A Hub for Contemporary Performance Making

  • Artist Call Out Midnight Sun

    be a part of Summer Solstice Celebration in Maketank

    Friday June 21, 9pm-1am


    Maketank is seeking artists – individuals or collectives – to inhabit our large retail space for an evening of midsummer jovial cacophony.


    We are inviting artists of diverse mediums to transform different parts of the building into an experiential journey through time & space, celebrating the longest time of the year, and the start of the summer.  


    This is an opportunity to experiment, to try something new or to dust off beloved gear or art pieces from your storage sheds, chests of drawers and wardrobes and give them a new life in a fresh context.




    To Apply: Fill out this Google Form by Midnight June 5, 2019

    What we are envisioning:

    • Natural elements overtaking brick-and-mortar, through installation, sound, movement, ritual, experience, encounter, surprise, whimsy and consciously kindled sense of wonder.
    • We see participants tracing themes, stories, myths as they travel from one part of the space to another.
    • At a certain point the floor will be sanctified for dance & merriment.
    • It will be a costumed event


    • Space can be divided roughly into 15 zones over 3 floors.
    • Artists are welcome to express their interest and schedule a visit to pick a zone.
    • Artistic input can be stationary or moving inside or outside.
    • There will be 2 collaborative sessions to tease out connective links between selected artists to make this event a unified experience.

    Seeking Artists in the following mediums:

    Performance, Installation, Movement, Dance, Live Poetry (writing on the spot), Voice, Ritual, Storytelling, Shamanic Art, Mixology, Live Art, Experimental Music, Folk Music, Performance Poetry, Expanded Film and Video, etc.


    Wild Flowers, Lichens, Moss, Forests, Wonders, Senses, Light, Water, Fire, Gratitude, Bounty of Nature, Faeries of Brian Froud and... a Donkey.

    What we can offer artists:


    • We have some materials and props/costumes in the space. You are welcome to come and browse.
    • We have space/time available on the weekends and evenings leading to the event to experiment, to build, to begin inhabiting in certain zones. But flexibility with a sense of impromptu is key!


    This is a community-generated celebratory event, main resource being an access to space. We will be charging audience a small fee of £5 to cover utilities, security and clean up.

    Contact Info

    Contact: hello@maketank.org.uk

    Address: Maketank 3-5 Paris Street, Exter, EX1 2HU

    To Apply

    Fill out this Google Form by Midnight June 5, 2019

  • What's On

    Performances, Exhibitions and more...



    Friday 24th - Saturday 25th May


    Open To Public 12pm - 6pm

    After Party 9pm -11pm (Saturday)

    Tickets: Free (£5 suggested donation, all proceeds to Magic Carpet.)

    Passion for Compassion is a University of Exeter student-led art project with the goal of increasing compassion within the local community. The project consists of a series of workshops and art commissions that finally culminate in an interactive art exhibition, open to the public between Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May.


    8th June


    sing goddess
    sing the rage of achilles
    that sent to darkness so many
    souls and glazed their eyes in death
    that made their bodies carrion
    for the birds and dogs to tear
    their families wait forever for their coming home

    Glasgow’s acclaimed Company of Wolves re-imagines the myth of Achilles in a heart-stopping solo performance by Ewan Downie.

    Company of Wolves is Scotland’s only laboratory theatre company, led by Ewan Downie and Anna Porubcansky. We make performance by experiment, using elements of theatre, dance, music and improvisation to craft unique and compelling pieces that speak directly to the times in which we live.


    Creative Team//
    Created & Performed by Ewan Downie
    Directed by Ian Spink
    Set & Costume Design: Ana Ines Jabares-Pita
    Lighting Design: Alberto Santos-Bellido
    Dramaturgy & Music: Anna Porubcansky


    Supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland
    in association with Cumbernauld Theatre, Platform, Dance House, and Citizens Theatre

    This performance was part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2018 produced by Puppet Animation Scotland.

    Image Credit: Brian Hartley @stillmotionarts


    2nd June


    Pay What You Can


    This is a special preview of Will Eno's Title And Deed at Maketank.

    Directed by Polly Whitfield and performed by Philip Robinson Title and Deed follows Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape which toured domestic settings in the UK, Europe and Scandinavia last year.

    Title And Deed is an astonishing piece of contemporary drama: a simultaneously comedic and tragic monologue on mortality, innocence, home, family, love, funerals, the origin of words, a tuba and the world.

    'an existential meditation that teases, unsettles and provokes' - Sam Marlowe, The Times

    'Eno channels Beckett madly and reverently (but not too reverently)' - Lyn Gardener, The Guardian

    What playwright Will Eno says of Title And Deed:

    'I hope the effect is for everyone to just take some time and feel some things about what home is and what away is, and the space in-between home and away'


  • MAKETANK: What is it all about?

    We are on a mission


    Maketank is an artist-led grassroots organisation. Its mission is to build a sustainable community-based platform for performance practitioners within the city to pioneer experimentation, collaboration, and creative civic engagement.


    Maketank aims to provide space for local artists to keep in practice, create new performance work, and exchange knowledge and resources.

    We see Maketank as a window to:

    • devising, with a flexible open-floor plan; adaptable to  embodied practices such as dance, physical theatre,  and immersive performance
    • workshop spaces for prop, set, object making of different kinds
    • a rehearsal space for local and visiting companies and artists 
    • a central location for creative community to think, meet, share ideas in co-working or conferencing environments

    Who is it for?

    Maketank is membership based & open to artists across disciplines: theatre, live art, experimental music, dance, performance writing, performance poetry, scenography, expanded film and video, cabaret, site responsive and site specific interventions, participatory and social practice, etc.


    Run by volunteers, Maketank relies on community support to cover its monthly overhead.

    Where is it happening?

    Initially running as a pilot scheme, Maketank aims to become a permanent fixture in Exeter. It occupies a large disused commercial space in the city centre’s former Sofa Workshop on 3-5 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 2JB. On a ground floor it has a large rehearsal & workshop space for costume/scenography making, co-working area with tea/coffee service, on the upper floor it has a reading & conferencing room, and a bank of resources for artists to share with each other.


    ACCESSIBILITY: We are located at street level, and toilets are on the 2nd floor. There are accessible toilets approx 50m away at St Stephens House.

    Maketank is made possible with the support of the following organisations:


    Exeter City Council

    Exeter Phoenix


    MacArthur Wilson

  • Book Space

    Workshop/Rehearsal/Making Space

    We're currently offering workshop/rehearsal space on a first come/first served basis. We are particularly interested in projects which meet our ethos of:

    collaboration + experimentation + social & civic engagement


    Performances or Special Events

    Periodically we host special events in the space. Please fill out the form to tell us more about your idea, and we will see how we can help.



  • Volunteer Opportunites

    We're lucky to be surrounded by committed, passionate people who help us to keep Maketank alive. We're currently looking for volunteers who would like to be part of a Maketank welcome team on weekdays between 1pm and 4pm. You can pledge as much or as little of your time as you like.


    Duties will include sitting at the Maketank desk and welcoming visitors, helping artists with queries.


    Please get in touch at hello@maketank.org.uk

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