ARTWORK will now be displayed inside the Portsmouth Guildhall.
The city centre venue has teamed up with Aspex Gallery to introduce an artspace in the cloakroom of the Guildhall.
And yesterday evening it was formally opened by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Steven Wylie.
He said: ‘It gave me great pleasure as the new Lord Mayor to open up a new space in the Guildhall.
‘This space has already been one that has been crying out for something, and it’s fantastic to see this artwork go up.
‘This is a brave venture and it’s great that Aspex have moved back into the city centre, so thank you to them and the Guildhall.
‘I look forward to seeing many more exhibitions here.’
The work of freelance illustrator and artist Jonny Hannah, who lives in Southampton, is the first to go up.
He has taken music as his inspiration and themed his work to All That Other Mother Jazz.
He said: ‘I’m really pleased my work has been chosen.
‘It’s great to display my work in such an open space and I hope people enjoy it.’
Members of the public came along to watch the opening and stayed to appreciate the work.
Natalia Michalska, of Chichester Road, Portsmouth, went along to see the work.
The 28-year-old museum customer care assistant said: ‘I thought the artwork was very interesting and vibrant.
‘It brings energy and colour to the space and actually brings artwork to people.
‘Every artist thinks of different ways to get their work noticed and this is a brilliant way of doing that.’
The gallery space is an initiative from the Portsmouth Cultural Trust, which runs the Guildhall, and Aspex Gallery, in Gunwharf Quays.
Director Joanne Bushnell said: ‘We are really excited to be working with the Guildhall and presenting work in the city centre.
‘This display will be here for two months, and then another artist’s work will go up.
‘We have a year’s programme lined up.
‘All the artists are no more than an hour-and-a-half away from the gallery, so we have a lot of regional talent.’