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The Sunday Book Fair

aspex are looking for stallholders for a new second hand book fair to be held every Sunday 11-3pm, starting mid-September 2014. For a limited time, pitches are free and will be handed out on a first come, first served basis. You can be a professional seller, or just someone who’s got lots of books to shift – all welcome to apply.

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Aspex Gallery: Call For Submissions

South-Central is an exciting new opportunity for artists based within 90 minutes travel time of the Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays.

South-Central is a new open submission group exhibition, which seeks to highlight the work of emerging visual artists working in any media but living within 90 minutes travel time of the gallery. There are no age restrictions, but undergraduate students must be in their final year of study. The exhibition is not themed.

The selected artists will exhibit their work in a group show in the main gallery space at Aspex. The overall winner will then work with the aspex team to produce a solo exhibition, either at the gallery or offsite within the City of Portsmouth.

Selectors:
• Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex
• Stephen Foster, Director, John Hansard Gallery
• Judy Adam, Independent Curator
• Jonathan Parsons, Artist

The deadline for submissions is Monday 5 October 2014 and the exhibition dates are 21 November – 18 January 2014. Applicants can find out how to apply HERE.

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Southsea Night Markets

Local creatives Tom West and Georgina Giles have been running through August a series of events to promote artists using the space on the prom to sell their work. These Southsea Night Markets take place every Friday in August, 4pm to 8pm and have stalls from lots of local artists, designers, crafters, photographers and more.

To find out more information visit HERE.

Poster below for the event is by Kendal James, photos from previous events are by Matt Cleveland.

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Volunteers Needed This Week for the Strong Island Creative Cargo Project

Beginning back in 2011, we try and work on a major arts based project/exhibition every year, previous projects have included the Strong Island Exhibition at the Round Tower, The PRIMARY Photography Exhibition and The Creating Balance Project. The Strong Island main arts project for 2014 is the Creative Cargo project, which has the key aim of promoting the creative sector in the city of Portsmouth on a national and international level. The creative sector in the UK is one of the fastest growing in the economy and locally is going from strength to strength with local artists, designers, photographers, curators, agencies, organisations and businesses creating art, products and projects that packs a serious punch. We wanted to let the rest of the UK know just how creative, innovative, successful and inspiring the people and businesses that call Portsmouth home can be and Creative Cargo is how we aim to do so.

At the heart of the Creative Cargo project are ten vintage steamer cases that each will contain a curated selection of objects and products from these creative individuals and organisations in Portsmouth. Theses cases will be launched at a VIP event in London in September with each case destined to either be given to a person of national cultural influence or passed on to editors of national and international newspapers and websites focusing on culture, arts & design. A case will also be kept within Portsmouth to tour at key locations within the city to celebrate the creative sector locally.

We have the vintage shipping cases BUT we need to restore them and make them also representative of the city so will re-line them with textiles and paper designed and sourced locally. We need volunteers this week who would like to help us make these steamer cases look not only beautiful but also in their own way showcases that not only hold the project’s artwork and objects but are also works of local art themselves. We’re running the restoration from 11am to 6pm on Wednesday 13th August to Saturday 16th August at the Strong Island HQ Studio at 53 Albert Road and would love to have local people (skilled in textiles or furniture or just enthusiastic!) take part in the project, even if it is just an hour. With the cases restored we can then photograph them for the project website and the press pack to go to national and international press, websites & blogs. We are also producing a project book which will be full of the photography of the cases and which will be given to all the VIPs at the launch event…so everyone helping will not only have our huge appreciation and props but will also directly help this project make a positive difference in promoting the creativity in their city.

Also, if you have any textile or paper repeating designs/artwork that we could use to help restore these cases please get in touch too!

To find out more about volunteering or supplying possible artwork for lining the cases please email Kate at katethesmith@gmail.com.

If you can share this amongst your friends via Facebook & Twitter to get the word out it would really help!

We’ll have more details on the project soon. This project has been made possible with the support of Portsmouth City Council and Penny Mordaunt MP.

Volunteers Needed This Week for the Strong Island Creative Cargo Project

Sketch Crawl

I am genuinely pleased to see how strong and vibrant our creative community is becoming. It always seems to be shifting and growing in such a natural way. There seems to be more and more ways in which we can all participate. So when I got an invite to join ‘Sketch Crawl’ I again was reminded of how awesome our community is for its DIY and ‘all welcome’ attitude.

Sketch Crawl was created by local water colourist and urban sketcher Chris Webb.

Our first group sketch crawl. Meet at Manna Tea Rooms for a coffee or cup of tea then we shall move across the road to the Cathedral and then down to the Old Spice Island. Bring sketch/watercolour pad, pens, pencils and water for travel paints and finally refreshments and a portable seat or towel to sit on.

So come along on Saturday 16th August 2-5pm and meet at Manna Tearooms, 39 High Street, Old Portsmouth. All abilities are welcome and you can join the Facebook event for Sketch Crawl here.

Matt O’Donovan Exhibition

This evening Matt O’Donovan will be exhibiting his latest body of work “Aesthetics and Variable Systems” at White Elephant, 48 Cromwell Road, Southsea. Matt describes the “the work features a series of evolving and process driven abstract compositions that use the 1930′s concrete art manifesto as a conceptual point of departure.”

You can find out more about Matt on his website www.mattodonovan.com.

Matt O'Donovan Exhibition

Aspex Gallery Contemporary Makers Fair: Exhibitors Announced

Regional artists and designer-makers will exhibit and sell their work to the public on this weekend on the 9th and 10th of August. After the success of the inaugural event back in February, Aspex will once again be handing over its main exhibition space to showcase some of the very best contemporary craft in the region.

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.

Aspex Venue Co-ordinator, Julia de Klerk, said: “The team at aspex were really excited by the response we have had to our second Contemporary Makers Fair, which demonstrates the wealth of talent in the region. Events like this allow our audience to interact directly makers and artists, revealing the creative process and providing a valuable opportunity to sell direct to the public”

The Contemporary Makers Fair will be open from 11-5 each day, admission is free.

Aspex Gallery Contemporary Makers Fair

Full List of Exhibitors:
Catherine McGinness
Laura Bennett
Petting Zoo Prints
Kate Bishop
Julie Chappell
Suzie Darcell
Carina de Jager
Catrin Dudfield
Aniko Gajdosci
EM Jewellery
Charlotte Leftley
Carly Mann
Kelly Ottesen
Vicky Saragouda
Linsey Sinclair
Kathy Williams
Sally Woodford

Honesty Dome Necklace
Laura Bennett ‘Honesty Dome Necklace’
Nature of Fragility - Thistle Ring
Laura Bennett ‘Nature of Fragility – Thistle Ring’
Forest by Kroma
Kate Bishop ‘Forest’
Carina De Jager
Carina de Jager
Suzie Darcel
Suzie Darcel
Julie Chappell The Rosy Nibbler Circuit Board Beetle
Julie Chappell ‘The Rosy Nibbler Circuit Board Beetle’
EM Jewellery
EM Jewellary
Sally Woodford
Sally Woodford

Omega Printmakers Printing Courses for Autumn

The Omega Printmakers have released details of their printmaking and screen printing courses they will be running in the Autumn at the Omega Centre. Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays with Mary Stephens, details of the courses are below:

Printmaking
These lively and informative classes offer the opportunity to learn and explore a variety of printmaking techniques. Working with both relief and intaglio processes, this course will provide a firm foundation on which to build your printmaking practice. Classes are small to ensure individual attention from the tutor and to enable students to develop their own styles, approaches and ideas.

Screen Printing
Learn how to create screen prints using a variety of water-based methods including stencils and photo emulsion. These popular classes will provide an opportunity to learn basic techniques or to continue developing your work. Experienced students are welcome to continue individual printmaking projects within these sessions. Classes are small and suitable for all abilities.

Monday class starts on 15th September 2014
Screen Printing 10am-1pm
Autumn term 15th September – 10th November (Half term 27th October)
Cost £155 per eight week course.

Wednesday classes start on 17th September 2014
Screen Printing 10am-1pm
Printmaking 1.30pm-4.30pm
Autumn term 17th September – 12th November (Half term 29th October)
Cost £155 per eight week course.

If you would like to print all day on Wednesday you can book both courses for the special rate of £260. You may wish to use this opportunity to learn in one session and continue your practice in the other. Basic materials will be provided and extra materials will be available at reasonable prices.

Mary Stephens is an experienced printmaking tutor as well as a practicing artist. She has an M.A. in Printmaking and is a founder member and facilitator of Omega Printmakers.

To book in advance or if you have any questions, please contact info@omegaprintmakers.co.uk. Classes will take place in the well equipped print rooms at The Omega Centre Omega Street Portsmouth PO5 4LP.

Omega Printmakers Printing Courses for Autumn

ARTches Project Receives £1.75 Million from Coastal Communities Fund

Some fantastic news has been announced today by Portsmouth City Council that the ARTches project to turn the Hotwalls arches in Old Portsmouth into a collection of artist studios and exhibition space has received key funding totalling £1.75 million from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund. As we have previously covered in the last few years (you can read our previous articles, dating back to 2010, and opinion on the project HERE) the ARTches project will revitalise an area that despite being one of the highest footfalls in the city with locals and visitors throughout the year has been chronically underused and for many years closed off. The Strong Island Exhibition at the Round Tower in 2011 with many thousands of visitors in just two weeks showed that this area has fantastic potential.

Many cities and town across the south and the UK have projects and areas that actively aim to support and develop creativity in their local area by providing low cost artist studios, acting as stepping stones in the career progress of the creative industries including art, craft, jewellery, etc. Local examples include Making Space in Leigh Park, The Arches in Southampton and, The Sorting Office in Eastleigh. These projects provide a sustainable model of supporting artists with studio facilities, exhibition space, business and marketing support and more. Sadly despite Portsmouth’s active and fast growing creative sector we do not have such a local resource to benefit not just local artists, crafters, photographers, jewellers and more but also bringing in income in to the local economy. The creative industries are the fastest growing sector in the UK economy, generating £8 million an hour that generates direct and indirect employment for many, the ARTches project will be a key driver in developing this sector in Portsmouth in the future, with PCC estimating over 23 jobs to be created as a result of the funding and 82 positions indirectly.

The project’s planning permission decision previously proved to be controversial with petitions for and against the development but with the active support of English Heritage permission was granted and with this new funding plus £100,000 from PCC and the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) contribution of £40,000 the ARTches project is quickly becoming a reality. We’re looking forward to seeing more news on the project soon, including more details on the business plan, the artists to be engaged with for studio space, etc.

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The Southsea Show Competition Winners

The Southsea Show returns next weekend. If you’ve been passed Southsea Common you will have seen the tents and marquee’s going up in preparation. It looks like this years event is going to be even bigger and better than last years!

The Southsea Show team have kindly donated two sets of family tickets to give away, so thats two adults and two children. These tickets can be redeemed on a day of your choosing. All you had to do to win this prize is answer the following question…

Hampshire based Batala Portsmouth are a local samba band playing authentic Afro Brazilian Samba Reggae music. They are returning this year and can be found performing on Sunday 3rd August. What three colours make up their uniforms?

The answer was of course Red, White and Black. The two lucky winners are Jean-Philippe Soulie and Nathan Jones.

Tickets for the event are £8 or £5 for concessions and are available on the website HERE. You can follow all things Southsea Show on their Facebook and Twitter @SouthseaShow.

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RETROSPECTIVE – Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea

“Since Strong Island began back in 2008 we have amassed an incredible amount of historical information about Portsmouth & Southsea’s past. These articles are not only from our own interest and passion about the city, but also from readers that have sent us some amazing facts. So much has changed in such a relatively short amount of time and the fast pace of life around us can make it easy to forget the importance of this cities history.

Retrospective‘ takes a look back at some of our previous posts incase you missed them in the past or you’re one of our new readers. One day myself and Paul hope to create a stand alone archive here utilising all the books and photos we have collected that haven’t made it on to Strong Island as of yet. With permission of course! So much to do and so little time. Enjoy.”

This is one seriously awesome vintage photography collection from Pop Olive33 that I found on Flickr a while back (sadly no longer active). Check out Osborne Road and Guildhall. Just incredible. It’s hard to imagine a time when traffic flowed through Guildhall, and that was only in 1968 and the shot looking west down Osborne Road is amazing. Trams, horses, grand buildings, a traffic cop, ladies & gents. It’s all going on…

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Eastney Beam Engine House

If you love a bit of not often seen Portsmouth history, Eastney Beam Engine House is open to the public for free from 1pm to 5pm on every last weekend of the month. Hidden just off of Henderson Road in Eastney, the Victorian building contains two restored and working 150 horsepower ‘James Watt & Co’ Beam Engines powered by steam which were installed to operate water pumps in 1887. This new system proved very successful and is still the basis for today’s underground drainage system on Portsea Island.

Sadly due to essential building work you won’t be able to go inside the buildings this weekend, but there will be talks with staff and photos and artefacts.

Engine House

Snow, Snow, Snow

Snow hit Southsea pretty hard last night and it snowing again this morning. Good luck to everyone battling the elements to get to work, college, school, etc today. Here are a few photos from last night, if you have any please pop a link to them in the comments, we would love to see them.

Adam Wintle (see more here):

Adam Wintle

Adam Wintle

Elizabeth Bick (see more here):

Elizabeth Bick

Elizabeth Bick

Two for a Fiver mate…

I’m really digging this Tea Towel they have for sale down Clarence Pier. Great little illustrations of some of our more recognisable landmarks and modes of travel. A great addition to any kitchen.

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The Old Portsmouth and The New Southsea

Gareth Colwell sent us these amazing scans from a vintage book called ‘The Old Portsmouth and The New Southsea. “It was an old book of my Grandads’ we found when going through some of his old stuff that had been packed away for years. I love the paintings and the written bits, especially describing Southsea Common as “a dismal spot in the old days. Footpads and cut-throats roamed at night, and a murderer hung in chains on the edge of the shingle”

A really interesting read so I won’t say anymore and let the book do all the talking. Check out the full set of scans over at Gareths Flickr.






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