Lunchtime Talks

The lunchtime talks will be back Friday March 2nd 2018 with a new menu of nutritious lunchtime fare. 

Our Lunchtime Talks are always about providing an informal space for people to come and listen (whilst eating their packed lunch), and to have their minds stretched in different directions as they discover others’ practices, projects, disciplines and approaches.  It’s 20 minutes ‘talking’ and 20 minutes Q&A/conversation.

*When we say talk this might be to play, test, brainstorm, hack, talk, discuss. 

Lunchtime Talks are scheduled in Kaleider’s main studio on the first floor of an old building and is only accessible by stairs. We are working hard to improve the accessibility to all workspaces. If you are interested in attending Open Fridays or doing a Lunchtime Talk and have specific access needs we would love to hear from you and to talk about how we might be able to accommodate you now or in the future.

Each Friday is also an Open Friday where you can come and work at Kaleider from 10-4.30pm. Find out more here. 

When: 1- 2pm, Fridays.  A new series is being programmed at the moment – watch this space!
Where: Kaleider, Bathurst House, Smythen Street, Exeter, EX1 1BN

No need to RSVP, just turn up.

There are still spaces for the next series.  If you’d like to use this as a testing ground for an idea or thing you’re working on please email

Lunchtime Talks – Spring 2018

Friday March 2nd, 1pm – Aidan Moesby Are we in the weather, or is the weather in us?

Visual artist, curator, writer and thinker, Aidan Moesby, will be at the Kaleider Studio to ask: Are we in the weather or is the weather in us?

Over the last year Moesby has been a resident at the Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, Bristol, where he has been investigating digital technology to enhance his work. Moesby’s work is based around the dual crisis in mental health and climate change. He is interested in how we use the language of weather to describe how we feel: under the weather, a bit frosty, my head’s a bit foggy. We have our own internal psycho-emotional weather, which is as real as the daily external physical experience.
Join Moesby for a conversation around technology, at Kaleider Friday March 2nd, 1pm – join us.

Friday 9th March, 1pm – tbc

Friday 16th March, 1pm – tbc

Friday 23rd March, 1pm – tbc

Lunchtime Talks – Autumn 2017

November 3rd – Sophie McCormack, (Beaford Arts) ‘This is ours’: Hidden Histories & opening up the Beaford Archive

Sophie manages the Hidden Histories project – a North Devon wide heritage project that aims to improve access to and enrich our understanding of the Beaford Archive. Beaford Arts is England’s longest running rural arts organisation, with over 50 years of experience working embedded in the communities of North Devon.

November 10th – no lunchtime talk this week

November 17th – Hugh McCann – Advice as Art

Hugh is a theatre-maker and dramaturg working in the Southwest.

November 24th – Felicity Liggins, (The Met Office) – A Cloud in a Bottle

Alongside managing the Met Office’s outreach to young people, Felicity is also a climate scientist working in climate services and a Kaleider Resident.


September 1st – Clare Bryden, What does it mean to be Artist in Residence, literally in residence?

Clare Bryden is an artist, writer and freelance website developer based in Exeter, and a Kaleider Resident. Her interests are primarily in how human beings affect and are affected by the natural world of which we are part, and the related theology and psychology of connectedness. Her creative practice springs from her desire to communicate environmental and social issues, her need for hope and energy in keeping on keeping on, and her habit of making connections and finding patterns.


September 8th – Isabel Carlisle, (Bioregional Learning Centre) The Nature of Culture: how do the arts reconnect us to being human now?

Isabel Carlisle started her career as an archaeologist (having studied archaeology at Exeter University) and then went on to become an exhibitions curator at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and an art critic for the London Times. She set up and directed the Festival of Muslim Cultures that took place across Britain in 2006. Now she lives in Totnes, works in the field of education for sustainability, and is co-founder of the new Bioregional Learning Centre. She is re-integrating the arts into her practice and is exploring what it means to be an animateur of place and people at a time of ecological crisis.


September 15th – Daneen Cowling, Artecology: Using science & art to make urban spaces more habitable & engaging

I am a current Geography BSc undergrad at the University of Exeter, and have been interning over the summer at Artecology and sister company Arc Consulting. I am passionate about all things geography but my main interests lie with oceans and climate change. Next year I start my dissertation where I will be researching whether carbonate cliff erosion is buffering ocean acidification, which I will also be continuing for a masters.


September 22nd – Jake Barnes, How can we reduce the amount of energy we consume at work?

Jake is an engaged social science researcher at Exeter University. His work explores how progress towards low carbon energy systems and sustainability transitions more broadly can be achieved. He has worked with local governments, community groups and social enterprises to reflect, learn and pursue societal transformations. he is particularly interested in projects that diversify and expand the amount of people participating in energy system change.


September 29th – David Lane & Katie Villa, How Do We Know Who You Are? Exploding The Myers-Briggs Indicator

Katie is a performer and director based in Exeter and David is a writer and dramaturg based in Bristol. They want to make a new piece of work outside their current comfort zones and think Kaleider would be a jolly good place to start. You would think they’d have checked out their compatibility via Myers Briggs already, but they haven’t.


Lunchtime Talks – Summer 2017

June 23rd – Pete Yeo, Who Speaks for the Plants (as a Whole)?

June 30th – Alasdair Allan, The Privacy Implications of Invisible Technology

July 7th – Liam Taylor, Mapping the stories of Climate Change

July 14th – Lizzie Philps, How might GPS articulate the 21st century maternal?

Lunchtime Talks – Winter 2017

February 3rd – J.R. Carpenter, The Gathering Cloud

February 24th – Ben Dunks & Emma McFarland,  Are you robot ready?

March 3rd – Pierrette Thomet Stott & Prof Peter Stott, Do you really even actually understand what I’m saying?

March 10th – Neville Morley, History, Politics and Truth


 Lunchtime Talks – Autumn 2016

4th November – Anne-Marie Culhane & Dr Tom Powell, Cross-disciplinary collaboration; our experiences of creative projects exploring food systems and climate change.

11th November – Gail Davies, The art and science of living with GloFish™

18th November – Clare Bryden, GreenlBlue: What seems to be the most solid and robust is in reality the most fragile and vulnerable

25th November – Nathan Mayne, Aliens and the Weather

2nd December – Amanda Schmid-Scott, Reimagining violence: the bureaucratisation of life in immigration removal centres

9th December – Catherine Cartwright, What is the place for printmaking in socio-political change?


 Lunchtime Talks – Summer 2016

Thank you to all our fabulous summer speakers!  Lunchtime Talks will resume in late Autumn.  Watch this space for dates!

26th August – Rupert Johnstone, Ceramics with a twist.

19th August – Ross Middleham, The making of, and a meeting with the TechnoRhino.

12th August – Mark McCarthy, (Manager of the National Climate Information Centre at the Met Office). Strawberries at Christmas. 

5th August – Nuria Bonet Filella – Being a Scientist Composer: Representing our environment in music.

29th July – Chloe Uden – In strange lands ambassadorial skills might be useful.

22nd July – Becca Gill – No Sparrow Shall Fall.

15th July – No talk currently scheduled – tbc

8th July – Angela Gallego-Sala – The Value of Peatlands.

1st July – Stephen Hodge – Before I compose a piece, I walk round it several times, accompanied by myself.         

17th June – Alberto Arribas – Making Data Useful.

10th June – Dr Sal Lampkin – Engaged Smart Transport.

3rd June – Dr Anne Le Brocq – Ice Flows.

27th May – Cliff Gorman – Toying with Art.

You can find out more on our events page. 

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