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Exeter Custom House

Coming up

Making Mends: Weaving Woollen Wastes

Zoë Quick: Artist in residence 5-9 October 2022

Building on the wool gatherings that took place in February 2022, Zoë will continue spinning yarns with local residents and wider publics, exploring connections between wool, communities and land through a series of workshops, skills exchanges and lively drop in events.

Wednesday 5th October, 12.30-5pm 

& Friday 7th October, 10-5pm
Come and meet Zoë Quick in residence at Exeter Custom House  

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October, 10-5pm
Live performances at 12pm & 2pm
Zoë will be presenting live performances at 12pm & 2pm over the weekend.

Visitors will have the chance to chat to Zoë, learn some new skills and learn how the wool trade passing through Exeter Custom House played a key role in the cities history.

Back to Residencies.


Phoebe Cummings Artist in Residence 
25-29 May 2022
Installation & exhibition of works on paper 30 May - 24 July 2022
new site-specific botanical installation for the Custom House created as a contemporary response to the building’s original 17th century plaster ceilings.

Herald of Spring
11-20 February 2022
Mapping the early Spring flowers growing along the River Exe and Canal and out to the estuary.


28 August - 26 September 2021

A solo exhibition of artworks by Marcus Vergette 

We are reanimating this beautiful 17th century heritage building as a site for creative making and cultural exchange, responding to the Custom House's rich heritage as a cultural gateway to the city and as a nexus of trade with other regions of the UK and further afield. 

Our programme of exhibitions, artist residencies, new commissions and participatory activity uses contemporary practice to illuminate the heritage of the building, the Southwest region and the local environment, and invites audiences to take notice of their distinctiveness and resonance in the 21st century.  We bring local communities and artists into dialogue, and into creative exchange with communities and artists in other places.

We curate our activity in collaboration with Literature Works and their Quay Words programme as cultural partners in residence at the Custom House


If you are interested in supporting our programme at the Custom House as a volunteer or as part of our paid work experience programme for local young people, please contact us.

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