“REFRESH” – Upgrading and Improving Oxmarket Gallery
“Refresh” is a major fundraising project for Oxmarket Gallery, a largely volunteer-run charity whose mission is to promote art and support artists in an inclusive manner. Oxmarket provides a range of flexible, quality and accessible exhibition spaces for artists, art societies and groups. It curates exhibitions and runs events designed to encourage emerging artists to develop their practice. It also works with local schools and colleges, presents talks, musical ensembles, poetry recitals and much more.
This project will deliver improvements to a space where the wellbeing of the users will be dramatically enhanced. This much-loved community facility needs urgent updating to ensure the Gallery spaces continue to meet the needs of its users and visitors, and to safeguard its sustainability going forward. It needs to upgrade the facilities and increase gallery space, replace the toilets and include a disabled toilet, improve the entrance area and improve the lack of external and internal signage.
Annual income comes from gallery hire and small donations from the public. This does not allow for ‘capital works’ so this appeal is to local individuals, trusts, foundations, and statutory sources. Oxmarket does not have the resources to hold fundraising events, so our fundraising strategy is very focused, and the only event was the Philip Jackson Exhibition. Chichester District Council and Chichester City Council are both supporting the campaign.