Portsmouth gallery granted £112,000 funding

The Aspex Gallery has been awarded funding
The Aspex Gallery has been awarded funding
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A GALLERY in Portsmouth has won funding for three years.

Aspex Gallery, in The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, applied to Arts Council England for the cash.

It will receive £112,000 a year from 2015 for the next three years. The gallery had applied £419,000 in total but did not get all the cash. The funding award is a one per cent cut from the previous win.

Chair of the board of trustees, Deborah Owen-Ellis Clark, said: ‘The board of trustees is pleased that ACE recognises the importance of the work Aspex does as a National Portfolio Organisation and we are very proud of the Aspex team who are so committed to delivering an extraordinary quality of work and educational experiences.

‘The team will now be able to continue their important work in helping to enrich the cultural environment in Portsmouth and surrounding area.’

It previously secured funding from the national organisation for three years and currently receives around £113,000 a year.

Gareth Colwell, of Aspex, confirmed the gallery had applied for £419,000, an increase from the bid three years ago.

Speaking before the announcement he said: ‘We’ve applied for slightly more money.

‘We had a 56 per cent cut in the last round. That was £100,000 a year. We lost five full time staff.

‘We’ve applied for more to make up that difference.’