Guide East Devon residents Coronavirus update - 10 July 2020

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4. Call out to Exmouth residents to rejuvenate the Abode of Love

Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) is leading a call out to the Exmouth community to join a new project to rejuvenate a section of the Exmouth seafront, known as the Abode of Love.

The community including local artists and creatives are being asked to share how they see Exmouth and want to shape its creative journey.

A panel including local artist Anna Fitzgerald, designer Gary Cook, Councillor Joe Whibley, THG and local business owners will select 50 participants from the respondents who will be invited to ‘make their mark’ on the Abode of Love.

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 are pledging their commitment to develop a creative response to Exmouth.

Anna Fitzgerald will now create ‘To be continued…’a site-specific commission at the Abode of Love. The community of Exmouth including artists and designers will collectively transform the walls of the Abode of Love.

This commission will pave 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.

To get involved in the Abode of Love project, please email info@thelmahulbert.com for a survey, to be completed by 26 July. Successful applicants will notified by 3 August.