an exhibition by Quirk Theatre

What is the name of your favourite toy? How did you get it? Have you ever lost it? Where does it live now?

Inspired by our 2019 show The Velveteen Rabbit, here at Quirk Theatre we wanted to meet the favourite childhood companions of Exeter’s residents. We have collated these portraits into a beautiful, personal, celebratory exhibition called TOY, which you can see here on our website, and in Central Exeter at MAKETANK from 18th July to 15th August 2020.


Featuring the work of five brilliant local young photographers - Bronwyn, Eve, Annie, Ellie and Azna - mentored by photographer Nicky Thompson, over three intense (and intensely cute) sessions, these five young artists composed and photographed portraits of eighteen Exeter residents, of all backgrounds, each with their favourite toy or item.

Katie with Scruffy - who did not start off scruffy, but Katie knew he was a keeper and named him accordingly.

8. Hanya & April by Annie.jpg

Everyone could use a hug right now, right?

We’d like YOU to go on a hunt through your attic/garage/kids’ room - where is your favourite toy hiding these days? Perhaps now is a good time to get them out, give them a squeeze, and share them with the world.

We want to meet you and your toy!

Tag us with #myfavouritetoy on social media to tell us all about your story and to share your toys.

Out of these wonderful portraits, ten can be seen at MAKETANK in person. You can see the others, as well as ones from the Quirk team and local residents, at the Gallery to the right. Enjoy!