TRUSTEES & STAFF

Staff - Studio and Programme Manager - Andy Buchanan

Andrew Buchanan has over thirty years experience curating work for half a dozen Art Galleries and Arts Centres throughout the UK, as well as 25 years experience as the Director of many of them.  For 12 years he was Director of Fairfields, the major Art Gallery and Visual Arts Development Organisation in North Hampshire.  As well as exhibiting work by artists of the stature of Hirst and Banksy and curating work by artists from the US, China, India, Japan, Korea, the Middle East, and from many countries all over Europe and Africa, he strongly supported regional artists, and set up and managed Artists’ Studios, Commissions and Artist Development programmes.  Many artists he selected to work with have since gone on to win national and international awards, and exhibitions he has curated have gone on to tour nationally and internationally.

He has worked as a Consultant and Advisor for many arts organisations, including an Arts Minister, Arts Council England and academics, including assessing and advising many arts organisations and their Boards on their cultural and organisational development.  He set up and led a public and private sector partnership for many years resulting in a successful £5,750,000 Lottery Application for the new Arts Centre Complex in Southampton.

Trustee - Chair - artist - Colin Merrin

Colin is a full time artist and studio holder at Art Space. A mixed media painter, his work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and exhibitions throughout the UK as well as internationally. Although he works mainly with oil, acrylic and collage, he is also an award winning watercolourist and elected to the Royal Watercolour Society in 2009. He was a member of the RWS council until May 2018.

He has work in many private collections including the royal collection and the British Museum. Colin's current work focuses on developing intuitive and subjective narratives around the human head and figure, commenting on the ambiguity and absurdity of meaning.

He believes Portsmouth has a wealth of artistic and creative talent, largely based at Art Space, but also spread throughout the city. He thinks Portsmouth’s artists need and deserve a higher profile than they currently have locally and beyond the city and wants to work towards raising that profile.

Trustee - artist - Stephen Buggle

Steve studied Fine Art at Reading University and has an MA from London University. He has practiced at Slade School of Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Goldsmiths, City Lit, East London Printmakers, London Print Studio and Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design (CASS).

He has exhibited at a number of galleries including The Mall Galleries, London; Espacio Gallery, Bow Arts, London Metropolitan, and more recently at galleries in Portsmouth, Winchester, Chichester and Gosport.

Steve is a Trustee of ArtSpace, Portsmouth, a member of East London Printmakers, the London Print Studio, the Espacio Gallery, Whitechapel, and Peninsular Artists. He has studios in London and Hampshire.

He is a Director of Yellow Edge Gallery in Gosport, which he founded in 2019. Yellow Edge Gallery is not a not for profit organisation, which looks to operate as an artist co-operative. It specialise in modern and contemporary works and showcases the work of practising and emerging artists working in a variety of media.

Trustee - John Kelly

John Kelly is a retired software engineer. Originally from Liverpool, he moved south in the 1970's. After some spells living aboard in Germany, France and the USA, he settled on Hayling Island, only moving to Southsea in 2015. From then he took a keen interest in the local art scene, at one point designing a website for a local arts trail. He hopes to assist Art Space Portsmouth in developing local talent, through access to affordable studio space.

Trustee - artist - Bridget Lloyd

Bridget Lloyd has been a studio holder and member of Art Space Portsmouth since 1984. She has exhibited her work as part of Art Space Portsmouth group shows and at open studio events. Her work is about the forces and energies in landscape. Bridget is interested in the divisions and boundaries imposed on the land by natural and human forces.

Bridget is also involved in education teaching Art and Design to 11 – 16 year olds at Portchester Community School.

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