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Contemporary Art Auction, Snow-filled Family Adventures and A Madcap Mix Of Festival Fun

By October 14, 2016January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates

Nov-Dec Events at Exeter Phoenix


In the run up to Christmas, Exeter’s multi-artform venue announce some of the biggest events in their calendar including the hotly anticipated line up for their famous sell-out New Years Eve bash, and their family Christmas show, a long-term collaboration with the startlingly innovative Quirk Theatre.


To celebrate the 100 years since Ernest Shackleton’s famous expedition across Antarctica, Quirk Theatre will be bringing their wonderfully silly and exceptionally inventive new production Ernie and The Sea of Ice to over four thousand people this Christmas time. Children with a penchant for adventure will be thrilled by the unbelievable tale of derring-do, penguins and Great British spirit that unfolds after Ernie sets off on the good ship Endeavor with his brave crew.


There are two more events in Exeter Phoenix’s winter programme which are well worth taking note of. Art collectors and enthusiasts will be delighted by the range of pieces on offer at their Charity Art Auction takingplace in November, a first for an arts centre best known for bringing stand-out art to the city through their contemporary gallery exhibitions. The auction will include work from Turner Prize nominated artist David Shrigley, a photograph by Murray Close, taken on the set of Withnail and I, signed by the photographer, director Bruce Robinson and lead actors Paul McGann and Richard E Grant, as well as artwork and prints from artists Chantal Joffe, Chris Ofili and many more.


Finally, the venue have announced details of their famous New Years Eve extravaganza, building on the sell out success of the Time Traveller’s Ball (2014) and Wonderland (2015). This year’s Pick ‘N’ Mix event asks ‘Why go to one party when you can go to them all?’ Revellers will be invited to a building overflowing with a madcap mix of the best shindigs, celebrations and festivals, all under one roof. From high school discos to birthday parties, Mardi Gras to Oktoberfest, and with the usual array of live music, walkaround acts and immersive décor, this event is set to be the hot ticket of the city this New Year’s Eve.


All of this takes place among one of the venue’s busiest seasons of live events and films on record. Live music will be coming from cult band New Model Army, Throwing Muses frontwoman Kristin Hersch and Devon blugrass heroes Flats and Sharps. Nish Kumar’s smart and daring new show takes the slot as the season’s comedy highlight after dazzling reviewers atEdinburgh.


One final mention goes to the BFI’s national Blackstar film season, a celebration of black actors taking place across the UK this autumn. Exeter Phoenix’s independent cinema Studio 74 hosts one of the national highlights of the Blackstar celebration, with a special screening of the1967 Oscar-winning racial police thriller In The Heat of The Night alongside a Q&A and post-screening DJ set from the legendary Norman Jay MBE.


Tickets are now on sale for all of the above and more, at