Portsmouth Cultural Trust
Serious about music, art, education and entertainment, and aiming to become a major business centre in the South of England.
Portsmouth Cultural Trust

Portsmouth Cultural Trust

Serious about music, art, education and entertainment, and aiming to become a major business centre in the South of England.

We are a registered charity, responsible for the running and operation of Portsmouth Guildhall. We are serious about entertainment, education, engagement and becoming a leading conference and business venue on the South Coast.

In 2010, Portsmouth City Council created an Independent not for Profit Distributing Organisation (NPDO) to take over the running of Portsmouth Guildhall and the Portsmouth Cultural Trust was created. We successfully registered as a charity in 2013. We receive grant funding from Portsmouth City Council which is used toward the maintenance and running costs of the building but this has been reducing annually. We rely on income from the Box Office, corporate events and other income streams such as donations and sponsorship.

Our Board of Directors are responsible for the overall strategy of the Trust, our vision and future direction, and we have a team of dedicated staff to deliver this.

Portsmouth Guildhall is a 2000 seat entertainment venue which attracts world class music and comedy with sell out acts including Mumford & Sons, Bastille, Scissor Sisters, Busted, Chase & Status, Jimmy Carr, Ricky Gervais, Lee Mack and Twenty One Pilots. We offer a classical programme with a season of concerts by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, a range of smaller recitals and ensembles, plus a mix of family, music and dance shows. We also produce and manage our own events including Clocktower Classics, Beating Heart, Portsmouth Comedy Festival and Portsmouth Comic Con.

We offer a unique selection of rooms, as well as the main auditorium, for hire. With our central location, excellent transport links and quality in-house catering we are the perfect venue for business and social functions including conferences (with break out spaces), meetings, seminars, product launches, award ceremonies, weddings, banquets, dinners and receptions. You may also hire our specialist Events staff and/or equipment for your own event through our Guildhall Hire & Event Services.

We also have a number of permanent and temporary exhibition spaces. Current exhibitions include ‘The Portsmouth Music Experience’, the music history of Portsmouth and The Guildhall told through photographs, audio and video content and ‘The Isle of Wight Festival Exhibition: 1968, 1969, 1970’, an exhibition that captivates the artists, fans and behind the scenes drama of the early festivals. We also work in partnership with Portsmouth’s Aspex Gallery to bring contemporary arts from the southern region to the centre of the city.

Our Guildhall Participate programme is embedded in what we do. We aim to transform lives by inspiring, exciting and educating people through music, art and culture with a range of activities including an interactive programme for schools and workshops for the over 55s, families and early years.