Our ethos

Aspex exists to support emerging artists, expose the creative process, and engage new audiences with visual art.

We achieve this by delivering an exciting and varied programme of exhibitions, off-site projects and participation events. Our aim is to make the appreciation and creation of art a more inclusive activity.

It is an ethos we have been adhering to for nearly 40 years.

We have a track record of supporting sensational artists at the embryonic stages of their careers. Artists such as Mona Hatoum, Richard Wilson and Susan Collis, all now internationally-acclaimed, received support from Aspex which helped establish them as household names.

Today, we continue to offer the next generation of contemporary visual artists a platform from which to launch their careers.

Key projects like EMERGENCY, our open submission biennial exhibition, put new work by new artists centre-stage.

Our participation programme, recognised by the arts industry as one of the best in the country, provides activities for everyone from toddlers through to pensioners. The work we do with children with Special Educational Needs and Autism has been described as exemplary.

Programmes such as Generate, our weekly art sessions for people with dementia, are further proof of our on-going commitment to arts participation and creative education for all.

We also run a thriving shop, which affords local artists and creatives a space to sell their work to an engaged audience.

Our cafe space, previously home to our own cafe, will be occupied by Southsea artisan bakery and patisserie Bread Addiction from October 2017.

All of which is just the tip of the iceberg. If you would like to find out more about the work we do, either browse our current programme in the ‘What’s On’ section, or call us on 02392778080. A member of staff will be happy to help.