12 June - 26 July 2015
As part of the In The Frame cycling season, the gallery in Gunwharf Quays transformed its main space into a showcase of some of the most famous bikes ever manufactured, curated by local cycling enthusiast Tim Connell.
Everything from Victorian-era Penny Farthings to contemporary custom-built racing bikes and even Connell’s own first bike, a Raleigh Winner, was hanging from the walls of the gallery.
The gallery’s craft space also hosted an exhibition, curated by Oana Damir, entitled “In the frame – Craft”, which featured beautiful cycle-related items crafted by makers from across the UK.
The gallery’s café space and Aspex Guildhall also featured an exhibition of bicycle and cycling-inspired artwork, created by artists who live within a 90-minute journey of Portsmouth, and curated in conjunction with Miles Hutchings of cyclemiles.co.uk.
A programme of events was planned to take place at Aspex and across Portsmouth – including the opportunity to have your two-wheeler tuned up by expert ‘bike doctors’, and a screening, organized in conjunction with No.6 Cinema, of classic bike-themed film The Bicycle Thief, which was preceded by a tour of Portsmouth locations immortalized in film.
Aspex’s regular participation sessions – including Mini Makers art club for 0-5s, and See! Make! Do!, the gallery’s monthly family art club –also had a cycling focus.