A public toilet block on Exmouth Maer could become a new art studio.

Anna Fitzgerald, from Sea Dog Art has submitted a planning application for a 'change of use from public toilet to a community arts hub with one retained public toilet.'

The plan is to convert the toilet block into Sea Dog Art Studios CIC. The women’s toilet area will be converted into an art studio. The men’s toilet area into a community art studio for the public to hire free of charge or for a small donation.

The store room will house materials needed for the creative activities that can take place on the small area of grassland to the right of the building. For example tables, paint and clay.

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The disabled toilet currently there will stay intact for all the public to use. 

There will also be a small take away cafe vending/ drinks machine, a fridge for cans and snacks. Selling enviormentally friendly will be environmentally friendly and vegan food.

The aim of this new project is to provide a safe space for solo creatives but also for groups to use free of charge. A place to store art materials and equipment which will be readily available for the community to use freely.

Anna is also exploring the possibility of using solar and wind turbine power to power the studio.

The outside of the former loos will be decorated with a reclaimed glass and pottery mosaic (all materials will tumbled to make smooth). The mosaic will mirror A La Ronde.

Sea Dog Art already have a large studio space and gallery on Bicton Street in Exmouth. They are also responsible for the large decorative mural on Exmouth seafront. 

East Devon District Council invited groups in Exmouth to submit ideas to them into what they would like to see the toliets being coverted to. This is the first application to be submitted to turn the toliets on the Maer into a art studio. 

Toliets also on offer are in-between Orcombe Point and Exmouth lieboat station. 

Read the full application on the East Devon District Council website here - 23/0295/FUL