#SaveFamilySaturdays

by Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 25th May 2019 we successfully raised £3,610 with 70 supporters in 28 days

Help us to continue supporting children and families through our free arts workshop Family Saturdays

by Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

Since 2016 Aspex gallery has encouraged over 3,000 children to explore their creativity through their weekly workshop Family Saturdays.

These sessions, led by local artists, are an opportunity for children to build vital skills and confidence whilst spending quality time with their parents/guardians.

However, with funding due to come an end this year we now need your support to raise £4,500 to continue this important work.

Image: Family Saturdays, Aspex (Dan Boss, 2019)

Supporting children and families through art

As well as being Portsmouth’s leading contemporary art gallery, Aspex is a registered educational charity. 

For over 38 years we have been encouraging people to take part in free and accessible arts activities from our home in Portsmouth (UK). Most recently, this has been in the form of Family Saturdays.

We believe that everyone has the right to access art, and the benefit that it has upon our wellbeing and development. Because of this it is crucial to us that these workshops continue to operate and remain free for children and families -- so that they are fully accessible to our local community.

Opportunities for children and young people to take part in creative activities are under threat.

In a 2018 survey, the BBC stated that 9 in 10 schools had cut back in providing lesson time, staff or facilities in at least one creative arts subject. It is now vital for children/young people to explore their creativity and develop artistic skills outside of school through free and inclusive sessions like Family Saturdays.

Image: Family Saturdays, Aspex (Dan Boss, 2019)

Why we need your support

Over the past three years these sessions have been supported by charitable trusts and foundations. As this funding comes to an end we need your generous support so families can continue create, explore and grow together. 

Now is more important than ever, as thanks to Arts Council England’s Catalyst: Evolve programme every donation made is directly matched - meaning your contribution can go even further.

We need to raise £4,500 to continue running these sessions. The money raised will be used to pay for over 416 hours of our Workshop Leader’s time, as well as purchase vital materials.

Image: Family Saturdays offsite at Victorious Festival, Southsea Common (Dan Boss, 2018)

Reap the rewards

We have some fantastic awards on offer for people who pledge their support, from artworks donated by our Workshop Leaders, to badges, mugs and tote bags - all designed by the children who attend Family Saturdays.

FAQs

What will happen if you don’t receive the full amount?

The money raised through this Crowdfunder, regardless if it meets the target, will go directly into supporting Family Saturdays for as long as possible.

If we do not meet our target, we won’t simply give up. We recognise the value of this workshop and its impact upon the children and families who take part

Isn’t Aspex supported by Arts Council England and Portsmouth City Council?

Aspex is a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) of Arts Council England and receives ongoing support from Portsmouth City Council to support our core staff and operational costs.

For every exhibition, event or educational activity we fundraise, sourcing financial support in order to employ Workshop Leaders, purchase materials and more.

When will I receive my reward?

All rewards will be sent out following the Crowdfunder’s completion (25 May 2019). All general rewards will be sent out via Royal Mail (second class). Please see the product descriptions for other delivery specifications. 

Will you ask people for money again after this campaign?

The money we raise will allow Family Saturdays to continue for a year. In this time we hope to find suitable funding to extend the workshop further. If you wish to receive information from Aspex please sign up to our newsletter (Click Here)

Have any further questions?

E: ollie.neale@aspex.org.uk | T: +44 (0)23 9277 8080


Image: Children exploring An Orrery for Other Worlds, Andy Harper (Aspex, 2010)

About Aspex

Aspex is a unique contemporary art gallery located in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth. Their mission is to support emerging artists and reveal the creative process.  They connect people with artists, creating opportunities to experience contemporary visual art in a broad variety of ways; from looking and discussing, to making and curating.

Established in 1981, Aspex has a reputation for supporting emerging artists at key stages in their career development, providing opportunities to make a step change in their practice. These include many who are now international art stars: Helen Chadwick, Cornelia Parker, Richard Wilson and Catherine Yass to name but a few. 

Aspex also seeks to reveal the creative process to audiences, connecting them to artists and enabling them to explore their own creativity.  This is achieved through provision of a lively participation and learning programme that is recognised by the arts industry as one of the best in the country. 

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Limited Edition Tote Bag

A limited number of tote bags are available, featuring a collaborative design created by children during a Family Saturdays session. The tote is made from 100% natural cotton and has long handles.

£5 or more

Thank you!

A £5.00 donation will pay for a child to take part in Family Saturdays. From this donation your name will appear on our online page, thanking our generous supporters.

£10 or more

4 of 60 claimed

Children's Design Badge

In addition to being added to our supporters page, a £10.00 pledge will get you a limited edition badge featuring a design made by our Family Saturdays budding artists.

£10 or more

7 of 35 claimed

Help Save Family Saturdays Badge

In addition to being added to our supporters page, let people know you've helped save Family Saturdays with a limited edition badge for a £10.00 pledge.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Artwork - Generate

An A3 digital print featuring an artwork created by Barbara, an artist from our Generate group for people with dementia. The group have kindly donated their work to support the children and families who attend Family Saturdays.

£20 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Sea Galls print - Livi Nelson

Family Saturdays Workshop Leader Livi Nelson has kindly donated this digital print in A3 and A4. Livi's intention was to bring attention to female skateboarders active in Southsea, UK. Choose between A3 and A4, if available.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A4 Frida Kahlo print - Livi Nelson

An A4 digital print from Livi Nelson, Family Saturdays Workshop Leader. The print is a tribute to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

£25 or more

1 of 15 claimed

Family Saturdays Mug

A limited edition mug featuring a design created by children during a Family Saturdays session. For just £25.00, it could be yours! Your name will also be added to our online supporters page.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Goody Bag - Broken Bones Collective

Broken Bones Collective, a creative collective celebrating adrenaline sports are supporting Family Saturdays through the donation of a goody bag, comprising: Broken Bones Collective Zine Issue No1 and No.2.

£30 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Aspex Print - Jonny Lihou

In 2017 Aspex commissioned Illustrator John Lihou to create a bespoke three layer screenprint to celebrate their annual Summer project. Inspired by the gallery and its seaside location, this limited edition print is available at a pledge of just £30.00.

£30 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Layered animal screenprints - Jordan Baines

Illustrator Jordan Baines has produced this screenprint with a colourful blue ink overlay, depicting a deer.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Ombre effect blue linoprint, Fox - Jordan Baines

This ombre effect blue linoprint was created by Illustrator and printmaker, Jordan Baines and can be yours with a pledge of £30.00.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A3 Witch print - Livi Nelson

A dual layer screenprint created by our Workshop Leader Livi Nelson, with a blue dualtone effect..

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A3 Racoons 'n' Shrooms print - Livi Nelson

A colourful A3 three-layer risographic print. Racoons N' Shrooms was donated by Workshop Leader Livi Nelson.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Space Man lino print - Livi Nelson

A monochromatic linoprint depicting an anonymous spaceman, created by artist Livi Nelson.

£30 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Japanese woodcut prints, Giraffee - Jordan Baines

This Japanese wood cut print, created by printmaker (and Family Saturdays Workshop Leader) Jordan Baines could be yours with a pledge of £30.00. Jordan's work is inspired by curiosity and the imagination, particuarly in early years.

£40 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Zebra etching - Jordan Baines

A single layer etching depicting an illustration of a zebra, completed in the Illustrator's signature style. Choose in blue, or grey and gold, if available.

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Artwork - Generate

An original artwork created by Ray, an artist from our Generate group for people with dementia. The group have kindly donated their work to support the children and families who attend Family Saturdays.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Artwork - Generate

An original artwork created by Sylvia, an artist from our Generate group for people with dementia. The group have kindly donated their work to support the children and families who attend Family Saturdays.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Elephant etching , large - Jordan Baines

Single layer etching on quality paper, depicting an elephant surrounded by a decorative border. Created by Illustrator and Workshop Leader Jordan Baines.

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Zebra etching , large - Jordan Baines

Single layer etching on quality paper, depicting zebra surrounded by a decorative border. Created by Illustrator and Workshop Leader Jordan Baines.

£60 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Mother Nature, letterpress print - Jordan Baines

Green and blue letterpress print celebrating Mother Earth, created by Jordan Baines.

£60 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Artwork - Generate

An original artwork created by Barbara, an artist from our Generate group for people with dementia. The group have kindly donated their work to support the children and families who attend Family Saturdays.

£60 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Limited edition screen print -Bethia Santi Bridges

Limited edition monochromatic screenprint of a geometric mandala design from Illustrator and Workshop Leader Bethia Santi Bridges. Edition 2 of 5. Two designs available.

£60 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Aspex Bundle

Get your hands on this bundle, comprising our limited edition mug, tote bag and badge!

£200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Rocking Horse - Jonny Hannah

Whilst working with children and families Illustrator Jonny Hannah customised this 3D cardboard rocking horse in his signature style. For just £200 it could be yours! Jonny's exhibition Notes from the Darktown Turbo Taxi was on show at Aspex in February 2019.

£260 or more

0 of 1 claimed

INSECTA DECK, original drawing - Immy Smith

An original drawing 'Ten of Spades' from artist and scientist Immy Smith - as part of her card playing INSECTA DECK project. This peice takes inspiration from the insatiable Geocoris insatiabilis. Immy reguarly takes part in Family Saturdays in collaboration with the British Science Association South.

£450 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Children's Birthday Party

Celebrate your special occasion in style! This Kid's Birthday Package not only offers up to eight children use of our Learning Space, but includes catering options from our cafe partners Port Coffee and a craft activity delivered by a local artist.

£450 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Offsite Parties & Events - Mobile Learning Studio

Looking to make a statement at your party or event? Our Learning team, alongside a local artist, are offering a unique delivery of a creative activity for your party-goers. Our team will work with you to develop a customised activity, popping up at your event for a two hour period.

£2,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Aspex for the day

Host your event at Aspex. This reward will give you access to our building, a Grade II Listed historic monument and former naval storehouse with a RIBA award winning conversion. Immerse yourself in it's rich history, as well as our programme of exhibitions. Our team will work with you to ensure the creation of a perfect event. Does not include catering.

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