Aspex Portsmouth



The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3BF

Tel: +44 023 9277 8080

Aspex Portsmouth


Aspex is Portsmouth's leading contemporary art gallery, housed within the historic Vulcan Building at Gunwharf Quays. Explore innovative, contemporary visual art with an ever-changing programme of exhibitions, workshops and events for the entire family.
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.

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. There are regular weekly family art workshops including Family Saturdays and Mini- Makers.
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 is home to Port Coffee - an eatery combining the traditions of Portsmouth with Czech influences, supported by local bakery Bread Addiction.


  • Mini-Makers - every weds 10.30-11.30. For early years - Free 
  • Family Saturdays 11.00 - 13.00 Workshop for all the family led by local artists - Free
  • Holiday Art Clubs 8-12yrs
  • Establishment Features

Book Tickets



  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - 2 disabled parking bays only.2 disabled parking bays only
  • Ramp/Level Access


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Serving a seasonal menu which reflects the talents of local producers, with delicious cakes and daily specials. Maximum capacity 36.

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities - Corporate hire of entire building or meeting room only.
  • Event Venue

Payment Methods

  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Visa accepted

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is M27. Onto M275, follow signs to historic waterfront, then Gunwharf Quays.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest bus and train station is Portsmouth Harbour. Aspex Gallery is situated in the Vulcan Building in Gunwharf Quays, directly behind the Loch Fyne restaurant.


  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member - Bronze Tourism South East Member - Bronze 2022

Opening Times

2021 (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
Monday - TuesdayClosed*
Wednesday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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AspexAspex Portsmouth, PortsmouthAspex is Portsmouth's leading contemporary art gallery, showcasing the very best emerging artists for nearly 40 years. The gallery, located in an historic naval building, boasts three exhibition areas, an artist's studio, workshop space, a shop and cafe.