Portsmouth Festivities 2013 starts tomorrow and if you want to find out more about the event, how it started and what it covers this film made by University of Portsmouth students is a great introduction:
We have featured Caleigh before on Created Local with her wonderful coaster sets, and she has also been kind enough to donate over the years to our Charity Raffle. A real gem of local talent, Caleigh has now applied her highly creative illustration skills to this very well know toy.
We all know the classic form and shape of the popular Russian Dolls, but I’ve never seen any so creatively crafted. Caleigh’s Russian Owls are instantly captivating and let’s face it, lots of fun. Each handmade character is beautifully finished with it’s own unique personality. Truly inspiring creative work that would brighten any room and most certainly be a talking point. Caleigh is selling at many fairs and through Facebook and I would love to see these for sale in boutique home stores, and more…
Be sure to check out the full range of Russian Owls including some amazing commissioned owls all finished to specific client details over at www.behance.net, and take a good look over at her etsy store HERE where there are many other wonderful items for sale. You can also read a nice little interview over at www.stumbleupon.com
The Dog Walker Portsmouth & Dandini’s Dog Grooming are inviting all four legged friends to put their best paw forward and come along to their sponsored dog walk & family fun day event on Sunday 23rd June at Alexandra Park, Mountbatten Centre.
Pennies for the Paw will be a brilliant social event where dogs and their families can get together and walk the 6km wildlife trail from Alexandra Park through the Hilsea Lines to help raise funds for Serbia’s Forgotten Paws and The Portsmouth County Council Stray Dog Kennels.
As well as the sponsored walk, there will be lots of extra activities guaranteed to get tails wagging and keep you and your pooches entertained! A fun dog show, agility demonstration plus have-a-go-session, children’s entertainment including a bouncy castle, pony rides, games, face painting & hula hooping, refreshments and a variety of stalls offering everything from veterinary advice and dog toys to cupcakes and handbags. A pet photographer will be on site to capture the fun and there will also be a raffle with some amazing prizes to be won.
For dogs taking part in the walk there will be an entry fee of £5 per dog and £3 for each additional dog from the same family (they can bring their humans along for free)! Goodie bags will be awarded to the first 50 dogs to complete the walk. Why not help raise even more money for these worthy causes by getting sponsorship from your friends and family – please go to the events page at www.dandinis.co.uk to find a sponsorship form.
Registration starts at 10am / Dog walk starts at 11am / Agility Demo starts at 12.30pm / Fun Dog Show starts at 1.30pm
Get your friends and family together and come and join in at the first ever Pennies for the Paw!
Throwback is Portsmouth’s newest Hip-Hop night guaranteeing to bring you the best in old school Hip-Hop and nothing else. We guarantee to bring you the best local DJ talent Portsmouth has to offer.
The South Central Party will be bringing you the best the West Coast has to offer to South Central Southsea at Bar 56, Albert Road in the upstairs room. We will be bringing a taste of Compton to Southsea with our DJ’s spinning G-Funk to gangster rap and everything in between. Bloody and Crips dress, it’s your choice but no gang troubles once you’re inside and leave your gat at home it’s just 100 percent pure old school Hip-Hop.
The Durty Sound System Bounce, Rock, Skate & Roll into Southsea Skatepark Roller Disco on Saturday 29th June. Well known for putting on banger after banger the Durty crew are set throw down a heavy jam at the Skatepark this month.
Back once more with the wallop in the score DJs Handsome Dave Rocker, Gary Samways and Mark James will help you roll that week away playing a fresh range of disco, 80′s rap, modern soul, gogo and all on vinyl for you wax freaks out there.
Five days you work. One whole day to play. Come on everybody. Wear your rollerskates today…
A key event in the amazing Portsmouth Festivities line-up for this year is the Spice Island Arts Trail that happens this Sunday (23rd) in Old Portsmouth. The arts trail takes in five different venues over Old Portsmouth including the Square Tower, The Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Club, Portsmouth Grammar School, Portsmouth Cathedral and the Round Tower and each will be host to a huge variety of art by local artists. The first stop is at The Square Tower where you can pick up your arts trail map and visit the craft faire and cafe. From there you can visit the Royal Naval Yacht Club, Portsmouth Grammar School, Portsmouth Cathedral and then finally the Round Tower which is host to artwork by students from lots of local schools.
During the day judges from Portsmouth Guildhall, Aspex Gallery, Art Space Portsmouth and Strong Island will be checking out the artwork and choosing their favourites. These winners will then go in to a special exhibition at the Zodiac Gallery in Portsmouth Guildhall next week.
You can find out more about the event and other Portsmouth Festivities events (of which there are loads for art, music, literature, theatre, Film, etc.) visit:
Next from our favourite artists and photographers from this year’s University of Portsmouth Summer Show (read our full review of the show HERE) is photographer Sophie Lambourne.
Sophie’s key work in the exhibition was a series of insightful & questioning documentary photography entitled ‘Christopher’:
“This project is looking into autism and in particular the special interests that the majority of people with autism have. Focusing on one person’s interests in particular by photographing just the subject and the objects that are of importance to him. I focused on a train collection that belongs to Christopher, a young man with severe autism. One of the most important things to him is his collection of Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise, and in particular his collection of trains.
Within this project I wanted to present the importance of this by photographing the trains and also get across the precision that is visible with the layout of each and every train as a way to demonstrate that, within autism there is an incredibly strong need for order and routine.”
To see more of Sophie’s photography visit:
The Tony Goodall Fans Conference, made up of representatives of various fans groups are proud to be hosting the 2nd Fans Day at Fratton Park. Organiser Tom Dearie has pledged it will be ‘bigger and better’ than its successful predecessor.
The maiden Fans Day was held in May 2011 and raised almost £5,000, which was split between the Tom Prince Cancer Trust and Pompey in the Community. Now Tom and his group of volunteers are bringing the occasion back on the day of the Fratton Park friendly against Charlton.
This time four charities including Pompey in the Community, Tom Prince Cancer Trust, Asthma UK and Oakleys Walking Fund are being supported alongside raising money towards community share purchases for Pompey Supporters Trust, with the aim of raising £10,000.
Taking place from 11am-2pm, this year’s event will once again take place in the car park behind the Fratton end. Families are encouraged to come down and join in the fun before heading off to the match. A specially-built stage will be constructed and host various live music acts including Trust band The Dickensian Vagabonds, The Union King, Mojo Dollar and Luke Ferre.
It will also see the launch of Pompey’s new second strip, with the kit on sale from a Sondico stand. Tom hopes to have the new kit being modelled by members of the first team.
Stalls from Strong Island, Lee Casey Illustration, Urban Gallery FA Cup Prints and Southsea Kitchen will feature amongst other local traders and there will be a return of the popular dunk tank, bouncy castle, 5-a-side football, bungee racing and much more. Bespoke food vendors and a beer tent will also be present at the event so you can grab a bite to eat and some refreshment before the game whilst taking in the entertainment.
In addition, there will be a kids football competition consisting of a crossbar challenge, fastest shot and penalty shoot-out. The PST will also have a replica of the FA cup on the day for anyone wishing to have their picture taken with it.
There are some fantastic prizes on offer in the organised raffle with prizes including two season tickets, a signed shirt, signed ball, VIP day out at Fratton Park, Stadium tours, Shadow the manager and CEO for the day alongside prizes donated by local companies, a pair of Victorious Festival tickets and a meal for two at the Belle Isle.
For more information please visit Pompey’s 12th Man website.
We are happy to announce that we now can make available our premium bamboo iPhone cases (produced for us by Portsmouth based company Etch) with our Strong Island x Portsmouth FC design. The cases are handcrafted and felt lined bamboo and a step above the rest. With pin point precision laser etching and a high quality finish that is sure to impress they are more than just a hard wearing protective case. Available in natural and charred bamboo they are light, strong, very tough and no two cases will ever be the same due to the grain of the bamboo meaning each case is unique and has it’s own sense of individuality.
The detail on the design is incredible if we do say so ourselves, check the seams on the ball and the FA cup winning dates in the photos to see for yourself.
This special collaboration design is with Portsmouth FC and the Pompey Supporters Trust and thanks to Etch we can make £5 from each case sold a donation to the club.
You can order either the natural or the charred/black cases, for iPhone 4 or 5s for £45 each including p&p from our store:
Southsea Fest’s second stage announcement dropped on Friday (sorry we’re late, we were away) and it is for the Southsea Fest & Idle Hands Club stage at The Kings Theatre. This year’s line up is as amazing as always with the Kings set to be a very popular spot for the day with the following:
Sons and Lovers
The Retrospective Soundtrack Players
Going to be GOOD, Veronica Falls are particularly awesome. You can get tickets HERE and we’ll be keeping track with all the other stage announcements in the coming days and weeks…
Strong Island Media and Jack Daly recently filmed a behind the scenes film for Duncan Hamilton (specialises in classic cars) shot at Goodwood capturing Portsmouth photographer Matt Sills hard at work with some incredible classic sports cars. The film has been used as part of the Duncan Hamilton website redesign launch with the photography from the shoot.
Check Matt Sills’ website to see the photos from the day:
Angela was introduced to the world of art & design at the age of three when her mum and grandmother started to teach her how to make things. Originally born in Kingston-Upon-Thames, but then swiftly moved to Canada quite young. Angela grew up to study art and design outside of Toronto before returning to the UK to complete a First Class Honours degree in Textile Design. After uni, she settled in Brighton and continued to focus heavily on her illustration, developing her style, and continually refining it. For over three years she worked as an artist in residence, lecturing on the subject and also writing, designing and having published 3 books on creativity in early childhood education. Since going full time with her business, Angela has been featured in a number of publications including Vogue magazine, Anorak magazine and Sweet Paul Magazine. She uses her illustrations on a variety of products from mugs to notebooks and cards. In the last couple months she has left Brighton to move to Southsea – and can be found at Southsea Coffee Co on the odd day, serving you delicious coffee as well! (This keeps her sane, and gives her an excuse to get out of the house.)
Next from our favourite artists and photographers from this year’s University of Portsmouth Summer Show (read our full review of the show HERE) is illustrator Ben Saunders.
Ben’s key work is ‘Go Explore’ which is a series of posters and a guide book that promotes the Forestry Commission England to young people. All work was produced on FSC paper. Loving both the posters and the book with the clean lines, striking iconography, photographic textures and the attention to detail. Would buy some of these if they were for sale.
To see more of Ben Saunders’ work, including some of his cool Southsea pieces, visit:
As a pre-event to a brand new international film festival in Portsmouth planned for September this year and as part of Portsmouth Festivities, New Wave with Directors Q&A on Friday 28th June is a special film event at the Kings Theatre dedicated to showcasing some of the most exciting new filmmaking talent around. New shorts to be screened, including the horror/comedy The Marrowing and the documentary Losing Sight of the Glory – nominated for the Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Student Television Awards.
Kate O’Driscoll, Artistic Director of Making Waves Film Festival said,” This will be a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in film to find out where new filmmakers are getting their inspiration and who their influences are”.
The shorts to be featured during New Wave also include The Honey Pot, a short animation, drama “Dancing in the Ashes” and the News Guide short film winner, A Hero’s Journey. The screenings will be followed by a short Q&A with some of the directors.
The New Wave event will be hosted by filmmaker John Rogers. His own film “Make Your Own Damn Art: The World of Bob and Roberta Smith” (2012) was one of Sight and Sound magazine’s ‘Films of 2012’. His first feature documentary, The London Perambulator, premiered at the East End Film Festival in 2009 with a sold-out screening at the Whitechapel Gallery.
New Wave tickets start at £1.50 and are available from the box office at the Kings Theatre. For more information visit www.kings-southsea.com or call 023 92828282.
Photographer Simon Rutter hung out all day on Saturday documenting Head Jam with his camera. Have a look below for a small selection of photos and visit our Facebook page to see loads more from the day:
Over the next couple of weeks we will be highlighting some of our favourite artists and photographers from this year’s University of Portsmouth Summer Show (read our full review of the show HERE), starting with photographer Elaine de Vries.
Elaine is a final year graduate and part of her work was a striking, colourful triptych entitled 7591 Miles. These abstract images depict a dreamlike, flashback of memory of woodland and childhood, a clash of movement, colour and nature. In the photographer’s own words:
“This project is about Abstract Expressionism – using abstract art to portray an emotion. It looks at movement and the juxtaposition between beauty and confusion, which relates to aspects of my life”.
To see more of Elaine de Vries’ work visit:
Musicians and venues across Portsmouth are getting together to raise funds for the Pompey Supporters Trust. Play Up Pompey Music will take place for two weeks in July.
A series of gigs and events will take place all over the city to raise funds, which will be converted into community shares in the name of the Pompey music scene. A number of pubs and venues have already signed up to the campaign, including The Festing, The Wedgewood Rooms, Little Johnny Russells, Drift and our very own Strong Island Recordings will be adding to the efforts. The diary is already filling up with events and there’s plenty more to announce shortly.
You can find more information about the event and to get involved visit www.playuppompey.org
Bike Week, the UK’s biggest mass participation cycling event, will take place between 15 – 23 June in 2013. Bike Week events offer something for everyone; from families, schools and companies, to seasoned cyclists and those who have never cycled before. 2012 saw almost half a million people taking part in the celebrations of cycling across the UK. This year, Bike Week is asking the nation to dig out their bikes, get back on the saddle and fall in love with cycling all over again!
Naturally Portsmouth will have a hand in helping to make this a fun annual fixture. Planned are a series of exciting activities and guided rides ranging from BMX stunt shows, competitions, bike breakfasts and much more. The already strong cycling scene in Portsmouth is evolving at a great pace and this will be one of many two wheeled events announced this summer. For further information check out My Journey Portsmouth or please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How fun does the forest track look?
(Photos from My Journey Portsmouth and Jayne Rodgers)
The Creating Balance project (a project partnership of Anglepoise, Strong Island and the University of Portsmouth) is progressing well with with only a couple of the artist/photographer partnerships left to complete. The London exhibition, which is part of the London Design Festival, plus the Portsmouth exhibition planning in full flow too.
Recently My Dog Sighs worked on his Anglepoise lamp in a particularly unique way by using it as his palette. The lamp built up layers and layers of different coloured paint and became a tool in his particular artistic process and as a result works almost as a reflected piece of art, related in a small way to many of his recently painted pieces.
To keep updated with progress on the project, watch the films and to also see photos from behind the scenes of the filming of artist/photographer partnerships visit:
(Photos by Claire Sambrook)
Saturday 22nd June from 1pm until 4pm Beats & Swing will be hosting the Bandstand presents. The event will be hosted by Paul Marsh from The Friday Night Show on Express FM. Artists performing are The Day Of The Rabblement, The Gentleman Philosipha, Audio Corruption, Sam Hatty and Ruby Soho.
More information can be found on the Facebook event HERE.
Once that has got you in the mood you can continue the party when Beats & Swing will be taking over the Wedgewood Rooms. DJ’s one the night are Odjbox, Jamko (Jitterbug/Swing Rebellion), Joe Black (DJ Set), Fauxlo (BBC Radio 1 Superstar DJ Finalist), The Junk Swingers and Sam Hatty.
Tickets are £7 from the Wedgewood Rooms. Doors open from 9pm until 3am. There is more information about the DJ’s can be found on the Facebook event HERE.
Enjoy being on a bike? Think you know the nooks and crannies of this island? Then head on over to Southsea Cycle Club’s FB page and join us in our game of bike tag. Super easy premise: a location is set by a member taking a quick snap of his ride by a local landmark, if you recognise the location hop on your saddle quick in order to snap your own bike in the same position before anyone else does. Once done you are “it”, you have the freedom to set the next location wherever you deem fit. You can make it as easy or as hard as you like, but try and keep it within the island. Although a Portsdown Hill shot is not too far off I reckon…
If you fancy keeping an eye on past locations and get your name on the leaderboard, click here.
This year we have changed the way we are compiling our 2014 calendar. Instead we are inviting entries of all themes all year round.
We will dedicate at least two of the months for images taken on Instagram. If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit for consideration you just need add the hashtag #SIC2014.
We will still primarily be accepting submissions via email email@example.com.
This year the calendars will be available from mid November from the Strong Island online store and Southsea Gallery. I’d also ask that you keep 14th November free from 7pm, we’ll announce why in late July.
This year we will again be supporting the Alzheimer’s Society as well as another local charity which we will be announcing very very soon!
Saturday saw the Strong Island and My Dog Sighs Head Jam street art event at Head Hairdressing at 53 Albert Road. Rick at Head has a courtyard out back (next to the Strong Island headquarters too) and asked Strong Island and My Dog Sighs to organise a mural painting session to paint the white walls. My Dog Sighs curated the event and hand chose a variety of street art talent from all over the UK including: Wah Graff, Id-iom, Korporate Kaine, Process Smith and of course My Dog Sighs.
The event went on from 10am through to about 7-30pm with loads of people coming through, checking out the art and hanging out. Rick, My Dog Sighs and ourselves at Strong Island want to say a huge thank you to the artists and everyone who visited making the day a huge success. Below are some photos from Matt Maber and a short film too. Check out Instagram and Twitter too with the hashtag #HeadJam.
I recently found out about the Portsmouth & District Beekeepers’ Association and decided to pay them a visit. They started over 100 years ago and now have 83 members each with their own hives scattered across the island and district. The Association exists to promote the craft of beekeeping and increase public awareness of bees and their contribution to the ecology around Portsmouth. They have a small shop selling supplies at Bastion 3, Hilsea and sell their honey at local markets and shows. David Nield the treasurer of the association stated that their honey is currently in short supply “the bee population is in a mess with only 50% stock due to disease, weather and chemicals affecting the queen bee laying”. Hopefully this will change over the coming months. It is wonderful to find sources of local made products to support on the island.
For further information please visit their website at – http://portsmouthbeekeepers.co.uk/cms/ They have an extensive range of equipment to buy or rent and even have an adopt a hive scheme. This summer they are also running a free beekeeping course further details again of their website.
Head Jam happens at Head/Strong Island HQ in Albert Road tomorrow from 11 to 7ish and for the duration of the day Strong Island Clothing Co are having a pick up sale where all tees are £15 when bought in person.
We are stoked, as always, to be working once again with local artist My Dog Sighs on what is set to be one of the largest mural paintings in the city.
Rick from Head Hairdressing on Albert Road conceived the idea of having the courtyard to the rear of the local barbers transformed in to a permanent giant art piece. From precision multilayered stencils, through bubble gum cutsie to surreal illustrative mayhem, My Dog Sighs has hand picked his favourite artists from across the country to produce the ultimate street art dreamscape courtyard.
Head Jam will run all day so feel free to pop along, take a look, have a chat, hang out, meet the artists and enjoy the atmosphere. There will be music on all day, a BBQ turning over in the background if you want to stick a burger on (not supplied), and please feel free to bring along a beer too. Everyone is welcome, so bring the kids so they can see some of the countries finest street artists working together in this unique environment.
Attending artists include: Snik, Wah Graff, Id-iom, Korporate Kaine, Process Smith and of course My Dog Sighs. Be sure to check their links to see more of their amazing work and we look forward to seeing you.