We are proud to launch our 5th annual Strong Island Home Brew Competition for 2015! The rules are the same and last year we had our largest amount of entries and the strongest competition we’ve ever seen. In a landmark 5th year we’re hoping for more of the same!
We’ve had great success in the previous four years with ALL winners going on to have their winning brews re-brewed by Irving & Co. Brewers and sold in a range of pubs in and around Portsmouth.
The judging panel will consist of Malcolm Irving from Irving & Co. Brewers in Portsmouth, Stuart Ainsworth who is Landlord of the Leopold Tavern which is Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA pub of the year multi award winner and one other beer professional to be confirmed soon.
This year we are opting for a 2 categories again. 1st category will be the ale brew. Whether you already are a home brewer or you really want to have a go for the first time and get involved, this is designed to make no boundaries for the brewer. This category is made to really let the skills be shown of your home brewing talent.
The 2nd category will be the ‘Other’ category. Lagers, Ginger Beers & Ciders for this one with same rules with the 1st category regards to unrestricted brewing rules.
Your brews will be judged on
You can enter as many entries as you like either as an individual or a team.
The judging evening will take place at a new location for 2015, the brand new Meat & Barrel on Palmerston Road, Southsea on Wednesday 4th February 2015 so get it in your diaries.
There will be more posts up along the way and feel free to send us pictures on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #SIHomeBrew
Also, more good news, we now have a home brew shop open here in Southsea! Drop by Elm Grove and check out Get Brewing for all your ingredients and equipment supplies.
Claire Sambrook is a key member of the Strong Island team as well as a driving creative force at the University of Portsmouth and quite simply, Strong Island would be a shadow of its current self it it wasn’t for Claire’s drive, input and ideas. From back in 2010 when we first began working on the Strong Island Exhibition in the Round Tower to Primary to Creating Balance to Creative Cargo and next year’s big project the Creative Census, Claire has been at the centre of much of what we do to showcase Portsmouth & Southsea’s artists, designers, photographers and creative businesses. Plus…what Claire does with Strong Island is only a part of the contribution she makes to the city. Projects and events such as Love Your Bike, the Deckchair Project and the hugely popular Creative Portsmouth book have all helped to put this city on the map.
Needless to say, Claire deserves to be given a key to the city but in the meantime…we would love to give a huge congratulations to Claire for winning the Woman in Arts category at this year’s The News Woman Of The Year Awards, a category with some serious competition. Good work Claire!
Christmas is fast approaching, most of us have paid our deposits and are ready for our work christmas party. Everyone knows clichés, the mistletoe bearer, the overly honest drunk and the office flirt. Just spare a thought for freelance artists and creatives who miss out on all this. Not anymore! Work Christmas Party is exactly what it says, a Christmas Party, but with a tangible difference; it is an invitational show for freelancers who often miss out on the cultural marker of the working year.
Teaming up with the ambitious Columbia Road Arts Club, located in the vibrant East End and spiritual home of London’s creative and artistic community, Work Christmas Party will be both a two-week exhibition and Christmas shop, with a series of public events, book signings, and ample opportunities to meet the artists involved.
Structuring the proposal as a loose brief to the invited artists, they were asked to explore the theme of British Comedy.
South Coast ex-pat Aled Lewis will be one of the artist featured and his contribution to the event is the brilliant tribute to Blackadder. The A2 sized screen print was inspired by General Melchett from Blackadder and the iconic British Kitchener poster from World War 1.
The exhibition opens this Wednesday 26th November from 5:30pm until 9pm, then the artists and organisers will be off for their own work christmas party. For more information about the event and the artists involved check out the Facebook, Twitter @wxpshow and Instagram @wxpshow. You can also get your hands on prints at www.shop.workchristmasparty.co.uk
Portsmouth Roller Wenches B vs Manchester Roller Derby B
Portsmouth Scurvy Wenches vs Cornish Nasties
The Portsmouth Roller Wenches’ B team, who are still buzzing after their last home win, this weekend they will be facing the formidable Manchester Roller Derby B. As part of a double header a mixed side consisting of ladies from the Roller Wenches and men from the Scurvy Dogs will be taking on the Cornish Nasties in a ‘co-ed’ bout.
Doors open at Havant Leisure Centre at 1.30pm with the Wenches B team starting things off at 2pm. Tickets are prices at £7, Kids aged 10 years or younger go for free. You can book your tickets online HERE.
For information on the after party check out the Facebook event page HERE.
Having released ‘Blank Project’ produced by Four Tet gaining critical acclaim from the likes of NME, Pitchfork and Guardian, the legendary Neneh Cherry shall be going back to her DJ roots at The Wedgewood Rooms on the 29th November for a ‘Brown Rice Records’ takeover where all profits go towards Arms Around The Child. Arms Around The Child looks after children living in extreme adversity in South Africa and India. The charity provides loving homes, outreach care, education, medical treatment and love and respect providing hope for the future of the children they care for.
You can purchase tickets from here and if you’re interested in looking into the fantastic work the charity does, you can so here. The event looks like it’s going to be a special one. As it’s a Wedgewood Rooms club night, entry to the event is over 18’s only.
Next Friday, 28th November, we’ll be officially launching the Strong Island 2015 Calendar with an exhibition in Strong Island Co of a selection of photography that features within the calendar. You’ll be able to see this excellent work capturing Southsea and Portsmouth up in the exhibition space until the end of the year but this will be a great opportunity to come down, pick up or buy your calendars and meet some of the contributing photographers.
As well as the exhibition opening we’ll also be celebrating the opening of Strong Island Co, our new shop/exhibition space/studio at 12 Highland Road. If you haven’t had a chance to pop in yet come along for a free beer or two and meet the crew, check the new Strong Island Clothing Co garments and accessories and get involved.
The exhibition and party opens from 7pm.
Check the flyer below for more details, the beautiful photo of the low tide sands of Southsea beach is by calendar contributor Mike Dassow.
If you head down to Southsea’s Osbourne Road you will find a treasure trove of independent food and drink establishments. If you look closer you may see pieces of urban art which lead you to The Teatray based at the Southsea common end of the road where fresh sea air flows to great you.
We were invited to have breakfast with owners Fark, Nicky and baby daughter Poppy. Whilst sipping on hot coffee and tea (specially blended for them by a man in a shed based in Brighton, Fark informs us) we talk about everything from art and community to food and family life.
The Teatray is expanding the amount artists represented in the city, from local creatives to established internationals including My Dog Sighs, B-Toy, Snub23 amongst many others to display work that is ever-changing and embraces all areas of urban art forms. These include paste ups, street art, stickers, stencils, one-off designs and custom toy designers like Kid Robot. The shops’ sign was painted by Gary (Instagram: @Gary_Msk_Ha), a member of the famous MSK crew and the cheeky seagull by artist Morf. The seagull is removable and will be auctioned off for charity in the future.
On Tuesday evenings the cafe is full of knitters and crafters who meet socially; anyone is welcome to join and bring a project with them.
With art and design being at the centre of The Teatray’s heart it’s easily reflected in the beautiful custom interior of the cafe. A well curated blend of vintage, customised furniture and bright flashes of colour that would cheer you up on the darkest of wet winter afternoons. Not to mention Nicky’s stunning homemade cakes and treats proudly displayed on an elegant cocktail cabinet. Toward the back of Teatray you will find a shop space which sells gifts, homeware and handmade artisan products.
Another recent addition is the new menu which is exceptionally well executed. From a full breakfast, homely porridge with fresh berries to mushrooms and caramelised onion on toasted brioche. The lunch menu is equally delicious and of course the list of cakes and treats is hard to resist.
After enjoying breakfast together we talk about family, Like a Teatray in the Sky is true family business. With Fark and Nicky greeting customers like old friends and daughter Poppy happily playing away it feels comfortable and relaxed.
Liam Searle recently put together a London edit to help welcome Milton Skatepark OG Nick Munday to the Bored of Southsea team. The edit features the skating of team member Adam Keys, Nick plus Bored and 14:01 mastermind Lloyd ‘Dobbo’ Davies at a bunch of London dry spots including Meanwhile 2 and Bay66, both located under the the Westway. Some heavy duty skateboarding up in this edit, with Adam’s tech skills and Nick’s epic pop. Inside heelflips like woah.
Castle Road has for a while been home to some fantastic little street festivals and today and tomorrow it’ll be home to the Castle Road Christmas Festival, a mix of music, food, art and more. The free event runs from 4pm today to 9pm and tomorrow it runs from 12pm to 7pm. Loads of local artists and makers will be selling their quality goods so it is a perfect place to get some of that Christmas shopping in early. The Christmas lights switch on is tonight too, at 6pm.
You can find out more at www.castleroadsouthsea.com and over on Twitter at @CastleRoadSouth
You should all be well aware that over the last year we have been compiling a calendar using photographs submitted to us by you, the Strong Island readers. We are really excited by our 2015 edition, I didn’t think it was possible but the bar has been raised yet again!
The calendar again features photography submitted throughout 2014 from local photographers. The calendar is full colour printed A4 and folds out and hangs so that one side of A4 contains the month’s photos and the other side has a large format calendar perfect for keeping your important dates through the year.
£1 of each calendar sale goes to the Alzheimer’s Society Portsmouth based services. They are the UK’s leading care and research charity for people living with dementia and their carers.
The calendars are still only available as a pre-order from our online shop HERE. We are expecting to have them in hand by next Thursday. They are priced at £10 each if you collect from Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea. Postal orders cost £12 each and international postal orders cost £14 each.
I guess it’s about time we share with you some more of the amazing photographs which have been included this year.
Portsmouth’s youth volunteering service Community Fusion are holding another Made with Hartt Christmas market at The Wedgewood Rooms on 29th November from 11am until 4pm.
The market has stalls from plenty of Portsmouth and Southsea’s finest creatives. There will be tea and cake (and beer at the bar) as well as live music. There are a couple of spaces available if you would like to have a table there. For more information please contact Jenna on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07582 919 091.
Entry is FREE so head on down for a bit of Christmas shopping for your friends and family, or even treat yourself to something nice.
You can stay up to date with all things Community Fusion via Facebook and Twitter @CommunityFusion.
The Gunwharf Quays fireworks display has long been one of the best Guy Fawkes Night celebrations in the area. Local photographer Jay Howard has been recently been experimenting with time-lapse photography and managed to capture a nice video of the afternoon and the evenings events.
You can follow Jay on Facebook and Twitter @jay_iso100.
Bread Addiction in Elm Grove has since opening become a really popular place to not just buy tasty artisan breads and pastries but also a bakers in the heart of Southsea opening their doors to local people in different ways. From early next year one of these ways will be with new break making courses.
These new bread making courses will be led by Bread Addiction bakers and who will teach the secrets of sourdough bread making and how to keep the wild yeast alive. The courses will also include a few other types of bread and use different techniques together which are easy replicate at home. Each class includes:
– Sourdough mother
– Bread Addiction bag
and all your beautiful breads you will make by your hands!
Each course is £85 per person (with a maximum of 8 people per one class) and can be booked by calling 07411 449177, emailing email@example.com or directly in the shop at 54 Elm Grove, Southsea, PO51JG. Gift vouchers for the courses are also available.
This time next month our friends at Pie & Vinyl Records are putting on a Christmas party the only way they know how, thats with great music! Headlining the show will be TRAAMS with support from The Boy I Used To Be, Rickyfitts and a vinyl only DJ set from Death Bitto.
The gig will be held in the Fat Fox on Albert Road. Tickets for the event are £4 each and are available from inshore or online HERE.
Merry Christmas music lovers!
Charlie is back with the 26th episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:
This week I’m joined by my mate Ben Miles, erstwhile DJ, publican and probable future Mayor of Portsmouth. Ben’s musical soft spot is the genre (that no-one likes to name) Britpop. Essentially, that period of time between 1992 and 1997 when English music enjoyed a resurgence to rival the swinging sixties. Hopefully time will be a little kinder on this era, as it really was an exciting time to be a kid in England, yeah there was some bloody awful bands that got record deals because they wandered into the Good Mixer in Camden on the right Tuesday afternoon, but there were some f*cking brilliant records released too.
Anyway, a while back me and Ben got to talking about him joining me on the show and after bouncing a couple of ideas about, we decided to dedicate the whole show to the music of this time. There’s some classics, some bangers and a couple of surprises in there, but I’m fond of all of it and I know Millsy is too.
Cheers, Charlie x
01) Sparky’s Dream – Teenage Fanclub
02) Lenny – Supergrass
03) In A Room – Dodgy
04) London Loves – Blur
05) Stay Together – Suede
06) Just Lookin’ – The Charlatans
07) Lenny Valentino – The Auteurs
08) The Day We Caught The Train – Ocean Colour Scene
09) Dirty Soul – Shed Seven
10) Marblehead Johnson – The Bluetones
11) Sonnet – The Verve
12) Reverend Black Grape – Black Grape
13) Fighting Fit – Gene
14) On & On – Longpigs
15) Supersonic – Oasis
Listen to the podcast episode below, or you can listen, subscribe and download it from iTunes. You can also find the latest Strong Island Sounds podcast episode on the Strong Island homepage under the comments section too.
This weekend Aspex Gallery will be hosting their Christmas Contemporary Makers Fair. The event show cases a number of artists and designer-makers who will be exhibiting and selling their work.
After the success of the events back in February & August, Aspex will once again be handing over its main exhibition space to showcase some of the very best contemporary craft in the region, this time with a festive twist.
A full list of the exhibitors selected by Aspex is now available, and features some of the very best contemporary craft in the region, across a range of artistic media, including jewellery, ceramics, printmaking, glass, textiles, amidst others.
The full list of everyone involved:
• Mitzi Broadbent – www.mitzirocks.co.uk
• Jo Calverly – www.weareforwalls.com
• Sylvaine Frouin – www.silvene.net
• Anikó Gajdocsi – www.anikogajdocsi.com
• Bryony Jennings – www.prettyscruffy.com
• Carly Mann – www.carlymann.co.uk
• Catherine McGinness – www.catherinemcginniss.com
• Emma Nicol – www.emmanicolillustration.co.uk
• Rachel Reynolds – www.rachel-reynolds.co.uk
• Martin Snelling
• Marina Skia – www.marinaskia.com
• Miesje Chafer & Malisa Sledmere – www.miesjechafer.com
• Melody Vaughan – www.cargocollective.com/melodyvaughan
• Dan Wendes – www.facebook.com/dan.wendes
• Mary & Julia de Klerk – www.juliadeklerk.com
Find out more by visiting www.aspex.org.uk.
Donna Bish of the New Theatre Royal has been working in partnership with Portsmouth Academy for Girls, Priory School and Portsmouth High School in a project to research the role of Portsmouth women as “Temporary Men” during the First World War.
Funded by Portsmouth City Council and the Armed Forces Community Covenant the Portsmouth Central Library is hosting a free exhibition this week to celebrate thees women, their lives and their contributions to the war.
During her research Donna found three women who stood out: Hertha Ayrton, the Portsea born scientist and inventor who invented the Ayrton anti-gas fan which was used prolifically in the War; Yvonne Evans, granddaughter of Portsea Alderman Henry Evan and the first Portsmouth woman to register with the WRNS; and Beatrice Hobby, a Portsea lady who worked in the Dockyard for much of the war after her husband was killed in action. Students from Portsmouth High School are devising a new performance based on the lives of these women.
The New Theatre Royal explain that “the Exhibition, Temporary Men: Portsmouth Women in the First World War will display the students’ art, written and performance work as well as historical information and photos. A list of names of Portsmouth’s “Temporary Men” and their individual roles will be later published on the New Theatre Royal website.”
The exhibition runs for one week only, so don’t hang around as your last chance to see this will be on the 15th November. The exhibition itself is being held no the first floor but if you are not sure then any of the lovely members of staff will point you in the right direction.
If you have any information, anecdotes or share an interest in Portsmouth’s maternal ancestors I am assured Donne would love to hear from you! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We all do it, we all sit at our desks or on the phone and get distracted with a cheeky little doodle of something totally and therapeutically unrelated.
Doodle club has been no stranger to Portsmouth and many of us have popped along at one time or other. It is a great night which has a real community feel, bringing us all together to chat and scribble over a beer and some yummy food and what more could we ask for in the approaching chilly winter months.
I joined them for a catch up with organiser Kendal James of Eyecandy. It was great to see that the club is still going strong after it’s move from the now closed down Registry pub into the cozy Kings Street Tavern.
A long table of smiley faces worked on all sorts of cool and quirky sketches while Kendal updated us on what the club has been up too.
The guys have created a fabulous little colouring book with an aim to raise money for Community Fusion’s Youth Volunteer service. The service aim’s to benefit the local community and residents as well as all of the young people involved through improvement projects which include renovation, gardening, campaigning, painting and much more. What a creative and fun way to support a good cause!
Community Fusion also offers training within schools and higher education establishments to get active in their local areas and to have a say and make the place they live in what their community wants it to be.
It was also great to hear about the upcoming Christmas fair that is being organised by Kendal James with many doodle club goers attending to sell their lovely work. You can check out the fair on Dec 6th at the Kings Street Tavern.
Thanks Doodle Club and we can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
Words and photographs by Chantelle Wyatt
My Dog Sighs and Midge have been busy beavering away getting ready for their collaborative exhibition Together in Solitude in the Coastguard Studios (the Old Coastguard Tavern), Clarendon rd, this Friday (14th Nov). To get everybody warmed up for the exhibition the two artists have have set up a Portsmouth based scavenger hunt with art around the city.
Four special, hand painted pages have been pasted up around Portamouth for you to find and take a selfie with. Any one finding all four pieces and uploading their selfies with each tagging @mydogsighs @thisismidge and the hashtags #togetherinsolitude and #TIShunt (in Instagram, Twitter or Facebook) automatically gets entered into the draw to win one of their limited edition screen prints! The draw will take place on Monday 19th November.
To find out more about the exhibition and the Together in Solitude art hunt visit the Facebook Event Page (please note this is a NEW Facebook event page). The artwork out in the city is shown below. Good luck!
Last week saw Strong Island favourite Laurel release ‘Memorials’ on her SoundCloud account. Memorials is the first track to be taken from her upcoming EP ‘Holy Water’ which comes out on December 16th.
Written by Laurel, she describes that the track is about a love that you cannot forget but at some point have to let go of. ‘He don’t believe me, and my young soul is sold to his heart’. The girl has a talent for writing honest and heartfelt songs which show her to be much more than the most pop stars.
Anyone who has been listening to Radio 1 over the last few weeks will have heard Laurel’s track ‘Shells’ getting plenty of air play by the stations leading DJ’s Huw Stephens and Fearne Cotton.
To stay up to date on future releases you can follow Laurel on Facebook, Twitter @ClassicLaurel, YouTube and SoundCloud.
Strong Island invites all our friends old and new to our new home in Southsea, opening this Saturday (15th November) from 10am. Strong Island at 12 Highland Road is a new shop and exhibition space, stocking all of the Strong Island Clothing Co range, a selection of high quality art prints, releases from Strong Island Recordings plus a collection of fine leather accessories from Raw & Auburn. We will also have monthly guest artists and designers selling their work too.
Our first exhibition in the space is a retrospective of some of the designs, projects and events we have worked on in our 6 year history. We’ll be having regular exhibitions throughout the year with shows by local and visiting artists, designers & photographers.
Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea, PO4 9AH.
We will be open every week on Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10am to 6pm.
Designer Russell Hardman‘s work should be instantly recognisable to the people of Portsmouth and especially those who shop in Bored of Southsea. Russell’s awesome work includes the Portsea Island Apparel, Southsea Fest 2014/Longlive Coop Stage – Vintage Panini Poster and of course the LongLive Southsea Apparel.
Earlier in the year Russell collaborated with embroidery specialists David Sharp Ltd for the Printwear and Promotion Live event at the Birmingham NEC. The final product looks fantastic and sadly is a one off. You can however get your hands on the LongLive Southsea gear over on the Bored of Southsea website – www.boredofsouthsea.co.uk
You can also find more work from Russell at www.growabrain.co.uk.
Last month Kassassin Street released their latest single ‘Centre Straight Atom’ via their SoundCloud page, but from today the track is now available to download on iTunes.
The single follows on from the success of their debut single ‘The Royal Handkerchief Ballet’. The debut was widely praised by critics including Tom Robinson at BBC 6Music and NME who featured the unsigned band in their Radar section and Buzz Playlist of the Week.
Recorded in London at Konk Studios, ‘Centre Straight Atom’ was also produced by Tristan Ivemy, whose previous credits include Frank Turner, The Holloways and Hares.
Kassassin Street are headlining The Rifles Club this Friday, with support from Number 9, Popobawa and The Boy I Used To Be. The afterparty will go on until the early hours courtesy of DJ Genius Juggler. The event is now sold out but I am lucky enough to have a ticket and I can’t wait!
‘Centre Straight Atom’ is available on iTunes for 79p and you can get hold of a copy HERE. Go treat yourself!
Photo by Jon Neil Photography
We’ve been working hard over the last few weeks collecting together the incredible submissions from the many local photographers who have been capturing Portsmouth and Southsea over the last twelve months. The calendar is soon to be sent off to the local printers and we are now taking pre-orders for the calendar in our Shop Ahoy online store. As per our previous years, the calendar is £10 with £1 of each calendar sale going to the Alzheimer’s Society Portsmouth based services. They are the UK’s leading care and research charity for people living with dementia and their carers.
We’re offering a few pre-order options with UK and International postage plus the option to pick up the calendar in person from our new studio/store once the calendars have arrived (due early December). All postage pre-orders will be sent out with lots of time for Christmas.
We’ve sold out of calendars before Christmas for the last two years, to pre-order yours please visit HERE.