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

  • Creative Cabin art activities

    1 June 2021 to 31 August 2021

    Join us in our travelling Creative Cabin for art activities, talks and more this summer. Coming to a neighbourhood near you! Watch this space for events and times.

  • Creative Session for Under 5's

    24 June 2021

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

  • Mike Perry in conversation

    1 July 2021

    Join us for an insightful conversation with exhibiting artist, Mike Perry, and guest speaker Ben Borthwick. They will be reflecting on the themes in Perry's current exhibition: Mike Perry Land/Sea....

  • Art Dayz - The Lost Art of Seaweed Pressing (morning)

    3 July 2021

    Visit the Abode of Love on Exmouth's seafront for a family friendly art activity making seaweed pressings with Exmouth artist Anna Fitzgerald. 11am – 1.30pm OR (there is another session 2 – 4.30pm) £...

  • Art Dayz - The Lost Art of Seaweed Pressing (afternoon)

    3 July 2021

    Visit the Abode of Love on Exmouth's seafront for a family friendly art activity making seaweed pressings with artist Anna Fitzgerald. 2 - 4.30pm (there is another session 11 – 1.30pm) £10* per...

  • Climate Conversation - Sidmouth

    18 July 2021

    THG and Sidmouth Coastal Community Hub co-host the first in a series of Climate Conversations. Climate Conversations brings together local activists and project groups, with academics and artists...

  • Art Dayz - Creating a Labyrinth in the Sand

    24 July 2021

    Exmouth artist Anna Fitzgerald has invited sand artist Paul Burton and storyteller Jaz Brown for a family friendly art activity creating a labyrinth in the sand. Sand artist Paul Burton will give an...

  • 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...

  • Art Dayz - Sand Body Casting

    14 August 2021

    Visit the Abode of Love, Exmouth for a family friendly art activity with Exmouth artist Anna Fitzgerald. Cast your hands and feet by imprinting them in damp sand, using Plaster of Paris. Then create...

  • 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...