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.
Gallery, Heritage site, Artist studio or collective
Wednesday - Sunday, 11am - 4pm and Bank Holidays
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.
Photography, Fine Art
The Vulcan Building