Students from Exeter College were at Spacex this afternoon, working with Lisa Watts and getting to grips with some different aspects of performance art. The students will be producing their own piece of digital work in response  to Skittish over the next few weeks and their work will be screened at an event in the galleries at the end of October.



4 October 2013


Lisa Watts & Lucy May Skittish opens today! Lisa and Lucy have been at Spacex this week installing works and preparing for the artist conversation taking place from 4pm. Lisa will also be in the galleries throughout the day developing new work.

Find out more


27 September 2013



Pick up a guide during Unexpected festival and visit Lesser Known Architecture, an ongoing nationwide research project that celebrates overlooked or forgotten architectural forms. The project documents buildings, structures and concepts that defined their time, inspiring future architectural visions and technologies, and yet remain unknown to the general public. Started by photographer Theo Simpson, Lesser Known Architecture remembers the existence of such works as well as the architects and engineers who developed them.

View artwork locations and find out more about Theo Simpson Lesser Known Architecture

13 September 2013

Catch the very last day of August Atelier and help us use up our  printing stocks before the Atelier shuts it’s doors for now. 

Regular Spacex activities such as Art Club, Crafty Social, Gallery Breakfast and the new look Outer Space will return in the autumn. 


30 August 2013


Karen Sanders joined the Spacex team for two months as part of the Summer Undergraduate Internship Scheme with the University of the West of England, where she is studying photography. Karen was interviewed about her internship by Hebe Lanyon, who was on work experience at the gallery during this busy month August:

What has been the best part of your Internship?

The best part was planning and organising the drop-in activities for August Atelier (a month-long programme of public events) and seeing them come to life. It has been great fun to organise these activities, but to actually see it all come together and watch the public get involved is such a great feeling.

What has been the most challenging?

One of my jobs at Spacex was to help promote August Atelier, which is done through online and using social media as well as poster and leaflet distribution. The promoting and marketing wasn’t too challenging itself but it ís only successful when people come – so it was hard work to do it well, which we did of course!

Do you feel that you’ve got the most possible out of your time at Spacex?

I do! The first four weeks was all down to planning and organising the activities and I was busy every day getting ideas, sharing them in meetings and purchasing all the equipment we needed, alongside working on the marketing too. The second part of my internship was during August Atelier and again I have been busy setting up each week, talking to visitors about the events and workshops and of course getting involved a bit myself! I’ve been up to so much in my time here, I don’t think I could have fitted anything else in!

What skills have you developed?

It has been a great eye-opener with regards to marketing an event. I never knew how much went into advertising but now I understand how important it is and how to go about it successfully. It has also been helpful working on my organisation skills. I have always been quite nervous when it comes to organising important photography shoots at university but working here and being part of the planning for August Atelier has given me the confidence boost that I need for my final year of university.

Do you feel more prepared to launch into your own career now that you have had this experience?

More than ever! Doing photography at university made me think I was quite limited to what I could do when I graduate. Working at Spacex as an intern has allowed me to see what other options I have and has given me a great interest in both a curating or educational role. Speaking to all the staff about their qualifications and previous experiences has also been really beneficial and has given me ideas on where to go next.

Given the opportunity to re-live your internship, would you do anything differently?

I couldn’t have got more out of my time here, I wish I had longer left! I’ve been part of such a variety of tasks; planning, marketing, taking images, admin and working with the public. I have enjoyed it all and it has really set me up for the future. I do feel part of the Spacex team and it’ll be sad to leave.

Sum up your experience in a sentence…

A one-off opportunity that has been incredibly inspirational and has definitely given me a clearer path to follow once I graduate from university.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone wanting an internship at Spacex or another contemporary art gallery?

DO IT! If there is an opportunity, then please take it and if there isn’t Spacex are always looking for volunteers to help them out, so get involved! The great thing about working for Spacex is that it’s a small gallery meaning you are able to work across the different programmes and really get a feel of how a gallery runs.

A huge thanks to both Karen and Hebe for all your hard work this Summer. Good luck for the future from all at Spacex !

28 August 2013

In week 3 of August Atelier Spacex becomes a studio for experimental drawing, there are workshops for making your own drawing tools, animating lines, and capturing shadows. The gallery  it’s self  is a large scale drawing surface where visitors can make their own mark on the space, you can even draw on the specially designed drawing table whilst enjoying Atelier refreshments!

The above illustration is the third in a series made for August Atelier by work experience student Jessie.

20 August 2013

Here we are in the middle of week 2 already! The theme for this week is sculpture and we hope that there is an activity to suit most people  they include wire sculpting, using clay, some of which has been sourced locally and reinventing old books using simple folding and sticking techniques to make completely new structures.

The poster is the second in a series produced for August Atelier by work experience student Jessie Jacobs.

15 August 2013

August Atelier starts today with a chance to get your photograph taken in the El Busta travelling photography studio using old school equipment and developing techniques. During the rest of the week visitors will be able to direct their own photo shoots, reuse photographs to make photo collages and make sun prints as well as taking part in workshops.

The poster above was made by Jessie who was on her  work  experience placement from school and who helped with all the preparations for August Atelier. 




6 August 2013

We’re currently recruiting a new director, application deadline 5pm, Monday 2 September.

Find full details on our jobs and opportunities page

26 July 2013