Spacex is a leading contemporary art gallery located in the centre of Exeter. Its diverse programme encourages the public to engage with the latest developments in contemporary art through a changing exhibitions programme, which includes new commissions, projects and activities. A significant part of its programme, including artist-led projects, events and research, takes place outside of the gallery. Spacex has an international reputation for presenting ideas from some of the most daring and exciting artists working today.
Edward Chell 'Soft Estate' Interview
8 March to 3 May 2014
The exhibition ‘Soft Estate’, the title of which derives from the Highways Agency term used to describe the natural habitats that have evolved along motorways and trunk roads, looks at how green borders offer a refuge for wildlife and a modern form of wilderness in the midst of intense urbanisation and agrochemical farming.
Artist and academic Edward Chell, and Invited artists interrogate themes of ‘edgelands’, those familiar yet ignored spaces that are neither city nor countryside. Their works present juxtapositions commonly experienced in these minor landscapes, such as beauty and pollution, wilderness and human agency.
This exhibition has been organised in collaboration with The Bluecoat, Liverpool.
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Lisa Watts & Lucy May
Lisa Watts & Lucy May
28 September–23 November 2013
Live artist Lisa Watts invites visual artist Lucy May to join her in this presentation of Skittish. Watts will visit Spacex on a regular basis during the exhibition where she will perform and develop new work in the galleries inspired by Lucy May’s art. The result will evidence the relationship that exists between live and visual art.
August Atelier Photomation
Given a range of different photographic based 2D material the animators created their own little animated films which are shown here back to back, with only an evening to work in they produced quite a lot...
SpacexAugustAtelier Moving Marks
The young people who came to the Moving Marks workshop during the Drawing themed week of August Atelier only had 3 hours to experiment with all the different ways of making drawn animation you see here. Starting off with using themselves, then wool, pencils, pens and light.
Simon Pope 'A Song, A Dance and a New Stannary Parliament'
As the world’s economic patterns change mining for metals on the picturesque landscape of Dartmoor, Devon has once again become viable. 80 years after the last metal ore extraction ceased on Dartmoor the rising cost of tungsten has meant that there are proposals to reopen a former tin mine at Hemerdon near Plymouth to extract both tin and tungsten. This is the subject of a new commission by artist Simon Pope who is working with people living in the Dartmoor area on a new commission: 'A Song, A Dance and a New Stannary Parliament'. Dartmoor’s formerly industrial landscape has come to be seen mostly as a wilderness for walkers, seemingly indistinguishable from the results of geological processes. Yet the gullies and stacks of rock debris are testament to this metal ore’s immense influence on the life of Dartmoor and its people.
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El Busta's Travelling Photography Studio at August Atelier
El Busta's Travelling Photography Studio visited the galleries at Spacex for the first day of August Atelier. This short video documents the fun participants had throughout the day composing, developing and displaying their portraits.
Animated Film made by children from Stoke Hill Nursery in response to exhibition by Katy Dove at Spacex
The children visited Spacex to see the exhibition of work by artist and filmmaker Katy Dove. They spent some time watching and listening to her films and made some watercolours and photographs while in the gallery. We then used these photographs and watercolours to make some animation at the nursery. After we had made the animation we collected some sounds, some of them a bit like the ones Katy Dove has in her films.
The Travelling Text Kiosk
A short video documenting The Travelling Text Kiosk, Spacex's project for Exeter based exetreme imagination 2013, a festival of writing for and by young people. Interviews with producers and participants offer an insight into the development and delivery of the project, and what participants took from working on it.
Laura White Studio Visit & Interview
Following a recent visit to Laura White's London Studio, a short video interview has been produced in which the artist offers an insight into her practice and We Can Have it All (8 December 2012–23 February 2013).
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