The Vulcan Building
023 9277 8080
Aspex has a 33-year track record of supporting emerging artists and engaging audiences, through the delivery of a programme of exhibitions, off-site projects and participatory opportunities.
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 its relocation 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. Alongside the exhibition programme, Aspex offers a relaxing Cafe Bar & shop selling unique crafts, cards and gifts.
A charity and company limited by guarantee, Aspex is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England and is supported by Portsmouth City Council.
Gallery, Heritage site
Wednesday - Friday: 11-4
Weekends & Bank Holidays: 11-5
Other times by prior arrangement.
aspex offers a programme of Saturday and holiday workshops for toddlers to teenagers. Please see our website for more details.
aspex does not have its own collection, but specialises in supporting contemporary artists at an early stage in their career and is a showcase for new work being made at a regional, national and international level.
When we use the term ‘contemporary art’, we mean new work by living artists.
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 and ever changing programme of exhibitions at aspex as contemporary artists try to create new ways of experiencing the world.
Photography, Fine Art
CRAFT EMERGENCY 2014
- 10 October 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now
13 artists from across the globe have now been selected for the group show of CRAFT EMERGENCY 2014, aspex’s second open submission for craft. During this exhibition a winner will be chosen to receive the prize of a solo show in 2016, and will then work with the team at the gallery to produce an exhibition either at aspex or offsite at another location within the city of Portsmouth. The selected artists are below:
Chia Liang Lisa Kao
Malene Hartmann Rasmussen
You can join the selectors on Friday 10 October from 6-8pm for the Private View of CRAFT EMERGENCY 2014, during which the winner will be announced. The exhibition will run until 4 January 2015.
- Any age