Portsmouth art gallery gives a platform to disadvantaged artists

Members of the public view the artwork on display at Tight Modern'Picture: Aspex Gallery
Members of the public view the artwork on display at Tight Modern'Picture: Aspex Gallery

AN ART gallery in Portsmouth has won praise for hosting an exhibition that gave artists from disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to gain the recognition they deserve.

Aspex in Gunwharf Quays hosted the Tight Modern exhibition this year, which won the gallery the prize for the Best Art or Community Project at The News’ We Can Do It awards at South Parade Pier on Monday.

Judges praised the gallery for promoting the work of artists that would otherwise have not had the chance to get their incredible pieces seen by members of the public.

The exhibition, put together in Brighton, has been touring a number of different art galleries.

Ollie Tubb, marketing manager for Aspex Gallery, said: ‘It feels brilliant to have won an award for hosting such a remarkable exhibition.

‘It was a great opportunity for the artists involved and the people visiting the gallery seemed to love it too.

‘These artists – one of whom actually lives in Portsmouth – can be considered to be on the margins of society and that really resonated with people.

‘We want our visitors to experience new and exciting art, so to have something where the everyday barriers that would usually stop people from getting their artwork recognised are broken down.

‘To have your work promoted like that on a larger scale like that is really positive – and it means to much to us to have that recognised by The News.’