“REFRESH” – Upgrading and Improving Oxmarket Gallery
“Refresh” is the 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 is delivering improvements to a space where the wellbeing of the users will be dramatically enhanced. This much-loved community facility needs continuous investment to ensure the Gallery spaces continue to meet the needs of their users and visitors, and to safeguard the Gallery’s sustainability going forward. The project has already upgraded the facilities and increased gallery space, replaced the toilets and included a disabled toilet, improved the entrance area and improved internal and external 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; its only event was the Philip Jackson Exhibition. Chichester District Council and Chichester City Council are both supporting the campaign.
‘The Oxmarket Gallery chose Ascia Construction to undertake the major refurbishment because they demonstrated understanding of the project and proposed an experienced project manager to manage the site. With such a complex project in a listed building we recognised the need for someone to bring all the disciplines together and manage them in a timely way. We are delighted with work undertaken and would happily recommend them. With Cover Storey Architects we made a great working team.’