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Aspex Portsmouth Portsmouth's leading contemporary gallery & creative community hub in the heart of Gunwharf Quays
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Artists such as Mona Hatoum, Richard Wilson and Susan Collis, all internationally acclaimed, received support from Aspex at an early point in their careers. This work has continued with projects including Emergency, an open submission biennial exhibition, offering key opportunities for artist exposure and professional development. Since relocating to the waterfront at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth

in 2006, the gallery has focused on finding ways to meaningfully engage its visitors by facilitating connections with artists and revealing the creative process. The participation programme provides activities for toddlers through to pensioners, and its work with children with Special Educational Needs and Autism has been described as exemplary. The gallery is also home to Port Coffee, a family friendly space selling fresh lunches, cake and great tea & coffee. You can also buy a range of great gifts, crafts and greetings cards in the aspex Craft & Design space.

The Main Gallery might be closed whilst we install our next exhibition, however there's still lots to enjoy at Aspex!🌇 V...
09/01/2024

The Main Gallery might be closed whilst we install our next exhibition, however there's still lots to enjoy at Aspex!

🌇 Visit Cities & Spaces, an exhibition of imaginative crafts and artworks created by the community in our family and outreach projects

☕ Sit back and relax in Port coffee, our independent cafe offering drinks and tasty homemade sandwiches, soups, cakes and pastries

🎨 Bring the kids along to Family Saturdays, our free weekly workshop encouraging your budding young artists to explore their creativity through mixed mediums and ideas.

See what's on and plan a visit by heading to our website. The link is in the bio 🔗

Image description: Two people stood in the Aspex Shop looking at items on the display shelves. The space is light and airy. Surrounding them is a collection of prints, gifts and ceramics displayed throughout the space.

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The Main Gallery might be closed whilst we install our next exhibition, however there's still lots to enjoy at Aspex!🌇 V...
09/01/2024

The Main Gallery might be closed whilst we install our next exhibition, however there's still lots to enjoy at Aspex!

🌇 Visit Cities & Spaces, an exhibition of imaginative crafts and artworks created by the community in our family and outreach projects

☕ Sit back and relax in Port coffee, our independent cafe offering drinks and tasty homemade sandwiches, soups, cakes and pastries

🎨 Bring the kids along to Family Saturdays, our free weekly workshop encouraging your budding young artists to explore their creativity through mixed mediums and ideas

We're open from Wednesday to Saturday, 11am-4pm. See what's on by following the link to our website 🔗 bit.ly/3BY7agM

There are only a few weeks to go until we launch our first exhibition of our exciting programme for 2024, and you’re inv...
08/01/2024

There are only a few weeks to go until we launch our first exhibition of our exciting programme for 2024, and you’re invited to join us at the preview ✨

The Temperament Index is the latest reiteration of the artists’ travelling project Spekyng Rybawdy, and invites audiences to wander amongst a carnival of colourful, erotically charged projections, cut-out figures and body parts, handmade clay objects, and drawings.

Drawing from Pilgrim Badges - a series of mass-produced small cast tin or lead alloy brooches made by and for working class individuals from the 12th to the 16th Century, the exhibition takes inspiration from a particular set of medieval obscenities known as B***y Badges. As symbols of dissent, sexual empowerment and liberation, these secular badges, sexual badges or erotic pins delight in hybridity and present an extravagant imaginary of social and sexual reproduction, joyfully rendered with absurdist, deflationary humour.

Join us at the preview on Thursday 18 January from 6pm-8pm. Tickets are free and can be booked on Eventbrite via the link 🔗 bit.ly/3R6GEJi

(Artists and art workers are invited to come along from 5.30pm for networking)

The Temperament Index is on display from 19 January to 1 April 2023.

We hope you can make it!

✨New Exhibition!✨Languish presents a new collection of works by artist Katie Smith. Drawing on concepts of maximalism, S...
06/01/2024

✨New Exhibition!✨

Languish presents a new collection of works by artist Katie Smith. Drawing on concepts of maximalism, Smith’s hand-build organic and anatomical-looking forms use texture and surface decoration to tell stories. The mimicking of wrinkles, scarring and stretch marks look to reveal the untold parts of our anatomy.

Embodying organic textures and human qualities, the exhibition reinforces ideas about how both nature and the body’s movements are intrinsically interlinked.

On display in the Craft Space until 7 April and free to visit. All of Katie's stunning pieces are available to purchase. Find out more by following the link to our website bit.ly/3TI92nX

Join us for the first Family Saturdays of 2024! 🎨Our weekly arts and crafts workshop is back for more fun art making and...
05/01/2024

Join us for the first Family Saturdays of 2024! 🎨

Our weekly arts and crafts workshop is back for more fun art making and creative exploration. In the session, your budding young artists can learn new techniques in a supportive and nurturing creative space, with other young children and families.

Drop in anytime between 11am-1pm. No booking required.

We’re delighted to announce on World Braille Day the appointment of Portsmouth’s very own Clarke Reynolds to our Board o...
04/01/2024

We’re delighted to announce on World Braille Day the appointment of Portsmouth’s very own Clarke Reynolds to our Board of Trustees 💙

Clarke is one of the city’s most prominent visual artists. Having been registered blind with just five percent vision, he is a champion for visually impaired people across the globe and inspires a new generation of artists to create accessible artwork.

Clarke will play a crucial role in helping Aspex to develop and thrive in 2024, and we can’t wait for him to join the team!

We’re kicking off 2024 in style with Melanie Jackson’s The Temperament Index and there’s only a few weeks to go until th...
03/01/2024

We’re kicking off 2024 in style with Melanie Jackson’s The Temperament Index and there’s only a few weeks to go until the big opening 💥

In the meantime, we’re giving you a sneak peek of what’s to come and introducing you to the artist behind the artwork.

Melanie Jackson is a visual artist working with modes of non-fiction storytelling through thought-provoking and visually striking assemblages of sculpture, writing and moving image. She investigates the sensorial and political qualities of the material, drawing upon tales of excess and the absurd. Working with tactics of representation which remain provisional rather than definitive, Jackson’s work presents the gallery as a stage for experimentation with art roles: mimicry, documentation, myth fabrication, science, performance, animation, political commentary, music, installation, craft and the cultivation of aesthetic delight.

The Temperament Index opens on Friday 19 January. Find out more by heading to our website 🔗 bit.ly/48jBtgc

You can be among the first to see the exhibition at our preview on Thursday 18 January from 6pm-8pm. All are welcome (artists and art workers are invited to join us from 5.30pm for an extra half hour of networking). Book your free ticket via the link 🎟️ bit.ly/3R6GEJi

Wishing you all a fantastic New Year from everyone here at Aspex 🎆We’re back open as usual (Wed-Sun, 11am-4pm) with comm...
03/01/2024

Wishing you all a fantastic New Year from everyone here at Aspex 🎆

We’re back open as usual (Wed-Sun, 11am-4pm) with community art exhibitions, family activities and delicious drinks and snacks from Port Coffee.

29/12/2023

We’re looking back on an incredible year of art, culture and community 🧡

We’d love to know what you’ve enjoyed most at Aspex in 2023! Share your memories in the comments 💬

Aspex is now closed for the holidays! 🎄☃️As we take a break to enjoy the festive season, we want to say a big thank you ...
23/12/2023

Aspex is now closed for the holidays! 🎄☃️

As we take a break to enjoy the festive season, we want to say a big thank you for your support this past year. From visiting our exhibitions to attending our events and taking part in our workshops, it’s been another ambitious year of bringing new and exciting creative experiences to the city and we couldn’t have achieved any of this without the ongoing support of our supporters, visitors, participants, artists, and volunteers.

From the entire team at Aspex Portsmouth, we’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope you enjoy the holidays and we can’t wait to welcome you back to Aspex in the new year as we launch an exciting new programme!

We’ll be reopening from Wednesday 3 January, 2024. You can see what’s in store for 2024 by heading to the What’s on page on our website bit.ly/3BY7agM

Happy holiday wishes from all of us here at Aspex ✨This weekend is your final chance to see our exhibitions or cosy up i...
22/12/2023

Happy holiday wishes from all of us here at Aspex ✨

This weekend is your final chance to see our exhibitions or cosy up in the cafe with a hot drink and bite to eat from Port Coffee (please note there will be no Family Saturdays)

Head to our website to plan your last visit of 2023! aspex.org.uk

We're open 11am-4pm

We’re kickstarting the new year with a compelling exhibition from visual artist Melanie Jackson, and you’re invited to e...
20/12/2023

We’re kickstarting the new year with a compelling exhibition from visual artist Melanie Jackson, and you’re invited to enjoy a first look at our preview 🤩

The Temperament Index is the latest reiteration of the artists’ travelling project Spekyng Rybawdy, and invites audiences to wander amongst a carnival of colourful, erotically charged projections, cut-out figures and body parts, handmade clay objects, and drawings.

Drawing from Pilgrim Badges - a series of mass-produced small cast tin or lead alloy brooches made by and for working people from the 12th to the 16th Century, the exhibition takes inspiration from a particular set of medieval obscenities known as B***y Badges. As symbols of dissent, sexual empowerment and liberation, these secular badges, sexual badges or erotic pins delight in hybridity and present an extravagant imaginary of social and sexual reproduction, joyfully rendered with absurdist, deflationary humour.

Join us at the preview on Thursday 18 January from 6pm-8pm. Tickets are pay what you can and can be booked on Eventbrite via the link 🎟️ bit.ly/3R6GEJi

(Artists and art workers are invited to come along from 5.30pm for networking)

The Temperament Index is on display from 19 January to 1 April 2023.

We hope you can make it!

We can't quite believe it but it's already the final week of the Platform Graduate Award ✨Visit us from 11am-4pm from We...
19/12/2023

We can't quite believe it but it's already the final week of the Platform Graduate Award ✨

Visit us from 11am-4pm from Wednesday 20th December until Saturday 23 December to explore this mesmerising showcase of works by some of the region's most exciting emerging artists and recent graduates. This is your last chance to visit before we close for the festive holidays so don’t miss the opportunity!

Free entry, donations welcome. Find out more and plan your visit by heading to the link bit.ly/3Zc5Bqj

There will be no Family Saturdays tomorrow, as we host the Festive Family Fun Day 🎄All tickets are now fully booked howe...
15/12/2023

There will be no Family Saturdays tomorrow, as we host the Festive Family Fun Day 🎄

All tickets are now fully booked however there will be a small number of drop in participants throughout the day.

📍Saturday 16 December, 11am-3pm

We are also collecting donations for Portsmouth City of Sanctuary, who deliver vital work in the community to help support local asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Portsmouth, and the surrounding areas.

If you are able to, we would really appreciate donations of toiletries, toys, warm hats and gloves, arts materials, and supermarket gift cards.

You can bring any donations to Aspex on the day or throughout December. Thank you!

Limited spaces! Don't miss the chance to book your little ones onto our Winter HAF day 🎄☃️HAF (Holiday Activities and Fo...
14/12/2023

Limited spaces!

Don't miss the chance to book your little ones onto our Winter HAF day 🎄☃️

HAF (Holiday Activities and Food) is a seasonal programme designed for families and children. Get stuck in with fun and festive-themed crafts, and take part in dance and photography workshops led by facilitators Isis Selmikaitis, Thais Verhasselt and Templar Street Dance.

All bookings include lunch and is suitable for families with children aged 5–16. Children aged 10+ may attend the sessions unaccompanied. Under 10s must attend with someone over the age of 18.

📅 Tuesday 19 December, 10am - 3pm

Free spaces are reserved for families/children eligible for free school meals.For families/children not eligible for free school meals, bookings cost £8 per child. Find out more and book your place by clicking to the link bit.ly/3R1ItZf

Launching in the new year…🌟The Temperament Index is the latest incarnation of Melanie Jackson’s travelling project ‘Spek...
13/12/2023

Launching in the new year…🌟

The Temperament Index is the latest incarnation of Melanie Jackson’s travelling project ‘Spekyng Rybawdy’.

Through a carnival of colourful, erotically charged characters, the exhibition encourages us to re-examine not only our ideas about who took part in the production and circulation of imagery in the medieval period – but also how this might enable us to reconsider the origins of dissenting representations, sexual politics and our attitudes and behaviours today.

You’re invited to join us at our exhibition preview on Thursday 18 January from 6pm-8pm. Tickets are free and can be booked via the link 🎟️ bit.ly/3R6GEJi

(don’t forget, artists and art workers are invited to come along from 5.30pm for an extra half hour of networking)

🖼️ Spekyng Rybwady (2022), Melanie Jackson

Our fantastic volunteer Edem has been sharing some of his favourite festive finds in the Aspex Shop 🎁 🎄You can explore o...
12/12/2023

Our fantastic volunteer Edem has been sharing some of his favourite festive finds in the Aspex Shop 🎁 🎄

You can explore our full collection of prints, jewellery, textiles, children’s crafts and more in our shop. Whether you’re looking for a stocking filler, something for young artists in the making, or even a treat for yourself, there’s plenty on offer. Don’t forget, every purchase made will support a local or independent maker.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-4pm

What’s in store for 2024? 🌟We’re excited to be kickstarting the new year with a major new exhibition by London-based vis...
07/12/2023

What’s in store for 2024? 🌟

We’re excited to be kickstarting the new year with a major new exhibition by London-based visual artist Melanie Jackson!

Stay tuned for more details including the exhibition preview!

🖼️ Spekyng Rybwady (2022), Melanie Jackson

Friday Late: Futurescapes is almost here! 💚 ✨ Lose yourself in art, music, culture and community at our final late of th...
06/12/2023

Friday Late: Futurescapes is almost here! 💚 ✨

Lose yourself in art, music, culture and community at our final late of the year and celebrate the festive season at Aspex. We’ve got a DJ set from Michelle Ezeuko and visuals from Kimooch, One000plateaus and friends, an immersive virtual reality performance from artist Lara Kobeissi, a printmaking workshop with Downtown Pompey, plus unlimited access to our exhibitions!

➡️ Friday 8 December, 6pm-9pm

Tickets are pay what you can and range from £0-£8. You can also drop in on the night. Book your place by heading to the link 🔗 bit.ly/46IcFhh

Enjoy a moment of solace and reflection at Aspex 🤍Tomorrow our Main Gallery will be transformed into a space of sanctuar...
06/12/2023

Enjoy a moment of solace and reflection at Aspex 🤍

Tomorrow our Main Gallery will be transformed into a space of sanctuary, as Platform 2023 contributing artist Leilani June hosts a free community sewing workshop inviting you to a space to listen, reflect and collectively mourn.

Thursday 7 December, 2pm-4pm in the Main Gallery

This event is free to book and no sewing experience is required. Book your place via the link 🔗 https://bit.ly/411Tddc

Photo by Phoebe Wingrove

Brighten up your Christmas tree with these little cuties! 🐶 🎄You can find these delightful felt decorations designed by ...
05/12/2023

Brighten up your Christmas tree with these little cuties! 🐶 🎄

You can find these delightful felt decorations designed by Cari Vander Yacht for Wrap in the Aspex Shop alongside many other fantastic festive finds.

We’re open 11am-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday

Looking for something fun for your young artists over the winter holidays? Book a place on HAF 🎄☃️HAF (Holiday Activitie...
05/12/2023

Looking for something fun for your young artists over the winter holidays? Book a place on HAF 🎄☃️

HAF (Holiday Activities and Food) is a seasonal programme designed for families and children. Get stuck in with fun and festive-themed crafts, and take part in dance and photography workshops led by facilitators Isis Selmikaitis, Thais Verhasselt and Templar Street Dance.

All bookings include lunch and is suitable for families with children aged 5–16. Children aged 10+ may attend the sessions unaccompanied. Under 10s must attend with someone over the age of 18.

📅 Tuesday 19 December, 10am - 3pm

Free spaces are reserved for families/children eligible for free school meals.For families/children not eligible for free school meals, bookings cost £8 per child. Find out more and book your place by clicking to the link bit.ly/3R1ItZf

There’s still time to book your place on this Friday's touch tour of the Platform Graduate Award 2023 exhibition 🖐🏽Join ...
04/12/2023

There’s still time to book your place on this Friday's touch tour of the Platform Graduate Award 2023 exhibition 🖐🏽

Join Visual Artist and Artist Educator Jo Bresslof, who’ll be taking participants on a tactile exploration of selected artworks to provide a deeper understanding of the artist experience, mediums and key themes presented in the exhibition.

📅 Friday 8 December, 11am - 1pm

Tickets for this tour are free. You can book on the Eventbrite page by following the link 🎟️ bit.ly/47n6Aqj

All bookings include a support worker/carer to attend.

Led by Visual Artist and Artist Educator Jo Bresslof, who has over 15 years experience in art education for people with sight loss, this tour will take participants on an exploration of The Platform Graduate Award 2023. Through tactile investigation, detailed descriptions and discussion, participant...

Calling all working class artists! 📣There’s only one week left to apply to our open call and have the chance of becoming...
04/12/2023

Calling all working class artists! 📣

There’s only one week left to apply to our open call and have the chance of becoming our artist-in-residence in summer 2024.

As part of this opportunity, we’re offering the Artist Studio for a two month residency, free of charge. In addition, the selected artist will receive a £2,000 cash bursary towards costs such as travel, materials and artist fees to make new work or complete work in progress to be exhibited as part of our main gallery 2024 summer show which will explore class at the intersection of art and culture(12 July 2024 - 6 October 2024).

We are strongly encouraging applications from artists from the global majority who reside in Greater Portsmouth and/or that their commissioned project is influenced by how class manifests in our locality.

To find out more and complete the application form, follow the link to our 'Opportunities' page 🔗 bit.ly/Aspex-Opportunities

📅 Closing date for applications - Monday 11 December 2023, 12am.

It’s day two of Hotwalls Studios Christmas Market and we’re bringing a little piece of the Aspex Shop to Old Portsmouth ...
03/12/2023

It’s day two of Hotwalls Studios Christmas Market and we’re bringing a little piece of the Aspex Shop to Old Portsmouth ✨🎁

From ceramics and jewellery to textiles and homeware, we’ve got a diverse range of goodies and gifts all lovingly created by local and independent makers.

Come and pop by our stall, say hello, and do some festive shopping all whilst supporting independent!

Open from 10am-4pm

Join Platform 2023 contributing artist Leilani June in a sewing workshop as we aim to repair fabrics and enjoy a moment ...
02/12/2023

Join Platform 2023 contributing artist Leilani June in a sewing workshop as we aim to repair fabrics and enjoy a moment of solace and reflection 🤍

Leilani will be offering food and a space under her work as a safe-haven where we invite anyone to share food, sew or simply sit down with us as we open our gallery as a space of sanctuary to listen, reflect and collectively mourn.

Thursday 7 December, 2pm-4pm in the Main Gallery

This event is free to book and no sewing experience is required. Book your place via the link 🔗 https://bit.ly/411Tddc

Photo by Phoebe Wingrove

There’s only one week to go until the final Friday Late of 2023! 🎉 🍻 👯‍♀️Join us next Friday 8 December, from 6pm-9pm, a...
01/12/2023

There’s only one week to go until the final Friday Late of 2023! 🎉 🍻 👯‍♀️

Join us next Friday 8 December, from 6pm-9pm, as we open our doors after hours and invite you to experience Aspex like never before.

We’ve got an exciting line up including printing sessions with Downtown Pompey as part of their Q***r Joy project, an immersive dj set by Michelle Ezeuko with visuals from One000plateaus and friends, a virtual reality performance from Lara Kobeissi plus unlimited access to our exhibitions.

Tickets are pay what you can and range from £0-£8. You can also drop in on the night. See the full line-up and book your place by heading to the link 🔗 bit.ly/46IcFhh

Port Coffee will be closed from 2pm today due to a private hire 🚫The gallery, artist studio and shop will still be open....
01/12/2023

Port Coffee will be closed from 2pm today due to a private hire 🚫

The gallery, artist studio and shop will still be open.

It's back to normal opening for the rest of the weekend! (11am-4pm)

See what's on by heading to our website aspex.org.uk

Applications for our Communications & Admin Assistant role close this Sunday! ⚠️We’re looking for someone who is highly-...
30/11/2023

Applications for our Communications & Admin Assistant role close this Sunday! ⚠️

We’re looking for someone who is highly-motivated with excellent communication, digital and administrative skills, and a passion for contemporary art and culture, to join our team in a dynamic and fast-paced role.

You can read the full job description and find out more on how to apply by heading to the link bit.ly/Aspex_Opportunities

This Sunday 📝Sign up for ‘the first time (and other stories)’, a free creative writing workshop with artist-in-residence...
29/11/2023

This Sunday 📝

Sign up for ‘the first time (and other stories)’, a free creative writing workshop with artist-in-residence Thaïs Verhasselt and writer Anna Barzotti.

In the workshop you’ll be invited to share your experiences of sexual health, from smear tests to condoms, through a range of writing and talking exercises which look to destigmatise sexual health and facilitate open discussion by telling our personal stories in our own unique voices.

Sunday 3 December, 1pm-3pm

Tickets are pay what you can and there are limited spaces. Book your place via the link 🎟️ bit.ly/3SkBvzm

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About Aspex

Aspex exists to support emerging artists, expose the creative process, and engage new audiences with visual art.

We achieve this by delivering an exciting and varied programme of exhibitions, off-site projects and participation events. Our aim is to make the appreciation and creation of art a more inclusive activity. It is an ethos we have been adhering to for nearly 40 years.

We have a track record of supporting sensational artists at the embryonic stages of their careers. Artists such as Mona Hatoum, Richard Wilson and Susan Collis, all now internationally-acclaimed, received support from Aspex which helped establish them as household names.

Today, we continue to offer the next generation of contemporary visual artists a platform from which to launch their careers.