The Main Space is home to our major exhibitions and installations here at Aspex. Artists working today use an enormous variety of techniques, including many that might not even be thought of as being ‘art’ in the traditional sense of painting or sculpture. You can expect to see this variety of approaches reflected in the diverse range of exhibitions in the Main Space at Aspex, as contemporary artists try to create new ways of experiencing the world.
Art writer & curator, Laura McLean-Ferris, has recently been crawling through our archives and has produced a series of articles about our 33 year history. In her final article, she looks at Heather & Ivan Morison’s ‘Luna Park’, more commonly known as […]
We’ve recently moved into the downstairs office to create room for our Space for Startups scheme, upstairs on the mezzanine floor. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be introducing you to our tenants in a series of blog posts. Next up, we have […]
aspex are delighted to announce that the following artists have been selected by our panel (Joanne Bushnell, Director of aspex, Stephen Foster, Director, John Hansard Gallery, Judy Adam, Independent Curator & Jonathan Parsons, Artist) to take part in the group […]
As part of our upcoming New Educators programme with the University of Portsmouth, we are delighted to be able to offer free spaces on the following CPD workshops for artists, supported by Artswork. Places are all strictly limited to 15 […]
aspex is launching a new rolling exhibition – Pompey Prints! This project aims to celebrate the work of artists who live and work in the City, which celebrates Portsmouth and Southsea as its subject. We’ll looking for a range of […]
Join our Artist Advisor, Jonathan Parsons, for a workshop especially for artists on applying to Open Submissions, writing your CV and producing artist statements. The event will take place here at aspex in our Participation Space from 4 – 6pm on Thursday 18 September. […]
Come and relax in a calm, contemporary and creative environment whilst enjoining an exciting range of exhibitions and events Not only can you enjoy an illy coffee whilst using our free wi-fi, you can also indulge yourself with a slice of one of our delicious homemade cakes or grab a bite to eat from our lunch menu. We also offer a range of teas, bottled beers, wines and soft drinks. As part of the gallery, all cafe profit is reinvested to support our programme.
Yes we are! Well, half way. Half of Here and There is up and on. The show features work by 8 members of aspex artists associates and will be accompanied by an exhibition at our offsite space at Guildhall, which opens on […]
aspex are looking for stallholders for a new second hand book fair to be held every Sunday 11-3pm, starting mid-September 2014. For a limited time, pitches are free and will be handed out on a first come, first served basis. […]
Vulcan Building (16 January – 8 March): Penelope Wakeham (work above), Aldo Branti, Gillian Hawkins, Denise Walsh, Jenny Pritchard, Kim Whitby, Beth Davis-Hofbauer, Julie Wall Here and There is the inaugural exhibition of works by members of aspex artists associates* […]
Our Craft & Design space is the best place in Portsmouth to buy the work of British and International designers, artists and makers. It is the home to a constantly changing craft exhibition, where all works are available to buy. If you can't get to the gallery, we also have our own online store hosted by Culture Label.
Mitzi Broadbent Mitzi Broadbent is an independent jeweller based in London and Chichester. Her inspiration comes from her multi-disciplinary design background and passion for beautiful but affordable jewellery. Originally trained in architecture, Mitzi’s creative experience also spans graphic design and […]
aspex are delighted to announce that Malene Hartmann Rasmussen is the winner of this year’s CRAFT EMERGENCY. The selectors were impressed by Malene’s mixed media sculpture, where she makes and arranges multiple components into complex narrative tableaux of visual excess. […]
“I am a local jeweller based in the heart of Southsea. My work is inspired by nature and organic forms, my ranges of hand-made jewellery are sympathetically composed from the combination of precious metals, stones and natural found objects. Working […]
The Participation Space is the where contemporary art and the wider public meet. Our Participation team plan activities which are designed to promote enjoyment and understanding of contemporary visual art. Children and families and hard to reach groups are invited to work creatively with professional artists, while talks and seminars encourage adult visitors to engage critically with contemporary art and to debate the wider issues explored by artists in the work that we show.
Last week aspex and artist Eileen White worked with 8 infant classes at Portsmouth Grammar School to produce a collaborative installation as part of the National Gallery’s Take One Picture project. Taking inspiration from the portrait ‘Saint Michael Triumphant over the Devil’ […]
Want to make your own gifts, cards and decorations this Christmas? Join contemporary artists and makers to create fun crafty items for the holiday season. Workshops are £25 each, and our aspex artist associates and aspex friends can book them for the special […]
The Digital Space at Aspex is home to a wide range of resources, including a digital studio, that are available to book by groups, educational institutions or individuals. It is also home to an extensive archive of art magazines and journals which are free to browse.
We’ve recently launched a new visitor survey on SurveyMonkey, which we will run online and in the gallery itself. We hope to find out a bit more about you, our audience, to ensure we are offering the right programme for […]
Did-It-Myself (in Portsmouth and Southsea) In response to the question aspex is currently asking – Does Making Things Make Us Human? We are inviting you, the people of Portsmouth and Southsea, to show us what you have made with your […]
Sometimes, instead of getting people to the gallery, it is better to bring the gallery to them - which is something Aspex have been doing ever since the organisation was formed over 30 years ago in Brougham Road, Southsea. The most famous example of our off-site work is the now legendary Ultrasauros on Southsea Common, which formed the centrepiece of Heather & Ivan Morrison's Luna Park, which came to an unfortunate fiery end in October 2010.
Friend of aspex Timothy Connell and artist associate Oana Damir are launching a new exhibition in the heart of Southsea, with a preview on 17 October at 6pm at 65 Castle Road. This will be followed by drinks at the fabulous 101 […]
Below is a call out on behalf of Oana, one of our wonderful volunteers! ‘Instance’ is the first show in a series of exhibitions that will be organized under the name of Vagabond, a mobile gallery initiative curated by Oana Damir. […]
aspex Guildhall (28 January – 14 March): Amyrose Dempsey, Amanda Bates, Jan Johnston, Deborah Richards, James McLellan (work above), Jacqueline Rolls, Naty Lopez, Oana Damir Here and There is the inaugural exhibition of works by members of aspex artists associates* […]