Rosalie Schweiker’s tea towel diagram was produced in Summer 2015 as part of her project Some Ideas for a New Art Institution. The commissioning of this project was prompted by the move to re-think the role and structure of Spacex as an organisation, which was made necessary by the loss of regular funding from ACE in the 2015 NPO review. This month tea towels have been sent out as a parting gift to arts organisations across the south west, to mark the closure of Spacex.

Some Ideas for a New Art Institution was commissioned in order that the process of re- imagining the organisation be in part artist-led. Spacex has always supported artists to take risks in developing their practice and felt it was important to involve artists in redefining ways in which they could continue to do this. Initial conversations between Rosalie Schweiker and staff produced a manifesto, representing key issues to address within the organisation. This was used as a starting point and provocation for conversations with people who were interested in the future of the organisation and its role in the cultural ecology of Exeter.

Rosalie created a series of events that facilitated conversations and enabled access to the visioning process. Events included a ‘Big Meal’ a ‘Drink and Think’ and other productive and playful ways of eating, speaking, drinking, thinking up some ideas for a new art institution. As part of a residency, Rosalie occupied the gallery, sleeping there during her visits; she wanted to make visible the practicalities of the day to day matters of running the building and of the needs of the people who worked in that space, including artists.

The concept of ‘usefulness’ in relation to the art institution was explored as part of this research. The tea towel was designed to be a light- hearted gift to other organisations, a reminder of the sometimes unseen tasks associated with hosting events in galleries.

For me this tea towel diagram gives form to the questions, and propositions, that are currently being interrogated in the sector regionally in relation to the future of our arts institutions:

If the triangle is the definition of an institution; the scribble is a bunch of questions about what an institution could be.

If the triangle is a flagship destination; the scribble is a labyrinth of unfamiliar territories and encounters.

If the triangle is a formal staffing structure; the scribble is a horizontal, collective hustle of people.

If the triangle is impenetrable; the scribble has a lot of open entry points.

If the triangle is a formal conversation; the scribble is an interruption, a confrontation or an unplanned chat.

If the triangle is clear in its meaning; the scribble may form a new one…

Some Ideas for a New Art Institution was the first of a series of collaborations with artists that suggested and tested new ways of working for Spacex.  Another project that tested new ways of working for Spacex in 2017 was Makers of the Multiverse, by Juneau Projects (Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler), which at its core explored interconnectedness and collaboration within the arts ecology. Makers of the Multiverse modelled an alternative to the commercial art market, re- positioning artists as central to the distribution, pricing and display of artwork. This collaborative project pushed open the old triangle, collapsing the notion of institution as gatekeeper. Juneau Projects worked closely with other artists, makers and local communities to edit the boundaries of who and what who should be shown, included, embraced.

…If the triangle has three points of contact the scribble is a collection of entirely interconnected lines. The complex system of interdependencies that makes up our visual arts ecology in the south west is vital; the artists, artist led groups, independent curators, producers and educators, active participants, visitors, audiences and users, commercial and public sector organisations…we are all collaborators within the bigger picture. In any life cycle, each party competes for attention; many fail, but some flourish, become established and prepare the ground for others to grow. An established organisation closing down is undoubtedly a loss. But it does make way for new perspectives and fresh thinking about how we could operate as a sector, and about how we can aspire to thrive in a tangle.

 

Text to accompany a tea towel : Rosalie Schweiker 2017

 

Hello, I’m Tea Towel.

 

Oh hi, I love your print. Where are you from?

 

London.

 

No, I mean where are you originally from?

 

Well, I was sown together in Mexico, but my print was made in Poland.

 

Oh wow, great. I love Polish food.

 

(Pause)

 

My name is Institution, by the way.

 

Nice to meet you Institution.

 

I like that you’ve got so many different stains on you. So interesting.

 

Yeah, I’m a socially-engaged tea towel. I host lots of communal meals.

 

Oh wow, great, that’s so fascinating. I’ve wanted to host a meal for a long time. Maybe I could invite you to do one? I’ve got an event next month, an opening with over 200 invited guests it’s going to be grrrreat.

 

200 people is a lot. Do you have a kitchen?

 

No, sorry, I’m quite an old-fashioned institution, haha. But maybe you could do some cold snacks?

 

Do you have a budget for this?

 

Sure, sure. I just need to check, the exact amount, I’ll email you. What’s your email?

 

It’s Radical, underscore, teatowel, all one word, 2015@gmail.com.

 

Cool, thanks, I’ll email you.

 

 

(Some months later)

 

 

Oh hi Tea Towel, fancy seeing you here!

 

Hello, Institution.

 

You should meet my colleague (to colleague) you’d love Tea Towel’s work. Look at this messy squiggle instead of a triangle, haha.

 

It’s a bit faded now I’ve been washed so many times.

 

I love it! You’re such an authentic voice. We really need to rethink everything in this current climate and you’re so refreshing, honest, I find it so fascinating how you think about ethics in your work, we do need this now more than ever, with Trump and Brexit and all this…

 

Hmm…

 

By the way, I’m so sorry I never emailed you about the canapés project I’ve just been so busy.

 

Don’t worry. It might not have been the right thing for me anyway.

 

Ah don’t say that, you would have been so great. Tell me, what are you working on at the moment?

 

Well, lots actually. I’m doing this project with a group of teenagers and 400 dirty dishes and there’s a pot with burnt fondue that has been soaking for a week now and somebody just asked me to wipe their laptop screen…

 

OMG you sound so busy! Well, I’ve just moved out of London, because I feel it’s so much easier if you’re regional. And I’m so excited about how REAL everything is. I pay a third of the rent I used to pay. And it’s so much easier to get ACE funding as well, much less competition.

 

(Silence)

 

Oh sorry, I forgot you didn’t get your NPO application through. That’s so tough. Did they say why you didn’t get it?

 

Not really no, it’s quite un-transparent. But I guess in the long run it’s good to be an independent tea towel. I was just sick of writing all those applications and even if I got it, I couldn’t pay myself…

 

Ah, well, listen, it’s so great to see you again. Maybe we can catch up properly next week?

 

Yeah, I’m going to take next week off and just lie on the heating for a bit to dry properly. But after that, we could meet for a coffee.

 

I’d love that. I would really appreciate your input for a project I’ve just started. It’s all about rethinking myself, becoming a new institution, you know with ‘users’ not spectators, I want to move on from exhibitions, maybe set up a housing coop as an art thing or something like that, you know. Not just always soaking up content and all these hierarchies, it’s so ridiculous, isn’t it? I want to really push the boat out, like maybe pay everybody minimum wage and have a board with super diverse local people…

 

Hmm, sounds interesting.

 

Yeah, I have to admit, I’ve been so inspired by you tea towel.

 

Errr great. Sorry I have to go now, somebody just spilt their beer.

 

Haha, always on duty! I’ll email you about the coffee.

 

Ok, bye.

 

 

28 February 2018

Rachel Magdeburg reviews Juneau Projects’ Makers of the Multiverse commissioned by Spacex

Tired of niche proposal writing? Another exhibition declined? Juneau Projects’ Makers of the Multiverse (13 May – 10 June 2017), commissioned by Spacex, Exeter, refreshingly offset this. An open call by collaborative artists Ben Sadler and Phil Duckworth requested multiples, saleable to the public for under £50 with at least two in each edition. The application process was relaxed, wide-ranging and met with a ‘yes.’

Multiverse-55This open-door helped artists, designers and makers create commission free earnings. Juneau Projects maximised their opportunity and multiplied the benefactors, which typifies their work. They generate opportunities whereby participation isn’t an obligatory tick-box afterthought or to satisfy funders, but an integral part of the work.

For Makers of the Multiverse, Juneau Projects considered the selling process and encouraged submissions that deepened the relationship between maker and prospective customer. By delivering a live element, makers became their own PR; engagement fostering sales.

I visited Makers of the Multiverse on its opening weekend, coinciding with Art Week Exeter (see Maddy Hearn’s review). On Exeter Quayside, Juneau Projects had converted a hired shipping container into a temporary ‘pavilion’ to contain the submissions. This cor-ten steel symbol of Capitalist standardisation in internationally transporting goods, was a wry, washed ashore selection, functioning as shop, sculpture, event venue, place of social interaction and DIY art market.

The laser-cut, but handmade-looking painted icons that adorned the ‘pavilion,’ provided a cue to what was inside, much like a Pharmacist’s green cross indicates its trade. A wonky jug, a Frank Stella-esque striped-hexagon, chunky beads, a potted succulent, all in jazzy block colours, promised affordable purchases. John Lewis’ current window displays of cactus cut-outs, are uncannily similar. This relationship to popular culture and graphic design’s vectored forms makes Juneau Projects’ work visually appealing and accessible to a wide audience.

Multiverse-78-1Juneau Projects are interested in what people create and why. The answer lay inside the ‘pavilion,’ and on entering the waft of artisan soaps aroused my nostrils, like fresh bread smells supermarkets deviously pump out. OSB shelves stacked items from over 70 artists, designers and makers, from professional artists, hobbyists, to Exeter School of Art students and collectives: CDs, vinyl, totes, prints, games, postcards, glasswork, paper fortune tellers, ceramics, textiles, zines, woodwork, jewellery, tarot cards etc. The stock was replenished and new products added, following typical visual merchandising tactics. The jumbling of craft, illustration, design and conceptual art was non-hierarchical, spanning harbour scenes to terrifying Devonshire oak garden devils. Some highlights included; Phil Root’s (The Grantchester Pottery) ceramic candle holders; Behind the X (Daniel James Wilkinson from X Marks the Bökship) I AM A BORE badges; Clare Bryden’s ‘Little colouring books of climate mindfulness’ and The Artist Tea Towel Company’s designs.

Customary workshops such as bookbinding and cyanotype printing were programmed alongside more baffling offerings such as Lucy Patrick’s ‘Pools of Colour Puddle Readings.’ Lucy used the performance to promote her bottles of Eau d’ Exeter, drinkable filtered water collected from 48 nearby puddles.

The project accrued just under £1,700 in sales, direct to the makers. Different art forms sell in different ways and environments, from Frieze-like extravaganzas to Dutch vrijmarkt-style enterprises. On the opening Sunday, opposite Makers of the Multiverse, a market was selling paintings and prints by local artists, mainly landscapes, animals, portraits and the token female nude. This proximity to Juneau Projects’ work further antagonised the conversation between skill, quality, concept, professionalism, value, genres of art and art markets. These persisting questions were not answered by Juneau Projects’ work but happily tickled. They included everything and created a space whereby visitors could reassuringly enter, chat, buy, make something themselves and meet the makers. In total 462 people took part in activities. The social market proving to have value.

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23 June 2017

For four weeks only, on the green just outside The Boat Shed, Spacex presents a sculptural pavilion by Juneau Projects exhibiting work by artists and makers and hosting live events.

With over 30 contributors invited through an open call, there’s lots of art to view. Have a browse, bag yourself an affordable artwork or become a maker yourself at one of our many events and workshops. From Shadow Selfie workshops to 1-2-1 Karaoke sessions, demos by ceramicists and board game makers to live performances, there’s loads of ways to get involved.

“We are really interested in looking at affordable and sustainable ways that makers can promote and sell the things they produce and do. We have always had a D.I.Y. spirit and approach in our work and, increasingly, it feels like this is a useful quality to have in terms of maintaining an artistic practice. Online methods of marketing have opened wide the possibilities for people to promote and sell their work. We’re really excited to look at how this spirit can work offline too.” – Juneau Projects

With 100% of income from sales and events going directly to the makers, Makers of the Multiverse supports the local creative economy and brings people together.

Over the past few months Juneau Projects have also been busy working with school and college groups. Artwork by Exeter College students and children from Ladysmith Primary School will be integrated into the pavilion and young people from Ellen Tinkham School are working with one of the exhibiting artists to make pit fired ceramics.

We look forward to welcoming you to the pavilion. Visit bikeshedtheatre.co.uk for details of how to book and spacex.org.uk for more information about the project.

FULL PROGRAMME
Saturday 13 May

Sunday 14 May

Wednesday 17 May

Thursday 18 May

Friday 19 May

Saturday 20 May

Sunday 21 May

Thursday 25 May

Saturday 27 May

Monday 29 May

Tuesday 30 May

Wednesday 31 May

Thursday 1 June

Friday 2 June

Saturday 3 June

Sunday 4 June

Tuesday 6 June

Thursday 8 June

Saturday 10 June

 

 

 

12 May 2017

Makers of the Multiverse Multiple, 2017, Paint, Oak Veneer Board, Oak Base (30 x 12 x 9.5 cm).JuneauProjects and Spacex are excited to offer this opportunity to buy a specially produced artwork made by the artists as part of their upcoming project taking place in Exeter this spring.

We are raising funds for Makers of the Multiverse, a sculptural pavilion, that will house a temporary art-market and a series of live events. The pavilion will be located at Exeter Quay between the 13th of May and the 10th of June and will be open every day.

The aim of the project is to help artists, designers and makers to sell their work as affordable multiples and develop a deeper relationship with an audience who may wish to buy their work through participating in live demos, workshops, talks and events. We want to explore new and interesting ways of selling artwork, craft and design and to examine how a DIY art market can help create an income for artists, designers and makers.

An open call to artists, designers and makers from the Exeter area and beyond means we are delighted to be collaborating with people from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience.100% of the profits from sales will go back to the artists, designers and makers, so we’re asking you to help support Makers of the Multiverse by buying one of our new multiples made specially for the project.

To help raise funds for the project Juneau Projects have made a new piece based on the objects that will make up the façade of the pavilion. Each of these multiples costs £50 and is laser cut, assembled, hand-painted and signed by the artists. In addition to this, if you would like to pledge £100 towards the project you can design your own object to be added to the piece: you just need to send us a photo or drawing of the object you would like included. It could be something you have made, your favourite ornament, something your partner or child has made or your dream art object. We will make a design based on your image and add it to the sculpture, creating a very unique version of the multiple just for you.

 

This is a great chance to buy an artwork by Juneau Projects (artist duo Ben Sadler and Philip Duckworth). They have exhibited widely and have had solo shows at venues including The Showroom, London, Tate Britain, London; and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. They have featured in many group shows in the UK including British Art Show 6 and Tatton Park Biennial as well as exhibiting extensively internationally, including shows at PS1, New York; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; and CAC, Vilnius.

They have work in numerous collections including The Zabludowicz Collection, The British Museum, New Art Gallery Walsall and KPN.

22 April 2017

Juneau Projects (Philip Duckworth, Ben Sadler), Makers of the Multiverse, concept image for the pavilion, 2016 © courtesy of the artists

Juneau Projects (Philip Duckworth, Ben Sadler), Makers of the Multiverse, concept image for the pavilion, 2016 © courtesy of the artists

Spacex is pleased to present Makers of the Multiverse, a sculptural pavilion by Juneau Projects (Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler), located for four weeks at Exeter Quay. The pavilion will function as a shop and event venue, stocked with multiples by artists and makers and hosting live events.

Makers of the Multiverse has been developed with Spacex as a project that aims to expand the way artists and makers can show and sell affordable multiples. It proposes alternatives to more traditional art world structures and hierarchies by considering artists’ engagement with the role of distribution, pricing and accessibility of artwork.

“We are really interested in looking at affordable and sustainable ways that makers can promote and sell the things they produce and do. We have always had a D.I.Y. spirit and approach in our work and, increasingly, it feels like this is a useful quality to have in terms of maintaining an artistic practice. Online methods of marketing have opened wide the possibilities for people to promote and sell their work. We’re really excited to look at how this spirit can work offline too.” – Juneau Projects

The artists will source artworks for the exhibition through an open call, inviting participants from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience to contribute multiples. The project has been developed from the artists’ long-standing interest in the creative impulse that makes people want to make things. Whether this is labeled arts practice, a hobby or a even a survival practice, Juneau Projects see a creative practice as an area of contention, with new systems, structures and value systems required to meet contemporary and future conditions.

In previous projects such as ‘Gleaners of the Infocalypse’, ‘Welcome to Happy Redoubt’ and ‘Animal Spirits’, Juneau Projects have attempted to consider why the urge to create and make things is a fundamental part of the human spirit, how it is inextricably tied to the evolution of society, culture and technology, and how this urge might develop and shift in response to environmental changes and the rapid acceleration of technology.

For this project they offer a pragmatic and generous invitation to artists and makers. As well as inviting makers to produce affordable editions in the form of physical objects for the exhibition, Juneau Projects will be asking contributors to consider how they could extend their creative practice to include live events and experiences, reaching audiences and customers via new platforms. In this way Makers of the Multiverse acts as a developmental resource for artists and makers as well as a public artwork.

During the months leading up to the opening of the pavilion, Juneau Projects are working with local community groups, schools, colleges, and artists to create the pavilion, fill it with artworks, and programme a four week series of public events.

Makers of the Multiverse is funded by Arts Council England, Exeter City Council, Outset South West, Exeter Canal and Quay Trust and The Farringdon House Trust. It is supported by Exeter College and The University of Exeter.

For press images, and interview requests please contact martyn@spacex.org.uk

Notes to Editors
Makers of the Multiverse
Dates: 13 May – 10 June 2017
Pavilion Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 11.30am – 2pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11am-4pm
Location: Piazza Terracina, Haven Road, EX2 4AR
Free admission (some ticketed events)

Opening Reception: Saturday 13 May 3-5pm, all welcome

Juneau Projects
Juneau Projects are Philip Duckworth, born in Iserlohn, Germany, 1976 and Ben Sadler, born in Birmingham, UK, 1977. Both live and work in Birmingham, UK. Solo exhibitions include Trappenkamp, Tate Britain, 2008; I Went to Woods, New Art Gallery Walsall, 2008; Aggressive Localism, MIMA, Middlesbrough, 2007 and Black Moss, 2006, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, The Model, Sligo, FACT, Liverpool and Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, John Hansard Gallery 2013. Group exhibitions include The Witching Hour, Birmingham Art Gallery, 2010, Experimenta Folklore, Frankfurter Kunsterein, Frankfurt, Germany, 2008 and the British Art Show 6, Hayward Touring: Baltic, Gateshead, International 3, Manchester, Bonnington, Nottingham, BCMA, Bristol, 2005. Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler formed Juneau Projects in 2001. The majority of their work includes 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 work has examined the overlap between performance as musicians, sculpture and installation.

Spacex is a contemporary art commissioning organisation. It was set up by an artist collective in 1974 in a 19th Century warehouse, between the High Street and the quayside. 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 in central Exeter. www.spacex.org.uk

Multiples and Editions
Source: Wikipedia
In printmaking, an edition is a number of prints struck from one plate. This may be a limited edition, with a fixed number of impressions produced on the understanding that no further impressions (copies) will be produced later, or an open edition limited only by the number that can be sold or produced before the plate wears. An Artist’s multiple is similar to an edition – a series of identical art objects produced by an artist. These could be multiples of a 2D print, 3D sculpture, or installation piece. The multiple offers artists a way of selling work without compromising their artistic integrity and makes their work accessible to a wider market.

3 April 2017

I am the Warrior - John Hansard Gallery

I am the Warrior – John Hansard Gallery

A-n have a bursary of £150 available to enable a writer to visit and review Juneau Projects: Makers of the Multiverse, in Exeter.

 

This Spring, Spacex present Makers of the Multiverse, a pavilion by Juneau Projects (Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler), located for four weeks at Exeter’s historic quayside. The temporary pavilion, an artwork in itself, will also function as an exhibition venue stocked with affordable artworks by artists and makers from the local area.

Exploring alternatives to the existing structures and hierarchies of the art world, Juneau Projects have worked with artists, makers, local communities and school groups to make the pavilion and develop a programme of events that explore the boundaries of what an affordable artwork can be.

a-n has a Critical Writing Bursary available for a writer to visit Juneau Projects: Makers of the Multiverse in Exeter during the events programme and produce a piece of independent critical writing, which will be uploaded to and published on a-n’s critical writing platform by the writer.

Applications accepted from now and up to 12 noon Wednesday 12 April 2017.

Eligibility: Visual artists, arts organisers, writers and postgraduate students based in the UK with a current a-n membership.

Exclusions:

  • Students on an undergraduate course.

Value: £150.

How to apply: To apply, please email jennifer.picken@a-n.co.uk by 12 noon on Wednesday 12 April 2017 with a short statement of no more than 200 words outlining your interest in reviewing Juneau Projects: Makers of the Multiverse.  [Please note: the events programme for Makers of the Multiverse is an evolving one, and the selected writer will need to research the best time to visit.]

20 March 2017

Juneau Projects working with students at Exeter School of Art, fine art students Juneau Projects have been working with some of our education partners last week. Art students and primary school pupils took part in meetings and workshops to plan and develop content for the Makers of the Multiverse pavilion that will open to the public on 13 May.

Spacex ensures that exciting and inspirational opportunities for children and young people are integral to our projects. We see young people as contributors and build in opportunities for them to work directly with artists on our projects. This involvement provides high-quality engagement with the work of the artists we commission.

Exeter School of Art fine art students with Juneau Projects We aim to share and develop expertise within the field of art education and partner with University of Exeter to contribute to debate and research around all levels Art Education. Spacex also provides work experience placements, and students from Exeter school of Art are currently gaining project management experience and technical skills whilst supporting Makers of the Multiverse.

Related…
Find out more about Makers of the Multiverse 

Find out more about our open call for artists and makers 

16 March 2017

Spacex is pleased to announce the launch of a new project in Cranbrook. This spring Spacex have commissioned Kim Wide Curator and Director of Take A Part CIC Plymouth, to work with members of Cranbrook’s Town Council and community groups to select an artist who will work with residents to produce an artwork for the new town.

Later this month Spacex and Tale A Part are in Cranbrook inviting everyone from the area to start thinking about: if they’re interested in creative projects and what creative opportunities people would like to see in Cranbrook for art to happen. This will be the start of our work developing a programme of arts activities with residents in Cranbrook and drawing on the communities advice, ideas and support to develop an Arts Action Group.

If you want to find out more or are unable to attend but would like to be involved in future events get in touch by emailing mail@spacex.org.uk #CreativeCranbrook

This project follows Spacex’s work in Cranbrook across the last two years, including Margareta Kern and Jonathan Hoskins Residency as well as the Random Spaces for Kindness.

9 March 2017

Claire_Bryson_DSC04590Appointed in December 2016, Claire Bryson (née Bryden) joins Spacex as a member of the Board and will advise on digital marketing and audience development. Claire, who has been working in the area of marketing for over 10 years, returns to Spacex in this new capacity having carried out a digital media internship earlier in her career.

Claire said “My internship with Spacex was one of my first roles in digital marketing and helped me get into the specialist field. For me this links to a bigger story of how Spacex supports early career arts professionals and young people gain experience in the arts. It is a great chance for me to support and give back to Spacex and young people coming into the field today.”

Claire is the National Trust’s digital marketing consultant in the South West. Her role covers one of the largest regions in the country – from Land’s End to Poole and as far north as the Cotswolds. Setting the direction for digital campaigns across the SouthWest as well as being called on for advice from over 150 places and properties, Claire is part of the South West Digital Advisory Board for Heritage Organisations. With its core purpose to share knowledge in the sector and to collaborate.

Mark Waugh and Dom Jinks welcome Claire’s appointment saying
“Claire’s knowledge and experience in digital marketing is an excellent asset to the already diverse skill-set of the Board of Trustees and the ambitions of the organisation going forward. On behalf of everyone of the Board and the staff we would like to welcome Claire.”

Claire has already been instrumental in the development of a new digital marketing strategy and in the implementation of a new website development project which Spacex will be launching later this year. This development will offer greater accessibility and transparency in the organisations governance and open approach to partnership and collaboration. Find out more from Spacex’s website and follow them on social media.

For find out more about Spacex, their upcoming programme and more please visit www.spacex.org.uk

For more information and high res images please contact martyn@spacex.org.uk

Notes to Editor
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.

Claire Bryson (née Bryden) was appointed December 2016. Specialist Knowledge: Digital & Marketing. Claire is a digital marketing specialist who has worked for a variety of cultural organisations in London and the South West. She is currently working for The National Trust as Digital Marketing Communications Consultant South West. Claire completed a marketing internship at Spacex at an early stage in her career and she is keen to support Spacex to develop a Digital Strategy. www.twitter.com/shinyshoeclaire

9 February 2017

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.

ENDS

Notes to the Editor
About Spacex

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

10 January 2017