Lunchtime Talks

The lunchtime talks are back with a new menu of nutritious lunchtime fare. 

Our Lunchtime Talks are always about providing an informal space for people to come and listen, equipped with a 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.

*a talk might be time to play, test, brainstorm, hack, or discuss. 

Lunchtime Talks are scheduled in Kaleider’s main studio on the first floor of an old building, which 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 until May 4th
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 or experimental space for an idea, process or thing you’re working on please email


Lunchtime Talks – Spring 2018

Friday 9th March, 1pm – Sawsan Khuri A little experiment on motivation

Sawsun Khuri is an independent consultant in collaboration and innovation, working in the sciences, the arts, and the intersections in between.

For this lunchtime talk she will be asking: Are you or have you ever been on a diet? Are you or have you ever had a regular exercise routine? This workshop will explore the reasons why you were motivated to do so, what keeps you going, and why you may have stopped doing your diet or exercise routine. Your input will help to inform an interactive online tool I am putting together to explore just this question from the perspective of busy working mums.


Friday 6th April – Hannah Mumby An Illustrated Journey into Personal Mythology: how can we communicate about things that have symbolic significance for us?

Hannah is an illustrator and practice-based researcher in the first year of her MA at Plymouth College of Art (she is also a Kaleider Resident).  This will be an experiment that will help Hannah test out ideas for her Illustration MA project, as she reaches a stage where collaboration and communication are important.


Friday 13th April – Annie Murdock & Herman Castaneda Developing an Empowering Collaborative Board Game for Girls 

Annie, Herman, and Lilly are from New York City and relocated to Devon in 2015 after three years of living in central Mexico and two years living in Bali, Indonesia with meandering travels in between. They are now based in Exeter and are developing a social business startup. Annie is a conceptual artist. Many of her projects have employed sewing, knitting, natural dyeing and other textile traditions presented in a contemporary framework. She holds a MA in Creative Arts Education from the University of Exeter, and a BA in Literature from Wesleyan University. Herman is originally from Colombia and was a Creative Director in branding and retail spaces. Since leaving New York, he has produced independent urban renewal initiatives in Mexico and Indonesia. He served as a volunteer in Refugee Camps in Greece in 2016. He holds an MA IARD from Oxford Brookes University, and a BA in Design from Art Center College of Design. Lilly is 12 years old and is currently in school at the Steiner Academy Exeter where she is developing into a budding artist in her own right.


Friday 20th April – Tom Glazebrook Meta-Harmony: What is it and how can community benefit?

Tom is a multidisciplinary artist currently exploring the structures of musical harmony visually.  He is a recent music graduate from Leeds College of Music and looking to develop and explore his music project ‘Meta-Harmony’.


Friday 27th April – Hugh McCann Advice as Art – Part 2

Hugh is a Southwest based artist interested in making work that appears in unexpected places, and making theatre that happens in the dark. More info at


Friday 4th May – Pete Kingston The Knowledge Store: An exploration of embodied knowledge

Pete Kingston is currently studying an MA in Creative Education, investigating what sparks learning journeys and how curating education (as a teacher) might be an art form in itself. Interested in community, skill sharing, obscure knowledges, big chats and asking questions.


**Postponed due to extreme weather & unforseen circumstances. We will endeavour to reschedule for  Autumn 2018.**     WATCH THIS SPACE

– Lisa May Thomas Figuring: The Somatic Body in Virtual Reality.

Lisa is a contemporary dance artist and film-maker.

She has been doing research which brings together her background in dance and somatics with the technologies of virtual reality. Exploring ‘ways of seeing’, ‘the felt sense’, and the perceptual gap which lies between them – through her own investigations and through designing and leading workshops for different groups of participants.

Lisa will put the knowledges she has gained through these experiences into a performance context, in particular to deal with ways in which VR might be shared between performer and audience bodies, and between those in VR and those not in VR.

– 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.


The following brilliant Lunchtime Talks have already happened:


Winter 2017/2018

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 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.

Friday 26th January, 1pm – Chloe Uden Art and Energy

Chloe is an artist/producer setting up Art and Energy which is a social enterprise pioneering solar photovoltaics as a medium for creativity.

Our energy system is the beating heart of civilization and the unseen web that binds us all together All of us are on a journey to energy literacy. We all start out in the dark and if we’re lucky, someone helps us figure out “how to switch on the light!” We are experiencing unprecedented change in our energy generation and everyone will be impacted. We’re well aware that energy is an ultra-low interest category for consumers, and the greatest challenge to the energy revolution is apathy. Artists are responding in all sorts of ways and some are pioneering a more beautiful energy system. Many people think that the existing aesthetics of solar panels are the only visual option for PV generation, but actually, silicon cells don’t have to be rectangular, they don’t have to be arranged in grids and they can incorporate other colours. This means that solar panels could become works of art. Solar panels could tell stories; like tapestries, mosaics, or stained glass windows. Maybe they could help us understand our energy story… Maybe we could learn skills for the future together… Maybe we could re-invent the solar panel like Elon Musk reinvented the electric vehicle… If solar panels could tell stories, what would you like them to say?

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.


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?

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


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?


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.

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