We would like to invite you to tell us what the future High Street could look like... 

Art Work Exeter is working with the University of Exeter and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum on a fun and engaging new project. In particular, we are going to be running FREE hands-on workshops using LEGO® to build our proposals for future structures and activities that we'd like to see happening here.

We are interested in discovering what is important to the people who live, work and play in the city, so are holding conversations and short provocation presentations to stimulate ideas. The results of this work are feeding into the Local Plan, so we're hoping for ambitious, diverse and challenging proposals for Exeter's High St. - which was named Clone High Street by the New Economics Forum, 2010.


You can drop-in from 11am to 3pm, Wednesday to Saturday from 18th May to 11th June.


We're at the old GAP store - 8-9 High Street, Exeter. (What 3 words: survey.spices.slip)

What is it about?

The work that we do will feed back into City Planning initiatives.
We are using four themes (with sub-themes) as ways of considering what has happened, does happen and could happen here in the future:

Week 1: A Historical High Street (commerce, trade and industry, celebration space, leisure and social, residential, destruction and construction, Public Art, tourism, transport connections, worship, historical perspectives, consultation and decision making)

Week 2: An Inclusive City (accessible (physical space, planning and development, infrastructure, inclusion, economy), City Plan, cultural, affordable, adaptable, flexible, safe, The Commons, night-time/ evening economy, families, democracy, diversity)

Week 3: A Healthy City (net zero, transport infrastructure, planting, Devon Doughnut, Live and Move/ Sport England, transport infrastructure, planting, food miles, social hubs, environment/ air quality, built environment and mental health, holistic citizens, non-human inhabitants and visitors)

Week 4: A post-internet High Street (social spaces, exchange and loans, pop-ups, Meanwhile Use leases, land ownership,Temporary Autonomous Zones, affordable homes, city centre living, transient populations).

RAMM Youth Panel create proposals for new social spaces

Additional Information

There will be a RAMM holding collection and information about the history of Exeter's High St in the space and people from the Museum on hand to talk about these. If you wish to include this in your visit, please allocate 2 hours for the total visit time.

The shop has level access from the street. There are NOT toilets available for participants on site, but we will have directions and information about where they can be found nearb

We will be cleaning the LEGO® and handling materials between each session and will supply and require people to use hand sanitiser before engaging. You can request that masks be worn by our team, and if you are coming as a group we understand you will have your own procedure and requirements for participants, please tell us about these.

We will have photo consent forms and will also be requesting information such as postcodes of participants. We will be sharing photo-collages and AR videos of your models, positioned in the High Street - we will send them to you, to use as you wish.

Please feel free to email with any further questions (as below).

If you'd like to book a group in for a closed workshop session, please email Stuart and request a time/ day. If you can give us a few options, we'll get back asap to book you in: create@artworkexeter.org.uk