Abode of Love

The Abode of Love art commission is rejuvenating Exmouth's seafront.

The Abode of Love is a flood defence in Exmouth, East Devon. It is 342 feet long, with 9 bays, intercepted by a flight of stairs leading up to the main road. It is a popular area with local residents and tourists who all use the bays in various different ways from picnics and music practice, to sheltering from the sun.

In 2019, East Devon District Council invited Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) to develop an ambitious arts commission for the area complementing the new waterfront developments in 2020. It was part of a wider initiative celebrating Exmouth, placing culture and creativity at its heart.

Due to Covid-19, the project could no longer go ahead, however THG and artist Anna Fitzgerald pledged their commitment to develop a creative response to Exmouth. 

Anna Fitzgerald created ‘To be continued…’a site-specific commission at the Abode of Love where the community of Exmouth including artists and designers collectively transformed the walls with vibrant coloured pixels. 

The Exmouth community were asked in a local call out to share how they wanted to shape Exmouth’s creative journey. A panel including local artist Anna Fitzgerald, designer Gary Cook, Exmouth councillor Joe Whibley, Ruth Gooding (THG) and Harriet Bates (Infusion art café) selected 60 participants from the respondents including artists, performers, musicians, writers and designers.  They were then invited to ‘make their mark’ on one of the pixels of the Abode of Love, pledging their commitment to Exmouth’s creative future.

This commission paves the way towards a dynamic, participatory public art project planned for 2021 when partners and groups will come together to help shape and inform a new commission. They will include Exmouth Town Council, East Devon District Council, Exmouth Artists and young people from Exmouth schools and communities groups.

The project has been completed. Please go and take a look.

Find out more and watch the painting of the pixels- steady hands only for those straight lines!

 

Creative Cabin Events

  • ROUTES drop in printmaking workshop

    27 July 2021

    Join us at THG's Creative Cabin and try some letterpress and monoprinting to create your own inky responses to the landscape. As part of Heath Week, our Creative Cabin will be at Aylesbeare Common...

  • The Big Butterfly Search drop in art activity

    28 July 2021

    Get creative to celebrate the Pearl Bordered and Small Pearl Bordered butterfly. As part of Heath Week, THG's Creative Cabin will be at Aylesbeare Common with East Devon AONB and Wild East Devon....

  • Climate Conversations Exmouth inc Artist Talk

    29 July 2021

    Join the conversation about the climate emergency 5 - 6pm meet local groups and share your views on East Devon District Council’s Climate Emergency Plan 6 - 8 pm (6.00 - 6.30pm gallery tour / 6.30...

  • Creative Sessions for Under 5's

    29 July 2021

    Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) invites under 5's and their parents/carers to a fun, creative session. We will be outside in the THG garden with artist Laurel Coxon. The sessions are play-based and...

  • Completely Batty at the Donkey Sanctuary

    9 August 2021

    Our Creative Cabin will be visiting The Donkey Sanctuary on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 August with ‘Completely Batty’ fun activities for all the family! Drop in any time between 11am and 3pm.  The...

  • Completely Batty at the Donkey Sanctuary

    10 August 2021

    Our Creative Cabin will be visiting The Donkey Sanctuary on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 August with ‘Completely Batty’ fun activities for all the family! Drop in any time between 11am and 3pm.  The...

  • Topsham Charter Day - craft activities

    13 August 2021

    Try your hand at traditional copper riveting and on your own miniature wooden plank, you will capture fragments of the stories in pictures and in words. Join us to celebrate Topham Charter day with a...

  • Art Dayz - Sand Body Casting

    14 August 2021

    Join Exmouth artist Anna Fitzgerald and create casts of your hands and feet out of sand. We will be casting hands and feet imprinted in damp sand using plaster of paris. We will then take photos (...

  • Creative Sessions for Under 5's

    26 August 2021

    Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) invites under 5's and their parents/carers to a fun, creative session in the Creative Cabin. We will be outside in the THG garden with artist Laurel Coxon. The sessions...

  • Creative Session for Under 5's

    30 September 2021

    Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) invites under 5's and their parents/carers to a fun, creative session in the Creative Cabin. We will be outside in the THG garden. The sessions are play-based and...