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.
On Wednesday 19 June at 6pm, Charlie Tweed will talk to Tony D. Sampson, Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London here at aspex, where they will discuss their respective practice. The talk will expand upon [...]
“The best road to progress is freedom’s road” – John F Kennedy So the postcard size artworks keep on coming from artists living within a 1 hour journey time of the gallery in response to the themes of freedom and [...]
Artists living within a 1 hour journey time of the gallery have been invited to send us postcards or postcard size 2D artworks (15 x 10.5cm) that respond to the notions of progress and freedom. Whatever, whoever, wherever or whenever their thoughts will be displayed in aspex's 'corridor of uncertainty'.
As part of the Portsmouth Festivities 2013, there is going to be an arts trail in Old Portsmouth. This is a unique opportunity for local artists – professional or non-professional – to showcase their work to members of the public [...]
So, here we are again at the beginning of a new year….and we are pleased to announce that there are some great events lined up in January and February as part of Make! Believe! Make!, our exciting joint exhibition with [...]
Join Clive Caswell and Jonathan Parsons in a gallery discussion with Julia Alvarez, Director of Bearspace, Deptford and Simon Morrissey, Director of WORKS|PROJECTS, Bristol. They will talk about how aspex‘s current exhibition ‘Human Made Things’ came to be, how commercial galleries work with [...]
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.
Emma Noble, our 2011 aspex Masters award winner and the artist behind our new exhibition A Stitch in Time, will be present in the Cafe Space making new work this Saturday 9 February. She also hopes to be here on Thursday [...]
Back in April 2012, aspex welcomed 17 year old Victoria Wilson to ‘After Hours,’ where she made her first public musical performance and since then she has been going from strength to strength. aspex is delighted to announce that since [...]
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.
The lovely Georgina Giles just posted a quick update on last night’s workshop over on her blog, which is re-posted below. From all accounts it was a great evening of creativity with lots of new skills learnt – see some of the [...]
Christmas has just finished and Valentine’s Day is on the way, so is Easter, and also Mother’s Day, that means there’s also Father’s Day, and in between are birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, christenings, bah mitzvahs, in fact there are more occasions [...]
Curated in response to the question Where does Progress End? this exhibition showcases three very different interpretations on constant movement. Jin Eui Kim explores how the perception of three-dimensional ceramic forms can be manipulated by the application of arrangements of [...]
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.
As you may have seen online, we are now working together with Make Craft Cafe to help promote each other’s events – the way we see it, the more people who are getting into arts & crafts the better! So [...]
We were lucky enough to be joined by artist Eileen White on our most recent schools workshop. Eileen has previously worked with the college students who had taken part in New Creatives 2013, so it was great to have her [...]
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.
As some of you may already know, we are planning to launch a project this summer with GreenSpace Community Gardens. The project will work with the local community of Milton, as well as some of our existing groups, to develop [...]
We are delighted to announce that the much loved installation Trav’ller In The Dark at The Hard Interchange, Portsmouth, is currently undergoing a full overhaul by the manufacturers MDM Props. The faulty lights are to be replaced with the latest [...]