Today I phoned the venue in the post below, I had a whole script ready explaining who I am, that I go to the University of Portsmouth, which place we would like to rent, when and how long we would like to rent it and what we would rent it for. I was rather proud of myself actually. However, the lady on the phone simply said: "We haven't got any suitable places for you and the property isn't available". Great. Looks like it might all be a bit harder than I originally predicted.
On the bright side, I have been looking at more places we can exhibit our work including a lovely empty pub off of Elm Grove (right). On the sign it read: "This pub is temporarily closed, sorry for any inconvenience... If you wish to gain access to this site please call..." I hope that this might work out a bit better than the last location. Let's just wait and hear what everyone else has to say about the look of this pub before making any calls!