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Café Gallery

The Café Gallery at Gosport Discovery Centre was developed to offer individual local Artists the opportunity to showcase their work in an informal gallery setting.

The Café Gallery is situated on the ground floor of the Centre as part of the Book Worm Café. This offers visitors a comfortable space to relax, browse and enjoy an ever changing mix of local artists as each month a new artist is featured guaranteeing a fresh perspective when you visit.

Maggie Cochran

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I have painted on and off all my life and, after gaining a merit in an Art and Design foundation course, am now studying for a Fine Art degree at Chichester University.

I love colour and texture and I am inspired by the sea and the natural world around me. I enjoy the challenges of painting in watercolour and the vibrancy of painting in oils and acrylics. I also work in textiles, particularly silk and felt.

I enjoy working in a loose semi-abstract style. I love Matisse’s use of colour, the vibrancy of Kandinsky, the fluidity of Peter Iden and the way in which the watercolour artist Michael Morgan captures theessence of landscapes.

I visit art exhibitions whenever possible and volunteer at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. I am a member of the Chichester Art Society, Fareham Art Group and the Solent Art Society.


Jessica Shaw

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Hi, my name is Jessica Shaw, I am a degree qualified professional fie artist based in sunny Gosport.

I have had a passion for art for as long as I can remember; gaining my first proper set of paints at the good old age of seven! This led to a degree in fine art back in 1999.

Since then I am lucky enough to have had a beautiful family and now have the opportunity to be an artist as my main job. I take on commissions on a regular basis; so if you like my work and would like a portrait or another subject painting you can contact me via email at or phone 02392 798239.

I engage in a wide range of mediums, particularly enjoying the use of acrylics and oils to capture a fresh and vibrant rendering of my subjects which vary greatly. My influences include Lucian Freud, for his fantastic figure studies, Sonia Robinson for her lovely boats on water and Mark Rothko for the impact and depth of his work.

Last year I was lucky enough to gain a position as a resident artist at frameworks in Lee-on-Solent which was a fantastic experience and opportunity. This led to a part time position as an art tutor thanks to fellow artist Barry Freeman. If you are interested in lessons please contact Portchester Community School on 02392 364399.


Neville Holme and Lauren Hunt


I am a retired naval petty officer/prison officer for immigration removal. I took up encaustic art after my wife passed away to help with lonely nights. The wax articles are worked with a hot painting iron and coloured beeswax.

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My first memory of creating art is entering a drawing of a Christmas tree into a competition through Rainbows and winning a gigantic stocking full of goodies – if only it continued to be that easy and lucrative!  I started to pursue art and design with more impetus when I decided to study art at GCSE and then progressed onto an A-Level course. Several turbulent years and many failed drawings later, I am now in my final year at the University of Portsmouth studying a degree in illustration. I often find myself captivated by whimsy or the slightly unusual and find that you can make other people (and in turn myself) very happy by going the extra mile. Drawing allows me to put this into practice every day!  I mainly create illustrations using pen and watercolour; however, I will occasionally work in pencil or mixed media if I feel that is what the subject matter requires.  The next stage in my journey with illustration is to start ‘putting my work out there’–something which has always made me ‘quake in my boots’…. But here we go!  I hope you enjoy!

Images of my work can be found at


Toni Ndikanwu

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I started making art from an early age, graduating with honours in 1988 at the University of Nigeria Nsukka. I majored in sculpture and 3d arts but have mostly exhibited paintings because of its mobility. My main inspiration stems from the use of language and symbols to communicate ideas. I have worked with and been inspired by notable African artists like El Anatsui and Obiora Udechukwu.Art for me has been a therapeutic enterprise; I make art to relax mostly but have handled big projects where my work has had public scrutiny, especially my sculptures. They still adorn palaces in Nigeria and at the Art Department of my Alma mater. I have taken part in numerous group exhibitions and had solo exhibitions all over the world. I recently did a Master’s degree at the University of Portsmouth and belong to the Nigeria Artists Society. My most recent work is still grappling with the image of language and its formation.


Mike Ross

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I started taking photographs as a self conscious teenager, to avoid being in the pictures myself.  I taught myself on my Dad’s old 35mm Halina camera, soon learning to judge exposure and distance by eye. Later on I saved up for a Zenith B 35mm film SLR and later graduated to a Pentax Spotmatic.

From 2004 to 2008 my wife and I owned The Photo Shop in Gosport. This is when I succumbed to digital and gradually worked my way up the Canon SLR range. However, I have always maintained that the equipment is secondary to being able to see and compose a good picture in the first place.

My inspiration comes from looking at as many photographs as possible, be they in books, exhibitions or the newspaper.  Favourite photographers include Cartier-Bresson (“the decisive moment”), Steve McCurry (of “Afgan Girl” fame) and Basil Pao (photos in Michael Palin’s travel books). I like to use photography to capture a place, a face, or an event.  As I was brought up on film, I subscribe to the principle of getting it right in the camera first time without relying on taking loads of shots or messing around with them afterwards on the computer. These photos have had very few adjustments done to them.

For the technically minded, all the pictures were taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mk II and a Canon 24-105mm F4 L lens, using available light


Jim Few

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I grew up in the village of Wickham, being surrounded by so much countryside gave me a great love of wildlife and nature. This led me to study sculpture at university. After leaving Portsmouth uni I spent a year travelling and eventually lived in France where I settled. When I came back to England, I virtually turned my back on art for over 10 years until I decided to teach myself to paint. I would describe my work as fairly crude with the main emphasis of my pieces being how I use light to its best effect. I mainly paint in browns to make my work look like old faded photos. I do this because I love the idea and the romance of loving at old pictures and I believe that art is romantic, or at least the idea is. My main influence is Surat the French pointillist painter.


How to exhibit

Individual local artists who wish to apply to the waiting list to exhibit in the Café Gallery can collect an application form (including terms and conditions) from the Discovery Centre.

Sale of Work

Some artists offer the opportunity to purchase from the exhibition and where this applies details will be available.

Café Gallery

Gosport Discovery Centre
High Street, Gosport
PO12 1BT

Map to find us


You can access the Café Gallery during Discovery Centre opening hours
Please note that Bookworm Café normally closes at 5.30pm weekdays and 4.30pm on a Saturday

Discovery Centre
Mon, Wed, Fri 9am to 5pm
Tue, Thu 9am to 7pm
Sat 9am to 5pm

Closed Sunday and public holidays

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