Your Favourite Arts Venue Just Got Greener!

Published December 17, 2019

Your Favourite Arts Venue Just Got Greener!

In 2015, Exeter Phoenix made history by opening Studio 74 – the first solar-powered cinema in the region. Now, thanks to the success of a recent Crowdfunder project, the arts venue is on the way to establishing a solar-powered auditorium as well.

This week Exeter Phoenix beat its Crowdfunder target of £3,000 to raise money towards creating a solar-powered auditorium in the venue. The money raised will go towards changing the theatre lights to LED lights. Moving from incandescent lighting to LED will mean a significant drop in the amount of energy used by the venue each day. For example if eight of our most powerful lights were replaced with LED, the energy consumed by them would be covered more than three times over by the solar panels.

Speaking about the project, Laura Cameron Long said: ‘We take our environmental impact very seriously, and are always looking for innovative solutions that will benefit our planet. We’re proud to be paving the way for a greener future for the arts in Exeter and beyond. None of this would be possible without our community’s support.’

Whilst this is a phenomenal step in the right direction, there are still a lot of green initiatives the venue is looking to implement. If you missed out on your chance to support the Crowdfunder, there is a special Green Donations page here >>


A huge thank you to you, our wonderful supporters. We very literally couldn’t be doing this without you.

  • John Cowen
  • Jordan Thomas
  • Dettie Ellerby
  • Thomas Ryan Gunning 
  • Ashley Dashwood
  • Steven Keightley 
  • Simon Forty
  • Mbooker
  • Nick Ireland
  • Tom Willcocks
  • Stuart Bellworth
  • Anna Ruth Peel-Cusson
  • David Hatton
  • Quentin Tailford
  • Naomi Sargeant 
  • Roger Harbord
  • T Harron
  • Ian Farnfield
  • Tim Abrahams
  • Angie Gill
  • Rachel Dobbs
  • Tom Gibbs
  • Caroline Winyard
  • Deborah Barringer
  • Andy Gilbert
  • Martin Weiler
  • Amanda S
  • Mary Peat
  • Lindsey & Chris Thomas 
  • Chris Rice
  • Carolyn Southcott
  • Elaine Evans
  • George Goodwin
  • Lisa Alberici
  • Melissa Mitcheson
  • Aengus Little
  • Simeon Costello
  • Sarah Mills
  • Chris Wright
  • Mary Costello
  • Will Braithwaite
  • Benjamin Conibear
  • Tom Milburn
  • Sarah Johnson
  • Saara Ord

Donated but don’t see your name here? Please email us at if you would like to be included on the supporters page. 

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