Thank you | #SaveFamilySaturdays

Since 2016 we have encouraged over 3,000 children to explore their creativity through our weekly workshop Family Saturdays.

These sessions, led by local artists, are an opportunity for children to build vital skills and confidence whilst spending quality time with their parents/guardians.

However, with funding due to come an end this year we needed the public's support to continue this important work.



Supporting children and families through art

As well as being Portsmouth’s leading contemporary art gallery, we are a registered educational charity.

For over 38 years we have been encouraging people to take part in free and accessible arts activities from our home in Portsmouth. Most recently, this has been in the form of Family Saturdays.

We believe that everyone has the right to access art, and the benefit that it has upon our wellbeing and development. Because of this it was crucial to us that these workshops continued to operate and remained free for children and families -- so that they are fully accessible to our local community.

Opportunities for children and young people to take part in creative activities are under threat

In a 2018 survey, the BBC stated that 9 in 10 schools had cut back in providing lesson time, staff or facilities in at least one creative arts subject. It is now vital for children/young people to explore their creativity and develop artistic skills outside of school through free and inclusive sessions like Family Saturdays.



Why we needed public support

Over the past three years these sessions have been supported by charitable trusts and foundations. As this funding came to an end we needed the public’s generous support so families can continue create, explore and grow together.

The money raised will be used to pay for over 416 hours of our Workshop Leader’s time, as well as purchase vital materials.


A massive thank you...

We would like to say a massive thank you to those who have supported us through our crowdfunding campaign #SaveFamilySaturdays:

Adrian Mundy

Sue Paraskeva

Joanna Nye

Chris Martin

Carol Davis

Abigail Wheeler

Brenda. Rodgers-Mansfield

Victoria Smith

Angela Tait

Gareth Colwell

Denise Callender

Jenny Walden

Ruth Jarratt

Drusilla Moody

Julian Diamond

Emma Galvin

Justin Vaughan

Matt Cooke

Josephine Lanyon

Miles Pritchard

Southern Co-operative - Love My Neighbourhood (The Hard)

Kevin Bampton

Gibson Whitter

Livy Nelson

Erica Smith (Portsmouth Festivities)

Consuelo Simpson


Sara Townley

Dia Soilemezi

Ruth Dewdney

John Beardall

Angela Rose

Roy Eneas

Janina Varagilal

The Parenting Network

Paul Gonella

Esmee Essie Clarke

Karen Livett

Harry Scott

Bryony Rogerson

Patrick Holme

Sally Cheng

Annette Rebentisch

Cllr Rob Wood

Linda Mason

Eve Castleton

Merlin Stuart

Vickie Fear

Cllr Steve Pitt

Bryan Davis

Helen Toghill

Michael Merritt

M Kent

Kate English

Sian Fricker

Joanne Bushnell


Thank you also to all of our supporters who donated anonymously - or who donated in person at the gallery or offsite.


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