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Contains Art

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Contains Art

Contains Art

Contains Art By Contains Art

Built from refurbished shipping containers on the harbourside in Watchet, Contains Art provides flexible, affordable space for artists, designers and makers to develop and showcase their work.

Watchet Delivery stage

pledged of £3,327

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

Watchet has caught three shipping containers, snatched from their global wanderings, they stand hobbled but proud on the Watchet harbour side.

Risen from the rust becoming four artists studios and an exhibition space. These iron ladies have roamed the four corners of the Globe and have enabled safe passage to all manner of precious products. But now it is their turn to rest, refitted, spruced up and have good work come to them.

Contains Art aims to:
Inspire creative ambition
Develop professional practice
Foster collaboration and critical engagement
Uncover and support emerging practice
Promote creative business
Connect creative communities and audiences

What we'll deliver:

  • Refurbish and refit the containers and turn them into studios and gallery space
  • Run a programme of events, exhibitions and workshops

Why it's a great idea:

Because art matters and the creative industries need support. A not-for-profit organisation, Creatives Club CIC*, has been set up to steer the project, formed from members of Creatives Club, a thriving, monthly networking meeting on the last Thursday of every month in Watchet’s Esplanade Club. Plans for Contains Art grew from the findings of a 2011 study ‘Creatives Uncovered: A Creative Workhub for Western Somerset’, undertaken by the Making the Links project funded with Somerset County Council’s Creative Industries Development Fund. The project is part of a strategy proposed by Making the Links for developing a supportive infrastructure for the creative sector.

Steps to get it done:

  • Install artists in the studios
  • Refurbish the containers
  • Launch the project with our inaugural postcard exhibition

We want to make our supporters and funders part of the picture so, if you pledge £10, we will send you an invite to the preview of our opening postcard exhibition 'Wish you were here'. You will be invited to choose one of the postcards in exchange for your donation!


Location Watchet

About the space

3 shipping containers


West Somerset Council

How will the money be spent?Total £3,326

Outstanding refurbishment costs - £1,200 (36%)
Subsidy on windows & doors - £1,000 (30%)
Subsidy on electrical installation - £1,000 (30%)
Other - £126 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Outstanding refurbishment costs
Subsidy on windows & doors
Subsidy on electrical installation
Other Read More
  • Transaction Fees
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT

Total £3,326

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.

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