 2013. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  6. "The Art Room: Portfolio - Devon Art Gallery in Topsham". theartroomtopsham.co.uk. 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2013. Martin Bentham
  7. A.Alvarez (28 January 1997). "Obituary: Clifford Fishwick - People - News - The Independent". The Independent . London: INM. ISSN   0951-9467. OCLC   185201487 . Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  8. "Volume and exhibition help put overlooked figure in rightful place | This is Cornwall". thisiscornwall.co.uk. 2013. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  9. "Spacex Gallery | Artist Biographies". artbiogs.co.uk. 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  10. "Planning Pages". pub.exeter.gov.uk. 2013. Archived from the original on 7 July 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  11. "Clifford Fishwick". Poems, paintings and drawings. Devon Records Office. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  12. "Rudges". archive.is. 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  13. "The Slade School of Fine Art: Prof Edward Allington". ucl.ac.uk. 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  14. "Still Life - Martin Bentham RWA, Christopher Garratt & Robert Organ at The Art Room - Topsham". artrabbit.com. 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  15. "Idbury Press" . Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  16. "University of Exeter catalogue". Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  17. "Roger and Margaret Dean" . Retrieved 11 April 2012.
  18. "Goodwin, Arthur" . Retrieved 11 April 2012.[ permanent dead link ]
  19. "21.p.Teaching and Commissions.davideddington.com". davideddington.com. 2011. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 1988-1989 Painting Fellow
  20. M.E. Brine (2009). "John Angel F. R. B. S". devonheritage.org. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  21. "Christian Birmingham from HarperCollins Publishers Australia". harpercollins.com.au. 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  22. "Peter Bright - Artist?". peterbright.net. 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  23. Farrelly Liz (2004). Fashion Forever : 30 years of subculture. New York: Thames Hudson. ISBN   1903781086.
  24. "Untitled Document". chrispig.com. 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  25. "FRINGE REPORT". fringereport.com. 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  26. "Keith_Towler_biography.pdf". docs.google.com. 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  27. "Heather Tweed - Saatchi Critic text". heathertweed.co.uk. 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  28. "Exeter Memories - F J Widgery". exetermemories.co.uk. 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.