Exchange | Summer Season & Exhibition Announcement

Exchange | Summer Season & Exhibition Announcement

5 Jul - 22 Sep

Artists Rhiannon Armstrong, Monica Bonomo and Susan Stockwell have been commissioned to undertake Aspex’s 2019 summer programme Exchange.

From July - September the three artists will complete a series of residencies, generating new artwork in response to the theme of Exchange and its potential meanings. These residencies run alongside an exhibition of the artist’s work, exploring the exchange of skills, knowledge and experiences; ownership and the trading of items, as well as currency and value.

Susan Stockwell is an internationally acclaimed artist who has shown at the Tate’s Turbine Hall and last worked with the gallery on Boîte-en-Valise: Generator, presented at the Venice Biennale in 2017. For Exchange, Stockwell will present Rumpelstiltskin, a new installation comprising hundreds of meters of cloth feeding through sewing machines, making clothes, inspired by fairy tales and their roles as metaphors for humanity. During her residency Stockwell will share sewing and mending skills with local people and create a flotilla of money boats which appear in surprise locations across the city.

Rhiannon Armstrong is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist with over a decade of experience making works with empathy, interaction, and dialogue at their core. Armstrong’s residency will take place in Portsmouth’s libraries, where she will invite library users to write their own poetry to add to the library’s special collections and be translated into animations on digital screens across Portsmouth.

Monica Bonomo’s artistic practice utilises the colours extracted from plants. Her interest centres our ever-changing relationship with earth’s resources. Bonomo will share and exchange this passion through sensorial and experimental botanical workshops, taking place at Aspex and throughout Portsmouth.

Creative events and workshops will be held at the gallery located within Portsmouth’s premium retail centre Gunwharf Quays, as well as locations throughout the city, including the Tennis Pavilion at Canoe Lake, and Victorious Festival  - a three-day music festival held on Southsea Common.

This is the fourth incarnation of our summer programme, established by the gallery in 2016,  now engaging over 40,000 members of the public.

Our summer season takes place 5 July - 22 September 2019 with a Launch on Thursday 4 July, 18.00hrs.

Exchange has been generously supported by Canoe Lake Leisure, Gunwharf Quays, The Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries at The University of Portsmouth, The Partnership Foundation and Victorious Festival. This project has been developed in association with the INTERREG EU funded project PONToon which centres community development, social/economic inclusion and equality.


CLICK HERE to discover the full programme of events and activity.