An exhibition to be held from 3 January 2024 to 30 March 2024 at Exeter Library, Castle St, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3PQ.

By Donna Robson

The 'Belonging' exhibition will be held from 3 January 2024 to 30 March 2024

This exhibition forms part of my professional practice for my final year of a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Arts University Plymouth, Devon, UK.

I was adopted at 5 days old and had a wonderful adoptive family and childhood. However, I struggled as a teenager to come to terms with the ‘missing piece of my jigsaw’. Now as a very mature student still trying to find where I belong, I wanted to explore in more detail my recently discovered biological ancestry and integrate this knowledge and my feelings of belonging or indeed not belonging into my art.

I recognise that many of us from whatever walk of life can struggle to feel we belong. Whether in our family, tribe, community, place of study/work, social circle etc. I would like you to use this theme to show your sense/feelings of belonging (or not belonging).

I found these comments from Tate's podcast The Art of Belonging useful and you may wish to use these as your starting point.

  • Belongingness - to feel accepted
  • To belong is to feel a sense of recognition
  • To belong - to feel an affinity with something
  • Belonging - a sense of being at home, of being part of a place
  • To belong - to feel connected and content in the moment

All work will be displayed both at the library and online via Instagram and will be sold for £20 each - requests to buy work can be made via social media and email

Donations will be made to the following charities:

  • Exeter Library: Libraries Unlimited is an independent staff and community owned social enterprise and charity, established in April 2016 with the support of Devon County Council.
  • PAC-UK: PAC-UK offers specialist support to all parties affected by adoption and permanency

Details for submissions:

  • Theme - Belonging (or indeed not belonging)
  • Free to enter/submit
  • Open to all artists
  • Size - 12cm x 17cm on strong paper, mounted paper, card, however the work must be able to stand on its side/edge for display
  • Any medium accepted
  • Only 2 pieces of work per artist
  • Do not write on the front of your work; on the reverse please add
    • Your name
    • Signature
    • Title of your work (if applicable)
    • Website/social media details etc

Open for entries: 1st September 2023 | Closing date: 1st December 2023

Please email if you would like to send your work and I will provide the necessary postage information.