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Southsea Beach Cafe – First Day On Site

With the increasing decline and surrounding speculation of South Parade Piers future it’s extremely encouraging to see anything positive happening with regard to our extensive seafront. Despite always being under scrutiny for one reason or another the seafront remains a very popular destination throughout the year and with continuous progress on the Southsea Seafront Strategy, the PCC backed Victorious Festival and the Seafront Masterplan, to name but a few, it really feels like things are starting to change for the better…

Southsea Beach Cafe most certainly suits the progressive nature we are all dying to see take place and is a welcome addition to what is currently a very run down area of the seafront. The new proprietors of the old toilet block and cafe opposite Canoe Lake and East of the pier have taken on something that will really bring a new lease of life to the area. Not to be overshadowed by movements of the once iconic South Parade Pier, SBC is set to become a very popular destination for both locals and passing visitors.

Today saw the real beginning as work on site began and progress became a reality in physical form. Once completed, SBC will be a well considered and contemporary cafe destination offering good quality food throughout the day and evening. Set in an very accessible area with the perfect vista the plans for SBC include both inside and outside areas for dining in a very relaxed and family friendly environment.

Offering a unique experience to Southsea is the addition of having a seasonally adaptable awning that can be retracted to reveal the delights of Summer sunshine, whilst also keeping off those chilly British winds, and equally in the Winter months shield you from the elements but still offer the feeling of being outside as you are protected by the awnings structural weatherproof glass. As awesome as it will be to visit in the summertime I’m certainly looking forward to some comfort food in the Winter with the sea crashing outside in the knowledge that I’m safe and sound from the elements!

We will be following SBC very closely over the next few months before their planned opening in early June and have a more in depth article with the owners coming soon to talk about the years of negotiation up to their final plans and down to what will be on the menu. For the time being you can follow Southsea Beach Cafe over at their Facebook page HERE.

Strong Island have the privilege to be working with Southsea Beach Cafe on both the brand identity and creative consultancy and we are extremely proud to be part of the journey with them and the people they are working with. We will be keeping you up to date with all the developments of this exciting new venture right up till the opening night, and beyond…

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The Portsmouth Guest Guide 2014

A NEW guest guide is promising to reveal the creative heart of Portsmouth to visitors staying at hotels in the city. The brainchild of Hampshire based ‘Marketing Collective‘, the Guest Guide is in its second year and the talented team are working hard pulling together content as we speak.

This year’s cover (following in the footstep’s of popular Portsmouth based artist Dave Thompson) will be the prolifically talented and good old local lad My Dog Sighs. Editor Jo Andrews, explained: “We are great admirers of My Dog’s work and when we were deciding who to feature on the cover, it didn’t take us long to make up our minds.”

Other features include an exploration of Portsmouth’s part in the Sherlock mania currently gripping the world and a Little Black Book feature, where a well-known local face recommends the best places to go for a romantic meal or the best live music. “We want to make the Guest Guide a really good read – packed with interesting information about Portsmouth that you just can’t find in the usual tourist leaflets. Last year Mark from Like a Teatray in the Sky did our Little Black Book feature for us – and had people coming into his cafe clasping copies of the guide.

Our aim is to encourage people to go beyond the heritage and really enjoy what Southsea has to offer in terms of great independent shops and fab bars and restaurants that leave a lasting impression.”

And the good news is it’s not too late for you to feature in this year’s Portsmouth Guest Guide. Jo is keen to speak to businesses who would like to advertise – and she is happy to discuss feature ideas too. If you would like to feature in the 2014 Guest Guide, contact Jo Andrews at jo@themarketing-collective.com or call 0759110720.

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Everything Stops For Tea

Make some art for charity! You can’t argue with that now can you? And what a great and highly creative idea ‘Everything Stops For Tea’ is. Combining the love of tea and the medium of wax art, this unique project aims to produce visual art using empty teabags that have been filled with small pieces of art and then dipped in wax to preserve them. Wonderful.

Organisers Barry & Roo Abrook with Portsmouth’s very own All ABout Tea invite you to bring a smile and a bit of creativity to help raise money to aid research for the Rett Syndrome Research Trust Group.

Everything Stops For Tea is this Saturday the 22nd March at All ABout Tea, 56 Middle Street, Southsea. For more information please head over to the Facebook page HERE.

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The MEGAMUNDEN Show

Internationally renowned local design studio ilovedust represent a huge wealth of talent and one of their senior designers is no exception. Ollie Munden, or MEGAMUNDEN as he is known, is throwing his first exhibition off the back of the release of his first book. A busy man no less.

Over recent years MEGAMUNDEN has immersed himself in tattoo art and culture which has eventually led to the creation of ‘The Tattoo Colouring Book’ 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…

Never ceasing to amaze, or even slow down, MEGAMUNDEN moved swiftly on from his first publication and began preparation for his first exhibition being held at No Walls Gallery in Brighton this February 28th. Included in the exhibition are collaborations with Shaun Swainland, Pedro Oyarbide, Jeff Nichols and Raw & Auburn.

Local leather craft designer Raw & Auburn was asked to produce a series of her unique hand crafted wares exclusively for the MEGAMUNDEN show. Each hand cut, hand sewn and hand finished item has been laser engraved with bespoke layouts from Ollie’s collection of illustrations.

Raw & Auburn products are all handcrafted using traditional techniques which in turn compliment the signature hand finished methods of MEGAMUNDEN to make these one of a kind pieces more than just a collaborative project.

Meeting head on, this unique partnership between two artisans of different disciplines has resulted in something both beautiful and functional as everyday objects. Striking tattoo inspired illustrations and natural raw materials seamlessly pair to create these exclusive handcrafted designs. Having seen them in person I must say they are really amazing.

There’s a pretty big crowd heading up on Friday including most of the ilovedust team and Strong Island crew. Hopefully you can make it there too for what is certain to be a very successful night for all involved. Oh, there’s an after party too with cheap beer… Be sure to get all the details over at the event page HERE.

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Civilisation Of The Rough – Easter Sunday

If you don’t know, get to know. The COR rough ethos rings true with every party they put on. This easter see’s the COR crew getting the hype going for their annual Easter bash that always dresses to impress. Early bird tickets are available now. Pop over to www.c-o-r.co.uk and sign up for yours now. More info over on the COR Facebook page HERE.

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Caleigh Illerbrun at Southsea Coffee Co.

Many of you know the wonderful talents of Caleigh and her quirky Russian Owls, to name but one of her creative outputs. Naturally she is a very fine illustrator as you can see from her Owls, but she’s most certainly not all about small things in nice packages. Caleigh is currently transforming the large back wall of Southsea Coffee Co in to an illustrative wilderness that’s probably not dissimilar to her homeland Canada. At least I like to imagine she see’s most things from an illustrated mindset!

Caleigh will be finishing the the giant ‘Wolverine’ piece this Saturday 8th February so pop on down, grab a coffee, some cake, sit back and watch the final transformation live. You can follow Caleigh over at www.facebook.com/caleighill.art to see how things progress. The little fella at the bottom ‘Floyd’ is also in Southsea Coffee Co and looking for a new home. Who wouldn’t want Floyd as a buddy.

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Created Local – Alfie Thomas Passingham

Alfie is currently studying at Portsmouth University and spends his free time co-running two small but well formed clothing brands with other Created Local featured designer Dan Pease. The Idols and Anchors and Co Conspirators Clothing designs are all born from hand drawn fine line illustrations in black and white, with the occasional tweak from Photoshop for colour. With clean graphics that draw influence from traditional naval and tattoo themes Alfie’s work stands out amidst the everyday design that is often entirely computer generated!

You can follow Alfie on instagram: @atpillustration or twitter: @ATPillustration

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Nautical Chic by Amber Butchart – Call For Nautical Images

Local author Naomi Thompson recently got in contact regarding her friend Amber Butchart, a lady of a silly amount of bow feathers, is writing the book on maritime style aptly entitle Nautical Chic (to be published in 2015). Lavishly illustrated and backed up by rigorous research, it will be the definitive guide to nautical influences on fashion.

Her research has already brought her to our fine shingled shores and having delved into our numerous public resources, she is now looking to feature local folk and their stories. From pirates to petty officers via matelots and salty sea dogs, all are welcome.

Images are really important as they are the starting point of the book; where the particular styles are founded and then carried over into fashion trends. Amber is mainly looking for authentic historical imagery of folk in their uniforms or seafaring attire – as much detail of the clothing as possible and the older the better. Any pictures you may have of friends and family members in sailor suits or naval clothing would be much appreciated, especially if you have any information on the person in terms of rank or uniform detail. This being Portsmouth, any information on where the uniform was made would be an added bonus.

These images don’t have to be exclusively British. For example, Amber will also look at French Breton stripes and American yachting style. Examples from other countries will also be of interest.

She would also like to hear of any collections of nautical ephemera, such as pictures of films stars in sailor/officer wear or illustrations of sailors. Even a picture of your seafaring granddad in an Arran knit would be welcome.

If you are interested in helping her research please contact Amber at amber@theatreoffashion.co.uk

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John PFC Westwood Supporters Choir – Limited Edition Badges

Carl Partridge has produced these limited edition enamel pin badge as a nod to local Pomey supporter legend John Westwood. A name, and face that is synonymous with Portsmouth FC. Even if you don’t follow football, and you’re from Portsmouth you will have most likely heard of John.

“Reason To Be Cheerful, About John. I would have been 16 at the time, I’m now 25. It was my first Away Game 2004. Pompey visited Aston Villa back in the glory days of the Premier League. I sat next to John in the first half. After which we were 3-0 down, and John went off and led a conga around the Away stand! This left an impression on me and I’ve been a fan ever since.

Portsmouth is a Seaside Club and John PFC Westwood is Fratton Parks modern day Drunken Sailor. ‘He chants , he sings, all the time ringing his bell’. He is English footballs most eccentric character. Football Fans are like choirs, and John sings the loudest for Pompey!

A divisive individual, but an unforgettable one. These badges are for the fans who appreciate and enjoy the sight of that ‘tall hat’ at football games, entertaining the stands. This is fan art of a football fan.”

These enamel badges are £5 each, limited to only 100 and you can purchase yours over at www.carlpartridge.co.uk

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Created Local – Craig Eves, Pompey ‘Ours’ Illustrated

Craig recently sent us his new illustrative offering that once again embodies Portsmouth heritage, but in a slightly different manner. The history of standing strong.

“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.”

Each Giclee print is printed with archival inks onto a lovely matt Innova 315gsm soft textured paper. This basically means the print will not fade and will last a lifetime. Grab yours from www.paperhappy.co.uk for £35.

We have featured Craig before with his really cool illustrative designs of the old Odeon cinemas from Portsmouth & Southsea. You can view and purchase these prints HERE.

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Strong Island Calendar 2015 #SIC2015

Our 2014 Calendar was a huge success, the quality of images and huge amount interest it received really took us by surprise. We managed to double the sales of the 2013 Calendar, meaning we raised just over £600 for the Feel Yourself Campaign and the Alzheimer’s Society. We received over a thousand submissions by email and by use of the Instagram hashtag #sic2014.

We are excited to announce that we are taking submissions for our 2015 calendar. If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit then you can email your submission via calendar@strong-island.co.uk. If you’ve taken a photo on Instagram that you’d like to submit for consideration you just need add the hashtag #SIC2015. There are no limits to how many you submit, the only rule is that the image must be relevant to Portsmouth.

Along with Instagram this year we also recommend you check out the Faded App. I’ve had a play with this App and you can create images that surpass anything that Instagram can produce. I especially love the overlay function.

If you have been taking any photos during this extreme weather we would love for you to submit them!

You may be aware that unfortunately due to an error our end the original batch of calendars contained a couple of errors. To rectify this the problem with the calendar we re-printed all of the calendars and offered everyone who bought one a free replacement (with free P&P where required). We are confident that we have managed to replace the vast major because of the online ordering records, however if you bought one from Lou Lou’s, Southsea Gallery or the Victorian Market then we don’t have your details so we need you to contact us ASAP to arrange a replacement! Those unclaimed calendars by the end of the week are likely to be donated to the staff of the charities we are supporting

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Here are just a few of the submissions that we have already received that might give you some inspiration.

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Road To Blissfields 2014 by Sophie Perryer

It’s that time of year again, when Southsea’s finest traipse out on a Friday night to listen to some of our home-grown, burgeoning talent. This year was no exception, with the likes of Becky Jerams, Poppobowa, Sabre and the B of the Bang taking to the stage to fill our ears with a range of musical goodness.

The evening was held this year at the Cellars at Eastney, and certainly had a more relaxed atmosphere – Strong Island’s Stuart Barker was even spotted wandering around with a cup of tea at one point!

The relaxed atmosphere lent itself perfectly to Becky Jerams soulful, syrupy vocals, gliding effortlessly over lyrics and melodies alike. Becky has enjoyed considerable success over the last few years with her song writing: her track ‘La La Love’ was featured in a Mandy Moore movie, and she has written for the likes of Chesney Hawkes and Loz Bridge. These accomplishments certainly showed through in her music; her sound was very much grown up pop and polished, while still retaining a youthful, wishful quality in her lyrics. A great start to the evening.

Becky was followed by Popobawa, a Gosport based trio relatively new to the music scene – so much so that Road To Blissfields was their debut live show! To say the boys coped well would be an understatement; they delivered a strong set with some interesting melodic choices which made for a distinctive sound, and the combination of this with hazy vocals akin to Friendly Fires was very striking. The best part? You can download their EP for a ‘name your price’ on their SoundCloud page.

Also hailing from Gosport were SABRE – the fivesome delivered catchy synth beats and impressive vocals not dissimilar to the Maccabees or Bombay Bicycle Club, with a little Two Door Cinema Club thrown in for good measure. Their raucous sarcastic comedy appealed to the crowd, and the banter between the band members was enjoyable.

Last but certainly not least were the B Of The Bang. The contrast of the almost gravelly voice of the lead singer and the Roxanne on keyboard’s ethereal vocals lent an almost eerie sense. The band delivered well thought-out tracks which were both directional and abstract, and conveyed a sense of their musical versatility and talent. Without a doubt a well deserved victory.

Congratulations to the B Of The Bang“>B of the Bang on their slot at Blissfields, and thank you also to the other artists for once again showcasing to us the quality of our local talent! Thank you too to Bellyeyesmile, Joel Ransom, the Cellars at Eastney, Strong Island, and all those others who had a hand in organising a top evening.

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*We will be giving away a pair of tickets to Blissfields over the next six weeks so be sure to keep an eye out.*

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Victorious Festival 2014

In January the Victorious Festival team announced that the festival will be moving to Southsea Seafront. The team appear to have planned a bigger and better event building upon the success of previous years.

Last week saw the second wave of artists confirmed to perform live. The line up already consisted of awesome headliners Dizzie Rascal, Seasick Steve but they have now been joined by Razorlight, British Sea Power, Slow Club, Foy Vance, Mark Morriss of The Bluetones and The Bog Rolling Stones. There will be DJ sets from Alt J, Terry Hall of the Specials, 2manyDJs and COR. Not to forget some of the best local talent such as Matt Jarvis, Eloise Keating and our favourites the Southsea Alternative Choir are also performing.

Personally I’m really excited about the Sunday line up, I’ve been a huge fan of Seasick Steve for years and I even went to Bestival dressed as him for the Under the Sea fancy dress theme. Sunday also see’s British Sea Power performing, they have been regular visitors to the Wedgewood Rooms during their tours in the past, most recently in April 2013. They are easily one of the best live acts you could ever have the pleasure of seeing. The Saturday headliner Dizzie Rascal isn’t too shabby. I caught him at Bestival in 2010 and I can promise you, he knows how to put on a show and get you dancing!

There will be more artists announced closer to the time. You can find out first by following Victorious on Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

The event is more than just a music festival, there will be lots going on in the Kids Arena as well a Real Ale Festival featuring many local breweries. For the weekend local seafront attractions will be FREE, these include Southsea Castle, Blue Reef Aquarium, D-Day Museum and Southsea Skate Park. If you would like to be involved in the boutique market then drop the team an email on traders@victoriousfestival.co.uk.

The festival will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August. There are limited early bird tickets available but hurry as they are only available at the reduced price for the next ten days! Adult Day tickets are currently available for £15 per day and will be £20 after. You can pick one up via the website HERE, or directly at Little Johnny Russells or either of the Belle Isle restaurants. Kids tickets will cost £6 but those under the age of five can enter the festival for free.

Over the next five months we will try and keep you up to date on announcements and preview the performers and attractions that you can look forward to.

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Tricorn Controversy in Concrete Exhibition at the Portsmouth City Museum

Tricorn: Controversy in Concrete is a brand new exhibition commemorating 10 years since the demolition of this distinct and controversial building that between 1966 and 2004 was a fundamental part of the Portsmouth skyline. The exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum goes far beyond documenting the building from an architectural perspective, although for the first time many, many original drawings, plans and photographs are on display from the building’s architects, much of it for the first time ever. Where this exhibition explores beyond the groundbreaking and (for many) iconic Brutalist architectural design is documenting how it was experienced and used by the people of Portsmouth. The exhibition opened on the 15th and formally had its opening celebration to a capacity crowd on Saturday 22nd.

The exhibition on the ground floor of the museum is loosely arranged in to two areas, with the first section detailing the origins of the building from concept to design and build. As you enter this space the striking architectural plans on the wall are what first catch the eye. The lines and form of the concrete structure can almost take you back in time to the exciting and economically optimistic early 1960s, with the original and then cutting edge design still feeling strangely fresh even now. This is reinforced with the many original pamphlets, magazines and books that show the enthusiasm the project launched with. This part of the exhibition also establishes where the Tricorn sat within the Brutalist movement and also with some other buildings in the city such as Portsdown Park and Portsmouth Central Library, both of which are in the exhibition in the form of architect sketches and models.

The second section focuses on how the people of Portsmouth experienced the structure over the years it stood in the city centre. Part of this section is an incredible collection of posters and artwork from the nightclub but there is also related music, photos and even period clothing giving a sense of how the building was, for a time, a hub for the community. This section also looks at how the building was a creative inspiration for many, including artwork, skateboard decks and in particular, photography. It is in this section the Strong Island community photo panel is located, with over 100 photos capturing the structure in artistic angles and light. This area is also home to some striking work by Jon King and James Earle, both of who explored the building with their cameras throughout it’s demolition. Both areas also contain oral history, with interviews, opinions and memories on the Tricorn from both architect and members of the public. Also in both areas of the exhibition are feedback walls, which welcome comments from people visiting the exhibition. Despite the exhibition only being open for a week these are already full with amazing contributions.

On Saturday 22nd the exhibition was formally opened including attendance by VIPs such as Owen Luder, one of the original architects, plus many people associated with the Tricorn from right back to it’s design and construction through to its final demolition. The event included speeches by Owen Luder, Celia Clark and Councillor Lee Hunt, possibly the most interesting was the story of the Tricorn told by Owen Luder himself. It was fascinating to see how for him the aspirations for the building were in many ways dashed due to an economic turndown happening with an extended delay in securing contracts with key business tenants. Of particular note were his thoughts on how the space itself has been used “54 years on it is back to how it was when I first saw it in 1960, a carpark”.

The exhibition runs through to the 29th June.

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Macbeth at the Square Tower

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.

Far From Home Project Exhibition on 14th March

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:

www.farfromhomeproject.co.uk

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