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
Jonny Hannah: All that other mother jazz
- 18 June — 17 August 2014 *on now
Preview: Tuesday 17 June, 6-8pm
Jonny Hannah grew up in Dunfermline & studied at the Cowdenbeath College of Knowledge, Liverpool Art School & then the Royal College of Art. For the last sixteen years he has been a freelance illustrator, & is represented by the Heart Agency in London & New York. His many clients include The Sunday Telegraph, The New York Times & The St. Kilda Courier.
He happily lives in Southampton, with Sharon and their two bairns and is the course leader for BA Illustration at Southampton Solent School of Art & Design. His studio has now returned to his back garden, in the loveliest of sheds, now HQ to the ‘Cakes & Ale Press’, a cottage industry publishing books, prints, posters, tea towels and badges.
- Any age
aspex Guildhall (PO1 2AB)
Summer Art Clubs for 8-13s at Aspex
- 30 July — 1 August 2014
- 13 — 15 August 2014
- 27 — 29 August 2014
This Summer we are handing over our Main Gallery Space to our younger visitors, to create work for the exhibition Upside Down, Inside Out. 8-13 year olds will take part in three artist led workshops, to make new work as part of this growing exhibition. Visitors to the gallery will also have the opportunity to interact and add their artwork too!
Workshops are £50 for all 3 days and run from 1-3, Wednesday-Friday. Book on 023 9277 8080 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual days are also available at £18 per day.
£40 for a three day workshop.
£18 for an individual day.