After a period of major organisational change which has seen Spacex move from its old gallery space to deliver a new and ambitious public programme, the organisation is pleased to announce the receipt of a major grant from Arts Council England.
The Arts Council have awarded Spacex £66,000 from their Grants for the Arts programme. This will invest in a programme of activity and audience development over the next 12 months.
The programme includes a playful and participatory project by Birmingham-based artist duo, Juneau Projects to reveal the breadth and ambition of professional and amateur creative practice. Entitled Makers of the Multiverse, Juneau Projects will work with artists, students and community groups and will create an evolving pavilion for performance and as a display space that will be open to the public next May.
Running throughout will be a series of Art Talks presented with education partners, University of Exeter and Exeter School of Art. The series will enable students and the public to engage with the best in contemporary art practice. These events will begin conversations with the invited artists about future projects in Exeter.
As part of this programme South Korean artist Young In Hong will present new artworks and a performance in Exeter and work with Spacex to continue developing a vibrant cultural offer for emerging neighbourhoods around the city.
Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said:
‘We are very pleased to be supporting Spacex through our National Lottery funded Grants for the Arts programme. The award will help Spacex to develop participatory work with their local comunities, providing more oppertunities for engagement and extending networks. I look forward to seeing the results.’
Mark Waugh, Head of Research and Innovation for DACS and the Chair of the Board of Trustees explained:
‘Spacex is committed to supporting the breadth and ambition of professional and amateur creative practice in Exeter and beyond and are excited to be working with Juneau Projects to make this happen through a public Pavillon space.
Dom Jinks (Executive Director of Plymouth Culture) and the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees added:
‘We are thrilled to have the continued support of Arts Council England. This funding ensures people from Exeter and the wider region can access Spacex exciting projects and activities.’
For more info about upcoming projects and events included in our programme please visit our website, Facebook and Twitter.
Notes to the Editor
Collaboration lies at the heart of Spacex. It brings together artists and audiences, initiating dialogues and partnerships to develop projects and commissions. Spacex enables access to contemporary visual art in the South West via its programme of projects and events. Rooted in the locality of Exeter, the programme aims to contribute to a wider critical debate, regionally nationally and internationally. Spacex finds new ways to capture the interest of a wide range of people, inspiring engagement with and participation in contemporary art. www.spacex.org.uk
About Juneau Projects
Juneau Projects was formed in 2001 by Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler. The majority of their work includes playful, participatory elements and involves projection, sound, music, animation and installation. They are particularly interested in the rapidly increasing speed of technological development, and its associated obsolescence. Recent works have evolved from an exploration of the role of artists through fictional depictions of societies experiencing the aftermath of technological break down. www.juneauprojects.co.uk
About Yong In Hong
Young In Hong is a South Korean artist now living and working in the South West of England. Young In develops site-specific installations, performance, embroidery paintings and drawings, with collaboration as a crucial part of her artistic process and practice. She holds a PhD in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College London and has been been exhibited internationally, notably ICA London (2015), Gwangju Biennale (2014), Plateau Museum, Seoul (2014), Museum of Art and Design, New York (2011), Saatchi Gallery (2010), and a special exhibition at Liverpool Biennale (2008). www.younginhong.com
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