Last few weeks VGR Edinburgh. Closing 21 Dec 2018. Summerhall, EH9 1LP

#VISIBLEEXETER

Stop number two on the UK VGR tour was Exeter. More than six thousand visitors came to see the show during its 5-week run at the Phoenix Arts Centre, the undisputed arts hub in this vibrant South West city.

‘Visible Girls: Revisited was a highly accessible, interactive and fun show,’ said Phoenix Director, Patrick Cunningham, who named the exhibition opening one of the best the Phoenix have ever had. ‘We always had trouble getting people to leave at the end of the day they were enjoying it so much!’ added Lucy, the Phoenix receptionist.

Along with phenomenal visitor support, we are incredibly grateful to local sponsors Solicitor’s Title, who funded a public ‘quote wall’ for visitors on which to post their thoughts and feelings inspired by the show; plus a reproduction 1980s skinheads bedroom installation (including stolen traffic cone!)

The Phoenix also hosted associated VG:R workshops – including one for women over fifty. ‘It was a new idea to meet up with a group of older women’, said one participant who travelled 50 miles to attend. ‘I think it’s important for women to meet up in groups to make their voices heard. Older women have a reduced identity in our communities but they have a lot to offer.’

We were deeply grateful for the warm welcome we received – special thanks to Matt and the Phoenix team, David at Phonic FM, Andy at Roundel Clothing and Hannah and Jules at Princesshay Exeter for all their support during our stay.

WHAT EXETER SAID...

Excerpts from the Solicitor’s Title ‘quotes wall’ installation at Exeter Phoenix.

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