Community Fusion Presents… is a evening of music, laughs, dancing, fun and it’s all in aid of celebrating Community Fusions third birthday. All proceeds are going to support Community Fusion and their future projects. If you are not already aware they are a youth volunteer service providing opportunities for 14-25 year olds in and around Portsmouth.
The awesome line up of music and bands is a good one, I recommend you take the time to check them out.
My favourite local band at the moment The Boy I Used To Be
Guide award winning Matt Jarvis
Doors 7pm-2am, From 11pm after the bands there will be music courtesy of the Hot Sauce DJs. Tickets are available for £5 and you can get your hands on them on the door on the night or before hand at the Wedgewood Rooms, Pie & Vinyl, the musicians or the Community Fusion Shop in Cascades.
We caught wind of this interesting and exciting possible partnership a little while back so it is great to see Aspex Guildhall announced today with the full details on the project and the first exhibition. aspex Gallery and Portsmouth Guildhall have come together to create a new exhibition space in the basement area of the Guildhall which will show some of the very best in contemporary art from emerging artists based in the south of England, with up to six different exhibitions a year.
“At the Cultural Trust we want to collaborate with arts organisations who offer us something special, I believe this new partnership will bring a marvellous new gallery to the heart of the city of Portsmouth. It adds a very new dimension to the Guildhall and we hope the public will respond by visiting us”. – Andy Grays, Chief Executive at Portsmouth Cultural Trust
The very first exhibition in this new shared space will be from Southampton based artist Jonny Hannah which will launch on 17th June this year, during Portsmouth Festivities. Jonny’s work inspired by great illustrators, lettering designer, painter and printmaker from the 1940s & 50s has been much in demand since his departure from Liverpool Art School and the Royal College of Art, with his work gracing the pages of Vogue, The New York Times and many a book jacket, as well as advertising and design work for clients such as the English National Opera and vintners Justerini & Brooks. Amongst private collectors Jonny has also established a loyal following for his linocuts, screenprints, and paintings. You can see a gallery of just some of Jonny Hannah’s work HERE.
“We are really excited about collaborating with Portsmouth Cultural Trust, which gives us the opportunity to reach more visitors with a gallery space right in the centre of Portsmouth. We are planning a diverse exhibitions programme, blending some of the very best artists we have shown at aspex along with specially curated exhibitions specifically for the Guildhall”. – Joanne Bushnell, Director of aspex.
We are really happy to be working with Blissfields and Xfm this year on the Road To Blissfields 2014. Yesterday the finalists have just been announced, well done all, there are some really talented acts in the final line up;
- The B Of The Bang
- Becky Jerams
- Plus guest headliners Bellyeyesmile
Next month we’ll be featuring the bands individually but in the meantime you can find out more information via their Facebook pages.
The Portsmouth leg of the competition is a free event and will be held on Friday 28th March in The Cellars on Cromwell Road, Eastney. You can find the Facebook Event HERE.
Come along and support your favourites, the winner will be decided by panel and we will take into account the crowds reaction! The winners will be offered a place on the Thursday night of the festival, which is always hugely well attended. The acts will play on The Hustle Den which is the largest stage open that night. Xfm will also be featuring the gigs and some of the competing acts on the radio station!
Made by Lloyd Jones (@ArtByLloyd)
This coming Tuesday evening our friends at Concrete Music and the Registry welcome Jackmaster. The event begins at 9am and will run until 4am, I can’t remember the last time I was drinking and dancing at 4am! I must be getting old.
The Concrete team advise me you never know exactly what you’re going to hear with Jackmaster. The element of glorious surprise is crucial to his sets: from the lost Dance Mania gems he spends his time unearthing to forgotten Disco tracks to straight-up house and techno sets, the Numbers co-founder has more options up his sleeve than just about any other DJ out there – and a rare knack for connecting seemingly disparate style..
There will be the usual support from the Concrete Music DJs but you can find out more information on the Facebook Event Page HERE.
The Scottish play is coming to the atmospheric setting of the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth this week. The Southsea Shakespeare Actors, who performed Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors at the Station Theatre, Hayling Island last November, are swapping tomfoolery and twins for blood and revenge in their production of Macbeth, showing from 12th-15th March.
Rob Bartlett, who plays the title role, tells us why the play is so popular among theatregoers, and what the audience can expect from this production.
This is one of Shakespeare’s plays that most people know at least a little about, whether it be the ‘is this a dagger I see before me’ quote or the infamous character of Lady Macbeth. Why do you think it holds such appeal for audiences?
I think it’s because of the mix of supernatural, unbridled ambition and human weakness – we may not all do what the Macbeths do, but we’ve thought about it! If we were given a supernatural push and told by powers beyond our understanding that it would all be okay, we might just act on those impulses more often.
I also think it’s because Macbeth’s descent into madness is so well observed and written that it makes it utterly compelling, and a joy to play. In one line ranting and in the next line totally lucid. The jerkiness of his thoughts makes it a perfect portrayal of manic behaviour.
The play also barrels along at a heck of a pace – there isn’t the flowery poetry of Romeo and Juliet for example, it’s all plot, character and action. I also think that almost every character gets their moment in the spotlight – Lady M and Mackers obviously, but Malcolm, MacDuff, Lady MacDuff, Banquo and even the Porter get their chance to shine (to name but a few)!
There’s a superstition in the theatre world that it’s bad luck to mention the ‘M’ word on the night of a performance, regardless of the play. What’s that all about?
To be honest I have no idea!!! I talk about Macbeth all the time. I think there was some talk about bad things happening on various productions but to me it seems like a good way to get some publicity!
You’re performing at the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth – how do you think the setting will lend itself to the atmosphere of the play?
I think it will be brilliant! A big bare stone building, dimly lit with lots of shadows bouncing off the walls, candles – it will be fab. Also by doing it ‘in the round’ the audience will be really close. They will feel like they are in the scene, not just watching it. There will be times where they can’t see the face of the actor who is delivering the lines but that wont matter, a bit like when you are out with a big group of friends. You can’t always see the face of the person talking but you get a sense of what’s going on from everyone around you – and yes, that will include the other members of the audience on the opposite side of the room who can see.
We are doing some scenes with candles, so it will be really dim – really atmospheric!
Can you sum up in one (short!) sentence what we can expect from the Southsea Shakespeare Actors’ version of Macbeth?
It’s up close and personal – be ready to be part of the action!
To book tickets go to http://ssa.ticketsource.co.uk/events or find out more about the Southsea Shakespeare Actors at www.southseashakespeareactors.com.
Designer Sir Kenneth Grange and Journalist & Photographer Barbara Chandler were guests today of Anglepoise and The University of Portsmouth.
Sir Kenneth was one of the founding partners of Pentagram and an Industrial designer, responsible for such iconic products as the Kodak Instamatic Camera, the Kenwood Chef, the Intercity 125 Train, and the updated London Taxi. In 2003 he became design director of Anglepoise which is based here in Portsmouth.
Barbara Chandler is a leading and well respected journalist working for the London Evening Standard for over 20 years, and currently has a design column in Homes & Gardens. Barbara is also a successful photographer with her best selling book Love London and her most recent exhibition The Joy of Design which launched last year at designjunction as part of The London Design Festival, to support the Out of the Dark charity.
The first stop of the day was to see the Changing Faces installation at the University of Portsmouth Eldon Building where they were met by Professor Catherine Harper, Dean of The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries and Denise Callender the promotions manager. The Anglepoise installation has been very well received and is based on a similar installation that was designed by Sir Kenneth for his Retrospective show ‘ Making Britain Modern’ at The Design Museum, London in 2011.
The next stop was a visit to All About Tea to see the tea bag making making machine, expertly hosted by Andrew Gadsden and of course sample Portsmouth Tea and Southsea Green Tea. After taking in the fantasic views on a clear sunny day from the Spinnaker Tower, Aspex gallery was next on the list to view the Creating Balance exhibition. Most of the lamps used in the project were designed by Sir Kenneth and it was great for him to view the final outcomes and hear from gallery director Jo Bushnell on how successful the exhibition has been. Working with staff, students, the creative community and businesses enable projects like this to gain a greater momentum and wider remit.
The Beneficial Foundation Charity then gave everyone a tour of their premises and materials bank near Rodney Road and discussed how they work with community groups especially those with learning difficulties helping them to get into work and provide access to training facilities.
The last stop of the day was for Barbara to officially open her Joy of Design exhibition at Anglepoise Head Office in Farlington. Staff, participants of the Creating Balance Project were also in attendance. The exhibition features photographs of nearly 70 leading designers.
“It was a fantastic tour around the city, celebrating the fantastic places, spaces and people that Portsmouth has to offer. Culminating in a small and intimate launch of the ‘Joy of Design’ exhibition here at Anglepoise, by Barbara Chandler. Who has been a superstar of the British Design scene over the years supporting everybody from established design companies to up and coming designers.”
Simon Terry, Brand and Innovation Director of Anglepoise
I first discovered Los Dave’s work when I attended the In Rust We Trust Exhibition at the old Room 237. I loved these small mesh birds that were on display, it was only when I got chatting to Dave I found out the story behind how he created them. In his own words…
I started making birds in 2011 as a way of creating something different for Free Art Friday. I have this thing about ree Art Friday, that I like to go out, find something in the environment, driftwood, wire, string (recently, a fridge!), turn it into art in situ and leave it where I found it. There were loads of these wire meshes from disposable barbeque grills, so I collected a few and went and sat at Coffee Cup at Eastney; just started bending it to see what would come out of it. And that was the first bird. I have a rule of absolutely no cutting which was inspired by the art of origami. It’s taken a while, but you can see the forms evolving over time.
The crow comes from my very good friend Nicola, who loves the Corvids as species. I made the first standing one for her a couple of Christmases ago. That one’s more Chough than crow though. But the development of the legs (finding the right material and method for making them), has been a great leap forward.
They’ve proved so popular that it got to a point where I was going out late at night in the summer collecting still hot grills from the common. They are pretty gross, they all have to be washed and they are as sharp! Feeding the foxes by hand was a bonus.
Coming soon you will be able to get your hands on ‘Standing Crow’. His latest pieces are made from recycled disposable bbq grill mesh and legs from old bicycle spokes. Find out more at www.losdave.bigcartel.com.
You can keep up to date with Dave and his art via his Twitter @Scuzzylogic and Flickr pages.
You can see how the birds have evolved over time.
Photos by Los Dave
Congratulations to Bille Cawte, who is the lucky winner of two tickets to see comedians Lee Nelson and Joe Wilkinson. A massive thanks goes to New Theatre Royal who donated the tickets.
If you weren’t lucky enough but would still like to go then you can get yourself a ticket HERE.
(Warning, contains swearing)
Fie Hansigne Rude Petersen is a photographer who hails from Herfølge in Denmark but has been based in our beloved Portsmouth since last September.
She is a self taught photographer with her weapon of choice being a Sony A57, with a Tamron 18-200 lens and a Nissin mark 2 flash. Fie has mainly been seen photographing bands in the Fat Fox and Registry, if you are looking to get some shots of your band then feel free to get in contact with her.
Fie will be displaying her work in her first ever exhibition at the Kings Theatre from 5th May, details can be found HERE.
You can follow/contact Fie on Facebook and on Instagram @Fiemania.
Looten Duke @ The Fat Fox
Sahara Snow @ The Fat Fox
The Bar Staff @ The Wedgewood Rooms
On Saturday the 15th two of the oldest and most loved music nights in Portsmouth will battle it out for your attention in a silent disco being hosted by Little Johnny Russells.
You can expect awesome Funk, Soul and R’n’B from the Hipshaker crew, with the Chaos gang banging out Hip-Hop to Indie and Alternative tunes. The events are always hugely popular and so make sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Keep up to date with any announcements on the Facebook Event Page HERE.
101 Reykjavík is the newest addition to our awesome food and drink scene. I tried it out myself last weekend and I’ve got to say I loved it. I made the effort to try all bar one of the beers available, it was hard to pick a favourite but the Einstök White Pale Ale was the winner. Special praise goes to the smoked flavoured Steðji Reyktur!
You can find 101 Reykjavík at the junction of Castle Road and Kent Road, Southsea. If you would like to find out more and see the menu then check out the website HERE, alternatively you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter (@101_Reykjavik).
Thursday 6th March the venue will be launching The Thursday Thingí, described as a weekly(isn) gathering/þingí. You can expect stripped down acoustic sets, chat with an author, a poet or some other free-thinking type or the finest in Scandinavian cinema.
Opening will local artists B Of The Bang and The Boy I Used To Be. You can find out more information on the Facebook event page HERE. See ya there!
We featured work by Craig Eves previously and he recently produced a new print entitled Pompey ‘Ours’ Illustrated. The proud message ‘OURS’ was spelt out by fans in August 2013 when they held up coloured cards before Pompey’s match against Oxford United. This print illustrates the same message in the form of a beautiful line drawing printed in the club colours.
You can buy the print sized at A3 direct from Craig Eves HERE.
The Far from Home project and exhibition is a collaboration between Armed Forces Community Covenant scheme, public funding from Arts Council England for Fusion lab taking place in Space, staff and students of the University of Portsmouth, Somerstown residents, local artists, Sharon Court (who ran the recent Somerstown Stories project) and Strong Island Media.
The Far from Home project brought together ex-service personnel and the family or personnel with students based at the Eldon building of the University of Portsmouth, with the group exploring the theme of being Far From Home. The theme was chosen as it was felt that both groups of participants in the projects could emphasise with the sense of leaving home for the first time, leaving friends and family and experiencing a new life. The students from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries who have been working alongside these retired armed service personnel and their families learnt more about how it felt to be a new recruit, to be posted overseas, or to be far from home. The students have then created art, including photography, illustration, short films and creative writing based on these experiences for an upcoming Far From Home exhibition in Space. Film footage taken of students talking to and working with armed forces personnel on the project will also be shown. Additionally artefacts from the armed forces personnel will also be on display.
Residents taking part in the project have had the opportunity to also learn new things through taster workshops led by students and a tour of the recently extended Eldon Building, home to the faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. These workshops and the tour are designed to break down barriers and increasing understanding for both groups of participants.
The Far From Home exhibition opens with a special afternoon tea on Friday, March 14 and will be open to the public from March 17-26. A book and film will also be produced showcasing the work created as part of the project.
You can find out more about the project at:
This years Graphic Design and Typography Pub Quiz will be held at The Fat Fox on Tuesday 18th March.
Organised by students from Third Year Graphic Design at Portsmouth University. All proceeds go towards funding the end of year London Degree show, New Designers 2014, at the beginning of July. Of course it goes without saying that you can catch the show in Portsmouth too, just keep an eye out on Strong Island for more news on that closer to the time.
The quiz itself is made up of both graphic design, typography and general design questions, expect ‘identify the typeface’ and ‘general’ design knowledge rounds. For those non designers there is still plenty for you to get involved in including a raffle which includes a canvas from My Dog Sighs, which I know everyone will have an eye on! Raffle tickets will be on sale both on the night and between 10am-3pm, Monday-Friday from the Eldon foyer/caffe from Monday.
You can keep up to date on the other prizes via the Facebook Event Page HERE.
The bounty from last years event.
Time flies! In April it will be three years since Southsea Skatepark was handed over from Portsmouth City Council to a newly set up charity. To celebrate the anniversary plus the formal opening of the brand new skatepark skate and BMX shop the skatepark is holding a jam event on Saturday 26th April. The jam includes loads of fun events that anyone can try and get involved (if they feel up for it) with highest ollie, bunnyhop, a game of SKATE plus for the first time in decades, time trials to see who can go down the snake run the fastest. Along with all of this there will be demonstrations from local riders, food, live DJs and much more so if you haven’t been to the skatepark before or not in a little while, please come along and reconnect, as a charity the skatepark can only get better and better with the support of the local community!
In the evening there will also be a roller disco too so you are more than welcome to enjoy the skatepark for the whole day if you want to.
More details will be going up on the Southsea Skatepark website, Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter in the coming days and weeks:
(Artwork by Mimic from AllCaps)
Love it or hate it, one thing is undeniable, The Tricorn was a distinctive building and helped shape for many years the skyline of Portsmouth. Another undeniable fact is that everyone had an opinion on the structure, from its design through to its use and this exhibition, entitled Tricorn: Controversy in Concrete at Portsmouth City Museum, is sure to remind people that even after 10 years since it’s demolition the Tricorn can still instil passion in the people of Portsmouth and further afield.
The exhibition itself explores the architectural roots of both the Tricorn in the Brutalist movement, its construction in 1966 & all the way through to the Tricorn’s demise in 2004. The exhibition also explores how the Tricorn formed a part of the community, with it home to businesses, a place to work, explore and play through the years. For the first time all of these aspects of this distinctly Portsmouth building will be on display.
As part of the exhibition will be a display of over 100 photos submitted to Strong Island by over 30 photographers that will form the community photography panel. The photographs show the Tricorn in many different ways, with it forming not just a backdrop but a clear, creative inspiration to many students and people of Portsmouth. We’re really excited to share the work and the display.
We are also working with a group of artists and photographers on a series of prints that will be on sale at the Portsmouth City Museum during the exhibition and on display within the exhibition. We’ll have more details on these and some other Tricorn related events and activities soon!
The exhibition opens on the 15th March and runs through to the 29th June.
Below is the official flyer plus a very small selection of images submitted to us to form the community photography panel.
Strong Island contributor & Southsea creative Lou Bush has her very own first solo exhibition coming up on Friday 7th at Pie & Vinyl on Castle Road. The exhibition will be a collection of Ooh La Lapin animal creations each with their own unique characters. On the opening night there will be a buffet of Pie & Vinyls finest pies (including Sweetie Pie pies) as well as drinks, which will include specially selected brews from Southwick Brewhouse. Also available will be Ooh la Lapin goody bags including stickers, badge and card packs plus local illustrator Stu Linfield is producing a limited edition book to accompany the exhibition, filled with all the characters portraits.
The preview finishes at 9pm but you can attend an after party at 101 Reykjavik and enjoy some moss schnapps or Icelandic beer!
Find out more at the exhibition Facebook event and at:
Angela Chick is a local illustrator and designer who has been creating a range of unique gifts and accessories featuring her playful illustration style. With Mothers Day fast approaching (30th March) Angela has produced an awesome set of cards and other gifts for the number one woman in your life. You can find a full range of gifts at angelachick.bigcartel.com.
Angela has a strong presence online, you can check out her website www.angelachick.com or follow her on Twitter @MissAngelaChick, Facebook and on Tumblr.
As part of March’s National Science and Engineering Week, Portsmouth Natural History Museum will be running a special camera obscura event in partnership with local photographer, Janet Myers.
A camera obscura is a room with no light coming in, except through one small pinhole. Light from the scene outside the room enters the pinhole and projects a real-time image of the outside scene, onto the walls inside the darkened room. You might even see the number 1 bus drive across the ceiling of the museum’s large first floor room.
The event includes workshops for schools (£3 per pupil) 17th–20th March and a FREE open day for the public on Sunday 23rd March, 11am-4pm.
For full details about school visits, please contact Gemma Waters, Cumberland House Development Officer email@example.com or Janet Myers firstname.lastname@example.org. To book a school visit, please call 023 9283 4744
Further details about the project and about Janet’s work with schools are also described on her website www.janetmyersphotography.com
Here is some good news, or at least a good excuse for a bit of a treat, this week is British Pie Week! To celebrate all things pie, Southsea based Sweetie Pie Bakery have a 10% discount on all their Sweet Pies for the whole week, including gift wrapping and free delivery in Southsea too. All you need to do to get your pie this week with 10% off is enter the code PIEWEEK14.
You can find out more at:
Back in the 70s, before even Portsmouth Skatepark had been developed from the roller rink, Portsmouth Guildhall Square was home to a demonstration by the famous 1970s Hobie Skateboards team (Mike Weed, Bob Scolberg and Skitch Hitchcock) in October 1977. The demo inspired many local young people to get in to skateboarding and helped in some way to get the skatepark the following year. The Guildhall has been a popular spot for skateboarding, BMXing and more ever since and this summer sees a new, local event aiming to bring these all together at the Guildhall Square for the first time in a brand new event.
Portsmouth Guildhall and Big Adventures are working with Southsea Skatepark and Zero Gravity with the brand new, weekend long Portsmouth Street Games running Saturday 31st May to 1st June at Guildhall Square. The event will include freestyle mountain bike performances from Zero Gravity (who you may well have seen previously perform at Gunwharf), flatground and ramp BMX plus skateboarding by guys from Southsea Skatepark, street dance from Portsmouth’s own Most Wanted & Streetforce DC, local freerunners and Portsmouth Roller Wenches.
On top of all that there will be a major street art event running, curated by My Dog Sighs and Lex from AllCaps, including graffiti and street artists from Portsmouth and further afield, painting walls and a canvas the size and shape of a New York City train carriage. Local streetwear brands will also have stalls at a market throught the weekend plus there will be music and food too.
The event is free and open to everyone, we’ll see you there!
For more details see the flyer below (artwork by AllCaps).
Portsmouth has a very creative community of night photographers such as Diana Goss, Andrew Whyte and many more, including the highly talented Marc Bowyer-Briggs. Marc recently took a series of images down at the popular photography spot The Hotwalls, utilising the shadows created by the stairs and railings and incorporating the curves of the arches and walls in his compositions. Below are a few photographs from the set, be sure to see Marc’s website to see more of his work:
(Photos used with the kind permission of Marc Bowyer-Briggs)
For the whole day and into the evening of 29 March, venues across Portsmouth will open up to the people of the city, giving them the opportunity to enjoy tours, workshops, exhibitions and performances. Most of the events are family-friendly and they are nearly all FREE!
There’s everything from yarn-bombing masterclasses, drumming and dance workshops, poetry readings, talks and plays about everything from Henry VIII to The First World War, even a Mad Hatters Tea Party!
For more information, visit Facebook or follow @LostHourPompey on Twitter!
To buy tickets for the New Theatre Royal’s three ticketed events, Periplum’s performance of their piece ‘#WeAreAllSpartacus’, Bête Noire’s ‘Fear Floor’ show, and the tours of the New Theatre Royal, titled ‘A New Stage In Time’ check their website www.newtheatreroyal.com!
Victorious Festival announced today the first bands to be added to this year’s lineup! As you most likely know already, this year’s Victorious Festival will be happening down on Southsea Common, with a bigger event including more acts, more market stalls, more everything. The lineup so far can be found on the updated Victorious Festival website and include:
Dizzee Rascal, Seasick Steve, Shed Seven, The Pigeon Detectives, Naughty Boy, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Swim Deep, Lucy Spraggan, Beans on Toast, Public Service Broadcast, The Cadbury Sisters, The Counterfeit Beatles & The Southsea Alternative Choir.
Going to be good! The event will also include many of the Southsea Seafront attractions as part of the event too such as Southsea Skatepark, Southsea Castle, etc. each of which will be offering different events and activities.
If you were one of the lucky cats to bag tickets to 6 Music Festival 2014, then make sure you pop down to the Festival Fringe Cornershop and say hello to our boys at Pie & Vinyl. They have set up shop at the Victoria Warehouse and have bought a little corner of Southsea to Manchester. Great to see our hood being repped at such a prestigious event. Keep an eye on their weekend via Twitter and FB.
Photos by Pie And Vinyl.