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 penultimate article, she looks at aspex‘s move from Brougham Road to Gunwharf Quays. One of […]
In my diverse practice, I use printmaking, drawing and performative action to question the way the world is. My current work is about the existence of optimism in the world, considering how the ideas of gift and generosity challenge economic […]
As part of our aspex artists associates scheme, members are invited to write blog entries on their current projects. This week, Beth Davis-Hofbauer discusses who she is creatingn a brand new Art Trail in Fareham at the end of August – we can’t wait to […]
Ever wondered how many people we reach with our activities each year? Well, our friends at StudioBaum have produced the Infographic below with some figures from 2013/14….. As you can see above, we’ve been busier than ever engaging, participating, supporting, […]
SOUTH-CENTRAL is aspex’s new open submission group exhibition, which seeks to highlight the work of emerging visual artists working in any media in the South of England, within the area highlighted on the map below. There are no age restrictions, […]
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.
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. […]
Bridging the Solent seeks to bring together the artistic talents of young people using galleries and artists on both sides of the water. The challenge has started with Island youngsters and on Saturday (June 21), they will present their creations, […]
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.
After the success of our Contemporary Makers Fair in February and August this year, we are once again looking for contemporary fine-craft artists and designers to exhibit with us on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 November between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm – […]
CRAFT EMERGENCY 2014: Group Selection Announced. See the work selected from nearly 100 applications from 10 October at aspex. 14 artists from across the globe have now been selected for the group show of CRAFT EMERGENCY 2014, aspex’s second open submission […]
After the success of the inaugural event back in February, aspex will once again be handing over its main exhibition space to showcase some of the very best contemporary craft in the region. This is a professional development opportunity for […]
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.
Today aspex GreenSpace had it’s first judging as part of the RHS It’s your neighbourhood – Britain in Bloom scheme. We were delighted to show off our creative community garden, the plants, fruits and vegetables growing and the artworks made by […]
Press release 28 May 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE It’s all about taking part at aspex this Summer Portsmouth’s leading visual art charity aims to engage and entertain throughout the coming months with a range of projects. This summer, aspex will […]
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.
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. […]
Can you help us get 6 archive boxes to the Glasgow School of Art? As you may have read, earlier this year, the Glasgow School of Art’s famous Mackintosh Building (above) suffered substantial damage in a fire, which included their library collection. […]