Contemporary art gallery open to the public, showing cutting-edge exhibitions by internationally renowned and emerging artists.
Spacex - main exhibition space
Map showing location of the Spacex
Spacex is a leading contemporary art gallery located in the centre of Exeter. A 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 the 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.
The gallery based exhibition programme spans artists' film and video, painting, photography, sculpture, installation and performance. The learning programme provides ways for visitors of all ages to explore and engage with contemporary art.
Collaboration lies at the heart of Spacex. Long lasting relationships are continually formed with artists, curators and partners from local institutions through to international organisations, helping to promote sustainable development in the arts.
Forthcoming Exhibitions for 2013 include:
18 May-13 July - See more detail below
6-31 August 2013
18 May-13 July 2013
Antipodes, 2013, is an ongoing interactive online and photographic project that pairs webcam images from places at opposite ends of the globe. The four per cent of the earth's surface in which land is antipodal to land offers rich terrain for interesting parallels and correspondences. As far away from each other as it is possible to be, their day-for-night, summer/winter contrasts palpable, often extreme, these distant 'twins' (Spain/New Zealand, Hawaii/ Botswana, Brazil/Japan) frequently possess surprising affinities. Having researched multiple webcam sources from myriad locations, Curtis revels in drawing out these points of connection: finding topographical echoes in the landscape, as well as architectural and cultural similarities. A series of photographic diptychs, distilled from the stream of webcam footage, press the point home: highlighting both the distance and the difference between us, but also how online communications and digital technology bring us closer together.
Also included in the exhibition is Tong Tana, 2012. In this video work, Curtis explores the elemental desire to understand environments. She spent four weeks in the rainforests of Borneo with the semi-nomadic Penan, one of the last surviving hunter-gatherer tribes in south-east Asia, and known masters of tracking and hunting. By placing a head mounted camera and binaural microphones on one of the hunters, Curtis captures his journey in a way that would otherwise be unachievable. The viewer adopts the position of the hunter, experiencing a heightened sensory adventure. Tong Tana includes maps drawn by the Penan hunter that plot his route through the rainforest.
Antipodes by Layla Curtis is commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, in association with Spacex. Technical support by Cuttlefish. Supported by Arts Council England.
Tong Tana is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Education and Learning
Alongside its exhibition programme, Spacex runs an engaging Education and Learning programme catering for all ages and abilities.
The gallery is located in the heart of Exeter, between Fore Street and Exeter Quay. Visitors are able to experience a unique and challenging programme by international artists. As a publicly-funded art space, entrance is free. Visit the Spacex website to find out more information about Spacex, its exhibitions, education and learning programmes or telephone 01392 431786.