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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.

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

‘The Other Side’ Exhibition TONIGHT

The Other Side is an exhibition brought to you by Hannah Kay Butcher. The exhibition opens tonight at the White Elephant on Cromwell Road. You can head down there from 7pm until 11pm. The Other Side documents life via reflections and shadows in moving images street photography and back projection.

For more information check out the Facebook Event page HERE.

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Hannah Kay Butcher

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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Ben Ainslie Racing and Strong Island Schools Art Project

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.

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Craft Emergency 2014 @ Aspex

Following on from last years first event Aspex welcome Thirteen artists from across the globe have now been selected for the group show of Craft Emergency 2014. You have some awesome sculptors, ceramic artists and jewellery makers just to name a few of the craft disciplines on show.

During the exhibition a winner will be chosen to receive the prize of a solo show in 2016, as well as working with the team at the gallery to produce an exhibition either in Aspex or offsite at another location within the city.

The selected artists involved are:

Chia Liang Lisa Kao
Angela Fung
Craig Fisher
Elizabeth Ashdown
Katy Jennings
Malene Hartmann Rasmussen
Olivia Walker
Paula Ortega
Sally Spinks
Kandy Diamond
Keith Varney
Luke Bishop
Lisa Pettibone

You can join the selectors on this Friday between 6-8pm for the Private View of Craft Emergency 2014, during which the winner will be announced. If you can’t get down there on Friday then fear not, the exhibition will run until 4th January 2015.

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Keith Varney

Angela Fung’s awesome paper sculpture she has created running through the gallery.

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‘Together in Solitude’ Exhibition By My Dog Sighs and Midge

Two of our most loved artists My Dog Sighs and Midge have joined forces for a collaborative solo exhibition this November. The exhibition will be held in The Coastguard, Clarendon Road. This will be the inaugural exhibition in this exciting new gallery space.

Midge and My Dog Sighs have set out to make full use of their location by using with materials, printing, framing and kind sponsorship from local breweries and businesses. The entire show has been planned, produced, sourced and inspired within Portsea Island.

I encourage you venture into Southsea Coffee Co. at 63 Osborne Road where you will find a large collaborative mural which the duo completed earlier this week.

The exhibition itself opens on Friday 14th November from 6-10pm and will run until 19th November. You can find out more information and stay up to date via the Facebook Event page HERE.

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Aspex Gallery: Call For Submissions (Ending Soon!)

South-Central is an exciting new opportunity for artists based within 90 minutes travel time of the Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays.

South-Central is a new open submission group exhibition, which seeks to highlight the work of emerging visual artists working in any media but living within 90 minutes travel time of the gallery. There are no age restrictions, but undergraduate students must be in their final year of study. The exhibition is not themed.

The selected artists will exhibit their work in a group show in the main gallery space at Aspex. The overall winner will then work with the aspex team to produce a solo exhibition, either at the gallery or offsite within the City of Portsmouth.

Selectors:
• Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex
• Stephen Foster, Director, John Hansard Gallery
• Judy Adam, Independent Curator
• Jonathan Parsons, Artist

The deadline for submissions is Monday 5 October 2014 and the exhibition dates are 21 November – 18 January 2014. Applicants can find out how to apply HERE.

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Local Photographer – David Jacobs

Based in Chichester but a constant visitor to Southsea, Portsmouth, Hayling and all of the Chichester harbour area, David Jacobs’ photos capture the warmth of the local light and and the inspiring natural views of the local landscape and coastline. To see more of David’s photos be sure to click ‘Read More’ below and check David’s Flickr.

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Inside the Memorial

Due to possible damage due to the storm and the high winds it was possible to access the inside of the war memorial down on Southsea seafront the other day. I always though it was a solid structure but it turns out it is hollow with sunken foundations and access to the top. From the plaque inside, it looks like the ladder is for maintenance if there is a lightning strike (the top of the memorial has a huge copper globe).

No disrespect was meant by taking a very brief look inside, just architectural curiosity and finding out something not commonly known about a Southsea landmark.

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Someone Invent A Time Machine

The photography exhibit The Birth of British Rock at the Museum is now in it’s last week so be sure to make it down before it finishes on June 6th. Looking through the Pompey Pop Pix Flickr, which contains loads of local photos, tickets and posters, I came across this poster for what must have been on of the best line-ups the Guildhall has ever had.

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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Big Rave Night

Clearly ‘that top group from Portsmouth The Parkas’ used to rave hard at the licensed bar The Drill Hall in Camberley back in ’67. Awesome stuff for sure.

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