A crowdfunding campaign to put on a free exhibition at Gunnersbury Park Museum which showcases the work of Ealing and Hounslow people bringing Sci-Fi to the big and small screen has reached its target.
The campaign shot through it’s £15,000 target and raised over £16,000 thanks to more than 100 Sci-Fi supporters. With the match funding provided from the Art Fund, Gunnersbury Park Museum will have over £32,000 to help launch the exhibition.
The Sci-Fi fans were able to pick from a selection of rewards to grab their galactic fancy ranging from Sci-Fi inspired tote bag to a reading and Q&A with David Learner, aka Marvin the Paranoid Android of BBC’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
‘Set to Stun’, will open in October 2023 and is Gunnersbury Park Museum’s first large-scale exhibition since gaining NPO status in April 2023 where visitors will be able to get up close and personal to original daleks, cybermen and other popular Sci-Fi baddies.
Professor James Knowles, chair of Gunnersbury Museum and Park Development Trust said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have reached our funding target! It’s been inspiring to watch our local communities get behind our exhibition, and we can’t wait to welcome you all when we open in October. I’d also like to thank Art Fund, in particular, for their support for our campaign and for match funding the money raised. All the sums will contribute towards creating a dynamic, galaxy-crossing celebration of Sci-Fi and local creativity for everyone to enjoy.”
Jenny Waldman, director of Art Fund, said: “Huge congratulations to Gunnersbury Park Museum for reaching their fundraising target through Art Happens, our dedicated crowdfunding platform for museums and galleries. Thanks to donations from over 100 generous supporters, matched with funding from Art Fund’s members and donors, Gunnersbury Park Museum will be opening their largest ever exhibition this October, celebrating the local community whilst delighting sci-fi enthusiasts from West London and beyond.”