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£20,000 crowdfunding campaign to be launched by Exeter arts organisation Spacex

PUBLISHED: 13:49 02 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:49 02 February 2015

Art by Tim Ellis at Spacex

Art by Tim Ellis at Spacex


Exeter arts organisation Spacex has unveiled plans to raise £20,000 through a crowdfunding campaign, after funding cuts forced the temporary closure of its Preston Street gallery.

Exeter's Spacex galleryExeter's Spacex gallery

The internationally renowned contemporary art organisation says it hopes to move into a new and exciting phase.

The gallery was closed at the end of last year following funding cuts by the Arts Council.

Since then the management team has been talking to members of the art community and partnership organisations to work out a sustainable, long-term strategy.

One of the organisation’s key fundraising initiatives, being launched later this month, is a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

The campaign has the hashtag #SupportSpacexThe campaign has the hashtag #SupportSpacex

Mark Waugh, chair of the board, explained: “Essentially, Kickstarter offers an opportunity for people to support Spacex by ‘clicking and pledging’ via our campaign page.

“Pledges from £5 to £800 can be made, with various ‘rewards’, tendered by Spacex as a show of thanks. These rewards range from a tote bag to securing fantastic limited edition artwork and previously exhibited pieces.”

Funds raised will be used to support two artist residencies at Spacex.

Mr Waugh said: “This is the first time as an organisation we have ever done anything like this and we are really excited to see the response.

Posters from previous Spacex showsPosters from previous Spacex shows

“It’s not every day that pieces of artwork, such as limited edition prints by Salvatore Arancio and original artworks by Scott King and Laura White are available for people to get their hands on.”

In another first for the organisation Spacex will be available for hire, acting as a unique venue for events.

With a recently renovated atrium, Spacex hopes its distinctive contemporary warehouse will become the venue of choice in central Exeter.

Spacex management say in recent years Exeter has celebrated a growth in its rich, cultural and social scene and they hope the arts organisation, first established in 1974, will be secured as an integral part of this.

Local people are being urged to support the campaign by championing #SupportSpacex messages on Twitter as well as supporting the crowdfunding campaign.

Mark Waugh said: “We have been really touched by the steady stream of support messages left on our website and via social media. They clearly demonstrate the many ways in which Spacex is important to the people of Exeter and the south west.”

For more information, to donate or to post a message of support, visit the Spacex website

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