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Aspex has a 35-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.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Heritage site, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Wednesday - Sunday, 11am - 4pm and Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

Aspex offers a programme of weekly 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.

Collection details

Photography, Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
An image selected from a graduates work.

Platform 2016

  • 10 September — 13 November 2016 *on now

Aspex is thrilled to present Platform, an exhibition showcasing creative graduates from Universities across the South of England.

Platform is a region-wide project, annually supporting emerging artistic talent. Aspex selects artwork by two students studying Fine Art and Photography from The University of Portsmouth, The University of Creative Arts Farnham (UCA), The University of Chichester, Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), Southampton Solent and Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton).

The combined works by these twelve aspiring artists form a group exhibition previewing on Friday 9 September, which runs through to the 13 November.

From the group show, Aspex will nominate one artist to be considered for the final Platform prize, alongside four other artists selected by partner galleries across the South Coast. This comprises of a year-long professional development programme with artist and Aspex’s artist advisor Jonathan Parsons, as well as a £2500 bursary.

Director of Aspex, Joanne Bushnell said: “This exhibition provides our audiences with an exciting opportunity to see really fresh work from the cream of the regions emerging artists. The show is always eclectic, featuring a diverse range of work, reflective of the concerns of recent graduates today”.

Platform is organised by the Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East (CVAN), a partnership between five galleries; Aspex, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Turner Contemporary in Margate, and Modern Art Oxford.

Participating graduates at Aspex are:

The University of Portsmouth

Anca-Ioana Pirvu
Krasimira Butseva
The University of Creative Arts (UCA) Farnham

Charlotte Bradley
Sophie Bownes
The University of Chichester

Krista Torrens
Consuelo Simpson
Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton)

Ellie Man
Mia Delve
Southampton Solent

Gabrielle Swales
Kate Aries
Arts University Bournemouth (AUB)

Leandro Alenfel
Sian Hutchings

Suitable for

  • Any age




The Vulcan Building
Gunwharf Quays




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