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‘Illustrated Menagerie’ Exhibition at Space Launches Today

This evening sees the opening of a new exhibition at Space at the University of Portsmouth with the artist preview of Illustrated Menagerie. The exhibition is an extension of a project from the first year of the BA (Hons) Illustration course where students select and research an animal of their choice, aiming to illustrate what it is about the animal which catches their interest.

Senior Lecturer, Nicola Hay, runs both the academic project and the Illustrated Menagerie itself which gathers examples of the works produced dating back now to 2009. She describes the unit as:

“A really vibrant, informative, exciting project to work on with the students. The subject matter is always enjoyable and I learn something new and often rather weird every year.”

“I set up the Illustrated Menagerie initially because so many wonderful illustrations, 3 dimensional pieces, sketchbooks, animations and prints were produced every year that I wanted to record them, and gradually this grew to quite an extent so I put it online for the students to be able to see. We got quite a following with the online blog, so the next move was to try to include local artists also exploring this subject matter.”

The Menagerie is thrilled to invite on board local artists My Dog Sighs and Los Dave who have been commissioned to work on the project. As well as producing pieces for the exhibition, the pair will also be delivering a public lecture regarding their working methods and processes, a central theme to the initial project.

Third year student, Jordan Baines, who also has his work in the exhibition, says: “It’s a great opportunity for another audience to see my work, I primarily make artwork for myself, and if I can influence, inspire, excite or inform someone along the way then that’s great! The animal kingdom is such a wondrous and diverse place. So an exhibition dedicated to celebrating those we share this place we call home, is very fitting and worthwhile.”

Exhibition Dates: 2nd to 27th February, 2015, 9am – 5pm weekdays.
Meet the Artists: 30th January, 2015, 4pm – 7pm.
Public Lecture: 11 February, 3pm, EW1.11, FREE, book your place via Eventbrite HERE.

Space, Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, PO1 2DJ.

To see more of what inspired the ‘Illustrated Menagerie’ exhibition, please visit: www.illustratedmenagerie.blogspot.co.uk

‘Illustrated Menagerie’ Exhibition at Space Launches Today

GASP Exhibition ‘Les Beaux Objets Trouvés’ by Lou Bliss

Tonight is the closing night of the current exhibition at GASP, The Art Space Portsmouth Graduate Residency Award exhibition ‘Les beaux objets trouvés (Things I find beautiful)’ by Lou Bliss. The exhibition is a collection of creations and artist collections preserved and arranged by Lou Bliss which is open until tomorrow but tonight will be the closing event and artist talk, from 6-8pm.

“I have a keen interest in natural history, anatomy and natural forms and this provides my less formal aesthetic language. Works which incorporate themes of mortality and explore the results of decay and/or preservation tend to result from these influences, and often use found, recycled or collected materials to express the ephemeral nature of our existence.

During my residency at Art Space I have further researched the natural processes involved in the life and death of living things, specifically fungi, birds and small mammals. Through the observation and playful preservation of materials present as part of the life cycle of everyday objects I have produced a collection of work exploring the beauty and variety in the often overlooked stuff as it quietly decays all around us. Using techniques such as screen printing and digital media to sculpture and taxidermy, I hope to rouse a curiosity in the weird and wonderful by combining a contemporary art exhibition with a working study environment where engagement and contribution is warmly encouraged.” Lou Bliss.

You can see more of Lou Bliss’ work on her website: loublissart.wordpress.com

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GASP Exhibition 'Les Beaux Objets Trouvés' by Lou Bliss (1)

Make and The Craft Kitchen

You may remember that last year boutique craft store Make which was based on Albert Road moved home to a bigger and better premises in Fratton. Due to high demand for classes and a serious lack of space, owner Nicky decided to start searching for a larger shop. On an island city such as ours space really is at a premium and the hope of finding such a place in Southsea proved fruitless.

Fortunately, a retail space became available in Fratton which had a history of textile retail and plenty of room for learning, crafting and socialising. By this time Nicky had decided to join forces with Hesta who dreamed of having a cafe and functional kitchen which would allow her to teach baking and cooking skills. After much waiting, and some serious hard work refurbishing the building, Make and The Craft Kitchen opened its doors late last year.

The space is large, inviting and multi-purpose. With an excellent retail selection of fabric, yarn, paper crafts and haberdashery alongside a cafe serving breakfasts, lunches and homemade cakes. There is also a young children’s play area where babies and toddlers can play safely whilst parents and carers sit with a tea and maybe a craft project.

I feel that Make is more than a shop; it is a social community space which is already being accessed by various local groups and benefiting the people around it.

I spoke to Nicky and Hesta and asked them how they’re settling into the local area. They said that the Fratton Traders Association are working together to attract more visitors to the area which recently benefitted from a National Lottery grant. Nicky mentioned that in many cases businesses and individuals from the creative industries have moved into struggling areas and really helped to improve things (projects that may be of interest such as New York’s High Line or areas of London like Peckham and its Bussey Building). The statistics do support that these changes do indeed occur, take a look at this Financial Times article for proof.

Another benefit is that the mezzanine floor of the building offers an affordable studio space for artists, designers and makers. The studio is currently my home (Ooh la Lapin) and also that of illustrator Roma-May Daly of Roma May Design. There is currently space available to rent so get in touch if you are looking for a creative studio space.

It is hoped that Make and The Craft Kitchen will encourage other creatives and businesses to make Fratton their home. There are lots of events to look forward to this year including a Spring Make Off competition, exhibitions, talks, workshops and much more.

You can find Make and The Craft Kitchen on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


 

Chantelle Wyatt ‘Travelling The World One Step At A Time’

Chantelle Wyatt, 30, a local Southsea resident has made a life out of travelling around the world and and writing about it and her new books explore the journeys and adventures that she has been on.

In ‘Diving The World one step at a Time’ the scuba enthusiast, invites us to some of Earth’s most beautiful dive sites. Her dream to travel and experience multiple locations is one that permeates the pages and the book’s travel diary feel makes it easy to pick up and enjoy.

Travel is almost second nature in a modern interconnected world and Chantelle’s desire to read individual’s stories is what proved to be her inspiration when writing Diving The World. In collating her memories and adventures she ensures these experiences will never be forgotten and hopes that in turn she can inspire others.

Diving The World gives an insight into the world that is common to so many different countries, that of the underwater. That this world can be appreciated by everybody is shown by introducing people she meets along the way and illustrated beautifully with photographs. The book sets out to display the true majesty of the ocean, how it binds us all and just how vital it is that we protect it.

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Chantelle’s latest book, ‘Travelling the World one step at a Time’ takes us on a tour of some of the wonders of the world from a non diving perspective. She looks at how easy it can be to travel to such remote locations and truly believes that anybody can pack up a backpack and explore and should.

Chantelle’s passion to write has also guided her to work for numerous magazines and newspapers in her local area to maintain good local relationships as she believes whole heartedly that being a good writer means you should explore all sorts of avenues.
Always looking for new opportunities and planning her next projects, she says that although she loves everything about the things she has done, there is no place like home and she will always return to sunny Southsea.

You can get your copy from Chantelle directly, Andark Diving & Watersports and Waterstones.

You can find Chantelle Wyatt on Facebook and on Twitter @Scubachan.

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Portsmouth Kids in the 1980s TV Programme No 73

If you’re a 70s kid you’ll remember the the classic Saturday morning TV programmes through the years of your childhood. Along with the 80s Saturday morning classics like Tiswas, Noel’s Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and the later shows like Saturday Superstore and Going Live! there was ITVs No. 73 which aired from 1982 until 1988. The show was presented through the years by Neil Buchanan, Andrea Arnold, Kate Copstick, Kim Goody, Richard Waites and now University of Portsmouth chancellor Sandi Toksvig. Despite the show always saying it was from a house in Maidstone Kent the programme was originally filmed in studios over in Southampton before moving to Kent when it became a national TV show. For the first series the opening titles were all filmed down in Portsmouth, featuring local kids.

Joel Ransom got in touch with the story of the filming of the titles for the show, in which he himself appears! Author Graham Hurley (many of his series of detective books are set in Portsmouth) was involved with the show and his son was at St Jude’s school, Old Portsmouth. The class were asked to run up the beach down by South Parade Pier and then down Alhambra Rd where they would eventually knock the fictional door to No 73.

You can watch the credits from the 1982 series 1 of No. 73 on YouTube HERE (sadly the video is set so it cannot be embedded) and see lots of other footage from around the city. Below is a behind the scenes photo of the class running up the shingle beach from the filming.

Portsmouth Kids in the 1980s TV Programme No 73

‘Under The Spotlight’ Exhibition at The Coastguard Studio

Southsea’s latest gallery space, the Coastguard Studio is due to host its second major exhibition on Friday 13th February, hot on the heels of My Dog Sighs’ and Midge’s arresting collaborative exhibition ‘Together in Solitude’.

‘Under The Spotlight’ will bring together over forty of the city’s creatives working in fields varying from photography and textiles to sculpture and light installations, encompassing as many mediums as can be found. The exhibition aims to demonstrate the sheer diversity of creative talent and skill that the city currently fosters. Each artist has been invited to submit work, either new or from archive, to fill an A1 space lit by its own spotlight, providing each individual with an equal area and only their creative decisions determining what is displayed. Featuring high profile and emerging, amateur and professional artists alike, the exhibition will be a true reflection of the current state of Portsmouth’s art and design sector.

Works will be for sale at the discretion of each artist but a limited run of forty screen printed posters of the ‘Under the Spotlight’ poster will be available on the night. Entry is free but RSVPing to the Facebook event is encouraged. A full list of exhibiting artists is also available on the Facebook page.

Short Story Competition – Open To Submissions

We are really excited to announce that our short story competition is now open to submissions. The theme behind your short story must simply involve one of My Dog Sighs tin can men pictured at the bottom of the page. There is a word limit for each age group but apart from that, everything else is completely open to your own interpretation.

The entries will be split into three categories for the different age groups, each with a different word limit.

• 13 years and under (150 words)
• 14 years – 18 years (300 words)
• 18 years and above (500 words)

This event is open to everyone to enter, but for the younger age groups we are looking for teachers who would be willing to lend a hand. This will involve going through some entries and maybe they would like to invite their school or class to get involved, maybe as part of a class project perhaps.

This competition will run until 25th March, with the winner for each category being announced soon after. The three lucky winners will receive a copy of their story created by graphic designer Sam Barclay and personalised by My Dog himself. The winning entries will also be featured in an exhibition in our Strong Island Co shop which you can find at 12 Highland Road, Southsea.

If you or your are interested in getting involved with helping judge the winner you can drop me can email to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. Submissions should be sent to the same email address, please don’t forget to include your contact details and what category this is applicable to.

My Dog Sighs has a great talent for capturing character through the expressions on each piece of art, which should serve as an ideal inspiration for your short story. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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Open Meeting for Making Space for Cycling

The next meeting of Portsmouth Cycle Forum will be at 7pm on Thursday 12th February 2015 in Park Building, University of Portsmouth on King Henry I Street. The meeting will take the form of a debate, discussing how to make the main routes in Portsmouth safe and welcoming for cyclists. Portsmouth has an exceptionally high rate of cycle casualties and most of these casualties occur on major roads which have 30mph speed limits.

Portsmouth Cycle Forum recently launched their cycle strategy, A City to Share, which proposes that road space be reallocated from motor vehicles to bicycles to enable a step-change improvement in cycle casualty rates and the number of people getting around by bike. Exactly what changes need to be made to find and repurpose that road space were not specified.

For this meeting Portsmouth Cycle Forum have invited their members to propose ideas for how these 30mph roads can be changed to make them safer and more attractive for cyclists, whilst still offering good motor vehicle access to the city. 3 or 4 ideas will be selected for short presentations on how to eliminate conflict between cyclists and motor vehicles on Portsmouth’s 30mph routes – each idea will then be opened to debate.

The meeting is open to all.

St Valentines Day Massacre

This February see’s there turn of the third annual St Valentines Day Massacre at the Edge of the Wedge. The premise is a simple one, some of Portsmouth’s favourite bands and musicians will serenade you with their take on popular love songs.

Entry to the event will be for a small entry fee of £3 and all proceeds go to the National Foundation of Youth Music. Donations give under privileged children access to musical education and equipment which in turn will help develop their creative and social skills.

This years line up includes Anansi Boys, Battery Hens, Jesse Wyldes and the Stallions, Kelly Kemp and El Morgan, Noyo Mathis, Red Seals and other special guests.

For more information check out the Facebook Event page HERE.

The Third Annual St Valentines Day Massacre

South Parade Trust X Portsmouth School Of Architecture

As mentioned back in December, the volunteers of the South Parade Trust are teaming up with the academic might of Portsmouth School of Architecture in order to bring you all an exciting new project:

“The South Parade Trust would like to invite all interested locals and supporters to attend a public consultation event where YOU will be able to give your thoughts on how South Parade Pier could be re-developed. In partnership with the University of Portsmouth School of Architecture and overseen and planned by Catherine Teeling, a senior lecturer at the school, Masters students from the School of Architecture have begun a project that will explore creative ideas and strategies for the regeneration of South Parade Pier.

The project will develop solutions for reuse of the pier that respond to the community’s desires and interests and supports the SPT vision that the pier can once again become both a hub for the local community, a functioning business and an asset for the City.

Students bring a range of expertise to the project from Sustainable Architecture, Historic Building Conservation, Urban Design and Interior Design, however for the ideas to truly represent the future vision as the ‘Peoples Pier’ this live event has been organised for the community to ‘Have Your Say’ on its potential future, to get your thoughts and ideas on what this could be.

Catherine Teeling, Senior Lecturer at the Portsmouth School of Architecture, had this to say:
This is an exciting project, we try to use local structures for the students and what better than an iconic structure such as the pier. We are also very proud to partner with the Trust on this event, it will be of huge value for the students to speak to the local public and hear their thoughts on how South Parade Pier can be re-imagined for the 21st century

Vanessa Cooter, travel and tourism lecturer at Highbury College, added: “This is a great example of how the Trust can engage directly with local organisations such as the University and use their skills to collate and quantify local opinion on their pier. We all have an interest in how it is rebuilt in the future, this project will deliver bold and exciting plans which may one day be implemented or at least demonstrate what would be possible with imagination, innovation and drive.

We hope that as many of you as are able to will visit us during the day at the Royal Beach Hotel opposite the pier and contribute to the Students projects which will, we very much hope, deliver exciting visions for the future use of South Parade Pier. More details will be announced in the coming weeks in the lead up to the event. We hope you will be able to come along! We want to hear from YOU!”

This public engagement event will be held on the 21st of February 2015 at the Royal Beach Hotel, from 9am to 4pm.

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An Evening of Stuff & Nonsense with Tim Vine, Harry Hill, Neil Innes and friends

This coming Wednesday evening Portsmouth Guildhall will be playing host to an awesome night of comedy all in aid of raising money for Parkinsons UK.

The event features live performances from Harry Hill, Tim Vine, Neil Innes, Katherine Ryan, Aisling Bea and Abandoman, with exclusive video performances from Matt Lucas, Sheila Hancock, Jenny Eclair and many other special guests, all hosted by award-winning double act Max and Ivan. A very special one-off evening celebrating the nonsensical and the absurd for Parkinson’s UK, inspired by the work of Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear and Mervyn Peake.

Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets start from £10. You can find out more information HERE.

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Strong Island 5th Annual Home Brew Competition – Date Change

Ladies & Gentlemen due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to push the date back a week to WEDS 11TH FEBRUARY.  It will still be at Meat & Barrel with the same timings and formats. Huge apologies if this causes any inconvenience. If you are unable to make the revised date please contact Malcolm Irving who will be happy to take delivery of your brews and will ensure they are entered into the competition if you are unable to attend. We look forward to seeing you on the 11th.

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Strong Island Co. Exhibitions: EQUINOX by Joanna Dawson

Strong Island Co. is proud to announce the first external exhibition our in store gallery space will host. From January 28th to February 18th, local artist Joanna Dawson will be exhibiting EQUINOX, a collection of large format, mixed media abstract landscapes with a focus on coastlines near and far from her travels.

Joanna is no stranger to utilising mixed media and unusual paint substitutes, dabbling in gouache, watercolour, acrylic and even tea and coffee staining to create her works. Working as a professional artist and designer allows her the space to explore her creative direction and conduct these material experiments.

To find out more about Joanna, her work and the exhibition, give her a follow on Instagram to keep up to date with her happenings in the run up to the exhibition.

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 27

Charlie is back with the 27th episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:

Hey! Welcome back to the first show of 2015! After a super long break from the radio show, I thought it was about time to get back amongst it. This week I’ve put together a playlist of people I went to see live last year. I went to a few festivals so it could have gone on forever but I decided to stick to the standard 15 tunes and just cherry pick. Thanks to everyone who came along to the gigs with me.*

Hope you enjoy the show as much as I enjoyed the gigs!

Cheers, Charlie x

*(Chris, Russ, Phil, Laura, Tim, Peta, Tim, Simon, Tamsin, Craig, Sam, Lizzie, Morgs, Owain, Rosie, Teddy, Sharpy, Laura, Tom, Jenty, Keith, Max, Jade, Turku, Jen, Jo, Simon) It was a blast…

01) The Doors Of Then – Tim Burgess (Islington Assembly Rooms – 16th Dec 2013)
02) Long Distance Call – Phoenix (Brixton Academy – 5th Feb 2014)
03) After The Disco – Broken Bells (Shepherds Bush Empire – 14th Mar 2014)
04) Heroine – Suede (Royal Albert Hall – 30th Mar 2014)
05) Have Love, Will Travel – The Sonics (Koko – 6th May 2014)
06) I Live On A Battlefield – Nick Lowe (Union Chapel, Islington – 10th May 2014)
07) We Came Far – Paqua (Shacklewell Arms – 1st July 2014)
08) I Walk The Earth – King Biscuit Time (Camp Bestival – 1st Aug 2014)
09) Blue Moon – Beck (Bestival – 4th Sept 2014)
10) Boney M Down – Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas (Else, Berlin – 10th Aug 2014)
11) Better Than Mine – Allah-Las (Oval Space, London – 24th Sept 2014)
12) It’s Gotta Be About Me – The Jim Jones Revue (The Forum – 4th Oct 2014)
13) Second Chance – Caribou (Koko – 8th Oct 2014)
14) Wanderlust – Wild Beasts (Academy, Liverpool – 30th Oct 2014)
15) We Are Unhappy – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (St John At Hackney Church – 19th Nov 2014)

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.

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 27

Beats & Swing Present… Mr Woodnote & Lil Rhys

This first Beats & Swing event of 2015 will be 20th February at the Eastney Cellars. Headlining the evening will be Mr Woodnote & Lil Rhys.

Armed with a saxophone, loop pedals and practically whatever he can get his hands on; Mr.Woodnote creates every track live, whilst Lil Rhys drops his distinctive vocal flavours into the mix.

The duo have headlined here in the UK as well as internationally and are regulars at Glastonbury, Shambala, Beatherder, the Edinburgh Fringe. After earning a global following through their live shows, album sales and videos they are becoming a positive fixture in the underground music scene. Never playing the same set twice they carry on from strength to strength.

Support on the night comes from The Scandal and James Tattington aka Fugitive Orchestra.

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Spaces Available at White Elephant

White Elephant over in Eastney is a studio/workspace/exhibition space and they’re looking for people who might be interested in taking on one of their spaces for a studio or as a selling stall. You would be joining a team that already includes artists, editors, photographers, designers and more.

You can visit White Elephant at 48b Cromwell Road or give them a call at 02392 177311.

Studio Spaces Available at White Elephant

Strong Island Recordings Label Party & New Additions To The Roster

At Strong Island Recordings we’re hosting our first show of the year on the 7th March at Edge of the Wedge where for the first time ever, all acts, including DJ’s are part of our Strong Island Recordings family so we’re very excited.

Playing the show is shoegaze, psychedelic outfit Dead Rabbits, psych-pop Bournemouth duo Yoofs who we released their debut album ‘Something’ on our label last year and brand new additions to our label, Melt Dunes now formerly known as ELEPHANTANTRUM.

Our minds were blown by the local Southampton quartet so we decided we had to have them on our label. Crossing between brooding, doom ridden psychedelia and fuzzed out garage rock, Melt Dunes are the soundtrack to your nightmares. Catch them at our label party on the 7th March where entry is a mere £3.00 and includes The Boy I Used To Be deejaying which should be fun. You can find more about the event here. All photos below are by Toby Jezard who kindly photographed our cash-free, food donation label party in December.

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Community Fusion Sponsor Pledge for Made with Hartt

The last year had been a roller-coaster for Community Fusion, their project Made with Hartt was launched in December 2013 making history in Cascades Shopping Centre as the first charity shop and ‘Empty shop scheme’ shop. The shop quickly became recognised as a great place to launch creative work in the city centre plus a cut of all sales came in directly to support the charity and boost volunteering opportunities for primarily young adults aged 14-25.

Made with Hartt distributed an estimated 1 tonne of free books to the community and free story time was offered to children on Saturdays. Over 25 volunteers came through the Made with Hartt project learning new skills, gaining qualifications and attending training days. Many of the volunteers moved on into paid employment after spending time in the shop.

Phase 2 of the project was launched in May 2014 in form of a market held once a month in the Wedgewood Rooms. Table fees from local artist, crafters and designers were all contributions for Community Fusion. The Wedgewood Rooms donate the space free of charge in support. All these efforts were rewarded with winning the title of Green Business of the year from the Venus Awards and the national finals are later this month.

In late November 2014 Community Fusion lost the shop in Cascades to a new tenant and sadly after a 2nd shop fell through Community Fusion have been left without a base to trade from. Recently an opportunity came about to be based on Albert Road on a long term lease but funds are needed. The charity needs to raise £5000 to make this dream possible. The new shop promises to continue its great work and also launch creative workshops and have meeting/creative/workshop space available for the community to use.

If you are interested in donating to this cause please contact Jenna Boyson via EMAIL or donate directly HERE.

The next Made with Hartt Market is on Saturday 24th January from 11am to 4pm at The Wedgewood Rooms. This is a monthly market usually on the last day of each month but January sees it one week early. Local artists, crafters and designers come together to showcase their work, take custom orders and raise awareness of their talents.

Find out more about the Community Fusion events HERE.

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Ashcroft Arts Centre Looking for Group Leaders for New Youth Arts Project

Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham have recently received funding to run a new Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots Project entitled No Facebook? OMG! The project will be an exciting opportunity for 45 young people aged 14-18 to explore the impact and development of technology since the 1970s and work together to produce an exhibition or installation based on their research and experience.

Ashcroft Arts Centre are looking to recruit two dynamic group leaders to run groups in local (Fareham & Gosport) colleges or 6th forms. This will be a great opportunity for creative individuals to work closely with young people to inspire and equip them throughout the project. These are paid positions. You can view the full job description and project details HERE (PDF).

If you are interested in the role please email Lorna at Ashcroft couple of paragraphs explaining how your skills and experience fit the requirements by 26th January. If you have any questions please email Lorna too.

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Photo from Ashcroft’s previous schools project.

Footnote For A Dream Exhibition

Following on from the Megamunden exhibition Kings Ship Tattoo‘s welcome local artist John Ainsworth for his ‘Footnote For A Dream’ exhibition. The event will be held on 30th January and runs from 7pm-9pm, with refreshments provided and the chance to get your hands on one of his work.

John’s use of extremely varied art mediums provide a unique take on his observations of the world around us. John uses of a wide variety of materials includes tea, coffee, and walnut ink as backgrounds for more traditional media. His work is also completed with drypoint and monoprinting: creative techniques that demand patience and an understanding of process and time.

His investigations into the world around him focus entirely on creating permanence in things that are transient and ephemeral, the skulls that are drawn are not a celebration or meditation on death but a way of describing an obsessive desire to collect things that most people overlook. Discarded feathers, lichen encrusted branches, expired beetles, lapsed hornets, corvid skulls and fox kills have all been sources of subject matter.

You can follow John on Twitter @whenwewerecows and on his Tumblr account. For more information check out the Facebook Event page HERE.

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Strong Island Calendar 2015 – Very Limited Stock Left!

We have been absolutely overwhelmed with the interest in our 2015 Calendar. In the last three years we have raised over £800 for the Alzheimer’s Society’s Portsmouth based services. We have a VERY limited number of calendars available and there is a good chance we will sell out quite soon, so if you haven’t got yourself one then don’t hang around too long!

You can get yourself a copy from our online shop HERE. They are priced at £10 each if you collect from Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea. Postal orders cost £12 each with international postage at £14 each.

Keep an eye out for the launch of the Strong Island 2016 Calendar #SICal2016 in the next few weeks!

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The Cribs After Show Party/DJ Set

Next month The Cribs are returning to Portsmouth to play a sold out show at The Wedgewood Rooms. Little Johnny Russells are hosting an after show party with guest DJ Ross Jarman of the Cribs performing a DJ set.

All the information that you need to know if on the poster below. It’s sure to be a good night so get down there early!

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Created Local: Harry Maguire

One of the things we love most about having our shop on Highland Rd is being able to put faces to names and meeting people we would otherwise never be able to; Harry Maguire is one of those people. When Harry dropped by a couple of weeks ago, he off-hand mentioned that during his time as a sailor in the Royal Navy he had developed a penchant for making ships in a bottle, a craft gleaned from a fellow shipmate during periods of down time. Over the years, Harry has modelled various types of ships from small schooners to historic frigate warships, working from single photographs or just his own memory to build intricately detailed craft complete with full rigging and sails.

Of particular note is the model Harry made while on active duty in the Falklands conflict, a complete scale replica of Portsmouth’s own HMS Warrior. Lacking any reference to work from, Harry sent the Warrior Preservation Trust a letter requesting a photograph to which they dutifully replied to with a handful of images. Upon his return, Harry presented the model to the Warrior Trust who were so impressed with his work that it was put on display in one of the Officers’ Quarters aboard the ship – a spot it still resides in to this day.

Portsmouth Tricorn Centre: A Photographic Inspiration – New Strong Island Website Launched

For the 2014 Portsmouth City Museum exhibition, Tricorn: Controversy in Concrete, marking the 10 years since the demolition of the Portsmouth Tricorn Centre we asked the people of Portsmouth to submit their photos of the city’s iconic Brutalist structure. Over 500 images were submitted by more than 30 photographers, of these 100 were put together in to a community photography panel that went in to the exhibition.

From the outset the Tricorn was considered a likely source of creative inspiration for photographers throughout its history and the submitted photography for us proved this opinion. The light and shadow, the lines and corners of the building, all were captured in creative ways by photographers both from Portsmouth and the rest of the UK. Many of the images were shot with 35mm and medium format film.

We wanted to, for the first time, bring all of this beautiful imagery together online with a new website, we’re happy to say that the website is now complete and live. This website is home to an ever growing selection of the best imagery of the much loved & hated building that dominated the city skyline from 1966 to 2004.

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed their photography. If you would like to submit your own images please EMAIL us. The website can be found at:

www.portsmouthtricorn.com

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Free CPD Workshops for Aspiring Artist Educators at Aspex Gallery

As part of aspex Gallery‘s upcoming New Educators programme with the University of Portsmouth, they are offering free spaces on the following CPD workshops for artists, supported by Artswork. Places are all strictly limited to 15 per workshop, so please follow the links below to reserve your place using Eventbrite.

Arts & the Curriculum
Monday 2nd February 1-4pm

A crash course in the curriculum for artists looking to develop their work in education settings. Alison Beane, Executive Headteacher of Mary Rose Academy and Cliffdale Academy, Portsmouth and teaching staff from Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance will deliver a session which will give you an overall understanding of the curriculum to enhance your workshops and tailor your offer to schools.

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Arts and Literacy Masterclass with Ed Boxall
Tuesday 3rd February, 10am-12.30pm

Ed Boxall is an artist, writer and creative educator living in Hastings, England. He works in many areas such as printmaking, small scale book publishing, poetry, storytelling, songwriting and education. As an experienced Artist-Educator in schools, colleges, galleries and museums, Ed has a wealth of experience in delivering workshops and storytelling performances which provide first-class arts engagement and aid learning in Literacy. In this hands-on master class Ed will provide you with tips in how to devise workshops for education settings, which support the national curriculum with a focus on Literacy.

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Arts and Numeracy Masterclass with Filskit Theatre
Tuesday 3rd February, 1.30-4pm

Katy Costigan & Sarah Gee of Filskit Theatre, have been working with Aspex since October 2014 to deliver a pilot arts and numeracy project with three schools in the city. Through weekly workshops the school groups have been developing visual art performances linked to their topic subjects. In these workshops Katy and Sarah have developed activities, which aim to increase the pupils attainment in numeracy, to demonstrate how the arts can be used within the classroom for cross-curriculum learning.

In this master class Katy & Sarah will share with you their learning from this project, some information about the areas of curriculum they focused on and activities that were particularly successful.

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Short Story Competition – Open To Submissions

We are really excited to announce that our short story competition is now open to submissions. The theme behind your short story must simply involve one of My Dog Sighs tin can men pictured at the bottom of the page. There is a word limit for each age group but apart from that, everything else is completely open to your own interpretation.

The entries will be split into three categories for the different age groups, each with a different word limit.

• 13 years and under (150 words)
• 14 years – 18 years (300 words)
• 18 years and above (500 words)

This event is open to everyone to enter, but for the younger age groups we are looking for teachers who would be willing to lend a hand. This will involve going through some entries and maybe they would like to invite their school or class to get involved, maybe as part of a class project perhaps.

This competition will run until 25th March, with the winner for each category being announced soon after. The three lucky winners will receive a copy of their story created by graphic designer Sam Barclay and personalised by My Dog himself. The winning entries will also be featured in an exhibition in our Strong Island Co shop which you can find at 12 Highland Road, Southsea.

If you or your are interested in getting involved with helping judge the winner you can drop me can email to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. Submissions should be sent to the same email address, please don’t forget to include your contact details and what category this is applicable to.

My Dog Sighs has a great talent for capturing character through the expressions on each piece of art, which should serve as an ideal inspiration for your short story. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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Strong Island Co. Exhibitions: EQUINOX by Joanna Dawson

Strong Island Co. is proud to announce the first external exhibition our in store gallery space will host. From January 28th to February 18th, local artist Joanna Dawson will be exhibiting EQUINOX, a collection of large format, mixed media abstract landscapes with a focus on coastlines near and far from her travels.

Joanna is no stranger to utilising mixed media and unusual paint substitutes, dabbling in gouache, watercolour, acrylic and even tea and coffee staining to create her works. Working as a professional artist and designer allows her the space to explore her creative direction and conduct these material experiments.

To find out more about Joanna, her work and the exhibition, give her a follow on Instagram to keep up to date with her happenings in the run up to the exhibition.

Strong Island Calendar 2015 – Very Limited Stock Left!

We have been absolutely overwhelmed with the interest in our 2015 Calendar. In the last three years we have raised over £800 for the Alzheimer’s Society’s Portsmouth based services. We have a VERY limited number of calendars available and there is a good chance we will sell out quite soon, so if you haven’t got yourself one then don’t hang around too long!

You can get yourself a copy from our online shop HERE. They are priced at £10 each if you collect from Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea. Postal orders cost £12 each with international postage at £14 each.

Keep an eye out for the launch of the Strong Island 2016 Calendar #SICal2016 in the next few weeks!

Calendar 2015

Portsmouth Tricorn Centre: A Photographic Inspiration – New Strong Island Website Launched

For the 2014 Portsmouth City Museum exhibition, Tricorn: Controversy in Concrete, marking the 10 years since the demolition of the Portsmouth Tricorn Centre we asked the people of Portsmouth to submit their photos of the city’s iconic Brutalist structure. Over 500 images were submitted by more than 30 photographers, of these 100 were put together in to a community photography panel that went in to the exhibition.

From the outset the Tricorn was considered a likely source of creative inspiration for photographers throughout its history and the submitted photography for us proved this opinion. The light and shadow, the lines and corners of the building, all were captured in creative ways by photographers both from Portsmouth and the rest of the UK. Many of the images were shot with 35mm and medium format film.

We wanted to, for the first time, bring all of this beautiful imagery together online with a new website, we’re happy to say that the website is now complete and live. This website is home to an ever growing selection of the best imagery of the much loved & hated building that dominated the city skyline from 1966 to 2004.

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed their photography. If you would like to submit your own images please EMAIL us. The website can be found at:

www.portsmouthtricorn.com

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Under the Spotlight Coming Soon at Coastguard Studio

Under the Spotlight is an upcoming exhibition that will feature 40 spotlights on artwork & photography by 40+ local creatives, all homed in the beautiful new Coastguard Studio in Southsea. More details on the exhibition will be announced in the coming weeks by the Coastguard Studio so keep an eye on their website at coastguardstudio.com and the date of 13th February firmly written in to your new diaries.

Under the Spotlight Coming Soon at Coastguard Studio

Strong Island Calendar 2015

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.

Danielle Gridley
Danielle Gridley
Nick Weall
Nick Weall
Megan Barnes
Megan Barnes
Jay Hansford
Jay Hansford
Sam Brooks
Sam Brooks
Melanie Easthope
Melanie Easthope

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Local Photographer: Paul Thurlow

I’ve been following local photographer Paul Thurlow’s blog for a little while, always some wonderful photos from our little piece of coastline plus some incredible portrait and wedding photography too. Put what you’re doing to one side for a little while and have a look through Paul’s website and Flickr too, so many beautiful photos including HDR images too.

Local Photographer – Eamon Lane

A recent arrival to Portsmouth, Eamon Lane has been out and about the city recently shooting photos on the street and at local events such as Love Your Bike. Below are a few examples of Eamon’s photography, visit I Love Slugs to see more.






Sunny Southsea

I went for bike ride today to take advantage of the nice, albeit cold, weather and take a few photos. Check them out over on my Flickr photostream.

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Inside the Round Tower

The Round Tower in Old Portsmouth is an often visited landmark but few people get a look at what lies inside those walls. On Friday a few lucky members of The Solent Camera Club (on one of it’s Friday evening meets) were able to explore it’s cavernous interior including the brick arches, rusted cannons and stalactites.

Photos kindly supplied by Duncan Allan.

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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.