Brighton gallery saved by £15,000 donation from supporters

Posted On 28 Apr 2014 at 11:32 pm
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By Jenni Davidson

A Brighton art gallery has been saved from closure by £15,000 in donations from its supporters.

The ONCA Gallery in St George’s Place, Brighton, turned to fundraising website Kickstarter to raise much-needed funds when it was unable to make ends meet.

The gallery hit 101 per cent of its target with only minutes to go to its deadline yesterday afternoon (Sunday 27 April).cropped-ONCA-no-text-e1391083765355

The gallery’s Twitter account referred to “feeling the love” and one tweet read:

“THANK YOU FOR ALL THE DONATIONS!!! 10 minutes to go & @ONCAnetwork is beaming from ear to ear and paw to paw – we have fully funded @kickstarter”.

ONCA, which stands for One Network for Conservation and the Arts, is an environmental charity that raises awareness of ecological issues through the arts.

The ONCA Gallery opened 18 months ago in a former shop near the Old Steine.

Past exhibitions have explored microbiology, waste and the plight of bees.

The charity counts environmental artist Chris Drury among its supporters. He has described ONCA as “a breath of fresh air”.

Other patrons include Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas and travel writer Robert Macfarlane.

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