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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 and the date of 13th February firmly written in to your new diaries.

Under the Spotlight Coming Soon at Coastguard Studio

‘Lines of Best Fit’ at Aspex Guildhall Featuring Ilse Black and Daniel Ginns

Next week sees the artist preview and opening of the new aspex Guildhall’s exhibition showcasing drawn works by Ilse Black and Daniel Ginns and the systems used in order to create them. Lines of Best Fit will feature existing artworks and two site specific drawings; created especially for the aspex Guildhall space. Both artists have reacted within the limitations set by the space whilst continuing to expand the definition of ‘drawing’ within their current modes of practice.

Ilse Black, from Bournemouth, focuses on work that explores the ambiguity of perception and is a response to the mathematical structures, rhythms and patterns she sees in the world around her. Daniel is an old friend of Strong Island and Portsmouth ex-pat with a keen eye on the accidental and chaotic natural patterns plus a tireless pencil used to explore the intricacies of imperceptible movements. Damn fine skateboarder too. These two artists are an excellent pairing, curated by Ashley John, and sure to produce an unmissable exhibition.

Join aspex & Portsmouth Cultural Trust for an exclusive preview of the work on December 16th at 6pm at Portsmouth Guildhall – admission is free. Find out more at

‘Lines of Best Fit’ at Aspex Guildhall Featuring Ilse Black and Daniel Ginns
Ilse Black, ‘Biophillia, Scattered Dimensions’

Daniel Ginns Durational Line Drawing (5)
Daniel Ginns Durational Line Drawing

Basement Jaxx Announced for Victorious Festival 2015

Awesome news this morning that the guys at Victorious Festival have announced the first of next year’s line up…with Basement Jaxx all set to crush it on the Sunday. More news on the line ups soon for the event that’ll be even bigger and better next year over the weekend of the 29th and 30th of August.

£18 a day early bird tickets are available at and in The Belle Isle Southsea.

Basement Jaxx Announced for Victorious Festival 2015

Cannot wait to hear this out over Southsea Common…

Portsmouth Harbour at Night

After an evening spent filming at Gunwharf Quays for their new Christmas film I grabbed a handful of long exposure photos of a very quiet Portsmouth Harbour. A quiet and cold night with just the occasional Isle of Wight car ferry or Seacat passing The Point and the in-construction Ben Ainslie Racing Headquarters on the Camber.

Portsmouth Harbour at Night (1)

Portsmouth Harbour at Night (3)

Portsmouth Harbour at Night (2)

Portsmouth Harbour at Night (4)

BORDERLINES Photography Exhibition at Coastguard Studio

After a hugely successful exhibition with My Dog Sighs and Midge the Coastguard Studio’s next exhibition opens on Monday, entitled ‘Borderlines’. The exhibition is comprised of photographs by University of Portsmouth photography students Cristian Jurji and Ioana Pirvu that explore the notions of territories, of dislocations and the figurative borders that society confronts.

Monday will be the opening evening from 6pm to 9pm and then the exhibition is open until the 11th at the following times:

Tuesday – 12pm – 5pm
Wedenesday – 12pm – 5pm
Thursday – 12pm – 5pm

Coastguard Studio is located at 91 Clarendon Road, Southsea, PO4 0SA. More can be found out at the Facebook event HERE.

BORDERLINES Photography Exhibition at Coastguard Studio

Kassassin Street – Centre Straight Atom Video

Portsmouth band Kassassin Street recently dropped the official video for their song Centre Straight Atom, a crowd favourite of their live sets. The video is by local visual artist Jez Stevens who has previously worked on many awesome projection and video projects in and around the city.

You can download the song via iTunes HERE and see the band live just before Christmas at The Cellars on the 19th of December, if you were lucky enought to grab the tickets as the show is now sold out!

Kassassin Street by Jon Neil
Kassassin Street in the Round Tower, photo by Jon Neil.

Sam Ashley Photos from Polar Tour in Portsmouth

A few months back the Polar team came through Portsmouth as a stop on their UK “Surf ‘N’ Turf” tour, hitting up different cities around the country. Polar, out of Scandinavia, is the skateboarding creative outlet of pro skateboarder, artist and film maker Pontus Alv with a team of skaters from all over Europe and New York City too. The tour stop in the city was coordinated by Bored of Southsea with a shop signing, a demo at Southsea Skatepark and then the team out hitting up some of Portsmouth’s best street spots, all captured by one of skateboarding’s best photographers, Sam Ashley from London.

The photos from the tour (and from the Portsmouth stop) appeared in a Kingpin Magazine article which is now online and well worth a look & read HERE. You can pick up Polar boards and clothing at Bored in Albert Road.

Pontus Alv, frontside wallride around the corner. Photo: Sam Ashley
Pontus Alv, frontside wallride around the corner at the King Henry building. Photo: Sam Ashley.

Paul Grund, ollie. Photo: Sam Ashley.
Paul Grund, ollie. Photo: Sam Ashley.

Foal Arts Salon Exhibition Opens on 4th December

Over the Solent in Ryde is the home of Foal Arts, an Isle of Wight focal point for the arts with an eye to promote local creativity not just on the island but further afield. At 7pm on Thursday 4th Dec you can join Foal Arts as they celebrate the opening of their Winter Salon. It is a chance to meet the artists and curators and enjoy a great night in their converted Wesleyan Chapel studios.

The Salon features many successful and investable artists with added Christmas magic including mulled wine on arrival and a musical vernissage. The salon is open from the 5th to the 8th and everyone is welcome to pop in and also enjoy Granny’s cafe/bar with a cup of tea and a homemade mince pie.

Exhibition runs Friday 5th – Monday 8th December 11am – 4.30pm. 23 Nelson street, Ryde, PO33 2EZ. (from town centre head along Cross street, cross George St onto Melville St, left onto nelson street, building halfway down on the right).

The exhibition includes works by:

Annik Cullinane, Barbara Long, Celia Wilkinson, Chris Jenkins, Eva Fraser Harris, Gillian Chapman, Lynda Gray, Lisa Heath, Hilary Hayton, Holly Maslen, Howard Hardiman, Ian Whitmore, Joanne hummel-Newell, Jacqueline Cook, Kitty Cooper, Kieron LeVine, Lisa Traxler, Lyndy Moles, Martin Swan, Matt Chambers, Melanie Swan, Paul Woods, Sara Netherway, Stephen Butterfield, Steve Miles & Zoe Barker.

Curator lead tours available by appointment. You can find out more at:

Foal Arts Salon Exhibition Opens on 4th December

Mark Webb, Jack Watts and Troy Hayward at the Southsea Skatepark

A little while back Southsea Skatepark had a BMX comp and Epic TV have dropped an edit of the day with some heavy footage of locals and Total BMX riders Mark Webb, Jack Watts and Troy Hayward. Mark Webb is still coming back for what for most would be a career ending injury…not that you would know it with the park getting a battering like a winter storm. Have a watch below:

Mark Webb, Jack Watts and Troy Hayward at the Southsea Skatepark

Congratulations to Claire Sambrook!

Claire Sambrook is a key member of the Strong Island team as well as a driving creative force at the University of Portsmouth and quite simply, Strong Island would be a shadow of its current self it it wasn’t for Claire’s drive, input and ideas. From back in 2010 when we first began working on the Strong Island Exhibition in the Round Tower to Primary to Creating Balance to Creative Cargo and next year’s big project the Creative Census, Claire has been at the centre of much of what we do to showcase Portsmouth & Southsea’s artists, designers, photographers and creative businesses. Plus…what Claire does with Strong Island is only a part of the contribution she makes to the city. Projects and events such as Love Your Bike, the Deckchair Project and the hugely popular Creative Portsmouth book have all helped to put this city on the map.

Needless to say, Claire deserves to be given a key to the city but in the meantime…we would love to give a huge congratulations to Claire for winning the Woman in Arts category at this year’s The News Woman Of The Year Awards, a category with some serious competition. Good work Claire!

Claire Sambrook (2)

Claire Sambrook (1)

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Created Local – Dan Tonkin, Adayin Design

Local cycle machine and all round nice guy Dan Tonkin recently updated his website under the design pseudonym Adayin Design. Dan has been on the local scene since forever as a skater, photographer, web/graphic deisgner and keen cyclist with a heavily growing portfolio of work. A very multi talented individual that will leave you standing in a bike race.

Check out and aslo Dan’s Flickr stream. Sorry I can’t make The Randonnee this Sunday mate. Really quite gutted to be honest.

Ben Schroeder Transfer

In the previous Ben Schroeder post I didn’t really describe the legendary trick very well, so I’ve dug out the photo! Ben frontside ollied out of the pool over the platform and in to the steep bank. Sick stuff.

Ben Schroeder, Transfer, Southsea (1991)

Inside the Memorial

Due to possible damage due to the storm and the high winds it was possible to access the inside of the war memorial down on Southsea seafront the other day. I always though it was a solid structure but it turns out it is hollow with sunken foundations and access to the top. From the plaque inside, it looks like the ladder is for maintenance if there is a lightning strike (the top of the memorial has a huge copper globe).

No disrespect was meant by taking a very brief look inside, just architectural curiosity and finding out something not commonly known about a Southsea landmark.

Ladder Up




Super Sunny Southsea

What amazing weather we’ve been having as of late. I even rode the full 8 miles home in the sun on Friday. We all had a great weekend spent on the common, riding our bikes, skateboarding and generally eating and drinking the days away.






Local Photographer – Paul Gordon

Local photographer Paul Gordon has spent a lot of time hanging out and photographing the local skaters over the summer, both in the skatepark and out and about. The photos from the summer are now up in galleries on Paul’s website As well as the skating photos there are also loads of other galleries too including sport, portraiture, landscape, etc. Have a flick through.




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