TOPOS - project led arts space in Exeter

by topos in Exeter

We did it
On 30th December 2014 we successfully raised £5,970 with 94 supporters in 62 days

We're raising match funding to run TOPOS, a year long artists' residency, studio and event space for socially engaged arts practice.

by topos in Exeter

New stretch target

Hurray! We've reached our target. Thanks to everyone for getting involved. We are still fundraising and any further money we raise will add to our budget to support expenses for our public events - bring in more guest presenters and strengthen our work with volunteers in particular.

You can pledge to receive any of the TOPOS rewards up until December 30th. Last posting date for rewards before Christmas - 12th December.

Now, we're really looking forward to meeting you at a TOPOS event.

I am hoping to reach the target by December 10th so that our entry level rewards can be sent out for Christmas

Who am I?

I'm Volkhardt Müller a German artist and Exeter resident since 2002. Over the past 5 years I've been making new art work about the city and the people who live here. I work with friends, neighbours, residents, strangers on the street to depict major themes shaping contemporary British society, through the prism of this one particular city I live in.

What is TOPOS?

Over the next year I have the opportunity to be artist 'in residence' in a sizeable second floor unit  on the edge of Exeter's central retail area. I want to use this time and space to make and showcase a series of brand new works in response to the city, and to involve local people in that process in extraordinary ways.

This residency is about concentrated time to tackle ambitious ideas: I want to make a series of large-scale contemporary landscapes and portraits of Exeter, and the people that populate it in print, paint and on video. But TOPOS will be more than just an artist's studio. I want to collaborate with other artists and create a buzz about contemporary art making in the centre of the city. I want to create an exhibition and events space, where members of the public can share in and contribute to the experience. 

Rewards-TOPOS tote bagA project-led art space in this kind of location, for this length of time, is something we know from more urban centres, but Exeter is full of creative energy and I have a genuine faith that making TOPOS a success will contribute to preparing the ground for more such initiatives to happen in the future.

Project Costs and Your Support

I have been given this space for free for a year, and have support for the project from key arts and cultural organisations across the region. Arts Council England have offered to meet most of the project costs. This crowd funder plays a crucial role not just in providing cash match funding, but a vote of confidence in the idea and its place in Exeter. It will also help to spread the word about TOPOS and raise expectations of the things to come.

Your support for TOPOS will contribute directly to the making and sharing of contemporary art in Exeter by:

- Turning an empty retail unit into a basic working and exhibition space – we need lighting, work benches, seating for events, projection facilities, shelving, storage and security

- Supporting travel, accommodation and materials for 3 nationally recognized resident artists to work in the space and on the streets with the public.

- Paying for the work to be documented in image and writing for publication online and in print, so that you and everyone else can find out more about what’s happening in Exeter.


Commissioned by Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Museum of the year 2012


You can support TOPOS and spread the word by choosing from a range of rewards I've made - or will be making - as part of the project. There are art-work offers including lino and woodcuts of different sizes, drawings, paintings and video. There are also events that groups and organisations can take part in together. Such as a woodcut workshop, or a coffee and cake studio tour of work-in-progress. 

If you are group of more than five people, you can take part in a 30 minute video work that will reproduce a well known art work somewhere in Devon. A great day out for a group of friends or colleagues - and you get a digital copy of the work and production stills. 


If the target is reached within 4 weeks, all badges, bags and TOPOS prints will be with you in time for Christmas 2014! 

To see images of the TOPOS badges, bags and prints look here

Your support is very much appreciated. I look forward to meeting you in the TOPOS space.


FInd Out More

Read about the Unknown and Known Potentials of Topos on the Rural Recreation website and have a look at the rewards for the crowd funder on 

TOPOS is working in partnership with Princesshay, White Moose Gallery, Exeter Phoenix, Spacex, Redefining Print and Double Elephant, Exeter City Council, Rural Recreation. 


Image from Witness Box -recipient of 3rd prize @ Linolschnitt Heute international award for contemporary linocut, Galerie der Stadt Bietigheim, Germany


Videotopia-English themes after Claude Lorrain

Videotopia-English themes after Claude Lorrain 2014. 30min HDV commissioned by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Trust, London.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

19 of 200 claimed

£10 Reward

A hand printed linocut TOPOS badge made by myself. A thank you on the project website.

£15 or more

27 of 100 claimed

£15 Reward

An ethically produced cotton tote bag featuring an image from the art work Any High Street, hand screen printed at Exeter's Double Elephant print workshop. A thank you on the project website.

£25 or more

17 of 80 claimed

£25 Reward

An original signed TOPOS linocut with a short personal message of your choice sent to whomever you want it to reach. A thank you on the website.

£40 or more

21 of 50 claimed

£40 Reward

A full set of TOPOS badge, bag and linocut print.

£100 or more

4 of 20 claimed

£100 Reward

An invite for you and a friend to the private view of the TOPOS end of year exhibition. Plus a TOPOS badge and linocut each. A thank you on the website

£150 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£150 Reward

Kaffee und Kuchen für drei - an exclusive 2 hour tour of the studio and work-in-progress with home made coffee and cake for (up to) 3 people including TOPOS badges and bags. A thank you on the website.

£180 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£180 Reward

An original drawing approx. A3 size. The image will be one of the source materials/sketches for larger scale work I'll be doing in the space. A TOPOS bag print and badge. A thank you on the website.

£250 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£250 Reward

A one day workshop in woodcut and large scale print making without a press for up to 3 people. Techniques, materials, tool maintenance and approaches to work.

£350 or more

3 of 5 claimed

£350 Reward

An original limited edition relief print - wood or lino cut, possibly mixed media, chosen from the series of contemporary landscapes to be developed during the residency, approx.110cmx65cm

£850 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£850 Reward

Commission a 30 min video work based on a historic landscape painting/print chosen by the artist. Featuring a minimum of 5 people- friends, family, colleagues or TOPOS volunteers. You will take part in a day's shoot in Devon, receive a digital copy and production stills for personal display and a thank you in the project publication.

£1,800 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£1,800 Reward

An exclusive art work commissioned by you - portrait, landscape, print, video. The opportunity to visit the studio by appointment throughout the residency. An invite to the private view of the end of year exhibition for up to 5 people. A thank you in the project publication AND a TOPOS badge, bag and linocut print.

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