Our Mission

About ‘a space’ arts 

Established in 2000, by artists for artists, ‘a space’ arts is a visual arts organisation that leads on a range of artist development projects, including the Arches and Tower House studios, God’s House Tower, the RIPE programme, along with delivering a bespoke range of Artist Resources.

We take an enterprising approach to delivering our mission of supporting visual artists and inspiring audiences and have grown incrementally and strategically, developing a portfolio of projects that have culturally reanimated several Southampton buildings, to become a registered charity and an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO).

Artist Development is the golden thread that runs through all of our work with all projects in their unique ways providing opportunities for visual artists to develop their careers, along with inspiring audiences with high quality cultural experiences.

Our projects inhabit a range of spaces and locations from Victorian railway arches, vacant shop units, and medieval monuments. We never aspired to have a white box gallery space – rather just ‘a space’ through which we can support artists and audiences. This ethos is present through all of the spaces we inhabit and has been amplified through our cultural reanimation of God’s House Tower as a venue that now offers a programme of opportunities for artists and audiences.

 

Mission Statement

At the heart of our work are three core aims:

  • To support and champion the work of visual artists and create opportunities for them to thrive by establishing financially sustainable careers.
  • To bring a visible change to the city’s visual arts community by delivering co-created projects with previously under-represented artists.
  • To create opportunities for the public to engage with, learn from and be inspired by the work of visual artists.

 

Access

As an organisation we actively look to reduce barriers for artists applying for our opportunities and commissions, and we are committed to being fair, accessible, transparent and inclusive.

We offer a range of access support for artists, including alternative formats for information we release and submissions we receive as well as an artist access fund; please contact us so that we can discuss your individual needs and provide appropriate support for your application or project. Please either email us on enquiries@aspacearts.org.uk or call 023 80 338 778

 

Anti-racist action plan

In addition to our stated mission we have taken the strategic direction of becoming an anti-racist organisation with an action plan to deliver commitments over the next two years along with a series of activities to bring immediate benefits to the city’s global majority artists.

Find out more about our Anti-Racism Commitments here