We’ve come up with some recommendations for enjoying a bit of art and culture when visiting Portsmouth. There are plenty of options to keep you busy and culturally fed…
1) There are always exhibitions of fine and decorative art from their permanent collection spanning 500 years of art, sculpture, photography, print, glass and ceramics etc at the City Museum. They also have new exhibitions that change every few months and other creative events and activities. They have a lovely café and open garden area for the warmer months.
2) In the last few years the Aspex Contemporary Gallery have been holding their Contemporary Makers Fairs and their Craft Emergency group exhibitions which have been a favourite of mine…refreshing and a joy to visit with splendid art from some really inspiring artists. There are smaller galleries too that hold exhibitions regularly such as Art Space’s Gasp Gallery. Art Space also hold ‘open studio’ events several times a year.
3) There are new galleries opening all the time in the city such as the Coastguard Studios, The Guild Halls new Gallery spaces and the University’s new Space Gallery…and others about to open…alternative spaces such as hairdressers and orthodontists, garages and cellars, pubs, clubs, theatres, community centres, libraries, restaurants and cafes.
4) All along the seafront in the warmer months there are creative events from art fairs at the Square Tower to craft workshops at Southsea Greenhouse, and in-between…permission has now been granted for artists to set up space on the promenade, free of charge, so long as its all hand made work by the individual artist. There is a great hope that this will become a bustling, full and regular daily event that will be put firmly on Portsmouth’s map as a visitor attraction….its early days.
There is always something going on and new gallery spaces and exhibitions are popping up all the time, its hard to keep up….the Strong Island website is an excellent cultural guide to Portsmouth. There are also regular exhibitions in www.strongisland.co.uk.
Recommend the arts in your area? Let us know and we will be happy to review!