Participation & Learning

Aspex’s Learning Programme has always been at the heart of what we do as an organisation. However, in 2020 with the coronavirus pandemic, everything changed and while many elements of our Learning Programme are still suspended we are busy working behind the scenes to provide new ways to engage with art and artists and hope to be able to welcome you all back to our workshops and events soon. 


For now, you can still visit us and explore our exhibitions and we’ve worked with artists to develop new Digital Resources to support your engagement and enjoyment of this work. These resources, designed for children, young people and families, are free to download and contain activities which you can complete at home. We also welcome the use of these in education settings, so please do contact us if you would like any further support. 

At the start of lockdown our team put together a series of #AspexatHome workshops, in place of our well loved Mini Makers & Family Saturdays sessions and all of these are available on our website to view and enjoy. We always love seeing your creations, so if you do get involved, please do send us your photos or tag us @aspexportsmouth. 


Many of you may also know us for the work on our Generate project, for people with dementia and carers. While this isn’t taking place at the gallery at the moment, we are still keeping in contact with our participants via post & What’sApp and we look forward to bringing the group back as soon as it is safe to do so. If you would like to see examples of participants work from this project please take a look here. 

In response to Covid-19, we have developed an educational resource, which we hope will support carers in feeling confident to instigate arts activities with those they are caring for. It provides really simple practical advice and ideas of activities which you can adapt and try at home. Click here to download 'Getting started with art: A resource for carers of people with dementia' (PDF).

Touch Tours 

For every exhibition in the Main Space at Aspex, we run a Touch Tour for people with visual impairment, led by Jo Bressloff. For our recent exhibition Platform 2020, we were able to run this digitally via Zoom and will continue to work in this way until we can invite groups back into the gallery space.


Aspex are also a partner on the PONToon project, led by the University of Portsmouth. The project focuses on providing digital skills to support employability in young women aged 18-35 and takes place across the South of England and Northern France. PONToon is an EU Interreg France (Channel) England project, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.  


We are continuing our work with schools and have been working with some fantastic teaching staff this year who have supported us in tailoring our offer to suit new guidelines and social distancing. We were delighted to be able to work with St George’s Beneficial School, Portsea in the very heart of lockdown, with artist Alison Carlier providing remote activities for children of key workers. We are also continuing our work with St John’s School in Gosport by providing workshops based on our exhibition programme. 

If you would like to find out more about our work with schools, you can download our Schools Brochure

Arts Award 

Arts Award supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through setting personal challenges in an art form of their choice.

Arts Award offers national qualifications that enable young people to progress into further education and employment. Young people not only gain art form knowledge and understanding but also develop leadership, creativity and communication skills.

Aspex is both an Arts Award Centre and Arts Award Supporter. Our Learning team is trained to deliver Discover and Explore, through to Bronze, Silver and Gold.

As part of our Arts Award offer, we can currently provide free entry to our exhibitions, digital resources and activities to support learning, artist-led school workshops in response to our exhibition programmes and volunteer opportunities for 16+.

We do also provide a monthly Arts Award Club, to meet with an Arts Award Advisor. This is not currently taking place, however we hope to be able to offer this again from Spring 2021. 

If you are interested in working with us or would like more information on our programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch:

Learning & Participation Manager

Vicky Chapter


Call: 02392 778080