Tight Modern

4 Mar 2017 – 17 Apr 2017


Portsmouth, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • The Hard Interchange is is five minutes walk through Gunwharf Quays
  • Portsmouth Harbour Station is five minutes walk through Gunwharf Quays

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The 'Tight Modern', the world’s smallest temporary pop-up gallery, is coming to Aspex!


The 'Tight Modern' is an 8ft x 5ft miniature replica of the iconic Tate Modern, showcasing the UK’s most talented artists on the margins. The 'Tight Modern' aims bring new art to new audiences and take new artists to established art galleries.

About The Tight Modern

The 'Tight Modern' showcases over 80 artists from across the UK, enabling those on the margins to get their work out there - the 2014/15 'Tight Modern' tour was seen by over 52,000 people and the 2016/17 tour is expected to reach over 100,000.

Following a national call for entries, 84 artworks were selected by a panel of arts industry professionals. Workshops to encourage people to submit to the' Tight Modern' were held at the Aspex, as well as Jubilee Library (Brighton) & Redbridge Library (Ilford).

More Artists, New Prizes

This year the 'Tight Modern' features 30 runners-up in six digital frames alongside 54 original art works, enabling them to showcase more under-represented artists.

Prizes on offer have also been increased -- as well as the Public Vote (selected by exhibition visitors), there are also the 'Curators’ Choice Awards'; in all there are 11 prizes including £1,100 of cash prizes, professional development awards and art material vouchers from CASS Art.

Prize winners will be announced in May 2017.


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