Art Space

27 Brougham Road


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Welcome to Art Space Portsmouth. Originally founded in 1980 by a small group of graduates and lecturers from Portsmouth Polytechnic, it is now a thriving group of 45 professional artists of which 31 have studios in our converted Chapel in Brougham Road. The management of the building and our activities are overseen by a board of trustees and a part time studio-coordinator with the membership taking an active role in initiating and managing Art Space Portsmouth projects.

We host an International Artist's Residency
We co-ordinate exhibitions and events at Gasp-Gallery Art Space Portsmouth.
We host a Brazier's international artist residency.
We founded an annual Sponsored Studio programme.
We open our doors to the public for our Open Studio events.
Art Space artists actively run art Projects and in teach Workshops and classes.
We also curate an ongoing series of exhibitions at 1000 Lakeside Northharbour.

Art Space's primary mission is to promote and develop contemporary visual arts by supporting emerging and professional artists' practice through the provision of affordable studios, facilities and an extended network of support and participation to professional artists in the wider community. We provide low cost studios of variable sizes to 31 artists in a converted Victorian chapel and support to an extended membership of artists in the region.

In helping to develop artists' practice and associated activities Art Space makes a significant contribution to the cultural development of Portsmouth and South Hampshire. Furthermore, Art Space supports the practice of a number of artists who have significant reputations nationally and internationally. ASP is committed to creativity and cultural engagement through socially engaged initiatives and activities.

Many of the activities that Art Space initiates are artist led in the form of sub committees formed by the membership with a member of the trust leading on each committee; additional support is also given by the studio coordinator.

The building was built by a local architect by the name of George Edwin Smith in 1905 as a United Methodist Bible Christian Church. Its function as a church soon ceased; under the ownership of Hampshire County Council the building was leased by Portsmouth College of Art & Design, as an extension to its campus in the 1970s. Art Space was formed in 1980 by graduates and lecturers from Portsmouth Polytechnic, Art Space Portsmouth is a unique and vibrant resource for professional artists in the region all with diverse practices within a converted church building at 27 Brougham Road; a residential district of the city but within walking distance of Southsea, Portsmouth University and Portsmouth city centre. At one time the organisation occupied three sites across the city but has now brought all its artists on one site. Once an artist-led organisation Art Space Portsmouth is now a registered charity (No. 1106685) and a Company Limited by Guarantee, with a voluntary board and a part-time studio coordinator, providing low cost studios to 28 artists and support to an extended membership of artists.

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