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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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.
We’re gearing up for the next release on our little Strong Island Recordings label and this time it comes from a little further than our home town to say the least. We’re incredibly delighted to announce the forthcoming release of Violet Swells ‘Here Comes Yesterday’. Hailing from Hobart, Tasmania, Violet Swells are a mesmerising psychedelic sunshine pop outfit who were recently touted as one of the top 10 best discoveries in Australia by the incredibly reputable Triple J as well as picking up favourable reviews across the internet blogosphere all the way to NME who proclaimed the guys as possibly the closest living heirs to Tame Impala, which is some compliment. We shall have a release date very soon but in the mean time check out the incredible single below.
Trojan Cars located on Francis Avenue in Southsea has an incredible heritage, with the site being Portsmouth’s oldest garage and going back many decades. Trojan also specialise in vintage cars with a constant collection of historic British and American cars, motorbikes and scooters, many of which you may have seen on the local streets and also featured in photography by local photographers. A little while back Trojan Cars commissioned Portsmouth artist LosDave to produce a huge mural covering the garage’s street facing walls.
The striking, colourful mural is now almost finished and is sure to catch the eye of people travelling through central Portsmouth. The mural itself contains elements in keeping with the the garage’s vintage cars & bikes with a rich, deep american sunset palette forming the backdrop, distinctly LosDave’s work on a huge scale.
Below are some photos from a recent visit to the mural.
The insanely prolific Ollie Munden is set to pounce once again with his second art show this year following up the packed house ‘MEGAMUNDEN Show‘ at No Walls Gallery in Brighton showcasing his first publication ‘The Tattoo Colouring Book’. Local to Brighton but by no means unfamiliar with Portsmouth, Ollie is part of the internationally renowned local design studio ilovedust and treats Portsmouth very much as his second home.
Over recent years MEGAMUNDEN has immersed himself in tattoo art and culture which eventually led to the creation of ‘The Tattoo Colouring Book’ (now in it’s 90,000 edition) commissioned and published in 2013 by Laurence King Publishing. The book has over 100 pages of hearts, sailors, skulls, roses and alike, all drawn exclusively for this book alone. It’s seriously good. I’ve not had the courage to colour mine in yet though…You can buy your copy HERE
Continuing a very strong year for the publication and to round the year off nicely Ollie is holding the small, but visually packed, ‘All Aboard‘ exhibition at local tattoo studio ‘King’s Ship’ on Marmion Road, Southsea.
Naturally there will be a selection of prints available to purchase as well as 2 new screenprints and 1 very special customised piece too. If it’s anything like the Praying Hands from the Brighton show you’re in for a real treat.
We are also super stoked to see local businesses and brands endeavouring to keep the cultural side of this city moving forward and this latest exhibition held at King’s Ship is no exception. Owner of King’s Ship, Aaron Willett, is no stranger to the illustrative style MEGAMUNDEN delivers in his work. With many years experience under his belt and with a great love for all pieces Japanese and Traditional, the King’s Ship is the perfect venue for ‘All Aboard’.
This may be the first exhibition to be held here but they are really keen to offer the shop space up to artists to exhibit and sell their artwork. If you’re interested please do get in contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening night for ‘All Aboard’ is on the 7th November from 7-9pm with free beer supplied by local micro brewery ‘The Brewhouse and Kitchen’. With all these excellent people in place to make this happen it will sure to be a very successful night. Strong Island will be in full attendance and we look forward meeting the usual crowd and catching up, as well as meeting some new faces too.
THE TATTOO COLOURING BOOK – PROMO VIDEO from MEGAMUNDEN on Vimeo.
‘Killarev’ rocked club night Delight at The Astoria with some fresh, inventive new sounds that got Portsmouth locals partying until early hours of Tuesday morning!
Delight at The Astoria hosted Killa Kela and Rev this week in an electric combo that bought drum and bass, electro and hip hop stylings fused together in an awesome collaboration.
A brief chat before the event confirmed how pleased the guys were to be playing in Portsmouth and Kela revealed how excited he was to see peoples reactions. When asked about what was upcoming, both Kela and Rev replied that they would be getting themselves out there as much as possible over the next year.
The guys were all over the DJ booth with realistic scratching body movements that got the crowd jumping about and dancing hard.
Kela is well renowned for his beatboxing performances and has been seen live alongside artists such as Prince and Nikka Costa. He has toured and played stages and festivals including Glastonbury, The Sprite and Liquid Mix festival and Oxegen Festival and his music has taken him all over the UK, America, Asia and Australia. His new blend with Rev is set to take him further with new venues, locations and fans to please.
Vocal percussion blended with the crazily creative guitar sounds offers a totally new fusion of music but also throws all types of music genre into the mix which is fascinating to listen too.
The guys smashed it at Astoria and the open style venue with its interactive and approachable DJ booth gave club goers the opportunity to say hello to the lads and watch the rave from all angles.
Delight has hosted some superb DJ’s and musicians over the years and this night rated in one of the best. We look forward to following the guys and seeing where they go next!
Words and photographs by Chantelle Wyatt
Need some fresh new gear for the party season? Of course you do. Go grab a slice of local skater run clothing company Signature’s style right HERE. Tie Dyes and Beanies are £10, all other tees are £15. FREE UK dleivery, £5 for international delivery.
All photos by the wonderfully tweaked James Sharp and modelled by Jackson Allgrove and Rose Roylance.