By Jemima Laing
Spacex was established in 1978
Two Devon art galleries have been singled out for praise in a national newspaper's selection of the best small art galleries in the country.
Plymouth Arts Centre and Exeter's Spacex were named in the list alongside IKON in Birmingham, Bristol's Arnolfini and the Modern Institute in Glasgow.
PAC is described in the list as "small but potent" while Spacex is singled out for praise for its "expansive programme".
Ian Hutchinson, director of Plymouth Arts Centre, said it was "fantastic" being compared in such a complimentary way to leading arts establishments in the UK.
"It confirms widespread recognition for the quality of Plymouth Arts Centre's programme," he said.
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"Our exhibitions are always free entry and we welcome everyone to come and see for themselves."
Plymouth Arts Centre first opened its doors in 1947
And over at Spacex, which opened in 1978, Nicola Hood, the gallery's director, is no less delighted to have been mentioned with other such well-known names.
"It was great to be included along with a selection of other regional galleries," said Nicola.
"It's so important to think beyond London and larger spaces as places to see and experience art.
"Spacex is a strategically important arts organisation for local, national and international audiences and has established itself as one of the leading contemporary art galleries of its scale."
She said Spacex was now firmly rooted as part of the contemporary art map in the UK - through projects like the recent work with Dutch artist Theo Jansen's
huge kinetic sculpture.
"The location of Spacex is important, the South West is pretty unique as it is such as large region.
"We continue to initiate touring exhibitions which travel to other venues in the UK and internationally, this additional activity through touring and off-site projects contributes to raising the profile of the organisation."
Currently showing at Plymouth Arts Centre, until 1 August 2010, is the internationally renowned artist Jeremy Millar, in a show all about art and magic.
It came top in the Guardian's Pick of the Week from all the national exhibitions in the South of England for several weeks running.
Spacex's current exhibition is called Underwater and brings together the most compelling underwater inspired artworks of the past decade, including painting, sculpture, photography and video works by 10 international artists.