The Exeter Phoenix Solar Powered Auditorium

by Exeter Phoenix in Exeter, England, United Kingdom

The Exeter Phoenix Solar Powered Auditorium
We did it
On 16th December 2019 we successfully raised £3,175 with 138 supporters in 28 days

Help us replace our theatre lights with low energy LED ones, making us cleaner, greener and a better place for you all to have fun in!

by Exeter Phoenix in Exeter, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Any extra money raised would be put towards making Exeter Phoenix an even better place to be - it will help to keep the building pretty, clean, tidy and generally a lovely place to come with your friends and family.

Help us make Exeter’s arts scene green by installing LED lights in our auditorium.

Help us make our auditorium shows, concerts and gigs greener!

If we raise £3,000 by Monday 16th December, we're in with a chance of winning an additional £5,000 from the M&S Energy Community Fund towards purchasing more environmentally friendly LED theatre lights.

These would be powered by solar panels on our auditorium roof, creating Exeter Phoenix's Solar Powered auditorium!

What is Exeter Phoenix?

A selection of images from Exeter Phoenix's film, theatre and art course programme.

Bang in the heart of Exeter city centre, Exeter Phoenix is a vibrant, world-class multi-artform venue.  We are home to several art galleries, a theatre, gig spaces, art studios, dance studios, a cinema, film production resources and more, all centred around a buzzing Café Bar.

Each year we host hundreds of events and artistic activity spanning contemporary art, live music, DJs, cinema, theatre, dance, comedy, talks, creative courses, family events and everything in between.

Exeter Phoenix is a registered charity and with less than 20% of our activity covered by statutory funding, the support from the community helps make what we do on a daily basis possible. Your support is the reason we are able to offer free workshops and classes for young people, artist development and support schemes, access to the arts for all, and entry to our contemporary art gallery for free.

Why This Project?

A busy gig in Exeter Phoenix's auditorium.

One of our most recognisable and lively spaces is a large auditorium and performance area - here we hold music, theatre, comedy and dance events throughout the year.

Our theatre lights use a huge amount of electricity. We think that each day they're used, the lights use around 60kWh, which is a lot. Because of this, we want to replace the majority of our theatre lights with LED lighting. This would mean each day they would use 14.5kWh instead of 60kWh - that's a huge difference!

Using less electricity is good for a couple of reasons. It means less carbon going in to the atmosphere, and this would be a big step towards reduce our impact on the environment and our planet. It would also mean we're spending less money on bills, which we can put back in to your favourite venue to help keep ticket prices low.

HistoryA full seated discussion in Exeter Phoenix's Auditorium.

Back in 2018 we put 54 solar panels on the auditorium roof. Help us to make the events in our auditorium fully powered by the sun - this would be something that would make a big difference to our environmental impact and the future of our planet, and your support could make that happen! 

This would mean that Exeter has a solar powered auditorium, a perfect fit alongside our solar powered cinema which you helped fund a few years ago. You can hear all about that project in this M&S Energy Community Fund video below. The funding received then means that we have used solar power to screen over 4000 films.  


We're offering a myriad of unique rewards as part of this fundraising campaign that will only be available to our fantastic donators. Don't want to miss out on some once in a lifetime Exeter Phoenix experiences? See what we'll be offering below.

  • £5 - Your name proudly displayed on a permanent Exeter Phoenix webpage and a thank you shoutout on Twitter.
  • £15 - A limited edition postcard tailor made for this fundraising campaign plus the same rewards as above.
  • £50 - A pair of cinema tickets to see any film at our solar-powered, independent cinema Studio 74 plus the same rewards as above.
  • £100 - A bespoke, limited edition and ever so shiny enamel pin made especially for this fundraising campaign plus the same rewards as above.
  • £250 - Experience the best of Exeter Phoenix's cultural programme with 10 free tickets to any Exeter Phoenix promoted event (Please note that this does not cover all events, but we will talk you through your options) plus the same rewards as above.
  • £750 - Your name up in (LED!) lights, as we will name the Exeter Phoenix Auditorium after you for 6 months. Plus all of the awards above, excluding the 10 free event tickets.
  • £1000 - We'll roll out the red-carpet and treat you like cinematic royalty with a free private film screening of your choice at Studio 74 including snacks plus the same rewards as above (excluding the free 10 event tickets and Auditorium renaming).


  • When would the work be commencing?

We'll start this project as soon as we have all the funding for it. We're really hoping this will be in the Spring, but it might take a little longer. Once we have the funding, it will only take a couple of days to actually get the lights bought, delivered and swapped over.

  • When will I receive my donation rewards?

All rewards will be received by the end of February 2020. Some, such as your name on our website, will be earlier.


Thank you so much for your help and support in making this big change to Exeter Phoenix and for helping the environment. We can't do this without you!

No matter how big or small your donation we appreciate your contribution all the same. If you’re not in a position to donate you can still help us out by sharing the project far and wide! From everyone at Exeter Phoenix, thanks again.

(Main Image credit: Peter Stephens Photography)


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

27 of 500 claimed

Your name...everywhere!

Well, not quite everywhere, but on a special page on the Exeter Phoenix website, and we will also tweet our personal thanks to you.

£15 or more

12 of 100 claimed

Limited edition postcard

We will be creating a limited edition postcard especially for this campaign, for you to stick on your fridge and admire.

£50 or more

4 of 75 claimed

A pair of cinema tickets!

Two tickets to see any film shown at our solar-powered, independent cinema Studio 74. Includes the rewards from the tier above.

£100 or more

1 of 50 claimed

Bespoke, limited edition, enamel pin

A beautiful pin, designed by one of our extremely talented designers, especially for YOU to say thanks for your generosity. You'll also get a postcard, 2 free cinema tickets and your name on our website.

£250 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Tickets, tickets!

Get 10 tickets for Exeter Phoenix-promoted events as a thank you! Please note that this does not cover all events, but we will talk you through your options. This tier also includes all the previous rewards listed. Tickets to be used within 24 months.

£750 or more

0 of 2 claimed

The "YOUR NAME" Auditorium!!!

Pledge £750 and name the Exeter Phoenix auditorium after yourself for six months! Can there be a better prize than that? This tier includes all the previous awards minus the 10 free event tickets.

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Your personal cinema & choice of film for 1 night

Enjoy Studio 74 and any film you want to watch. Do it on your own or with up to 73 friends. And why not have some popcorn thrown in too? This tier includes all the previous rewards excluding the Auditorium renaming and the 10 free event tickets.

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