Art Space - Partners


Often in collaboration with Art Space Portsmouth, the following organisations form a vital role within the city of Portsmouth in providing a cultural infrastructure, supporting creative initiatives, nurturing professional development and in providing art education in the region.

CIBAS - Creative Industries Business Advisory Service
Since being established in 2006 by the Arts Council England South East in Portsmouth in partnership with the University of Portsmouth, Cibas has assisted over 150 local artist and creative businesses with one-to-one business advice, and over 500 individuals have attended Cibas training and networking events. Based within the University of Portsmouth's Purple Door information centre, Cibas continues to support individuals in self-employment and companies into commercial and social enterprise, in: Visual Arts, Crafts, Design, Writing, Music, Theatre, Film, Dance, Multimedia and Arts Education. Cibas actively champions creative enterprise, innovation and growth. Our specialist services and expert knowledge of the creative industries make Cibas an essential resource for creative practitioners and businesses. For further information visit

ARC - Artist Resource Centre
ARC provides a valuable resource of information, guidance and support for creative practitioners in Portsmouth and the South East. It aims to develop a strong network of artists and encourages the sharing of information and ideas. It consists of a professional development programme with one-to-one creative surgeries, networking events and higher skills training, a resource centre at Aspex Gallery and a website designed to provide links to organisations, service providers and material suppliers. For more information, visit ARC website or for regular updates on Resource related events and opportunities, artists can subscribe to the Artists' Resource emailing list by sending a blank email to with the subject line: Join


Aspex is Portsmouth's leading contemporary art gallery. It provides opportunities for people to explore and experience contemporary visual art and supports the work and professional development of emerging artists. To see the programme visit

Mayville High School
Mayville High School is a small, independent school situated close to the seafront in Southsea. Mayville High School is a Registered Charity no286347 and a not for profit business. Founded in 1897, it now consists of a Nursery Department for children 2 years 9 months to 4 years, a Pre-prep Department which takes boys and girls from 5 - 7, a Junior School forgirls and boys from 7 - 11, and a Senior School, which accepts girls andboys until they are 16. The school is unique in that it teaches boys andgirls separately and class sizes are small. The school's dyslexiaprovision is accredited by CResTeD and a Gifted and Talented programme,including activities for artists, is available. For further informationplease go to their website at Art Spaceartists have been using the facilities at Mayville to run art workshops. 

Mayville High School Crest

University of Portsmouth
For further information visit

Portsmouth Grammar School

The Portsmouth Grammar School is one of the country's leading co-educational schools. Its enduring aim is to provide academic, pastoral and extra-curricular opportunities of the highest order. PGS is a family school for girls and boys of all ages. Founded in 1732 by Dr William Smith, philanthropic Mayor of Portsmouth, PGS is Portsmouth's oldest school. It is proud of its traditions, but also ambitious to be at the forefront of good practice - and proud of its success in being so. For further information visit The school will be hosting weekly Advanced Life Drawing Classes run by Art Space in the art department's studios. For further information follow the link 'Art Space Projects' on the ASP website.

Portsmouth City Museum

The City is the museum of and for the people of Portsmouth. There are temporary exhibition galleries, which have a frequently changing parade of fascinating shows on a wide range of subjects. To see what's on at present please visit  The museum's main displays feature the 'Story of Portsmouth'.  Discover how life at home has changed over the centuries in the 'Living in Portsmouth' Gallery which looks at life in the home with the reconstruction of a 17th century bedchamber, an 1871 dockyard worker's kitchen, a Victorian parlour, a 1930s kitchen and a 1950s living room. The story continues with 'Portsmouth at Play' on the beach, in the cinema, on the football field and dance floor. The museum has a large education space and Art Space has arranged to access this facility to launch the first of a series of Education Workshops in 2009, beginning with a two-day beginners' Life Drawing Workshop.


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