35 & Counting

35 & Counting

3 Feb - 19 Mar

For over 35 years, we have been supporting emerging artists at critical points in their career, from the presentation of solo shows, through to our artist support programme.

Following humble beginnings in Brougham Road, Southsea, we moved to the historic Vulcan Building on the waterfront at Gunwharf Quays in 2006 -- delivering an even more ambitious programme of exhibitions and events.

To mark this legacy, we present '35 & Counting', an exhibition and online auction showcasing artists who have worked with the organisation over the past twenty years.

Online Auction

Each piece will be sold in an online silent auction, with all proceeds supporting future artist residencies in our new, accessible artist studio. All of the exhibited artworks have been generously donated by the artists.

The auction is now live! Visit 35andcounting.co.uk to view the artworks and learn more about the participating artists.

We will use the auction as an opportunity to launch our new fundraising initiative, supported by Arts Council England through its Catalyst: Evolve programme -- so every £1 raised through the auction will be matched by Arts Council England, doubling the donation!

One of the exhibiting artists, Joella Wheatley, was selected for ‘Platform’, a regional showcase of graduate work in 2012, returning to the gallery in 2014 for a solo show, ‘Forgotten Lines’.

Wheatley said: “Throughout my career, Aspex have given me support, confidence and opportunities for me to fulfil my ambitions, of which I have been incredible grateful.

Having a studio of my own is important for the development of my work. It gives time and space for the work to progress and grow without having any interruptions or limitations that you experience at home”.

The artists

  • David Blandy
  • Adam Bridgland
  • David Burrows
  • Alison Carlier
  • Suki Chan
  • Gordon Cheung
  • Susan Collis
  • Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson
  • Simon Faithful
  • Jonny Hannah
  • Andy Harper
  • Malene Hartmann Rasmussen
  • Neal Layton
  • Delaine le Bas
  • Jon Lockhart
  • Peter Lloyd                                                                                   
  • Tim Machin
  • Steve Moberly
  • Heather & Ivan Morison                                                                       
  • Nils Norman
  • Harold Offeh                                                                                               
  • Roger Palmer
  • Jonathan Parsons
  • Ross Sinclair
  • The Caravan Gallery (Jan Williams & Chris Teasdale)
  • Sadie Tierney
  • Charlie Tweed
  • Joella Wheatley
  • Tanya Wood

Related Events

Auction Launch

Celebrating '35 & Counting' and the launch of the online auction.

Thursday 16 February, 5 - 6pm Free. Booking not required. 

Artist Master Class: A guide to artist residencies 

A Q&A session led by curator Oliver Sumner with artists Alison Carlier, Charlotte Bradley and Howard Hardiman.
Thursday 16 February, 6 - 8pm FreeClick here to book.

Coffee & Conversation

Join our Director, Joanne Bushnell (1999 - Present) and former Director Les Buckingham (1984 - 1999) for the gallery's first 'Coffee & Conversation' -- as part of '35 & Counting'.
Sunday 26 February, 2pm £4.00 per person. Click here to book.

Artist Talk: Aspex - The first 35 Years

Our Director will be discussing the gallery's recent history of exhibitions and artist support, since taking the title in 1999.

Thursday 16 March, 6 - 8pm £3.00 per person. Click here to book.


You can join the conversation by using the hashtag #35andcounting on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.