“Working with Gold: Art in St Loyes” (2013,17-19)

Working with Gold

A programme of embedded local art responding to the Exeter City Council ward of St Loyes
St Loye is the patron saint of goldsmiths


St Loyes ward is a mix of council housing, mobile homes, old and new suburbs, industrial estate, retail park, M5 J30 services & part of Ludwell Valley Park. The current ward boundaries were set in Exeter City Council’s 2016 reorganisation, and it had the lowest turnout in the 2016 local elections. It is also anomalous in Exeter, having been moved from the city constituency to East Devon in 2010.

It has no community centre, pub, proper eatery, post office, or anything obvious that connects people and provides heart. But take a wander or scratch the surface, and it is immensely interesting.

So I decided to designate myself as the Artist in Residence in St Loyes, literally.


Through an programme of public art in its broadest sense to:

  • Nurture a sense of place among St Loyes residents and workers
  • Build community


  • Produce engaging art in St Loyes
  • Engage and be led by the community
  • Connect residents, businesses and public sector organisations
  • Engage with nature and environment
  • Increase access to experiencing and making art
  • Have fun!




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In 2018 “Working with Gold” was supported by a Grass Roots Grant from Exeter City Council, and by Digby Community Association. Projects in 2013 and 2017 were supported by Ward Grants from Exeter City Councillors.

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