Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) and Wild East Devon announce the launch of a new travelling creative space - the Creative Cabin. This innovative, intriguing and inviting cabin is taking nature and culture on tour, coming soon to a neighbourhood near you!

The Creative Cabin is a fun, creative and safe space to explore art, culture and nature. It will set off on tour starting in Exmouth on 29 August. Throughout the autumn there will be a broad range of art activities, projects, talks, performances and workshops, to support health, wellbeing and respond to the local environment.

It draws together the skills and knowledge of East Devon District Council’s culture and countryside teams, who have developed activities to suit a wide variety of groups in both urban and isolated rural communities.  

As well as individuals and families, the cabin will bring activities to groups most in need including schools, colleges, Memory Cafés, Devon Recovery Learning Community, Devon Young Carers, Refugee Support Groups, Devon Insight, and Headlight – an Action East Devon service for young people encountering mental health issues.

The Creative Cabin is an outcome of THG’s Culture + Climate 2020 programme, which sought to question our complicated relationship with nature and help identify new ways to coexist. The programme was launched in February with ARTIST ROOMS Richard Long, an exhibition of works by the Turner Prize winning artist, Richard Long, whose acclaimed career at the forefront of conceptual art has investigated the relationship between people and nature. Continuing to explore the themes of the exhibition, the Creative Cabin has been made possible by ARTIST ROOMS with the support of Art Fund, Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Community Fund.

Ruth Gooding, THG Curator, said:

For 2020 we had developed a really dynamic programme - Culture + Climate working with our partners Arts and Culture, University of Exeter, East Devon AONB and ARTIST ROOMS -National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. We are delighted we can now take this activity on tour to our local communities and continue to explore our relationship with nature and the climate emergency.

This is a critical time for East Devon’s cultural recovery and we are responding to the needs of our communities by providing access to exciting creative activities and events in a safe way. We hope the programme will grow and build as confidence interacting with others increases.

Councillor Joe Whibley, Chair of East Devon’s Arts & Culture Forum, commented:

The Creative Cabin is our way of bringing the benefits of nature and cultural activities direct to the residents of East Devon and will shine a spotlight on the district’s outstanding natural environment for everyone to enjoy.

For upcoming events near you, visit: thelmahulbert.com/creativecabin and follow #ourcreativecabin on social media