The Ocean Film Festival is back at the Kings Theatre tonight as part of the ‘Making Waves Festival’ after huge success last year.
The festival show cases the World’s most amazing ocean themed films from both above and below the surface. The charm of the event is that it allows you to immerse yourself in another World momentarily without getting your feet wet.
Brought to you by the producers of the Banff film festival UK Tour, the extraordinary collection of short films document the beauty and power of the sea and celebrate all those who embrace it through diving, surfing, photography and film.
Inspiring and thought provoking, the festival takes you on a journey across the globe and to all of its watery corners, from the coast of Africa to the Arctic Circle.
Short film titles include, The Fisherman’s Son, A Small Surfer, Ocean Minded and Arctic Swell as well as many more.
A great evening with inspiring stories! Get your last minute tickets direct from The King’s Theatre.
This weekend, as part of the Democracy Street project run by Portsmouth artist, Jon Adams and with funding help from Fratton Big Local, My Dog Sighs and Joe Cavalla worked with a group of around thirty young people to create a collaborative mural on the side of Make & The Craft Kitchen in Cornwall Road, Fratton.
Democracy Street is a participative, national, digital and public arts project that will result in new, artistic maps of the UK based on user generated content. Data will be gathered through an app on mobiles, which will enable people to explore UK streets that share the same names as Parliamentarians from the past 800 years and the creation of these new, reimagined and artistic maps will be exhibited in November 2015 in Parliament.
Public engagement is at the heart of the project and Jon’s motivation arose from making art and art spaces interactive.
Kids gathered this weekend and were taught to use stencils and spray paints to produce drop shadow arrows as a background for My Dog’s amazing mural. The reflection that can be seen in the eye’s depicts the young people who took part.
My Dog Sighs was delighted to help host the event and to motivate the local community to get out and about and to decorate the city they live in.
Hesta Dalton and Nicola Bates from Make & The Craft Kitchen were thrilled to have the project on their doorstep, adding to their firmly set business ethic that everyone can be creative, a very empowering concept.
Photographs by Chantelle Wyatt and Paul Stone.
Earlier this year My Dog Sighs worked with the guys behind the innovative web app Democracy Street on a Free Art Friday workshop that explored creativity related to Portsmouth streets and the history behind their names (you can watch the film of the workshop HERE). This weekend the collaboration continues between My Dog Sighs, Jon Adams’ Democracy Street project and Fratton Big Local with Democracy Street Mural at Make & The Craft Kitchen. Young people can get involved with Democracy Street Mural by coming along to the FREE street art painting workshop from 10am on Saturday 12th September at Make & The Craft Kitchen located 1 Cornwall Rd, Fratton, Portsmouth PO1 5AA.
For Democracy Street Mural My Dog Sighs will be creating another of his iconic ‘eye’ murals, but will be giving locals the unique opportunity to contribute directly to the creation of the piece by teaching street art painting techniques to anyone between the ages of 6 to 16.
Bring the kids along, and enjoy a cuppa at the Craft Cafe while they get creative learning how to combine stencils and spray cans to great effect!
Register for the event HERE.
This year’s Victorious Festival had an utterly outstanding family feel that was created with passion by the organisers to ensure that people of all ages could enjoy the weekend and have no shortage of things to do.
The expanded Kids Arena offered its very own stage with kids entertainers wowing young onlookers with personalities including Mr Bloom and the Octonauts.
Families donned wellies and rain jackets and made the most of the free activities. The beach arena allowed people to sit in deck chairs outside beach huts with Punch and Judy shows, bouncy castles and a play pen area on offer for toddlers to enjoy. For those with a sweet tooth you could get your hands on carnival treats such as candy floss and of course face painting was available for the young’ens and not so young’ens!
This year also offered a seating, a baby change and breast feeding area to accommodate parents. In true festival style Victorious even offered the Ickle Bambino Baby Raves area so that adults could share their love of music with the little people in their lives. It was nice to be able to take the little ones somewhere to dance without the crowds.
The Kids Arena was well set out making it easy for everyone to move around as well as offering and environment where we felt safe and could relax. We took advantage of the many picnic spots and it was great that there were plenty of toilets available as children aren’t always the best at queuing for them. One other nice touch was the ID wristbands that were also given to parents and carers so they could write their emergency contact details for their children just in case they managed to get lost.
Victorious made every effort to meet the needs of families and children were left feeling included whilst imaginations were left to run riot and adventures were had. I’m not sure who was more exhausted by the end of the day as the kids or the adults in my group both slept well once we got home.
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
Throughout the running of the current exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum people get to choose their favourite items from the Portsmouth City Collection that are on show in A Hard Choice (you can see and read our preview of the exhibition HERE). Every month different items chosen by many visitors are given rosettes showing the current favourites. Strong Island, working with the Portsmouth Museums and Visitor Services (with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund), are asking lots of different people from around Portsmouth what their personal favourite items are in the exhibition and why.
You can read the previous Best in Show interviews, featuring Mark Waldron, Editor of The News, Megan Barnes a photography student and Matt Wingett a local author.
Next up in this series of articles we met up with Barry Abrook, ex-professional skateboarder and designer, at Portsmouth City Museum. Barry checked out the A Hard Choice exhibition, then let us know what were his own Best in Show.
Hey Barry, can you start by telling us what your first best in show object is and what you liked about it please?
My first choice (from the A Hard Choice Exhibition) is the mole. I love animals and nature and I like this because it is hard to see a mole, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a real mole and this is really the only opportunity a lot of people get to see these animals, basically in a zoo or taxidermy. I’m interested in taxidermy…I used to be really against it, but if you are a graphic artist, illustrator or painter it is a good way to actually observe animals to draw and paint them. I think everything about the mole is really cool. It is designed to live underground. They are nice animals, I like it, it is intriguing. All the taxidermy in the exhibition is good, the bat, magpies, it was tough to choose.
And could you tell us what the second exhibit you’ve chosen is and what you liked about it?
My second choice is the fabric by Lucienne Day. I love fabric and printing and I used to screen print quite a lot and I still do on fabric. I also like this item in the exhibition because of the era it is from, the late 60s. You’ve got bold poppy designs, block colours…I like patterns and I like symmetry…and this has got quite a lot going for it! It reminds me of childhood…this is the sort of fabric that would be made in to curtains or bed spread that could have been in my house. It has that 60s/70s feel so nostalgic for me too. The Days were pretty amazing at what they did.
And what is the third and final exhibit and why do you like it?
Third choice are the saucy postcards! These are from around the 1950s, that sort of end-of-the-pier era, good seaside ephemera. I like these for quite a few reasons, I live in Southsea, by the sea, I wasn’t born here but I love living by the sea. As a child I was taken to the seaside for holidays and these were the sort of things you might see. They are cheeky, they leave you to your own thoughts…how you interpret the captions…which was the humour at the time. They have a nice feel. They are well designed too, as a designer it is difficult to design something that small and detailed and these were drawn and hand painted, they’re an art form in itself, a style all of their own too. I also love postcards, I collect them and I use them in my own work and I love the messages you get on the back of old postcards, they can be emotional things. People used to send them but not as much anymore with emails, Facebook, etc. But postcards were sent during a holiday, from a good time so postcards generally remind you of good times, they’re a positive thing.
if you could think of something, of your own or something in Portsmouth, that you could donate to the museum and the city collection, what would it be?
I was thinking that maybe if I won the lottery, Euro-big style, I would love to be able to fully restore the South Parade Pier into something that the people of Portsmouth, and especially Southsea, could use and be proud of again. Whether it be Victorian or later period restoration, the important thing would be to ensure it continued to offer the ‘complete seaside escape’ for anyone who needed it. Part of the city collection. A funfair ride, candy floss, good food, music, comedy and a Shant!
Don’t forget you can visit A Hard Choice exhibition and the rest of Portsmouth City Museum and other museums in the city for free this summer and beyond. You can find out more about the museums and what activities are taking place at:
The Garden has come a long way since it was started by Art Space Portsmouth artists Jane Kilford and Adrian Mundy in 2008, turning an area of unused tarmac into a thriving oasis in the heart of the city.
With help from volunteers from the local community and Art Space artists and thanks to donations of plants and pots from various sources the garden has gone on to win multiple awards from Portsmouth in Bloom and the RHS South/South-East in Bloom. Fingers crossed there may be more to follow in this years Portsmouth in Bloom awards which are to be announced soon.
The garden is going to be opening the gates for their annual Open Garden on Saturday 1st August between 1pm-4pm. You will be able to look around the garden, purchase yourself some plants and sit and relax with a nice cuppa and cake. Entry is free… but donations are gratefully received.
You can find the garden at Art Space, 27 Brougham Road, Southsea, PO5 4PA. If you would like to know more then check out their Facebook page HERE.
As part of Portsmouth Guildhall‘s 125th birthday celebrations the Portsmouth Cultural Trust & Strong Island, with the support of Arts Council England, will be running the I WAS THERE! project throughout August, with the aim to collect as many memories of special musical performances at the Guildhall, past and present, as possible. Were you in the audience at that unique show with your favourite band, on stage for the first time, or perhaps part of the team that made it all happen? We’d love to hear about it.
As well as collecting memories we’ll be asking people to send in photos of themselves with treasured mementos from these special moments experienced at Portsmouth Guildhall. It might be a drumstick, guitar pick, set list, poster, ticket, album, photo or even something more unusual! These photos can be sent in via email or social media (see details below) or you can be photographed at special I WAS THERE open days at the Guildhall throughout August. We’ll also be filming short interviews too for a film project.
We will be sharing the memories you have sent us plus your photos and interviews with everyone via social media, building a picture of all of the special experiences at Portsmouth Guildhall throughout its long musical history. You will also be invited to the resulting screening and live performance event as one of our special guests.
Strong Island will be at the Guildhall to receive any contributions between 1pm and 5pm on the following days:
Sunday 9th and Saturday 15th, 22nd and 29th of August.
Please send your memories & photo contributions to email@example.com or to
the Guildhall’s Twitter @portsmouthghall & Facebook, using #IWasThereGuildhall
Find out more at: www.portsmouthguildhall.org.uk
Since the first official announcement of the I WAS THERE project in Saturday’s The News (as part of their comprehensive coverage of the 125th celebrations) we have already had some great memories come in! Keep your eyes peeled for I WAS THERE flyers from the Guildhall, Strong Island Co and lots of other locations around Portsmouth.