An Artist's Guide to Portsmouth and Southsea

Portsmouth Harbour
Portsmouth Harbour | © Ronald Saunders/Flickr
Jessica Miller

Home to the birthplace of Charles Dickens and the Historic Dockyards, Portsmouth is a thriving city on the south coast of England, full of culture and history. Along with its seaside neighbour Southsea, the city hosts some unique attractions for culture lovers and buzzing artists alike.

1. Aspex Gallery

Art Gallery

Situated in the luxurious Gunwharf Quays, in close proximity to the harbour and the Spinnaker Tower, Aspex Gallery is the leading contemporary art gallery on Portsea Island. The creative hub dedicates itself to supporting emerging artists, and engages the public by hosting regular group exhibitions and participation events. Discover the range of mediums displayed, such as photography, painting and sculpture. Every two years, they hold a biennial open exhibition called EMERGENCY , which is always highly anticipated. Aspex Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday.


Think arts, quirky crafts, food and live music all in one place by the seaside. The ever growing Victorious Festival is held on Southsea Common and Castle Field during August bank holiday weekend. With your ticket you gain access to a pre-announced lineup of music acts, artist market stalls and free entry into some of Southsea’s attractions – for example the D-Day museum – to soak up some history.

Likewise, Mayfly combines art and music in a one day pop-up festival on the first May bank holiday, running from midday until about 8pm. Entry is free and there is a full programme of live music and poetry lined up, as well as prints, paintings and photographs on sale.

Southsea Common, Southsea, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

The Square Tower, Broad Street, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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