Gunnersbury Park hits sci-fi exhibition fundraising target

Image above: Cybermen from Doctor Who

Campaign raises over £16,000 from 100+ supporters

Gunnersbury Park Museum has successfully reached its crowdfunding target through Art Happens with Art Fund to put on the first ever exhibition celebrating Sci-Fi on screen and its links to west London.

In May the museum launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for a free-to-visit exhibition, Set to Stun: A celebration of Sci-Fi film and television design, which turns the camera onto the West London creatives who brought it all to life.

The campaign is due to close on Friday 28 July with over £16,000 raised from 100+ supporters. Supporters were able to pick from a selection of rewards ranging from Sci-Fi inspired tote bag to tickets for a reading and Q&A with David Learner, aka Marvin the Paranoid Android of BBC’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

With the match funding provided from the Art Fund, Gunnersbury Park Museum will have over £32,000 to help launch the exhibition.

Set to Stun, which will open in October 2023, will be Gunnersbury Park Museum’s first large-scale exhibition. Organisers will be building on its previous successful exhibitions celebrating everything from Women’s Football to the Acton Top Quilt.

Having surpassed the target, the organisers say visitors to the exhibition will enjoy an engaging and interactive showcase of the costumes, sets, work and imagination that has gone into building their favourite Sci-Fi moment on screen. Original Daleks, Cybermen and other well-known villains plus interactive mirrors, community curated art, smoke machines and more can be expected.

Image above: Gunnersbury Park Museum

“Delighted” says Chair of Gunnersbury Museum PD Trust

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.”