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Viewpoint: Ken Devine Exhibition at Portsmouth Cathedral

Portsmouth Cathedral is well known as a venue for art shows and exhibitions, such as the annual art society showcase and the Portsmouth Festivities Spice Island Art Trail. The Viewpoint project invites artists to spend ten days in the cathedral environs, exploring the theme of ‘faiths connected’. Portsmouth Cathedral’s latest artist in residence is Ken Devine, who will be inviting the public to take these concepts even deeper as he asks: What colour is the Sacred?

Ken, A Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Fine Art at the University of Portsmouth, has been exploring this theme of perception of colour and the values attached to specific colours, for some time. He has been collecting interviews of people talking about colour and their understanding of faith and uploading them to a database, which links to a stunning, constantly changing visualisation of the colour spectrum. Periodically, the computer programme chooses an interview at random and guests have the opportunity to hear what other people have shared.

Portsmouth Cathedral will be host to two versions of the Haphazard Colour Machine during Ken’s residency: the audio visual version will be on display in the Welcome Area and Ken will be stationed nearby with a discreet camera, ready to gather more interviews of people talking about colour and the sacred. These interview are only 2-3 minutes in length and will form part of this wider catalogue of spiritual reflection.

In addition, the Haphazard Colour Machine (without the accompanying interviews) will be projected on to the floor of St Thomas’ chapel, onto a bed of crushed glass, surrounded by lumpwood charcoal. This silent but visually striking piece, will invite visitors and the Cathedral community to take time to pause and reflect and perhaps consider how our perceptions of God and the wider world might be coloured by how we see things?

Ken Devine will be in the Cathedral taking interviews throughout May. There will be a special launch event on Saturday May 7th from 6:30 – 8:00pm and free tickets can be booked HERE.

You can find out more about Ken Devine’s artwork at:

ken-devine.co.uk

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SNUB23 End of Show Party at Play Dead Tonight

Tonight is the end of exhibition party for the current SNUB23 show over at Play Dead, which will include an awesome raffle for original artwork and live painting. Also a great chance to check the show if you missed it, meet the artist and grab a free beer or three.

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SNUB23 at Play Dead

Portsmouth Talent Development Programme

The Portsmouth Cultural Trust is submitting a Grants for Arts application to Arts Council which will focus on developing talent throughout the Portsmouth area. The aim of this initial 2-year programme is to engage with emerging to mid-term artists from all art-forms. Working with partner organisations in and around the local area Portsmouth Cultural Trust aim to build upon existing platforms and to explore new opportunities which will encourage new work, touring, artist development, mentoring and best practise.

Who is this programme for? Artists who either work in the arts professionally, or seek to work in the arts professionally and who are creating new work. You might be a musician, visual artist, choreographer, dancer, director, producer, writer or poet.

On Tuesday the 3rd May at 5.30pm at Portsmouth Guildhall there will be an artist consultation where local artists can find out more about the talent development programme, if you are interested in going please email corina.ciobanu@portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.

Win Portsmouth Summer Show Tickets

The kind people at Portsmouth Summer Show have have given us a pair of tickets for this weekend’s event to give away to Strong Island fans.  The lucky winner will receive two tickets for either Saturday or Sunday (the choice is yours), worth a total of £30!

So if you’re a closet (or card-carrying) pop fan and want to see the likes of Peter Andre,  5ive, Scouting For Girls, Diversity, the Hoosiers and Fun Lovin’ Criminals, enter today…

To be in with a chance of winning, send your answers to the following questions to stuart@strong-island.co.uk before midnight on Friday 29th April. The winner be contact directly and announced on social media soon after, and will need to collect their tickets from Southsea.

Just answer:

1) How many members are there now in 5ive?
2) What year did Sam Bailey win X-Factor?

If you don’t want to leave it to chance, then tickets are available now for a mere £15 from www.portsmouthsummershow.co.uk, Meat & Barrel, Little Johnny Russells or Cosham Library.

You can also keep up to date on Portsmouth Summer Show on Facebook.

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Southsea Sound Recording Studio Open Day This Saturday

Southsea Sound is a new recording studio and rehearsal space in the heart of Southsea, just off of Albert Road (behind Portsmouth Ink Tattoo Studio and the SouthScene Cafe). The studio has already in the weeks since opening been home to bands and artists both from Portsmouth and from much further afield. Southsea Sounds this Saturday will be open to the public from 11am to 4pm, with a chance for all to come and visit the newest addition to the Southsea music scene. Come and have a look round, speak to the owners and enjoy some live music throughout the day too.

Live music on the day will be by:

Pete Rapp, from 1pm.
Ismael Clark, from 2:30pm.

No tickets are required, but please be aware there is limited space. Parking is available on the surrounding streets, but no parking is allowed in the alleyway where the studio is situated due to it being for residential use only.

Find out more about Southsea Sound at their Facebook page, their Twitter and their website:

www.southseasound.co.uk

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Joseph Loughborough ‘The Desert’

Joseph Loughborough is back with his latest giclee print ‘The Desert’. The print is a giclee print on 305gsm Hahnemühle Photorag with goldleaf hand finishing. The limited edition run is for fifteen only so don’t hang around if you’d like one. The print itself is 42/59.4cm(A2) (16.5 x 23.4 inches).

You can get you hands on a copy for £120 at www.josephloughborough.bigcartel.com.

You can find out more about him at on Tumblr, Flickr, Twitter @Joeloughborough and Facebook.

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Summer Sunset Screenings

Summer’s approaching. Lucky for us, then, that the marvellous folk at Portsmouth Film Society have put together another cracking programme of open air screenings around the city. They’re in some stunning venues too; including Southsea Castle, The Bandstand and Victoria Park. With some of the events already sold out (I’m already kicking myself over Labyrinth), you’d better get in quick…

Check the Portsmouth Film Society website for more information and tickets.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (15) | Tuesday 14 June | After sunset | Eldon Building Courtyard

This low-budget cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors and Janet Weiss inside a strange mansion belonging to the mysterious Frank N Furter, that they come across on a rainy night. Richard O’Brien’s daring and diverse comedy horror musical still has the power to shock and delight. Come in Costume.

Apache (U) | Thursday 16 June | After sunset | Southsea Castle

Based on Paul I Wellman’s novel and in turn inspired by a true story. Burt Lancaster plays Massai, a lieutenant of the great Apache warrior Geronimo. Though his tribe has surrendered, Massai refuses to do so. He escapes from a prison train and conducts a one-man war against the intruders-and against some of his own people.

Back to the Future (PG) | Saturday 18 June | After sunset | Southsea Bandstand

When teenager Marty is blasted to 1955 in the DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown, he finds himself mixed up in a time-altering chain reaction that could vaporize his future and leave him trapped in the past. Powered by innovative special effects, unforgettable songs and non-stop action, Back to the Future is an adventure that stands the test of time!

The Long Good Friday (18) | Wednesday 22 June | After sunset |Southsea Castle

This masterful British crime drama features a star-making performance by Bob Hoskins as Harold Shand, a successful London gangster whose world falls apart over the course of one weekend. When a bomb explodes inside his Rolls Royce, another bomb destroys a pub he owns and a third is found inside his casino. Shand can’t understand who would suddenly want him dead. Introduced by Dr. Dave Allen.

What’s New Pussycat? (15) | Wednesday 29 June | After sunset | Southsea Castle

Fashion editor Michael James a psychiatrist to help with his inability to have serious relationships with the women he meets. Meanwhile, Victor Shakapopulis desperately tries to attract even one. Introduced by Sue Harper, Emeritus Professor of Film History at the University of Portsmouth, whose books include “Picturing the Past: the Rise and Fall of the British Costume Film”, “Women in British Cinema: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know”.

Song of the Sea (PG) | Wednesday 2 July | After sunset | Southsea Bandstand

The last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben go on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover the secrets of their past. Pursued by mythical creatures, Saoirse and Ben race against time to awaken Saoirse’s powers and keep the spirit world from disappearing forever. A wonder of magical storytelling and visual splendour that is destined to become a classic.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (U) | Friday 8 July | After sunset |Castle Road

Enigmatic candy maker, Willy Wonka, stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather.

Labyrinth (U) | Saturday 9 July | After sunset | Castle Road (TBC)
**SOLD OUT**

Fifteen-year-old Sarah secretly wishes her baby brother Toby would just disappear. When goblins kidnap the boy, feeling guilty she sets forth to save him and finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. She must sneak into the castle of the Goblin King in the centre of a fantastical labyrinth filled with strange creatures and mind-bending puzzles, where nothing is as it seems.

Pirates of the Caribbean (12A) | Friday 15 July | After sunset | Cumberland House Natural History Museum Garden

In Curse of the Black Pearl, Captain Jack Sparrow arrives at Port Royal in the Caribbean without a ship or crew. His timing is inopportune, however, because later that evening the town is besieged by a pirate ship. Captain Jack will save his love, the governor’s daughter, from his former pirate allies, who are now undead. Come in pirate-themed fancy dress!

Tommy (15) | Saturday 16 July | After sunset | South Parade Pier (TBC)

A boy born and raised in post-WWII England grows up seemingly deaf and mute due to a traumatic experience in his youth. He eventually gains fame as a pinball champion, is billed as a messiah and attempts to lead a religious sect. Portsmouth locations abound.

From Dusk Till Dawn (18) | Friday 22 July | After sunset | Victoria Park

After a string of robberies that left a river of blood in their wake, the sadistic Gecko brothers head to Mexico to live the good life. To get over the border, they kidnap a widowed preacher and his two children. The quintet park their RV at a rough-and-tumble truck stop but they soon realise that they’re not in a typical bar.

Kung Fu Hustle (15) | Wednesday 27 July | After sunset | Southsea Castle

International superstar, Stephen Chow’s, humorous, special-effects-filled, action-packed martial arts epic is set in early ’40s China. A bumbling thief named Sing desires to be the toughest member of the dreaded gangster hit squad known as The Axe Gang. Packed with elaborate stunts and visual gags, also Starring Yuen Wah and Xing Yu, and with fight choreography by legendary masters Yuen Woo Ping and Sammo Hung. (English subtitles).

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Created Local with Illustrator Scott Collier

Illustrator Scott Collier’s work recently really caught our eye, so we thought we would find out a bit more about Scott and his highly detailed illustration. All the more so with the new series of Game of Thrones dropping this weekend…

How did you get started in illustration?
I have always drawn for as long as I can remember. My Grandfather was an exceptional oil painter and by spending a lot of time with him influenced my passion for Illustration. It was a subject I got on well with at home and was quite good at from an early age.

What sort of things inspire your work? Other artists & Illustrators?
I am a huge fan of TV shows and films, from classics to current releases which most of my work is based on. I have always had a fascination with TV, as a kid I grew up reading Transformers comic books and later on Frank Millers’ 300 and Sin City works. The inked illustrations are incredible because of the unusual perspectives he uses. I have some of his books on my shelf. This encouraged my love of black and white illustration in particular, greyscale and monotones are my preference. Colour is something I have to work hard at.

My favourite illustrators at the moment are Tyler Stout, Hellovon, Ken Taylor, Matt Taylor and Kingsley Nebechi however this list could be never ending. Also I Love Dust is a company that I follow closely.

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Scott Collier – Back to the Future II.

Your work reminds us a bit of Tyler Stout, is his work an inspiration?
Tyler Stout is an illustrator I discovered recently. I have to say, since seeing his artwork it has influenced on me. The level of detail Tyler uses is something I try to replicate in my own work. Detail has always been a strength of mine and it’s people like Tyler who keep me working harder for it!

What is your process for creating a piece of work? Freehand or digital?
I try to do both freehand and digital work. I started off very much freehand working with thick papers, inks, brushes, different pens and pencils but It really depends on time. Graphic tablets developed and because of the added benefits of working digital (can be edited and manipulated greatly) I switched to that to see what it was like. I would love to do more things freehand but time constraints make it difficult. I have gotten into a good rhythm with digital at the moment. I started off with a Bamboo tablet years ago, then a Cintiq and then for more convenience I recently (December 2015) bought the Surface Pro.

Created Local with Illustrator Scott Collier

Created Local with Illustrator Scott Collier - Back to the Future II WIP

Some of your designs you’re made available on tees, are you looking at developing your designs in to that area?
I would love to do more designs for t-shirts specifically. I have many graphic Tees in my own wardrobe. But the t-shirt designs I currently sell are part of a wider apparel selection using some great websites that sell my designs. I sold a GoT Tyrion portrait throw blanket and cushion cover which was really cool. I also create my own lettering and typography by freehand and then vectorise in illustrator, I would love some of that printed on Tees. The great thing about t-shirts is everyone wears them.

You reference a lot of popular culture favourites, what are your favourite subjects to work with these days?
My favourite subjects have always been creating portraits of people. Whether that is real celebrities or popular fictional characters, I just love it. Capturing their expression and summarising their character in an illustration can be quite powerful. Being able to capture the exact look of a person is a something that I have always challenged myself with. I have developed this by doing several character portraits and placing them together. When I am excited about a TV show or film release, I want to express that excitement by posting my portraits on social media to celebrate the storylines and life like characters with other people who share the same interest.

I am thinking of producing a House of Cards illustration in the near future (this is currently one of my favourite shows).

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Scott Collier – Game of Thrones.

With the new series of Game of Thrones dropping on Sunday, you’ve been dropping on your Instagram some GoT work, who is your favourite character?
My Favourite Game of Thrones character is Bronn, he has by far the best one liners in the show. His dry wit is joy to watch in the episodes and I would be huge backer of a Bronn spin off! He is also one of the main characters that hasn’t been killed off yet! (fingers crossed!)

A big thank you to Scott for sharing his work, you can see more below and be sure to follow Scott on Instagram and visit Scott’s website:

www.justjolt.co.uk

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Scott Collier – Breaking Bad.

Created Local with Illustrator Scott Collier - Joaquin Phoenix (levels)
Scott Collier – Joaquin Phoenix (levels).

Created Local with Illustrator Scott Collier - Darth Vader Close Up
Scott Collier – Darth Vader Close Up.

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Scott Collier – Batman.

Common People Competition – Win A Pair Of Weekend Tickets

The lovely guys and girls behind Common People have donated pair of weekend tickets for next month’s festival for us to give away. So to clarify the winner will receive two tickets for Saturday and Sunday worth £55 each!

To be in with a chance of winning send your answers to the following questions to stuart@strong-island.co.uk before midnight on Sunday 24th April. The winner be contact directly and announced on social media soon after.

1) What year was Craig David’s debut album “Born to Do It” released?
2) Can you name the Isle of Wight based festival which is affiliated with Common People?

If you don’t want to leave it to chance then tickets are available now and you can pick one up via the website www.southampton.commonpeople.net.

You can stay up to date on all things Common People via Facebook and Twitter @CommonPeopleSO and Instagram @CommonPeopleSO or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

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Exhibition of Photography by Meryem Amelia at The Kings Theatre

The Kings Theatre on Albert Road has for the last few years been home to not just performances on the main stage but also exhibitions of art and photography in the public spaces by the circle and bar. The exhibitions of artwork get seen by 1000s of people a month and often focus on different elements of Portsmouth.

Currently on show is an exhibition by local photographer Meryem Amelia who has her first exhibition on the walls from now until the 2nd of May, with many of her photos featuring the city. The exhibition is also open to the public on Thursday and Saturdays via the theatre box office, so if you’re passing get a look.

Below are a couple of examples of the images on show.

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Photography by Meryem Amelia (2)

Photos from Southsea Seafront & Southsea Rowing Club Photo Walkshop

Saturday morning we were out in the sun (well, while it lasted anyway) along Southsea seafront for our 17th photo walkshop. The sold out walkshop started off at the foot of the new Solent wheel ride at Clarence Pier, the latest landmark in the city. We looked at triptych ways of documenting a scene and also using reflections on windows and puddles. We made our way down to the hovercraft and used some different focusing and composition techniques in capturing the busy Solent. As the weather took a little turn for the worse and the sky turned grey and the sea turned green we made it to Southsea Rowing Club just in time. The club had kindly agreed to let us explore their boathouse on this walkshop, with a rare glimpse at the craft as well as the different equipment, etc. With the sun back out we finished up the walkshop looking at using depth of field when photographing one of their craft ready for the water.

The next photo walkshop is at the beautiful East Head, with us looking at the sand banks and the sand dunes. This and all the new spring and early summer walkshops in Portsmouth and at Emsworth, Hamble, Lee on Solent and more spots on the south coast can be booked HERE, the walkshops are 2 hours long and only £10. We also have a couple of walkshops with Chichester Harbour Conservancy that are 3 hours long too.

Photos from Saturday’s walkshop are below, you can find out all about the Strong Island photography walkshops at:

www.photowalkshops.com


























Seann Walsh On Film at No 6 Cinema

Comedian and film fanatics Seann Walsh and one-liner merchant Mark Simmons will be recording their weekly movie podcast in front of a live No 6 Cinema audience on Saturday 18th June.

Each week the pair go through the Box Office Top 5 and get involved in a bit of movie related challenges and discussion. You can download the podcast over on iTunes and AudioBoom.

Once the recording has been completed Seann and Mark will be introducing the showing of the cult comedy ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ starring Steve Martin and legend that is John Candy.

If you would like to attend then you can buy your tickets on the No 6 Cinema website for £15 each – www.no6cinema.co.uk. If you want to know what else is going on at the cinema this month then check out Stu’s Picks For No6 this April.

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Little Yellow Ducks

We love a good ol’ random act of kindness, so we were excited to hear about a project to hand out little knitted ducks around the city.

The creative types at Seeded, Southsea’s wool, haberdashery and vintage button store, are supporting the Little Yellow Duck project – a global initiative to highlight life-saving random acts of kindness, like donating blood, bone marrow, organ or tissue. On 30th April 2016, they will distribute hand knitted and crocheted ducks around Portsmouth and Southsea.

The project was originally created by Emma Harris in memory of her best friend, Clare Cruickshank.  Clare was born with the genetic lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and by the age of 24, her lungs were so damaged that a transplant was her only hope of survival. Sadly a matching donor was never found and despite a long fight, she passed away aged 26.

The Little Yellow Duck Project was inspired by Clare, her sense of fun and her love of little yellow rubber ducks. Each handcrafted little yellow duck gift aims to spread a little happiness to its recipient and a little awareness of how we can transform the lives of others through blood, bone marrow, organ or tissue donation.

Keep your eyes peeled on Twitter – Seeded will be tweeting locations of ducks on the day.

And if you’re feeling a little creative yourself, ducks are needed for this project all year round, so get creating and leave them for others to find, or send to friends all over the globe. Here’s a link to the patterns

For more information see www.littleyellowduckproject.org

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Little Yellow Ducks

Little Yellow Ducks

Southsea Fest Returns In 2016!

One of the country’s leading new music, metropolitan festivals, Southsea Fest is returning for 2016 on it’s 10th anniversary and it will be the biggest one yet taking place across 20 venues in Southsea where over 100 acts shall be gracing the many stages including The Pyramids for the first time.

As many of you may be aware the one day, multi-venue festival taken a short hiatus in 2015 (which saw the collaborative Dials Festival keep the seat warm until the return of Southsea Fest this year) and will be returning on the 1st October where tickets are just £20 in advance which will allow full access into the 20 venues.

Across the years everyone from Drenge, Bastille, George Ezra, Temples, Pulled Apart by Horses, Blossoms and Django Django have played in the intimate venues Southsea Fest has had to offer and this year Southsea Fest will be continuing the spirit of championing the best new acts in emerging music across the U.K and beyond as well as supporting local acts and promoters.

The line-up and all the venues involved will be announced over the coming months so keep an eye out for on Facebook and Twitter for updates. In the mean time block out Saturday 1st October in your diary and be sure to get your tickets here.

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Illustrated Menagerie at Portsmouth Guildhall

Illustrated Menagerie, an annual project undertaken by first year BA (Hons) Illustration students at the School of Art and Design, and curated by senior lecturer in Illustration Nicola Hay, has been selected by a panel of judges for a group exhibition of work to be displayed in Portsmouth Guildhall.

Bears, dogs, foxes, goats, sharks, hawks, cats, toads, stags and rats are just some of many animals the characteristics of which Shakespeare imbues his characters. As part of the ‘Much Ado about Portsmouth’ festival in April 2016, Portsmouth will be host to a festival marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. These animals are just some of the thirty one creatures featured in the group piece which will be on display from 9am – 5pm every weekday and 10am – 2pm on Saturdays in the Freda Swain Business Lounge.

The Illustrated Menagerie is taking part in this year’s Much Ado About Portsmouth festival focusing on Shakespeare’s Animals for its subject matter and has created a scroll illustrating the animals of Shakespeare attempting to imbue the illustrations with something of the spirit Shakespeare intended. The imagery reflects the range of exploration of media and imagery to convey the creatures and is as varied as the animals themselves.

Central to the nature of the project is the research undertaken by the students to get ‘under the skin’ of their animal of choice, to seek to represent it in a wide variety of ways, and explore and test the results against Shakespeare’s literal and figurative use of animals in his writings. The interdisciplinary breadth of research will have students looking at their animal literally from the inside out and involves a thorough understanding of the physiology, behavior and habitat of the creature as well as the history of its representation, its social and cultural meanings and of course how its characteristics are employed within Shakespeare’s plays.

Launch Event: 6pm, Friday 22 April
Dates: 22 April – 7th June 2016
Weekdays: 9am–5pm
Saturdays: 10am–2pm

Find out more about this month’s ‘Much Ado about Portsmouth’ festival at:

maap.port.ac.uk

Illustrated Menagerie at Portsmouth Guildhall

My Dog Sighs TED Talk Now Available

Local favourite My Dog Sighs has recently taken a break from painting and taken to the stage in Warwick for a TED Talk which is now available for everyone to view.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences have become famous across the planet. TED’s early emphasis was technology and design although much more recently the focus has broadened to include scientific, cultural, and academic topics.

My Dog has describes how “it was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done professionally. The script assisters were brutal in their regular review of my drafts and my nerves from having to wait most of the day and stand on a huge stage in front of 1200 people was excruciating. But I stood up and said what I wanted to say and now I can go back to throwing paint and stamping on baked bean tins”.

For more information on My Dog Sighs and his future projects you can follow him on Facebook, Twitter @MyDogSighs and Instagram @MyDogSighs.

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Sky’s Windows by Ann Quinn & Life’s Funny by Catherine Barron at Jack House Gallery

Jack House Gallery is set to be home to work by two artists, both women, both Irish and both producing extraordinarily personal paintings in very different ways. This paring of exhibitions includes ‘Sky’s Windows’ by Ann Quinn & ‘Life’s Funny’ by Catherine Barron and opens later this week.

‘Sky’s Windows’ paintings by Ann Quinn is a first opportunity to see this artist’s work in the UK, although she exhibits regularly in Ireland. Ann hails from rural Donegal and her family’s farm and it’s landscape often feature in her beautiful and deeply felt paintings which explore surface and texture in layers of colour to evoke her sense of being ‘in’ the place. A green foggy landscape lies under a rolling sky of grey, bleached Iranian villages bask below a blazing blue canopy, an empty Dublin street sits under a stormy dusk. Ann Quinn’s skies are as rich and varied as the land beneath them.

‘Life’s Funny’ paintings by Catherine Barron is again a uniquely personal collection of work which will resonate with anyone who has a draw full of old family snaps we’ve meaning to go through. Catherine’s painstakingly executed paintings on degraded sheet metal in glossy enamel-like acrylic inks depict photographic images of her family and extended family, the once youthful aunties, the now grown up playmate cousins, the child and tricycle in front of a vaguely remembered front garden and the young versions of her parents squinting into the sun in their best clothes careful not to ruin the moment to be caught on precious kodak film.

The connection between these two parts of the exhibition is how both the artists endeavour to communicate their sense of belonging and their ‘place’, Ann Quinn in a physical space and Catherine Barron in a family history and time.

The exhibitions begin with a private view from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday 21st April and then the shows run from 22nd April to 28th May. Find out more on the Jack House Gallery website:

jackhousegallery.co.uk

Sky's Windows by Ann Quinn

Life's Funny by Catherine Barron

New Material From Rex Domino

Fresh from his collaboration with DJ Yoda Presents Breakfast of Champions Portsmouth’s Rex Domino has released Sam’s Spoon which is the first track from his new solo EP “God’s Teeth”.

The EP embodies a kind of dance-able melancholy that creates something original and exciting as well as a notion of ‘Optimistic Defeatism’, as he himself describes it.

For the EP, Rex collaborated with producers Jitter Jazz’s Polar Kid and Stanky. The three were brought together quite randomly by the perhaps unlikely but actually very fitting figure of Scroobius Pip, who mentioned Rex’s work with DJ Yoda on his world-renowned podcast. With the two producers based respectively in Norway and in Reading, this was a collaboration based on mutual admiration and WeTransfer. The results are of the dark lo-fi electronic kind. Influences of Burial, Aphex Twin and Flying Lotus could be sited alongside that of Micachu and Roots Manuva. Collaboratively they create cinematic nocturnal soundscapes ideal for Rex’s dismal stories.

The EP is due for full release on on 26th May via Moosehead International Airport and Believe Digital. You can check out the first release just below and hopefully you’ll love it as much as I do.

Rex will playing a number of live shows over the next few weeks with more to be announced soon.
Thursday 28th April Nepal Fundraiser at the Silver Bullet, London
Friday 6th May at The Social, London
Saturday 21st May Sunday Best Unofficial Great Escape Party at The Monty, Brighton
Wednesday 25th May EP Launch Party at Relentless Number Five, London

You can follow Rex Domino on Facebook, Twitter @RexDomino_, YouTube and Instagram @rexdominomusic.

Rex Domino EP

Common People Competition – Win A Pair Of Weekend Tickets

The lovely guys and girls behind Common People have donated pair of weekend tickets for next month’s festival for us to give away. So to clarify the winner will receive two tickets for Saturday and Sunday worth £55 each!

To be in with a chance of winning send your answers to the following questions to stuart@strong-island.co.uk before midnight on Sunday 24th April. The winner be contact directly and announced on social media soon after.

1) What year was Craig David’s debut album “Born to Do It” released?
2) Can you name the Isle of Wight based festival which is affiliated with Common People?

If you don’t want to leave it to chance then tickets are available now and you can pick one up via the website www.southampton.commonpeople.net.

You can stay up to date on all things Common People via Facebook and Twitter @CommonPeopleSO and Instagram @CommonPeopleSO or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

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Record Store Day in Castle Road with Pie & Vinyl

This Saturday saw Castle Road become a focal point in the city for vinyl and live music with Record Store Day taking over the whole street. With the earliest ever queue starting outside Pie & Vinyl on the Friday afternoon through to Saturday morning’s line of people running up Castle Road to the Barley Mow before 8am, the anticipation for the now annual day of celebrating independent record shops was stronger than ever. With the street closed off to traffic with a main stage at the top and a small performance area outside Pie & Vinyl, live music kicked things off as the doors opened and people got their teeth in to Record Store Day special releases from bands such as The Charlatans, Manic Street Preachers and more. Down the street were different stalls from many local businesses, from food & drink (such as Bread Addiction) to local creatives (such as Angela Chick) to local record labels like our own Strong Island Recordings, the street was packed. All the shops along the street also got heavily involved too, with a fantastic atmosphere and 1000s filling the road throughout Saturday and on the Sunday too.

When it came to the live shows, people from all over Portsmouth and further afield got involved as bands such as Smoke Fairies, Plastic Mermaids and even a reformed Emptifish played sets. Band of Skulls were arguably the biggest name to play on the day, with a stripped back acoustic set of current and new songs.

No doubt Record Store Day in the city has grown hugely in the last few years, excited to see what happens in the future too. Props go out to the crew at Pie & Vinyl and the rest of the organisers for all their hard work on creating a really positive community event with a passion for music at its core. Goes without saying too that just like dogs aren’t just for Christmas, your local record stores aren’t just for Record Store Day, hit them up for your music fix and keep them going strong.

Smoke Fairies at RSD 2016 by Joe Watson
Smoke Fairies at RSD 2016 by Joe Watson.
Plastic Mermaids at RSD 2016 by Joe Watson
Plastic Mermaids at RSD 2016 by Joe Watson.
Plastic Mermaids at RSD 2016 by Joe Watson
Plastic Mermaids at RSD 2016 by Joe Watson.
Band of Skulls at RSD 2016
Band of Skulls at RSD 2016.

Dials Days Featuring Fear of Men, ESTRONS, Dead Rabbits, Femme, Wyldest, CHAMPS, Is Bliss & More This Saturday At The Wedgewood Rooms

This Saturday Dials Days following on from the success of Dials Festival  is taking place at the Wedgewood Rooms & Edge of the Wedge across the day and features a tremendous, eclectic line-up across two stages.

Headlining Dials Days is indie/dream-pop outfit signed to Fear of Men who are signed to Brooklyn indie label Kanine Records and are currently readying up for the release of their next album. PIAS Recordings and Isle of Wight natives CHAMPS are co-headlining the all dayer bringing their dreamy, catchy folk-pop,

Headlining the Edge of the Wedge is band of the moment, fuzzy indie/alt-rock Welsh outfit ESTRONS fresh from tearing up the BBC stage at SXSW. The rest of the immense line up includes buzzy dream-pop Wyldest fresh from their sellout London show, psych-pop crooners Fake Laugh with their Mac Demarco meets Kurt Vile sun-soaked sound, hip-pop songstress FEMME, electro-pop singer Avec Sans, popular Southampton psych/shoegaze outfit Dead Rabbits,  one of the best live bands in the UK at the moment Melt Dunes who will be transporting minds far into the cosmos with their heady, doom-laden psych sound, one of Portsmouth’s most popular and greatest exports Is Bliss bringing their euphoric wall of sound, lo-fi/surf-pop outfit The boy i used to be, Brighton grunge-poppers Thyla as well as Temples of Youth, George Reagan and Little Robyn.

Tickets for all of the above are just £10 and will be kicking off from around 4.oopm. You can purchase tickets from the Wedgewood Rooms as well as instore at Strong Island Co and Pie & Vinyl and find out more details over on the Facebook event.

Created Local – Instagram @philswitch.engage

In the fifth of our special features celebrating our favourite Instagram photographers with links with our city we are featuring Phil Tickner (@philswitch.engage).

Can you tell us a little about yourself, where you are from and your links with Portsmouth if no longer living here?

I was born and spent the first few years of my life in Portsmouth, specifically Fratton, before moving to live in Bedhampton and Havant. I returned to the island about six years ago and now I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Most of my free time is taken up by roller derby related shenanigans (I’m one of the official photographers for the Portsmouth Roller Wenches, and also play as one of the Portsmouth Scurvy Dogs) and what time is left is shared between cycling (when the weather allows it) and getting tattooed, mostly.

Do you have a favoured camera or device that you use for your Instagram photography?

I always had a massive problem with the whole idea of ‘Instagram photography’ for some reason, that was until I finally got myself a phone that could take a decent picture. It’s not always practical to lug round my usual DSLR kit so the idea of capturing a passing moment with something that fits in your pocket finally made a lot of sense. Currently using a poverty-spec iPhone 5c, but it does the job.

@philswitch.engage

@philswitch.engage

Can you tell us more about your photographic experience, is this something that you’ve studied or maybe a hobby which you’ve developed?

Photography has always been a hobby, and I’ve never had much in the way of tuition aside from the odd tip I’ve picked up from photographer friends. It’s always just been a case of getting stuck in and attempting to learn from my mistakes.

Would you say that you take photos more for yourself or for others?

I try to take photos primarily to please myself – when I tried to make a bit of money doing wedding jobs and the like, I found myself quickly losing my passion for photography as soon as I had to try and work around someone else’s idea of a good photo. I’m much happier just doing my own thing again. However, I’m not going to deny it’s a great feeling to have someone compliment my work, so I guess there’s a part of me that still tries to take some photos that I know people will enjoy looking at.

Exploring the theme of the “Local”, Portsmouth has a wide variety of climatic conditions, buildings and landscapes. Are there any local places or environments that are personal to you or that you love to photograph for a particular reason?

Personally my biggest preference for subject matter is the local street art scene – I’ve become good friends with many local creatives through it, and thoroughly enjoy documenting the work that appears around the city, both out in public and inside galleries and exhibitions. The greatest appeal to me is the fact that it’s not permanent – so having a record of pieces that I enjoy is extremely important, before they disappear for good.

Are their any other photographers who either influence you or that you would encourage our readers to also check out?

I tend not to take influence from anyone else, as such, and I don’t think the work I do has a particular style itself that anyone would be able to identify – I basically just make it up as I go along most of the time. Not really a good answer but I can’t do a lot better than that.

@philswitch.engage

@philswitch.engage

@philswitch.engage

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens at the Kings Theatre

Over recent years the 4th May has become Star Wars Day across the planet and if I have to explain why that is then perhaps it isn’t worth you reading on.

On Wednesday 4th May at 6:30pm the Kings Theatre on Albert Road will be showing the seventh instalment of the Star Wars franchise.

The theatre has recently invested in a new projector, new screen and a 5.1 Dolby surround sound system to add to the natural acoustics of the auditorium. So this will be a one off event that shouldn’t be missed!

Tickets are priced at a bargain £7.50 (Concessions £6.50) and dressing up is encouraged whether you want to come full Wookie or just in your favourite Star Wars tee.

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Kings Theatre

The Strong Island Calendar 2017 Needs You! #SIC2017

Firstly from everyone at Strong Island and the Alzheimers Society we would like to thank you for your continued support of the calendar project. We hope that they are all taking pride of place in your kitchens, offices or wherever you’ve chosen to hang them.

We are now open to submissions for our 2017 calendar. We welcome submissions from photographers of all abilities whether you use an digital SLR or mobile phone. If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit then we have made it even easier this year. As well as using the hashtag #SIC2016 you now submit your photos using the Strong Island Facebook page here. Simply click on the calendar option and then just follow the on screen prompts. Should you have any questions please just let us know.

There are no limits to how many you submit, the only rule is that the image must be relevant to Portsmouth. This can include photos that have already been taken prior to today. We are especially keen to receive submissions from all over Portsmouth not just our favourite Southsea landmarks.

If you think you know someone who might be interested or is perhaps too shy to get in contact then please share this with them and encourage them to get involved!

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Portsmouth Water Polo Club

One of the best things about writing for Strong Island is how it creates opportunities to meet people around Portsmouth and to be introduced to new & different creative, cultural or sport activities that they have a passion for. Earlier this month I popped down to Mountbatten Leisure Centre to visit the guys at Portsmouth Water Polo Club.

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The Portsmouth City Water Polo (PCWP) club was established in August 2009 to cater for an increased demand for a water polo team in Portsmouth. The club was initially setup under Portsmouth City Council’s – Back to Sports Programme to help promote the club locally and now they are a fully registered ASA water polo club competing in the Hampshire league. The club has training sessions on Thursday evenings in the main pool at Mountbatten and has different groups for different ages and abilities, with the first session for free.

I was aware of the sport previously from seeing the odd clip on TV but had never seen the sport played in person. The game is thought to have originated in Scotland in the late 19th century as a sort of “water rugby” and at a first glance that sort of makes sense. For the first part of the training session it was great seeing the trainers work with the players on different training activities, very similar to rugby or football training, for example. With work on core swimming techniques, passing, movement and (I guess) ‘dribbling’ the ball, you could see immediately the appeal of the sport for fitness and for becoming very relaxed and comfortable in the water.

You don’t have to be a great swimmer to get started and the training builds confidence fast, and with Water Polo being played at a depth where you cannot touch the bottom, you quickly improve. The juniors were having fun, competitive and fast with the ball. With the seniors you could see the depth of skill and the power you could play the special ball with.

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With the training finished it was time for a competitive match with the large floating goals at each end of the 25 metre ‘half’ pool. The teams were a mix of experience, gender, age and skills, with one of them donning the recognisable Water Polo caps, designed to allow you to quickly see your fellow team players in the pool and to protect your ears. The match was fast and furious, quickly changing from one end to the next as players took the ball down to the goals, passing through a flurry of defending hands and huge sprays of water. It was clear that there was a lot of subtlety to the sport with balls lobbed, ‘bounced’ off the surface with spins, players passing and moving and the goalkeeper working to break down the shooting angles, as well as using power to leap from the water to block any attempts on goal. The game consists of 4 quarters and the teams play a lot like basketball or ice hockey with players swapping in and out of the pool.

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For a first visit and a first real experience of Water Polo I had a great time (out of the water – not the best swimmer) and regretted I hadn’t brought along my trunks. The club was really welcoming and friendly, the members were all clearly passionate & dedicated about their sport and it was fantastic be invited. If you want to get involved you can pop along to their training sessions and have your first session free (you can book HERE). If you want to have a watch, the club plays matches until the end of the season at the end of the month before the summer break, the upcoming fixtures are HERE. Also there is a big competition in Portsmouth later this year too.

To find out more visit the Portsmouth Water Polo Club website at:

www.portsmouthwaterpolo.org.uk

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Created Local – Instagram @philswitch.engage

In the fifth of our special features celebrating our favourite Instagram photographers with links with our city we are featuring Phil Tickner (@philswitch.engage).

Can you tell us a little about yourself, where you are from and your links with Portsmouth if no longer living here?

I was born and spent the first few years of my life in Portsmouth, specifically Fratton, before moving to live in Bedhampton and Havant. I returned to the island about six years ago and now I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Most of my free time is taken up by roller derby related shenanigans (I’m one of the official photographers for the Portsmouth Roller Wenches, and also play as one of the Portsmouth Scurvy Dogs) and what time is left is shared between cycling (when the weather allows it) and getting tattooed, mostly.

Do you have a favoured camera or device that you use for your Instagram photography?

I always had a massive problem with the whole idea of ‘Instagram photography’ for some reason, that was until I finally got myself a phone that could take a decent picture. It’s not always practical to lug round my usual DSLR kit so the idea of capturing a passing moment with something that fits in your pocket finally made a lot of sense. Currently using a poverty-spec iPhone 5c, but it does the job.

@philswitch.engage

@philswitch.engage

Can you tell us more about your photographic experience, is this something that you’ve studied or maybe a hobby which you’ve developed?

Photography has always been a hobby, and I’ve never had much in the way of tuition aside from the odd tip I’ve picked up from photographer friends. It’s always just been a case of getting stuck in and attempting to learn from my mistakes.

Would you say that you take photos more for yourself or for others?

I try to take photos primarily to please myself – when I tried to make a bit of money doing wedding jobs and the like, I found myself quickly losing my passion for photography as soon as I had to try and work around someone else’s idea of a good photo. I’m much happier just doing my own thing again. However, I’m not going to deny it’s a great feeling to have someone compliment my work, so I guess there’s a part of me that still tries to take some photos that I know people will enjoy looking at.

Exploring the theme of the “Local”, Portsmouth has a wide variety of climatic conditions, buildings and landscapes. Are there any local places or environments that are personal to you or that you love to photograph for a particular reason?

Personally my biggest preference for subject matter is the local street art scene – I’ve become good friends with many local creatives through it, and thoroughly enjoy documenting the work that appears around the city, both out in public and inside galleries and exhibitions. The greatest appeal to me is the fact that it’s not permanent – so having a record of pieces that I enjoy is extremely important, before they disappear for good.

Are their any other photographers who either influence you or that you would encourage our readers to also check out?

I tend not to take influence from anyone else, as such, and I don’t think the work I do has a particular style itself that anyone would be able to identify – I basically just make it up as I go along most of the time. Not really a good answer but I can’t do a lot better than that.

@philswitch.engage

@philswitch.engage

@philswitch.engage

The Strong Island Calendar 2017 Needs You! #SIC2017

Firstly from everyone at Strong Island and the Alzheimers Society we would like to thank you for your continued support of the calendar project. We hope that they are all taking pride of place in your kitchens, offices or wherever you’ve chosen to hang them.

We are now open to submissions for our 2017 calendar. We welcome submissions from photographers of all abilities whether you use an digital SLR or mobile phone. If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit then we have made it even easier this year. As well as using the hashtag #SIC2016 you now submit your photos using the Strong Island Facebook page here. Simply click on the calendar option and then just follow the on screen prompts. Should you have any questions please just let us know.

There are no limits to how many you submit, the only rule is that the image must be relevant to Portsmouth. This can include photos that have already been taken prior to today. We are especially keen to receive submissions from all over Portsmouth not just our favourite Southsea landmarks.

If you think you know someone who might be interested or is perhaps too shy to get in contact then please share this with them and encourage them to get involved!

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A Strong Islander Abroad Part 2: Nepal

Nepal is a country that is full of natural beauty and the most breathtaking scenery. This leg of my trip was to visit the Himalayas and along the way introduce some new friends to Strong Island and to share tales of about our respective homes.

First stop was the bustling capital of Kathmandu with its busy roads and markets filled with trinkets and treasures. It wasn’t hard to bump into newbies curious about the anchor tee and my first meet was with Uttar, who later became my guide up into the mountains. He’s been a guide for over thirty years in the Himalayan region he was eager to wear my beanie on the cold mountain nights in tea houses and to show everyone the t shirt as we talked about where I was from and what it was like. He was fascinated by the fact that we did not suffer with the earthquakes and pollution and were blessed with being so close to the sea.

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It was so interesting to meet a man who has spent his entire life in such a wonderful mountainous place, that visitors travel from all over the world to see and yet he was totally in awe of my tales and descriptions of Portsmouth. Explaining that I was going home in August and off to a local music festival (Victorious), blew his mind. He spent the next hour trying to teach me how to dance Nepali style so I could bust some moves when I got home.

Surrounded by Prayer flags we captured this lovely snap after the three day trek to the top, the only time in fact that I got to wear the hat because he loved it so and insisted on wearing both as often as possible to look cool and because his hat had been chewed by a rat in a place called Ghorepani so his ears were always cold.

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The Nepal adventure progressed down to Chitwan National Park, a place of sincere beauty with absolutely stunning wildlife. A conservation area looked after by guys like of Yanic, a 17 year old from the area who had grown up breeding and training elephants in the park. He introduced me to his own elephant, 33 year old Nala who had been mistreated and was terrified of humans until he and his family worked with her and nurtured her.

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Yanic and Nala.

As we walked through the park Yanic calls a friend over, Suganda, another local teen who also worked in the park and whom he had gone to school with. He grabbed him and chatting in Nepali for a brief few moments excitedly then asked if his friend could have a pic in the t shirt, of course I obliged and Suganda was thrilled at this shot overlooking a rhino mating ground, no mating rhinos though thankfully. Not sure how pleasant that would have been to see before dinner!

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Heading onwards to Pokhara I bumped into some English guys who come to Nepal to trek Everest Basecamp together sixteen years ago and were now returning for another adventure. Getting to know each other over several lunches and no mention of Portsmouth, Simon started talking about his son who was working in the Navy in the South of England. Portsmouth I asked? Yes, how did you know that he replies. So stories were exchanged and he asked son who was impressed to find his father hanging out with myself on the other side of the world.

Overheard by Salvatore from neighbouring France joined us in conversation, he was travelling with his fiancé in Nepal. Even in the most remote parts of the world I discover those with links and knowledge of Portsmouth!

Nepal is yet another country that always manages to surprise you, whether it be freak hail storms with golf ball size pellets out of nowhere or little mountain folk who drink milk chia and enquire constantly about your foreign land, it’s a place of magic and religion that is well worth a visit.

Looking over the mountains and onto the next chapter of the journey I thought excitedly about Thailand and the next part of A Strong Islander Abroad.

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Transitional Objects Exhibition by Immy Smith at Strong Island Co

We’re really pleased to say that our new exhibition up in Strong Island Co is by artist (and doctor) Immy Smith. Immy we featured on a special Created Local article a while back and she focuses on bringing science and art together. This exhibition is the first time her Transitional Objects drawings have been on show to the public.

“There is a constant recycling in all living systems; and in the process, life leaves debris. It gradually becomes unrecognisable, and perhaps disconnected from its origin. What if we try and translate the pieces left behind into new stories? Can we find comfort in building a new story from our own debris, before it is completely recycled? In psychology, a transitional object is an item used to provide emotional comfort, especially in unusual or unique situations, or at stressful times of transition.” – Immy Smith.

Immy Smith merges these ideas of brevity and security, change and consolation, to build new storylines from human litter and biological fragments. The drawings in the Transitional Objects series seek reassurance in the constant impermanence of life, and offer the idea of playing and creating new narratives. These original works are for sale and prints are also available too.

You are more than welcome to view the exhibition any time during the Strong Island Co opening hours (10am to 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday) and we are having a special artist party for Immy on Thursday 14th April, from 7pm to 9:30pm with free drinks and the chance to meet the artist and find out more about her many and varied artistic work. Check the Facebook event for more information HERE and you can find out more about Immy’s work at:

www.immysmith.com

Transitional Objects Exhibition by Immy Smith at Strong Island Co

A Strong Islander Abroad Part 1: India

On a trip to New Zealand some years ago, I arrived in the early hours of the morning at my Auckland based hostel, Base, and was met immediately by a guy from Southsea wearing a Strong Island T-Shirt. At first I thought, what the hell are the chances of that but after traveling for several months alone it was not only a really nice reminder of my home town but also of a brand that I really associated with and was proud to say was from where I lived and so after a chat with lovely Lara of Strong Island Clothing Co the idea of ‘A Strong Islander Abroad’ was born.

A somewhat unplanned trip around the globe this year sparked an idea to spot travellers abroad wearing Strong Island Tee’s and to introduce it to people along the way. My first stop was India and it really wasn’t long before I bumped into people who had seen the brand before and said “I know where your from!”. I also decided to tag stickers in cool places as I went along in the hope that other Southsea dwellers might have the same nice experience I had in finding something familiar in an un-suspecting place.

So first stop India…


Setting off from the UK.

7 days in and Tony Beety, who I worked with in Indonesia during the summer months, as if on cue asks me why I didn’t bring him any anchor tee’s from Portsmouth over a bottle of Kingfisher in Tantra Bar in Goa. Ha, I replied, as if totally pre-organised I pull one from my bag and he wore it for the day, also sporting my woolly hat which seemed completely ridiculous in 32 degree heat but what a shot I thought!


Tony Beety from Cleethorpes, in Goa.

My onward journey and strong island mission helped introduce me to many other travellers who mentioned the tee and were more than happy to wear it for a snap. It also got locals interested and prompted them to want a photo of them wearing it, which really was a great conversation instigator and to me encompassed that idea of bringing people together with the same likes and getting people talking.


Becky Merchant from Brighton & Zoe Gale from Australia at the Taj Mahal.

A walk through the flea market a few days later and another interested party said she liked the shirt, this time a young Indian girl called Resme. The shot cost me 550 rupees in the form of two pairs of cool lounge trousers but she was really beautiful and so excited to wear the t-shirt at her clothes stand.


Resme at Goa Flea Market.

All of a sudden people we approaching me for photos wearing the shirt and it as awesome! Mostly it was crazy that locals were so interested of something so unknown but it was great to share the brand with other people and get feedback, and so my strong island abroad journey began.

If you have a cool photo of you or anyone you know wearing one of our tees abroad please send it in and we will share them. Let’s find as many strong islanders abroad as we can! See some more photos below.


Ali & friends.


Bantego Street trader in Old Varanasi.


Jenny at Jungle Hostel in Goa.


Chantelle at Parashakthi Temple.


Street sign in Mumbai.

Created Local – Instagram @no1son

In the fourth of our special features celebrating our favourite Instagram photographers with links with our city we are featuring Scott Birnie (@no1son).

Can you tell us a little about yourself, where you are from and your links with Portsmouth if no longer living here?

I am a graphic, web and UI designer and based in a shared office space in beautiful Emsworth. I originally come from Aberdeen, Scotland and moved “dan saff” in the year 2000. We moved to Havant in 2006 as my wife is originally from here. All her family is here and my own family moved near the area too.

I work in Emsworth and commute (on bike mostly) to the office from Havant.

Do you have a favoured camera or device that you use for your Instagram photography?

I only tend to use my iPhone 6 for Instagram shots as it is quick, easy and always in my pocket ready to capture that perfect pic. I also run some of the shots through various camera and visuals apps. My favourite and pretty much go to app is called Sanpseed. I then run it through some favoured processes and what I like to think gives me a certain style to my shots. For some of the more abstract shots on my Instagram feed i have used other apps like Fragment and Layout (Instagram’s native one).

Scott Birnie

Scott Birnie

Can you tell us more about your photographic experience, is this something that you’ve studied or maybe a hobby which you’ve developed?

I went to Grays School of Art in Aberdeen and photography has always been something I have done through the course and since. I have an honours (2.1) degree in Design and Craft so like to think I have some kind of eye for it! I have always enjoyed taking photographs and experimenting with effects, composition, dynamic shots etc. I like seeing what others have done and covered in terms of subject matter and like to try out my own too.

I feel confident that my shots must be at least a little good and hit the mark as I have been featured in your awesome Strong Island calendar (2015), had one of my shots on a Redbull promotional billboard advertisement and won some random competitions to have my favourite shot printed 🙂

Would you say that you take photos more for yourself or for others?

A bit of both really. I like taking some shots just to record and document, I also like to take some just because it captures a moment (sorry very cliche) and other times I like to take them to experiment with shape, form and composition.

I love a sunset and sky shots, as you can tell from my feed! So I guess that is for me. But others appreciate my shots when I do post them and a lot of people have asked from framed copies of them. I really do need to try and get onto selling some of my shots. No excuse really as i have all the tools required to do so.

Scott Birnie

Scott Birnie

Exploring the theme of the “Local”, Portsmouth has a wide variety of climatic conditions, buildings and landscapes. Are there any local places or environments that are personal to you or that you love to photograph for a particular reason?

I love Emsworth and Langstone harbours and coastal routes. So of my best and favourite shots have been created simply by pointing and shooting these areas. I have also had quite a few good shots up at Staunton Country Park where I take kids sometimes. The natural surroundings and historic buildings provide a lot of opportunities.

I also like Chichester (where I have worked in the past too) Old Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays too. I do need to get out a little more to these areas and take some time out of the office to refresh the batteries and the creative mind by going “walk about”.

Are their any other photographers who either influence you or that you would encourage our readers to check out?

Mike Kus is superb. I used to share an office space / floor with him and think his work is awesome. He definitely has a certain style that has lead to him taking shots for some top clients and getting some nice pay in the process! He has been on instagram since the beginning and with how many followers he has he obviously does something right!

I also follow Dan Rubin, who is a veteran of instagram.

Scott Birnie

Scott Birnie

Scott Birnie

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Tearing Down The House – Roller Hockey Club

It has been on the cards for a while now but finally yesterday the old Roller Hockey Club House at Southsea Skatepark was torn down. It had become unstable and hadn’t been used for a while. I was lucky enough to gain entry back last year and took a few photographs. If anybody has any old photographs of the club house seen in better times then please let us know.

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Free Art and Live Painting Event at Southsea Skatepark


Lots of exciting plans at the Skatepark so watch this space.

This photo of Cody taking a leap of faith form the club house roof has always been a winner in my book.

Local Photographer – Harvey Mills

Okay, so it’s not quite on the Island, but hey, when the content is this good we can forget about the extra few miles. Harvey Mills shoots Murray Cross chomping the Langstone 13 set on the Havant roundabout with ease. Perfect timing and composition from Harvey.

Check out Harvey’s webiste www.harveymills.com and also his Flickr. Below are photos of Charles and Southsesa’s buttery own Bored teamrider Adam Keys.

Old Ships and The Point

Continuing from the HMS Vanguard photos from earlier this week, this one shot from above shows the scale of the ship and her guns, which are as big as the pubs! The second photo is of HMS Victorious passing out in the 50s, with the old power station in the background. Hard to believe such a huge, dominating landmark like that is now just a memory.

Click on the images to see larger versions. Photos are taken from the wonderful Portsmouth From The Air book by Anthony Triggs.

Matt Saxey’s Bike Ride Photos

Head on over to Matts Flickr and check out a few more photos from last Sunday’s ride. Great photos that really help capture the event.

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The Old Portsmouth and The New Southsea

Gareth Colwell sent us these amazing scans from a vintage book called ‘The Old Portsmouth and The New Southsea. “It was an old book of my Grandads’ we found when going through some of his old stuff that had been packed away for years. I love the paintings and the written bits, especially describing Southsea Common as “a dismal spot in the old days. Footpads and cut-throats roamed at night, and a murderer hung in chains on the edge of the shingle”

A really interesting read so I won’t say anymore and let the book do all the talking. Check out the full set of scans over at Gareths Flickr.






Eastney Beam Engine House

If you love a bit of not often seen Portsmouth history, Eastney Beam Engine House is open to the public for free from 1pm to 5pm on every last weekend of the month. Hidden just off of Henderson Road in Eastney, the Victorian building contains two restored and working 150 horsepower ‘James Watt & Co’ Beam Engines powered by steam which were installed to operate water pumps in 1887. This new system proved very successful and is still the basis for today’s underground drainage system on Portsea Island.

Sadly due to essential building work you won’t be able to go inside the buildings this weekend, but there will be talks with staff and photos and artefacts.

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The Abrooks

The infamous 1980s Southsea locals Mark & Barry Abrook, doubles on the halfpipe at the skatepark from 1990.

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Created Local – Marc B.B

Local Light Artist & Photographer Marc B.B sent over these incredible light images taken around Portsmouth. Specialising in Night Photography, Light Painting, Long Exposures and so on Marcs pictures are created at a time when most people would be packing away their cameras and heading home. Portsmouth has a strong creative vibe, especially in the photography realm and being part of a group called ‘Portsmouth At Night’, Marc regularly meets up with like minded folk to go on weekly excursions in and around the city to photograph it, in the dark.

“Whilst some may find it a little bizarre, i think the images speak for themselves. Turning everyday objects, landmarks, even benches into works of art of their own is both exciting and a challenge. Some of my best work has been in collaberation with others and being able to pool resources and ideas has always been invaluable to me. I am always striving to find parts of the city that can be shown in a ‘good light’ as Portsmouth is such a great place to live.”

Be sure to check out Marcs website www.marcbb.co.uk for amazing photos, and if this style night photography interests you head over to Portsmouth at Night at www.portsmouthatnight.com. They meet up as a group every week somewhere in Portsmouth and simply take advantage of the night. Everyone is welcome to join, at all levels of competency. Night, night.

Vintage Skatepark Photographs

I’ve been holding on to these truly amazing vintage photographs that Simon Tiller kindly sent in as we went through a pretty heavy skateboard period and thought we should chill back a little. Loving the roller hockey team photos too. The 1978 trophies photo is a epic and they were British Champions in 1973 too. Belated congratulations to you all.

This is just a small picking from the Southsea Skatepark website www.southseaskatepark.com. Check them out and if you see anyone you recognise or want to bring something to our attention then remember to add your comments at the bottom of this post.

Special props to the final photo and all the Southsea boys representing ‘back in the day’. Some young looking faces there. Rippers.



























Big Rave Night

Clearly ‘that top group from Portsmouth The Parkas’ used to rave hard at the licensed bar The Drill Hall in Camberley back in ’67. Awesome stuff for sure.

Flyer Seen : Pompey Pop Pix