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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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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