New Aspex gallery at Guildhall set to launch

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ART gallery Aspex will open its new exhibition space at Portsmouth’s Guildhall next month.

The Guildhall will feature works from around the south of England.

The first exhibition – All That Other Mother Jazz – will consist of Southampton-based Jonny Hannah’s paintings and illustrations from Wednesday, June 18.

Jonny’s work is said to be in high demand due to pieces appearing in Vogue and the New York Times.

Joanne Bushnell, director of Aspex, said: ‘We are excited about collaborating with Portsmouth Cultural Trust, which gives us the opportunity to reach more visitors with a gallery space right in the centre of Portsmouth.

‘We are planning a diverse exhibitions program, blending some of the very best artists we have showing at Aspex along with exhibitions specifically curated for the Guildhall.’

In 2006 the gallery relocated to Gunwharf Quays, focusing on audience development and finding ways to meaningfully engage visitors with artists.

The Guildhall is managed by Portsmouth Cultural Trust.

Andy Grays, chief executive at the trust, said: ‘At the cultural trust, we want to collaborate with arts organisations who offer us something special. I believe this new partnership will bring a marvellous new gallery to the heart of the city of Portsmouth.’