An exhibition of artworks by Marcus Vergette
An invitation to re-consider the value of the natural world.


Through mapping and measuring some of the interdependencies in the natural world, Devon-based artist Marcus Vergette invites us to tune in to different perspectives, scales and timelines and acknowledge how all organisms in an ecosystem depend upon each other. 


His bell sculptures, printed works and hand drawn maps playfully remind us to pay attention to natural forces – the sea, weather, disease, migration – and to what happens when finely tuned relationships in nature are disrupted.


The exhibition includes a new bell sculpture Stone Carillon created during lockdown, comprising playable marble bells hung on an ash wood frame hewn from ash trees suffering from ash dieback. It also features curated items from the Custom House's historic collection and sapling native broad leaf trees by kind permission of Devon Wildlife Trust in a new site-specific installation.

Most of the artworks on display are for sale. Please contact us for sales enquiries

About Marcus Vergette

Musician and artist Marcus Vergette is perhaps best known for his Time and Tide series of hand cast bells designed as musical markers of the high tide and as a salutary early warning system marking the rising sea levels around the coastline of the United Kingdom.  Rung by the movement of the sea, each bell in the series alerts local communities to the water level, signifying the possibilities for navigation at high tide and the increasing frequency of high sea levels

Watch two promo films for the Recalibration exhibition:

Recalibration is part of a pilot programme of arts and heritage interventions curated by Honeyscribe for Exeter Custom House.

Generously funded by Arts Council England and Exeter Canal and Quay Trust 

Back to Residencies.

Free admission. Open 10am-5pm daily
Book in advance plus drop in where capacity allows. 
For the latest information on Covid safe access and group bookings please visit Exeter Custom House  

Tuesdays & Thursdays (10-11am): Restricted capacity visits
for anyone preferring to visit the exhibition in limited numbers to support socially distanced access. Masks will be compulsory during these times unless you are exempt for medical reasons and the building will be limited to 12 visitors in total.  


Sunday 5, 12, 19, 26 September (10-11am): Look, Draw, Notice
Sunday morning creative workshops for families and child-friendly tours of the exhibition.

Special Events

Saturday 11 September (10am-5pm): Under the microscope
Micrographia Robert Hooke's celebrated 17th century book on microscopy will be on temporary display, by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter, Exeter Cathedral. Artist Marcus Vergette will be joined by Dr Felicity Henderson and ecologist Rob Wolton to discuss the importance of looking at different scales. Master printmaker Simon Marsh will demonstrate printing. Part of Heritage Open Days

Saturday 25 September (10am-5pm): Moths to a Flame
Art & Energy will be in residence with a temporary installation and creative activity for all ages as part of their Moths to a Flame project.

Enjoy the atmosphere of the Custom House after hours. Join us for a relaxed evening to visit the exhibition, enjoy some music and creative activities.  Cash bar available.

Wednesday 15 September: Late opening until 10pm
The exhibition will stay open into the evening to coincide with the Quay Words event in the Transit Shed, with Marcus Vergette joining poet and musician Anthony Joseph. The Stone Carillon marble bell sculpture will be played at intervals throughout the evening. 

Friday 24 September: Late opening until 10pm
Enjoy some tunes as DJ Dr John animates the building with music from around the world. The Art & Energy Collective will be in residence with a temporary installation and creative activity as part of their Moths to a Flame project.

All events are bookable in advance, plus drop in where capacity allows. 

Watch a short film about Recalibration:

28 August - 26 September 2021
Exeter Custom House, Exeter Quay