Spacex ceased activity at the end of 2017. This concluded forty four years of evolving visual arts provision which provided an open and convivial space for artists to exhibit and experiment, as well as taking art activity into the public realm creating new opportunities for people to engage with contemporary visual art. Our pioneering programme has received ongoing critical acclaim. However in 2015 Arts Council England decided to disinvest Spacex from it’s National Portfolio of regularly funded organations. In 2017 the board made the decision to close Spacex because without regular funding from Arts Council England the organisation is simply unsustainable.

We close with thanks to the funders, in particular Exeter City Council, to audiences and artists who have been creative collaborators and participants in a shared vision.

Spacex enables access to contemporary visual art in the South West via a programme of projects and events. The organisation works with artists to realise ambitions, pursue new directions and take risks. Through investment in artists at a critical stage in their career, Spacex progresses emerging talent. As an educational charity Spacex has an excellent record of delivering innovative and accessible learning projects.

Collaboration lies at the heart of Spacex. It brings together artists and audiences, initiating dialogues and partnerships to develop projects and commissions. To ensure sustained development Spacex maintains long-lasting relationships with artists and curators, as well as local cultural and educational institutions, arts organisations and funders.

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.


Spacex was set up in 1974 in Exeter city centre by an artist cooperative. It opened in a 19th Century warehouse between the High Street and the quayside, 45 Preston Street. The original purpose was to offer affordable studio space to artists and a venue in which they could exhibit their work. In the early 1990s Spacex became a registered charity and a publicly funded contemporary gallery. Our pioneering programme has received ongoing critical acclaim. In 2016 Spacex moved from 45 Preston Street to a new project base at the Exeter Phoenix.

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Staff list


  • Mark Waugh (Chair)
  • Dom Jinks (Vice Chair)
  • Karen Bates
  • Claire Bryson
  • Ben de Cruz
  • Emese Hall

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Artist opportunities

We are currently looking for volunteers for 13 May – 10 June. Please register your interest by contacting mail@spacex.org.uk


Spacex is in Exeter city centre, just few minutes walk from the High Street.

Bradninch Place, Gandy St
Exeter EX4 3LS

Email: mail@spacex.org.uk


Bookings are required for some events. Bookings can be made by email bookings@spacex.org.uk. Please book early to avoid disappointment.