Spicing up the art world
25 October 2013 Last updated at 09:50 BST
If it wasn't for the Spice Girls the plug on young artist Liz West's light installations would have been pulled.
While many artists take on part time jobs to support themselves as they start out, West funded herself in a rather different way.
She officially owns the world's largest collection of Spice Girls memorabilia and earns money by renting it to museums and exhibitions.
Arts and Entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson delved into the Spice archives.