The People's Projects | Welcome

The People's Projects | Welcome

12 Apr - 30 Apr

“We believe that art can change lives and that everyone has the right to access it. Aspex has a track record of working with a diverse range of people, from toddlers through to people with dementia. We now need public support to extend this work to more members of our community. A single vote can change lives.”

- Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex

We need your vote to secure £50,000 of National Lottery funding as part of this year’s the People’s Projects- extending a welcome to members of Portsmouth's refugee and asylum seeker community.

Our project, Welcome, will support members of Portsmouth’s refugee and asylum seeker community through art, developing new skills, English language capability, as well as confidence and self-esteem, whilst becoming part of the wider local community.

We are one of five groups in the ITV Meridian West region in the running for a share of up to £150,000 of funding. 

About Big Lottery Fund

Now in its thirteenth year, the Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery are teaming up to give the public a chance to decide how National Lottery funding should be put to good use in their local area.

Designed to celebrate some of the incredible projects the Big Lottery Fund has supported over the past year, 95 community-based schemes are now shortlisted across the UK. In each region, the three with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000. This will help them to continue their work to improve local people’s lives. The entire amount up for grabs across the UK is a life-changing £3 million.

How to vote

On Thursday 19 April, we will showcase our project, Welcome on ITV Meridian West at 18.00hrs. To be in with a chance of winning, we are calling on viewers to support its bid. Voting opens at 09.00hrs on Monday 16 April at

If you have any questions, please contact:


Support us

You can join the conversation online by using the hashtag #RefugeesWelcome and #PeoplesProjects. Let your friends know you have voted!

You can also download a poster or flyer for your home or workplace by clicking below:

Make something

We are encouraging people to create and share artwork in support of Portsmouth’s refugee and asylum seeker community as part of our People's Projects bid. Artworks should be yellow, or respond to the open theme of welcome. Artworks can be shared online using the hashtag #RefugeesWelcome and by tagging in: @aspexportsmouth.

All artworks shared online will be made publicly viewable at the Gallery, presented on a digital screen.

Struggling to find some inspiration? We've created an activity for you - constructing an origami heart to spread a welcome to members of our City's refugee and asylum seeker community. Click here to download the instructions.