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Art and Energy – A new start

Solar Cell Photo by Matt Austin
Solar Cell Photo by Matt Austin

We will be open:

Monday - Saturday 10am - 3pm

& Thursday 10am - 7pm

Visit us at 6 Paris Street, Exeter from 14-19 May

We’d like to invite you to help us launch our new venture: Art and Energy.

Art and Energy have a vision to transform the look of solar panels through art, in order to brighten up our city, celebrate our diverse culture and inspire people to consider renewable energy. At the moment solar panels are inky, uniform, clone-like and utilitarian.

Art and Energy are working with a team of partners and experts to create custom solar panels that can incorporate artistic design. This is a totally new and exciting concept.

We are holding a week long event in Princesshay, Exeter on 14 – 19 May

We hope you’ll come along to:

  • See how solar PV tech can be used differently
  • Share your ideas for solar artworks
  • Get creative with some materials
  • See examples of art and energy from around the world and vote for your favourite
  • Help us decide what sort of art and energy project to develop in Exeter

Examples of what could happen include arts based carports and electrical plug-in places, public sculpture that could charge up gadgets, place based art on roofs, self-lighting arts based cycle paths.

We are being supported by Exeter City Futures, who are working towards Exeter being more sustainable, liveable and inclusive city. We are on their start up 15 week programme called Exeter Velocities setting up this social enterprise.

We are working with Exeter School of Art students, Exeter University researchers, businesses and Community Energy groups to develop and illustrate some of these ideas.


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Art Week Exeter 2018

Art Week Exeter 2018 Logo

Art and Energy are proud to be participating in Art Week Exeter this year!

Art Week Exeter is the annual city-wide art festival in Exeter, Devon. Its aim is to encourage and frame artistic activity: this involves working with artists, producers, organisations, venues and local government to produce a programme that showcases the best Exeter has to offer, alongside the work of nationally- and internationally-renowned artists.

During the week we will be collaborating with Demand Energy Equality to deliver some workshops and a talk

See below for details:

array - art exploring our energy generation

During Art Week Exeter, we’re going to be sharing what we know about the most awesome artists doing work with and about energy. AND we’ll thinking about what sort of art and energy projects could happen in Exeter.

Our energy system is the beating heart of civilization and the unseen web that binds us all together. This system is changing phenomenally fast and these changes will affect all of us; but we’re all aware that most people think energy is ultra-dull.

Artists have always played an important role in revolutions – but what are artists doing now?

In this talk, we will explore how artists are pioneering ways to help us connect better to our energy system and make a more beautiful world.

  • Hear from local creative practitioners who’ve done inspiring work
  • Find out more about projects from around the world
  • Understand some of the energy challenges we face in Exeter
  • Help us find a way towards a brighter future and
  • Have a say about the sort of art and energy projects you’d like to see in our city

Build your own solar charger- 24th May

A workshop delivered by Demand Energy Equality in association with Art and Energy

Fee: £30

Booking essential

Ever wondered just what goes on in inside a solar panel? Ready to take clean energy into your own hands? Stumped by watts, amps and volts? Fascinated by the future of power?

This full day workshop goes back to basics, ready to take you from zero to hand-made solar panel in a flash – with the future of energy explored along the way.

Walk away at the end of the day with a fully operational solar panel built from scratch – ready to charge your phone – and all your questions answered.

All materials are included and no previous experience is required.

electrical art challenge - 25th May

Come and play with us experimenting with all sorts of materials and making artworks that explore, light, colour, reflection and movement using electricity generated from the sun.

This full day workshop will cover the principles of designing and making solar powered art, whether as a self-contained sculpture or incorporated into existing installations. Using themes of colour, reflection, texture, sound and movement, you will be challenged to create a work of your own using reclaimed materials and electrical components.

You will have a chance to learn about and get hands-on experience with the electrical components and circuits that go into an off grid solar energy system whilst creating a piece of art – with the the challenges of energy efficiency explored along the way.

All materials are included and no previous experience is required.

This workshop is £30

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Start-up support from Velocities

Naomi Wright and Chloe Uden Picture by Matt Austin
Exeter Velocities Logo

Art and Energy are delighted to announce that we’ve been selected to participate in Exeter City Futures prestigious Velocities programme to support new ideas.

Exeter Velocities is a start-up accelerator offering support and funding for entrepreneurs with ideas to improve mobility and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. It does this through three programmes that focus on supporting the development of a start-up as it moves from idea to impact – Nurture, Advance, and Immersion.


Each year, the Velocities programme aims to help up to 30 start-ups who are developing innovative solutions to the way we travel and power our lives for the better.

By providing these businesses with advice, mentoring and funding, they aim to generate positive social impact for Exeter and its surrounding areas. Exeter has specific challenges with transport and air quality which are common to major conurbations around the globe.

By working with the City of Exeter, start-ups can access a real-word testbed for ideas and solutions and measure their positive impact.

Exeter City Futures Velocities programme

Our initial proposal to the Velocities programme was to create: “A beautiful low carbon energy system that supports our journey to energy literacy and increases the well-being of all.”

So, over the next 15 weeks, Art and Energy will be working hard to test and refine our ideas, to define what we’re doing, what out value proposition is, and figure out how to achieve our goal.

“In October 2017, it occurred to me that solar panels could do so much more for us that just generate energy!”

“With new developments in the technology, we can now include colour, shape and line in our panels.”

“This means that we can create art; and if we can create a new medium for artists of the future, perhaps solar panels will be able to reflect our diverse communities and cultural identities.” 

Chloe Uden, Founder of Art and Energy

Chloe Uden Photo by Matt Austin