Phoebe Cummings Duties

​Utilising the Custom House as a space of live production, research and performance, artist Phoebe Cummings will consider the historic function of the building as a site for recording the movement of materials and will continue her exploration of writing as a form of recording and re-performing ephemeral works in clay.

Re-cycled clay from former works will be combined with new raw material in a site-specific installation for the Custom House stairwell as a contemporary response to the building’s original 17th century plaster ceilings.

Working primarily with clay in its raw state, her time-based work will gradually shape-shift over time, shrinking, cracking, breaking and turning to dust. 


She will work with local residents and visitors during her residency using drawing, making and writing to explore the building and its histories and ideas of value, raw materials, making and care. 

About Phoebe Cummings

Winner of the British Ceramics Biennial Award (2011) and Woman’s Hour Craft Prize (2017), Phoebe was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University of Brighton School of Arts in 2019 and is Research Associate at the Ceramics Research Centre UK, University of Westminster. 



Part of a pilot programme of artistic interventions curated by Honeyscribe for Exeter Custom House
Generously funded by Exeter Canal and Quay Trust

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Special Public Events

Wednesday 25 May (6.30-7.30pm)The Poetics of Clay
Discussion event between Phoebe Cummings and writer Jane Pugh on the significance of clay and making site-specific work that responds to place. In collaboration with Literature Works as part of their Quay Words programme. Book a ticket

Friday 27 - Sunday 29 May (10am-4.30pm)
Drop in and meet Phoebe as she creates her new work for the Custom House 


Saturday 11 June (2pm-5pm): Look up
Join Honeyscribe's Artistic Director Amy Shelton and Naome Glanville from the University of Exeter for an afternoon of making and informal conversation celebrating the new artwork by Phoebe Cummings. Learn about the historic ceilings and make your own botanical fragment in clay.
Drop in (no booking required)
Generously supported by Arts & Culture University of Exeter for Artweek Exeter

25-29 May 2022
Phoebe Cummings in residence

30 May - 24 July 2022
Installation (Stairwell)
Exhibition of clay studies and works on paper (Surveyor's Office)

Exeter Custom House, 46 The Quay
Open daily 10am-5pm Free entry