Today it was announced that Portsmouth’s Aspex Gallery was one of 39 organisations to receive funding from Arts Council England in the latest round of their small capital grant programme. The £10.8 million of funding aims to help develop resilience by giving these organisations the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work, and to become more sustainable businesses.
“We’ve seen applications from organisations of all sizes, from far and wide, and it’s fantastic to be able to support their ambitions through our small-scale capital programme. This funding provides support to get many vital projects off the ground, ensuring the successful applicants have the right facilities and equipment to support and deliver their excellent work across the country.” – Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England
The grant of £158,504 will allow Aspex to finance the further development of their stunning historic building at Gunwharf Quays, extending their reach to a much wider audience. The project will include the development of a larger space for Aspex’s award-winning programme of participation workshop and events, which in turn will also improve the gallery’s hire facilities. The former education space will be transformed into a new artists studio, enabling the hosting of regular residencies by local and international artists.
A mobile participation studio will also be created, to allow the gallery to take its work out into the community increasing the number of people who are able to get involved in arts activities.
“As Aspex celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, we are thrilled to have received this significant support from Arts Council England and our small capital project will be an excellent way of starting our celebrations. It will enable us to develop our building to improve its facilities for audiences and artists, while also reducing our environmental impact and improving our sustainability.
Two key new features will be an artists studio, accessible to all of our visitors, who will be invited to engage directly with artists while they work, and a mobile participation studio which will help us to reach out to local communities in and around Portsmouth who do not currently visit the gallery.” – Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex
Further improvements will be made to the building’s environmental sustainability and Aspex’s digital capabilities will be upgraded. The build element of this project is scheduled to start in April 2016, and Aspex are currently working to raise the necessary match-funding required to release Arts Council England’s support.
We’re looking forward to seeing this much loved Portsmouth gallery develop and grow in what it offers artistically and through participation with the local schools and community.
A firm favourite in the annual diary, the University of Portsmouth Graphic Design Pub Quiz brings together loads of creative minds to battle it out over a quiz packed with design related questions. If you know your pantones like the back of your hand and can spot your typefaces from a mile off or if you don’t know your Comic Sans from your Impact, the night is always good fun and raises vital funds for the final year students in helping them organise and set up their London graduate show.
The rounds are as follows:
Round 1 – Graphic Design
Round 2 – Typography
Round 3 – Music
Round 4 – Mystery
Round 5 – Bonus
As well as the quiz there is also a raffle with lots of great prizes plus Gentle Bren (a course graduate and awesome designer) will be DJing too.
The quiz kicks off from 7pm on Thursday (11th February) at the Fat Fox on Albert Road. It is only £2 per person to enter with teams of a maximum of 5 members. If it is anything like previous years, it will be an awesome night.
The posters (two shown below) are all created by final year students. Liking the xerox drag.
Since the early beginnings of Hotwalls Studios (once previously named the ARTches project) local creatives have been keen to find out more and to sign up for one of the studio spaces. The time has finally arrived and formal applications for Hotwalls Studios are now open!
The Hotwalls Studios is located in the unique and important heritage buildings, known collectively as Point Battery. Thirteen studios are available in total, ranging in size from 194 square feet (18 square metres) to 258 square feet (24 square metres). Hotwalls Studios can be used between 7am to 11pm, seven days a week and Portsmouth City Council expect the studios to be occupied for at least 30 hours a week during this period. You can apply to rent a whole studio or to share with another person/business.
Portsmouth City Council have produced a studio application pack which contains detailed information about the studios, including rents and terms, to request a pack get in touch with PCC by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications is the 25th March 2016, so get involved!
Hotwalls Studios is due to open mid-summer this year, we’re really looking forward to seeing this fantastic new creative hub in the city.
On Saturday 27th February Alice Hume will be hosting a weave workshop in Fratton 10am-4pm. For the cost £40 students will learn how to make their own fabric, warp their own Loom, finish and create their own woven wall-hanging or decorative fabric.
Alice Hume is a Textile Artist who graduated from Winchester School of Art with a degree in Textile Design: Woven Textiles. She also had the opportunity to study Woven Design at the Swedish School of Textiles in Boras, Sweden in 2012. Her Native Beards Woven Collection has been exhibited in Edinburgh and London as well as being featured in Cover Mag and an Ebook with TextileArtist.
Materials included are a home-made Hume Loom, tools and a variety of yarns. Looms are for course use only, but will be available to purchase at the end of the workshop. You are welcome to bring along strips of fabrics, beads or anything you want to experiment with.
To find out more information or to book your place email@example.com. Don’t hang around because spaces are limited!
Coastguard Studio is no stranger to epic group shows and this month we see another with ‘Our Worlds Are Minds Apart’. This new exhibition brought together by Oh So Curious Illustration, is an A – Z artist book exploring imagination from a wide variety of local creative talent. The project touches on lots of different mediums such as illustration, graphics, photography, fine art, 3-D, textiles, collage, printmaking, old school animation, street art and digital. The whole 9 yards of creativity pretty much.
The exhibition opening night is Friday 12th February 6pm to 9pm and will run just till Saturday 13th. So no sleeping on this one because if you snooze you will lose.
Artists involved in ‘Our Worlds Are Mids Apart’ are:
JAMES FERDINAND PRICE
PAIGE ALEXIS JONES
VERNON DE LIMA
MY DOG SIGHS
Check the Los Dave poster for more details (each artist has their own teaser poster which is a cool idea – collect the set) and hit up the Facebook event HERE.
This Saturday sees the return of the Southsea Flea Market at St Swithun’s Church Hall on Waverley Road, just off Albert Road. The market will be an eclectic and affordable mix of vintage/retro & modern mens’ and ladies’ clothes, bric-a-brac, jewellery, textiles, furniture and collectables. The flea market runs from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.
After browsing the stalls be sure to sit down for a chat over a tea or coffee and get involved with the homemade cake too.
Check the flyer below for more info and the Facebook page.
Craft store Seeded (located on Winter Road) are hosting De-Stash this Sunday at the Square Tower, their first annual event where people can bring along their stash of wool, fabrics, paper-crafts, buttons and general haberdashery to sell on and people can come along and buy items for new projects. All selling tables are now taken, but get in touch with Seeded to add your details to their list for the next event.
De-Stash kicks off at the Square Tower at 11am on Sunday 7th February and runs until 3pm, tea and cake will be available too. Admission is free!
Find out more at the Facebook event and check out the Seeded website too:
Creative Census Portsmouth 2015, a project run by Strong Island and Claire Sambrook with the support of Portsmouth City Council to take a snapshot of the many people & businesses in the Portsmouth area who work in the creative industries, has now closed for submissions. A huge thank you to everyone who took part!
We’re now in the process of collecting all the data together and in the coming months we’ll be creating a report which we aim to release to the public before the summer. The report will contain all of the interesting information drawn from the data and we’re working with award winning Portsmouth graphic designer Sam Barclay on its design.
We’ll let you know as things progress and visit the Creative Census website for more information: www.creativecensus.co.uk
We’re coming down to the last couple of days when people can get involved with the Creative Census, a project run by Strong Island and Claire Sambrook with the support of Portsmouth City Council. The project aims to try and engage with as many people & businesses in the Portsmouth area who work in the creative industries. We are also hoping people & businesses outside Portsmouth (but who work in the city often) will also get involved too.
To take part in the Creative Census you or your business/charity/organisation just need to work in the creative sector (e.g. photographer, illustrator, designer, craft, architect, songwriter, fashion designer, etc. – see the website for the full list) and be based and/or work in the city – from a volunteer all the way through to a large agency or organisation.
Deadline to take part is midnight Sunday (31st).
It takes a few minutes to complete and will go to help us build (for the first time) a snapshot of statistics and information that we hope can really show how Portsmouth and Southsea are on the national creative map. Check the photos below for just a few of the great Portsmouth & Southsea creatives who have already taken part.
To take part simply visit the website: www.creativecensus.co.uk
Portsmouth artist Jon Adams is a ‘lab associate’ at New Theatre Royal, which will be hosting his latest performance piece Games with the Water Horse on the evening of Saturday 30th January. Jon works across platforms using sound, drawing, written word, photographic manipulation, installation and more through ‘art in public’. His work references his Asperger’s and dyslexia weaving in fragments of autobiography, science and hidden metaphor.
Building on Jon’s experiences, learning and encouragement from Sir Peter Brook and cast of ‘Valley of Astonishment’, Games with the Water Horse is a performance instillation piece. At its heart, it is an exploration of consciousness, life story, art forms, and neurodiverse thinking. The piece involves Jon standing within a circle reading 60 ‘minutes of an hour’ which are scattered once read. These minutes interweave and explore 6 personal stories over multiple dates and times but which are all intimately connected. The performance journey calls on Japanese metaphor and imagery. There is an overarching imagery of water that pervades the piece, the title, for example, refers to the hippocampus, mythical water beasts but also the section of the brain responsible for memory and PTSD.
A two-part performance; the first half will see Jon perform his readings and the second-half will involve a ‘memory man’ Q&A with the audience. Before the performance the audience will be asked to remember a minute number they are interested in and Jon will recount the story behind the number.
Games with the Water Horse premiered at Venice Biennale 2015 and showcased at Turner Contemporary November 2015 during their ‘Risk’ season. Tickets are only £10 and available at the box office and online: