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/
This Saturday Southsea Skatepark is holding a special event inspired by the park’s long and fascinating heritage, ‘Love the Skatepark Day’. The park is inviting all generation of riders, skaters, spectators and friends to come and share the love, the day includes:
- 70′s Slalom Skateboarding
- Old School BMX Meet Up / Best Old School Bike
- Best trick contests for BMX, Skateboarding, Inline and Scooter
- BBQ Hosted by Southsea Skatepark Cafe
- DJs and more
Admission is £6 for the day and if you have a rad fancy dress outfit you will get a free burger from the Cafe.
The Venus Awards, formed in 2009 to recognise, reward and celebrate local working women in business. CEO/Co-Founder Jenna Boyson of Community Fusion recently became winner of the 2014 Green Business Award for the Portsmouth region for the charity’s shop Made With Hartt.
In December 2013 with the support of Healthy Planet and Cascades Shopping Centre the charity launched the project ‘Made with Hartt…’. This shop is mainly volunteer run, teaching new skills in retail and craft, leadership and responsibility. Items are sold from local community members and the focus is on being green with upcycling and recycling always on the agenda. The shop aims to be interactive and fun with a community heart.
As well as all the handmade gifts, arts, crafts and collections the shop gives away free books and hold free story time sessions for children. The Healthy Planet initiative ‘Books for Free’ run by Community Fusion in Portsmouth give away donated books, thus preventing them going to landfill or being pulped. On average the Books for Free programme give away 300,000 books a year nationally.
Jenna looked her glamours in her dress made completely of recycled material, in the form of kitchen roll, decorated with ink from a used printer cartridge by Dumpster Design. The dress was talked about all evening long, on line and even the kitchen roll company got in touch and joined in the celebrations!
Jenna Boyson describes her feelings on the night “What an amazing achievement and an amazing dress! The shop has not even been open for a year and already seen huge support and now an award. The Venus Awards was an exciting time and the first awards we have been invited to. I went all out and wore a dress created by Dumpster Design made of kitchen roll… I wanted to show that you really can craft extraordinary things from everyday items! This is not only fantastic for Community Fusion though but all credit goes to our stockists, volunteers and supporters. Time, energy and recourses are donated by so many people locally – without this support our shop would not even exist! Endless thanks to all who are involved.”
Congratulations to Jenna and everyone involved in Community Fusion. I encourage you to follow Community Fusion to stay up to date with all of their many projects. For more information check out their Facebook and Twitter @CommunityFusion.
Photos by Charlotte Griffiths Photography
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:
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This project was made possible with the support of Portsmouth City Council, University of Portsmouth and Anglepoise®.
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.
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
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.
For the last few months we have been working with the team at Ben Ainslie Racing devising a schools street art event that for us for the first time involves both sides of the Solent! Seventy two young people from six schools in Portsmouth and Ryde will come together on the 13th October for this community art project. They will paint images from the rich maritime heritage of the Solent onto a mural on the hoardings of the construction site at the Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters. It’s a maritime history that Ben Ainslie Racing will continue from their new base on The Camber, in Portsmouth’s Old Town.
The event is to celebrate the launch of a new charity that Ben Ainslie Racing will support through a number of areas, including hosting a Visitor Centre at their new headquarters building. The art project is being coordinated by Strong Island with BAR and we’ll be working with renowned local street artists James Waterfield and Dharma 77, and the internationally recognised My Dog Sighs on the mural design.
The six local schools (St Judes Church of England School, Park Community School, Admiral Lord Nelson School, Charter Academy, Ryde School & Ryde Academy) have been invited to get involved and paint the mural too. The school children will range in age and ability from Primary School students from St Judes Church of England School, all the way to GCSE students. The young artists will paint a wide variety of craft throughout the history of travel on the Solent including flying boats and hovercraft, both built and developed on the Isle of Wight, and the latter still carrying people between Portsmouth and Ryde. The Mary Rose, a successful Tudor warship that sank fighting the French during the Battle of the Solent, salvaged and now displayed in the city. Naval ships and submarines will be there, along with previous British challengers for the America’s Cup; Sir Thomas Sopwith’s Endeavour, built in Gosport and launched into Portsmouth Harbour. Ben Ainslie Racing’s new hydrofoiling catamaran boat will also be featured.
James Waterfield will paint the background design this weekend – and everyone is invited to come along to the Camber and see it progress. It will be a skyline and seascape scene stretching across the Solent from Ryde on the Isle of Wight, to Portsmouth…With the mural along the length of the BAR HQ hoarding wall facing the harbour, all 100+ feet of it! Dharma 77 and My Dog Sighs will then join Waterfield on the 13th October to work with the art students, giving them the opportunity to learn street art skills and techniques from these local artists.
Ben Ainslie Racing’s Team Principal, Sir Ben Ainslie commented, “We really hope people will come along this coming weekend, and on the 13th and have a look at the work the students are doing. We’re really excited about this, and we’re going to find a permanent home for the best work in the Visitor Centre at the new headquarters.”
On Monday the students will be working from 9.30am until 2pm and everyone is welcome to come along and watch the mural take shape! We’ll be photographing and filming the event and will be sharing the results soon after the day too.
A shop full of clutter and characters and which has drawn customers from all over the world has been immortalised by two local artists.
‘The Shop’ is a project devoted to revealing in close-up the people who worked in military treasure trove Sabre Sales on Castle Road, which has now closed its doors after nearly 30 years.
The artists have spent two years collecting close-up photographs, film, interviews and memories of the shop. They hope the rest of Castle Road will take part in honouring the shop by giving over their shop window to photographs of mannequins, artefacts from the shop, it’s staff and other memorabilia.
Film-maker Timothy Connell and Oana Damir, a photographer and the woman behind Vagabond, a travelling art gallery in Southsea, are launching their multimedia project – a homage to a Portsmouth landmark – on October 17. The street long exhibition will run for two weeks until the 31st of October.
Tim said: “The shop was known and loved by so many people. It was a den of clutter awash with characters young and old, it was a relic of retail past that we wanted to treasure and celebrate it.”
The shop has special significance for Tim. His father used to work as a volunteer in the shop on Saturdays and Tim remembers being taken in there throughout his childhood.
He said: “High streets tend to all look the same up and down Britain, but Portsmouth’s Castle Road has always been a law unto itself and Sabre Sales stands out as a jewel in the crown as a true one-off. It’s very sad it is closing, it’s a real local institution. Oana and I wanted to capture something of the spirit of the place and the people who work there before it was too late.”
In addition to persuading other shopkeepers to join the art project by displaying artefacts and photographs from The Shop Project, Tim and Oana are producing a limited 100 print run of commemorative newspapers featuring the shop’s characters and stories.
Tim said: “We are asking vendors along Castle Road to join us in one last salute to a truly unique and much cherished fixture of Southsea by exhibiting a selection of photographic works in their windows and shops for a two-week long exhibition.”
For more information, contact Timothy Connell at firstname.lastname@example.org and Oana Damir at email@example.com
For more details please visit the website at: www.theshop-project.com or contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The preview will take place on the 17th October, at 6pm, starting at Shop 65 on Castle Road, followed by Tony Wood’s Salon, Pie&Vinyl, Brocante, Delayney’s, Truffles, Sabre Sales, Pete Codling’s Atelier and ending at 101 Reykjavik for drinks until late.
Photographs below by Oana Damir.
As you may know already every year we create a project that shares and promotes the arts and culture of Portsmouth and for 2014 we have Creative Cargo, which officially launched in London on Tuesday 16th September at a very special venue. Creative Cargo draws together collections of Portsmouth manufactured, created and designed products, artistic works, creative artefacts and more, all contained within specially customised vintage steamer trunks. The project aims to use the steamer trunks as containers for Portsmouth’s Creative Cargo, sending out the creative works from some of the best individuals and companies that call Portsmouth home and sharing them with other port cities around the world. The first trunk will be heading abroad in early 2015 in a Creative Exchange of cargo contents, where the city receiving it will discover Portsmouth’s contents and then load up the trunk with the creative cargo of their own city before returning it back home. Over the course of 2015 more trunks will begin their journey to other destinations ending in a final exhibition back in Portsmouth revealing the results of these different Creative Exchanges.
The London Creative Cargo project launch was kindly organised by Penny Mordaunt MP and it took place at Byron Chambers, Albany, London, a venue steeped in history and grandeur: it was the very same apartment or ‘set’ that Lord Byron himself lived it. Invited guests included Simon Ward, Chief Operating Officer, British Fashion Council; Maurice Mullen – Head of Display, Fashion & Luxury goods, Evening Standard; Tony Palmer – film director and Hazel Lubbock – Assistant editor, Condé Nast Traveller. We also had many guests from Portsmouth too which included Simon Terry, Innovation and Brand Director, Anglepoise®; Carl Leroy-Smith, Architect and Designer; Andrew Whyte, Photographer; Barbara Tipple, Goldsmith; Denise Callender, Faculty Promotions Manager, Creative & Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth; Jo Bushnell, Director, Aspex Gallery; Pete Codling, Artist; Will Pounds, Topographical and perspective artist; Stephen and Roma Davis, Southsea Deckchairs; Kevin Martin, Climax Studios and Kate Smith who is the Lead Volunteer for the renovation of the steamer trunks.
The project has been supported by Portsmouth City Council. The University of Portsmouth and Anglepoise®.
For further information please visit the website at creativecargo.co.uk
Photographs below of the launch night, contents of trunks and the limited edition book and sticker packs that accompany the trunks on their journey. If you want to have a read of the book copies are available in Head, Southsea Coffee Co and more locations soon.