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Aspex Visual Arts Trust

Aspex is a contemporary visual arts gallery in Portsmouth. It specialises in supporting contemporary artists at an early stage in their career and showcases new work being made at a regional, national and international level. A wide range of educational activities are also offered by Aspex to children and young people throughout the surrounding area.



Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £117,000
  • 2013-2014: £117,000
  • 2014-2015: £117,000

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'Lines of Best Fit' - Live drawing by Ilse Black at Aspex Guildhall

aspex Guildhall’s latest exhibition showcases drawn works by Ilse Black and Daniel Ginns and the systems used in order to create them. On Wednesday 18 December 2015, Ilse Black created a 3D piece of work by drawing directly on to the wall of the gallery space - see how she did it in this video.

Lines of Best Fit is open until 25 January 2015. Find out more here:

Aspex: Promotional Video Project with University of Portsmouth

aspex have recently been working with Television and Broadcasting BSc students from University of Portsmouth to produce a promotional video for the gallery. Thanks to Georgia Tolley, Ryan Jenkins, Safiya Pomell and Jonny Quinn from Tin Productions for all their hard work!

You can see the results above, featuring scenes from the Platform Graduate Awards and the Virgin Startups event. This project is just one of many we embark on with University of Portsmouth students throughout the year – we are very lucky to have so much creative talent on our doorstep.

The Bridging the Solent C>RT coming to aspex

Arts organisations across the region have come together to deliver the project ‘Bridging the Solent’, supported by Artswork and The Barbara Saunders Trust. Bridging the Solent seeks to bring together the artistic talents of young people using galleries and artists on both sides of the water.

The challenge has started with Island youngsters and on Saturday (June 21), they will present their creations, including a giant wicker handcart called the Community C>ART, to aspex in Gunwharf Quays

Wightlink has stepped in to solve one problem facing the Island artists – how to get a 1.5 metre by 2.5 metre oversized cart across the Solent. The ferry company is offering a free crossing to the youngsters and artists from IW-based Eccleston George who were heavily involved in the project.

The artistic entourage will tour the streets of Old Portsmouth before handing their work over to aspex, who will then contribute their own element before passing the C>ART to another arts group in Southampton.

The work produced at the end of the project will then return to the Island for an exhibition at the Quay Arts Centre, Newport, at the end of the year.

Nigel George, of Eccleston George says: “The aim of the project is to help young people who may need some assistance as they approach adulthood to learn new skills, whether creative or social, through the medium of art.

“On the Island, the young people have come up with the theme of ‘hacking’ which basically involves creating new and exciting things from old redundant items. We then had the idea that, seeing as the theme of the project was linking up with the mainland, the centrepiece of our work should be something to transport the work to Portsmouth.”

The resulting cart has been fashioned mainly from old wooden pallets while the basket has been weaved from wicker. The giant spokes were created during a public session in East Cowes when members of the community were helped to work a lathe to make them.

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Portsmouth's Lord Mayor opens aspex Guildhall

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Steven Wylie, officially opens aspex Guildhall with an exhibition by Jonny Hannah entitled "All that other Mother Jazz"

Rotate Response - 'Ask The Artist'

Aspex recently undertook a project and exhibition called 'Rotate Response'. We opened up our main gallery space to four artists who exhibited some existing works, but over a nine week period created various new pieces by responding to each others practice.

Within the course of the project we held our Easter Holiday Art Club, the attendees interviewed artists Jo Willoughby and Matt Parsons with regards to their work and involvement in Rotate Response.

Monsterville comes to Aspex!

Our little monsters joined Emma & Amy in the first of our first Easter holiday workshops for three days of model making, puppets, masks, photography and collage. The grand finale was the creation of our own beasts to star in a stop motion animation where the monsters took over Portsmouth!

Our holiday workshops run thoughout half terms and school holidays - check out for more information

A day in the life of Blue (the blue tack man), by James Uzzell

Follow blue as he picks where he wants to go for the day and the adventures he comes across on the way.

James' Aspex tour

An abstract tour of the Aspex art gallery and a how to get there guide, all made while I was on work experience at the gallery.


“Pompey Talks Pompey” is a 25 minute film commissioned by aspex and created by filmmaker Annis Joslin exploring attitudes and ideas around the question “What next for Culture in Portsmouth?.”

Pompey Talks Pompey - "Now That Was Art"

A short extract from Annis Joslin's film "Pompey Talks Pompey", which premiered at the What's Next for Culture in Portsmouth? conference at the New Theatre Royal earlier this year. Watch this space for more

Rabbit revolution

We decided to make a small but powerful statement about the future in Gunwharf Quays. The children were disturbed that a ceremonial cannon blast was let off each day. So in response we used one of the revolution rabbits to help us.

Football Fuzionz

A film about football!

rebuilding gunwharf quays

A stop motion animation, by Brandon

Dog friends

Two dogs make friends.

We Fund The Futurators!

The Futurators are a group of young curators who are working with aspex. Their show 'Portshhhhmouth!' opens on 24 March.

This video was created to promote their fundraising, and a We Fund site will shortly be available for donation.

Aiming High on TV!

aspex runs fun, creative workshops for children on the autistic spectrum and with Special Educational Needs. In October 2011 we made our own TV channel - you can watch it too! To find out more about the project visit

This project is made possible by the support of Portsmouth City Council.

Participatory Art and Social Practice - Part One

Annabel Tremlett's 'Finding a Space - Academia and Community', delivered as part of a the Participatory Art. Funded by LCP via Interreg IV and made possible by the support of the University of Portsmouth, the conference was organised by aspex as an opportunity for Social Work students and artists to get together to discover the parallels and differences between their two forms of practice.

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Contact details


The Vulcan Building
Gunwharf Quays

50.793522, -1.1047

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