aspex have continued to strive to reach out to hard-to-reach groups and engage them with contemporary visual art. Examples of our projects are detailed below. If you have an idea for a great outreach project, then please contact Vicky Chiswell, Programme Manager for Participation on 023 9277 8080 or vicky@aspex.org.uk

Kanes Hill

In June 2010 aspex began working with Kanes Hill, a site for settled travellers near Southampton (Starr & Mary from Kanes Hill are pictured above). Initially inspired by our exhibition Witch Hunt, by Delaine Le Bas, the gallery has an ongoing relationship with the site and regularly works with families, collaborating on a series of small projects.

Working with Delaine, the residents of the site, and the site warden, as well as simply being on site, has given us the impetus to continue this work.  We have continued to work with the site with artist Lynn Weddle and in October 2011 ran a conference, inspired by our work at the site, in collaboration with the Social Work Department at the University of Portsmouth.

In January 2012, we were awarded funds through the Creative World project, for to work with artist Carlos Cortes. The work produced became Gamelan Architecture, and was put on show at aspex in September 2012.

Wessex Youth Offending Team

In 2008 we worked with young people through Wessex Youth Offending Team with the then exhibiting artist Edmund Clark. Using his exhibition Still Life, Killing Time which explored the experience of elderly life prisoners, as a starting point, the group worked with Edmund over a series of sessions in the gallery.

One participant Lois Drayson, who had a particularly strong response to the workshops, produced a powerful body of work and for this outstanding achievement was awarded with a solo exhibition. She has gone on to participate in further education courses in photography.

The project continued in August 2009 where we assisted with Wessex Youth Offending Team’s annual Summer College project in collaboration with exhibiting artist Delanie Le Bas, coinciding with her show Witch Hunt.

The gallery consistently learns a great deal through this project, and this has been the most valuable outcome of all.