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Island City Stories

Island City Stories is a collaborative project between students and staff in The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) and local independent businesses and community groups in Portsmouth. The project began in January 2014, with twelve local businesses across Portsmouth chosen to be part of the 1st phase pilot.

Students from BA Film & TV Production were paired up with these initial twelve businesses and each of their stories were captured with creative and insightful short films. The businesses involved in 2014 are:

Southsea Greenhouse
Bellamy’s Antiques
Make Craft Cafe
Anglepoise Ltd
Atelier Art Gallery and Art School
Ye Olde Bike Shoppe
Southsea Deckchairs
Southsea Coffee
Head Hairdressing
Sweetie Pie – Gluten Free Bakery
All About Tea
Bored of Southsea

Businesses lined up for 2015 already include Tony Wood Hairdresser, Pie & Vinyl, Bread Addiction & Yellow Kite Cafe.

Students from BA Illustration were also involved in the project by designing the logo/branding for ‘Island City Stories’.

You can watch a few of the films below and visit the Island City Stories website to see many more plus photos from being the scenes during the production of the films.

www.islandcitystories.co.uk

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Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry‘s new series ‘Who Are You?’ began on Channel 4 last night. As well as sculpture, Grayson is best known for his brightly coloured ceramic vases which feature caricatures of his subjects. There are also prominent autobiographical themes to much of his work. You can often find images of Claire, his female alter-ego.

Grayson was born in Essex but back in 1982 he graduated with a BA in Fine Art from what was then Portsmouth Polytechnic and is now Portsmouth University.

In the first episode Grayson works with former politician Chris Huhne; X-Factor contestant Rylan Clark; Kayleigh, a 27-year-old white single mother of five who has recently converted to Islam; and Jazz, who was born a girl but has embarked on a course of male hormones to begin his life as a man. Grayson produces portraits using various different forms of art including tapestries, sculpture and pottery which are featured in the National Portrait Gallery.

I personally love portrait photography, a simple photographs of a subject with a plain background, focusing all the attention on the subject. Grayson’s project is not quite as simple as this, he is going deeper, looking into our personal identities and the persona’s we attempt to portray. I found this an insightful and an interesting take on people who have been going through a transition to find their own identity.

I’m sure episode one will be repeated, however you can find it HERE on 4oD.

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A Song of Revolutions Exhibition by Patrick Altes at SPACE

Patrick Altes, a French artist born in Algeria, explores diaspora and identity in this enlightening exhibition at SPACE, located in the new Eldon Building West. Drawing on his own experiences, Altes explores the subject area of birthrights and the sometimes shifting and uncomfortable attitudes about belonging, dispossession and migration. Themes refer to postcolonialism, political manipulation and the dichotomy between oppressors and the oppressed.

Patrick said: “My artistic process is a personal attempt to shift perceptions and engage in an open-minded and creative dialogue to acknowledge the wounds of the past, but also the new relationship that is emerging after more than 180 years of strained cohabitation. I want this work to contribute in its own way to a new and long overdue political narrative between France and Algeria.”

Working with Dr Natalya Vince from the University of Portsmouth School of Languages and Area Studies, this body of work has been produced with support from the Leverhulme Trust. It is being celebrated as part of the Being Human festival at the University of Portsmouth.

Dr Natalya Vince, of the School said: “Patrick worked with staff and students, responding to the teaching and research in our department, to produce a body of work which expresses ideas about movement, representation, belonging and time in new ways and for new audiences.”

The exhibition is free and open to the public on weekdays from 9am–5pm and runs until the 26th November.

There are also a couple of events related to the exhibition:

Meet the Artist
Friday 14 November, 4–7pm, all welcome

Public Talk
Tuesday 28 October, 4pm, Eldon North 0.20

You can see some photos from a visit to the exhibition below.

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Panic of the Human Fancy by Joanne Hummel-Newell at aspex guildhall Opens Tonight

This evening sees the opening of a brand new exhibition at aspex guildhall entitled ‘Panic of the Human Fancy’ by Isle of Wight artist Joanne Hummel-Newell. Painting, drawing and collage are some of the media used by Joanne Hummel-Newell to create her works, which are governed by chance, accident and honesty. aspex guildhall will be hosting this solo show including a selection of Joanne’s new and recent works.

“My work embarks on a multi disciplined approach, from large scale painting and collage, to installation and moving image. Currently, through the construction of collaged wooden cut outs, drawing and painting, the work documents our human motivation to achieve a sense of control and order, through design, and the tensions which exist when this is brought into the realms of accident and chance.” – Joanne

The exhibition follows two well-received shows from illustrator Jonny Hannah and photographer Andrew Paul Hayward. Curator at aspex, Clive Caswell, says “All the artists shown in the space so far come from within a 20 mile radius of Portsmouth Guildhall, which just goes to show the depth of artistic talent in the local area”.

The preview for the exhibition is today at 6pm, all are welcome to attend. The exhibition then runs until 14th December.

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Portsmouth artist My Dog Sighs paints gigantic Hug mural

Over the past week internationally acclaimed artist My Dog Sighs has been painting a giant size version of his ‘Portsmouth Hug’ on the wall of the Somerstown Community Hub in Portsmouth. He has been trying to get access to a large space in the city for a few years and finally this has happened with the help of Portsmouth City Council.

The scaffolding went up very quickly and My Dog Sighs scaled the heights to leave one of his signature pieces of work. “I painted a very accurate scaled down drawing which I had to refer to a lot. A 2mm thick line calculated to 30cm thick line on the wall. There was an awful lot of measuring.”

The ‘Portsmouth Hug’ can be seen at the main entrance to the community hub in Somerstown, Portsmouth.

Photographs below tell the story of the work from start to finish. To see more of his work – http://mydogsighs.co.uk/

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The Creative Cargo Book Now Available Online

A few weeks back we published a 96 page book for our Creative Cargo project for the project’s VIP launch event in Mayfair in London. The book contains all the details of this project aiming to promote the creative sector of Portsmouth & Southsea and profiles the many local artists, designers and businesses that have all contributed to the project. The book itself was printed in limited numbers due to it’s size but it is now available to be read online HERE or below.

You can find out more about this project at:

www.creativecargo.co.uk

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This project was made possible with the support of Portsmouth City Council, University of Portsmouth and Anglepoise®.

Aspex to celebrate the work of local artists and designers in a new rolling exhibition

Aspex is launching a new rolling exhibition called Pompey Prints.

This exhibition aims to celebrate the work of artists and designers who live and work in the City and have work that features Portsmouth and Southsea as its subject.  They are looking for a range of quality graphic images, illustrations and photographs to showcase in their cafe area.

If you have framed work you’d like to submit for inclusion in the show, please email a low res image with your contact details to pompeyprints@aspex.org.uk or pop in with your work this Sunday 19th October 2014 between 12-2pm to have a quick chat with our Director Joanne Bushnell and see if it fits the bill. Aspex, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3BF (Behind Loch Fyne on Canalside)  http://www.aspex.org.uk/

Photograph below of the cafe space which will feature the prints.

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Created in Portsmouth Open Studios Trail 2014

The 2nd Created in Portsmouth Open Studios Trail will take place 17th – 19th October. The trail showcases the diverse range of creative work made by artists and makers in Portsmouth. This takes place at various location around Portsmouth and you can download a trail map on the website link below.

The artists taking part this year are Magpie Glass, Mel Brudrit & Lesley George, Sarah Walbrin & Jane Withey, Pam Lake, Shake Your Glass & Dancingpot, Tango Tea, Lousie Kydd, Colin Merrin & The Southsea Workbench, The Copper Hare, Prints Ink & Pam Johns, Sue Meridith Illustration & Katherine Webber Jewellery, Island Pictures and Little Duck Forge, Somerville Stone & Dan Wendes.

There is a preview exhibition on Thursday October 16th 7.30-9.30pm at The Stone and Iron Show Garden, Eastney Beam Engine House, 199 Henderson Road, Portsmouth PO4 9JF. The exhibition will also be on display during Friday 17th – Sunday 19th at The King’s Theatre Shop, 24 Albert Road, PO5 2QL.

For further details and to view a map of all the locations please visit the website at http://createdinportsmouth.co.uk/

Work below by Prints Ink, Colin Merrin and Katherine Webber Jewellery.

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Make & The Craft Kitchen by Chantelle Wyatt

On Friday evening a large crowd gathered at 1 Cornwall Road, Portsmouth to celebrate the opening of ‘Make & The Craft Kitchen‘ and show their support for what is set to be a fabulous space for people of all ages to go along to and get creative.

Nikki Bates and Hesta Dalton have teamed up to offer a range of craft workshops and materials including an assortment of beautiful fabrics, trims, patterns, yarn, knitting needles and books to encourage people to get back to making wonderful tailor made things that they will love and enjoy.

Nikki and Hesta have been keen to create an environment where everyone can come and feel welcome, an environment where no matter what you can do or how good or bad you are at it, you can attend and learn new skills.

The ladies are always happy for new people to come in to chat or look around and are always willing to help get you inspired and motivated to get crafty.

The colourful warehouse type ‘Make’ is beautifully adorned and has even sparked the interest of local artists who have been keen to get involved and show their support. Leila Kemp aka My Name Is Leila, who is well known for her large scale paintings of bears in and around the city has contributed by releasing a new piece to the store that is hard to miss.

Another local artist, Roma May, contributed by spending over a day drawing on another wall, filling blank spaces with doodles of tea pots and gorgeous flowers.

Having local people help build a space like this adds to the community vibe and it is no doubt that it will be a huge success.

Words and photographs by Chantelle Wyatt

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Ben Ainslie Racing and Strong Island Schools Art Project

After months of planning (and crossing fingers for no rain) yesterday saw as part of the launch of the 1851 Trust our joint community art project with Ben Ainslie Racing happen down at the Camber. During this past weekend street artist James Waterfield put down a base mural of The Solent on the 100+ foot long hoarding wall of the new Ben Ainslie Racing HQ, ready for yesterday’s event. From 9am yesterday morning pupils and staff arrived from six local schools: Admiral Lord Nelson, St Jude’s Primary, Charter Academy, Park Community, Ryde Academy and Ryde School ready and prepared with designs, templates and plans for yachts and sea craft, all ready to paint. Throughout the morning over 70 pupils worked with three local street artists (James Waterfield, Luke Storkey and My Dog Sighs) on their paintings of sea craft throughout the ages, their part of the huge street art mural. As well as the young artists getting covered in paint they were also helped by some of the trustees of the 1851 Trust, the Minister for Portsmouth, some of the elite racing crew from BAR and Sir Ben Ainslie.

By the time the rain started at lunchtime the mural was covered with sea craft such as fishing boats, racing yachts with colourful sails, HMS Victory (with Lord Nelson), flying boats and many, many more. The mural will be finished up this Saturday by James and will then be on display until the opening of the new BAR HQ in May next year.

A huge thank you to Pippa, Jo and the team at BAR and ITTB, the artists, the site team at their new HQ, all the fantastic staff and pupils, Jack Daly and the local people (including sailors) from Old Portsmouth who popped down and showed so much support.

Photos from Monday shown below are by Jack Daly.

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Holy Cody Batman

Cody needs no introductions, ever. The nicest guy you’ll ever meet with a heart of a gold and the skateboard mentality of an escaped mental patient.

If you need conformation of that statement then check this photo I grabbed from some site called Facebook. Off the clubhouse roof into the flat bank down Southsea Skatepark. Nuts…

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Shortly after I posted this insane photo of Cody going nuts down the skatepark, he sent a reply. Thought i’d post it up so people that know him can have a read.

“Thank u for the nice word. I just have to say thank you to all the peeps and friends that have help and shape me as a sk8er and as a human being. The love that i have been shown over the years is so big. The friend and peeps i have met and change my life and change my path to some thing good. I truly say it with my heart that i love you all and i hope to make more friends and to have more good time. Here a shout out to all the u.k sk8 scene and the southsea boys and girl sk8er or not, much love. and to the guys like strong island crew and bored sk8 for keeping the u.k. scene going. So if u up for a sk8 drink or chill u find me in southsea. 1 love bye cody x”

Created Local – Mikey Ayling

Good friend of Strong Island and many Southsea locals, Mikey is quite the talent. He’s always been into art, design, photography, fashion, skateboarding, music and well, let’s just say all the cool stuff. He recently began his second year in Graphic Design (Communication Design) at Portsmouth University and he’s killing it.

Matt Sills from the Wallspace Gallery has helped Mikey produce 3 prints, on sale now, of which the ants ‘Tower Block’ is a limited run of 100 Giclee print and the others, ‘Do You Dream’ and ‘Love Life’ are open edition screen prints.

Get down Albert Road and grab yourself one of Mikeys prints. Seriously, these are like hotcakes I’m sure of it. Oh, and pop past The Little Johnny Russells Market on your way and grab some bargains.

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Ash Cloud

I took these photos the other week when the ash cloud was at it’s worst, there are more over at Forever Circling. if you have any photos online taken around the island effected by the ash cloud please pop a link in the comments and we’ll post some up later this week.




Matt Saxey’s Bike Ride Photos

Head on over to Matts Flickr and check out a few more photos from last Sunday’s ride. Great photos that really help capture the event.

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Inside the Round Tower

The Round Tower in Old Portsmouth is an often visited landmark but few people get a look at what lies inside those walls. On Friday a few lucky members of The Solent Camera Club (on one of it’s Friday evening meets) were able to explore it’s cavernous interior including the brick arches, rusted cannons and stalactites.

Photos kindly supplied by Duncan Allan.

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