We’re working to continue to tie in some upcoming photography walkshops with different heritage venues around the city of Portsmouth after the success of our Southsea Castle walkshop last summer. We’re happy to announce that our walkshop at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard can now be booked online, for the 19th March.
We will be exploring the open access areas of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, looking at the recently restored and upgraded Boathouse 4, the old, historic buildings, the views of HMS Warrior, HMS Victory, HMS M.33 and more. Expect to capture lots of Portsmouth’s naval history, hidden reminders of the dockyard’s working history and views of the basin and harbour.
A big thank you to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for letting us as a group explore with our cameras.
You can now book the Portsmouth Dockyard walkshop HERE.
(All photos by Strong Island Media).
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: email@example.com.
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.
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 few 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 the end of January.
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.
To take part simply visit the website: www.creativecensus.co.uk
The Hotwalls Studios project has continued at apace since the hoarding boards went up around the site at the start of Autumn last year. The work on site is set to continue until the mid summer when the studios and cafe will open to the public. If you wish to find out more about the studios you can speak to Dr Beverly Lucas and her team who are running the project at upcoming Crafts in the Tower craft markets at the Square Tower. The dates for these markets are:
– Sunday 21st February, 11am to 3pm
– Sunday 20th March, 11am to 4pm
The Kings Theatre Open Day returns on tomorrow (Saturday 16th January), to give the whole family a day out to remember and a behind the scenes experience of the beautiful Edwardian theatre. From 10am to 4pm you are welcomed to explore areas of the theatre you never usually get to see, with a technical tour of the stage house and a trip to the fly floor, or learn about the history of the theatre on one of the historical tours.
As well as exploring you can also try your hand at Ukulele ‘jamming’, take part in a stage workshop with the Kings Youth Theatre, or show them your best pose in our 80’s vs 90’s photo booth. Join Fareham College backstage in the dressing rooms for character make-up demonstrations, casualty special effects and character transformations with special wig and makeup techniques.
If you are interested in the history of the Kings, and the restoration of the building, an exhibition and information will be in the promenade with archivists to chat to. HMS Warrior will also have an archive exhibition and workshop taking place within the Matcham Bar.
At 3pm, a showcase of performances will take place on the stage with some sneak previews of upcoming shows this year. A day not to be missed!
Tickets are £5 single and £15 family and can be bought at the box office (phone 02392 828282) and online at the Kings Theatre website:
Sunday saw the doors of the Round Tower open up to the public as part of an event sharing the final plan, designs and branding for Hotwalls Studios, the new name for the creative quarter in Old Portsmouth. We’ve featured this project on numerous occasions in recent years (was called the ARTches Project previously) and it was great to see this project on Sunday transition from careful planning in to action. Back in 2011 Strong Island held the first exhibition in the Round Tower which was part of the first look by Portsmouth City Council at the space finally being opened up to the public and for more creative use of the area in general. The arches in the Hotwalls have been home to Sunday art sales going back to the late 50s too so the area has a long creative and cultural story to tell as this new chapter at this historic monument begins.
Hotwalls Studios was officially announced yesterday with the clean new branding for the 13 new studios plus cafe and brasserie. As well as the logo and branding on display there were also the architectural plans, from the technical footprint of the building and its use all the way through to the furniture, doors, signs, fixtures and fittings…giving a real sense of how the space will look in summer 2016 when it opens.
Outside the Round Tower on Sunday you also had Pompey Pluckers performing as well as the Southsea Night Markets selling their creative items, painter John R Pearson with his diverse artwork on show, screen-printer and artist Spencer with his Petting Zoo prints plus refreshments provided by the Square Tower. Also getting involved was local painter and sketcher Chris Webb with other sketchers drawing and painting the Hotwalls, with artists from Bournemouth and Fareham getting involved. All in all it was a great start to this new phase in this long awaited project.
The Hotwalls Studios will be home to a community of creatives using the 13 studio spaces homed in the arches, akin to studio spaces and creative organisations like the new Ocean Studios in Plymouth and Leigh Park’s Making Space. These old battery arches will be completely re-invigorated with new glass walls giving lots of natural light and opening these work spaces up to the public to allow them to discover the art, design & making taking place inside. Applications of interest to have a studio are still being accepted but there has already been incredible interest shown, indicating a very real desire for these new homes to new and small businesses in the creative sector in the city. It will also be encouraged that these studios are very much ‘open door’ with the tenants not just welcoming the 1000s of people who pass through this area but also selling their craft and artwork.
The brasserie and cafe will also draw people in to this creative quarter, with over 40 covers plus the incredible terrace overlooking the Solent and the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour from the Round Tower. Expect this to be a huge draw for visitors and locals alike.
Work begins from next month with the hoardings going up around the site, with the expected completion date to be early summer in 2016. You can now keep up to date with developments via the new Hotwalls Studios social media (@HotwallsStudios on Twitter and Instagram) with a website coming soon. You can also sign up for updates on developments and to show interest on taking on a studio or the brasserie/cafe HERE.
You can seem more photos from Sunday’s event below.
Portsmouth Guildhall announced last month about their exciting plans for their Renaissance Project: a £15 million pound to preserve, open up and redevelop the multi-faceted arts venue with a ten year masterplan. The options appraisal and draft masterplan has been carried out by Foster Wilson Architects (FWA), a leading architectural practice with an international reputation for the design of cultural buildings and creative spaces. FWA have worked on high profile projects with theatres and music venues in the past including places such as the legendary Hammersmith Apollo.
Yesterday afternoon Portsmouth Guildhall announced their Design Champions for the project: HemingwayDesign, lead by designer Wayne Hemingway. HemingwayDesign will meet with the architects to progress the future designs where they will test, visualise and build on FWA’s work and create material that can help to form public discussion – something that can be used to attract potential sponsors and partners. They will also focus on aspects such as design, programming and identity. HemmingwayDesign have recently worked with Dreamland in Margate, Transport for London, Royal Doulton and the Imperial War Museum. Wayne Hemingway has close connections to the south and links to the city already so it is exciting to imagine how this project will progress and develop in the near future.
“The Guildhall is a sleeping giant with loads of potential; there are so many spaces that can be used for new and exciting things. I don’t look at this as just being the Guildhall, it is a complex – a place for all…This should be the beating heart of Portsmouth. At the moment the Guildhall feels cold, it doesn’t feel alive – I want it to feel alive”. – Wayne Hemingway.
With the summer on its way out, progress will become more apparent with the ARTches Project in Old Portsmouth. Despite it seeming quiet, a lot has been going on behind the scenes. On Sunday 13th September there will be a great event at the Round Tower that will showcase these developments, from 10.30am to 3pm.
The open day will provide an update on the development in Old Portsmouth to transform the former barracks into exciting creative studios. A new name and branding for the project will be unveiled, and project officers will be on hand to answer questions about the creative development, the studios and the opportunities for a brasserie and café.
There will also be local artists exhibiting their work (Southsea Night Markets) and refreshments provided by the Square Tower.
Work is scheduled to start in September and the studios will open next year, thanks to £1.75m of government funding. Heritage England has backed the project, which will secure the future of this historic monument in a creative way.
The event is open to all, simply RSVP to: Beverley.Lucas@portsmouthcc.gov.uk