Tales and Temporality – Art Exhibition Launch, 1-4pm, Sarah Spencer #allswell

St Nicholas Priory invites you to the exhibition launch of our specially commissioned art work inspired by the building itself!

Art historian and local artist Sarah Spencer, MPhil, Cantab (2018), has taken the time to experience the priory in different seasons and seen the stones change with the weather, the light, and time itself. Starting with rubbings and exploring the different textures of the stones, she has explored the building inside and out. With slate from the building (sourced from left-overs), she has experimented with different methods of artistic expression to capture the changing nature of our building and its components. Informed by research into the history of the building blocks of our priory, she has settled on using the slates themselves as her canvas, and joined us for our Tudor Re-enactment Days to work in situ.The exhibition will be in the Undercroft and is wheel-chair accessible. It is free for all to view and enjoy the creative and playful nature of Sarah’s approach to tackling such big topics as climate change, the passing of time, and finally, the importance of art and heritage for our sense of identity.

To find out more about Sarah and her work, please follow her on twitter @saspencerexeter and @sarah_spencers_artwork on instagram.

Read her thoughts on this project here.

She exhibits widely around Devon and Cornwall, and this exhibition will be on until our Christmas show Humbug! starts in December.

Do come and join us to soak up the history of Exeter’s oldest building and this quiet corner of the city.

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1087, St Nicholas Priory was home to Benedictine monks for over 400 years and is the oldest building in Exeter. In 1536, like other monasteries, it was closed and the remains became the home of wealthy Tudor merchants.

This event has FREE admission, but donations are gratefully received through our donation button: click here!

St Nicholas Priory is in Mint Lane with walking access from Fore Street or Bartholomew Street West.
The nearest car park is Mary Arches Street (5 mins). Parking at Smythen Street and Harlequin Shopping Centre is also available.  Exeter Central railway station (10 mins). The bus station is a 15-minute walk away with many buses stopping on the High Street (1o mins).


Unfortunately, only the ground floor of our building is wheelchair-accessible.

Accessible loos and nappy-changing facilities.

If you have any questions or concerns about your visit, please email me on manager@nicholaspriory.com


Oct 24 2021


13:00 - 16:00




St Nicholas Priory
Mint Lane, Off Fore Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3BL