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Photos from Saturday’s Photography Walkshop at Hilsea Lines & Foxes Forest

Saturday was our third photography walkshop of the summer, with a group of Southsea & Portsmouth photographers meeting up at Hilsea Lines & Foxes Forest to explore the lakes, woodland and the old bastions. We had photographers of all abilities come along and for many it was their first time exploring this part of the city. In the (what felt like very quick) two hours we had photos of butterflies, birds, trees plus some of the inside and outside views of the old bastion structures.

Our next photoghraphy walkshop is on the 8th of August and we’ll be exploring the harbour edge of Eastney from the ferry point down to where the entrance of the harbour meets the Solent. Find out more about this walkshop and the others planned for the rest of the summer and book online HERE.

Below are some photos from Saturday, check our Facebook page for more and our Flickr for photos from all three of the past walkshops.


















America’s Cup Racing Week In Portsmouth

I think my first memories of the America’s Cup were from childhood, watching the news and being a little confused about stories of close races, steely eyed crews battling the southern ocean and controversial keel designs on these huge yachts on seas and oceans the other side of the World. Up until recently it still felt like it was an event that happened far from here, glimpsed on TV, racing in exotic locations on distant waters. With the news of the new Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters to be located and built in Portsmouth about a year or so ago, all of a sudden, this race, this event really started to capture my attention. Could the UK win the oldest international sporting trophy, with a team based in Portsmouth? Back in the waters where the race began?

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No longer will these elite teams sailing ‘formula one’ yachts built from cutting edge designs, technologies and materials feel so distant, as the 35th Americas Cup event began to arrive in the city over recent days in readiness for the racing long weekend next week. On Twitter it has been hard to miss the photos from local people of the Land Rover BAR AC45F flying on training sails in the Solent. In recent days our local team has been joined by New Zealand and other teams out on the Solent, with the 45 foot long catamarans flying at speeds of 40 mph all just 50 metres offshore. Our historic dockyard home to the yachts from all corners of the Earth and our city home to the first stage of the cup. Now the stages and stands are being built, the flags are up and in a matter of days the racing will begin! Check below for the detail list of all the America’s Cup events happening in the city.

We’re happy to also announce that Strong Island Clothing Co will be at the America’s Cup race village, be sure to drop by and say hello and check out the huge new summer range of tees. More details on this soon.

Americas Cup Flags in Southsea

Thursday 23rd July

The America’s Cup officially begins on Thursday 23rd July, with Southsea Common, Old Portsmouth and the Solent alive with activity all starting from 9am in the morning. You’ll be able to see the crew and craft prepare for the day’s racing in No. 1 Basin at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in the morning before the race village on Southsea Common opens at 11am. The day’s events are as follows:

  • - 9am to 11am: The race teams and boats get ready in the Naval Base – come and view in the Historic Dockyard
  • - 10am: Race Village opens on Southsea Common and the day
  • - 11am: The America’s Cup ‘trophy’ arrives in style
  • - 11:15am to 12:30pm: Moth racing and kitesurfing displays
  • - 12:30pm: The Official Parade of Sail leaves the Royal Navy base and escorts the race fleet out to the race course area in front of the race village on Southsea Common
  • - 12:45pm to 2:30pm Official Parade of Sail and exhibition sailing by the race teams
  • - 3pm: Skippers come ashore
  • - 3:15pm: Official press conference & presentation of skippers in Fanzone Arena
  • - 5pm: Day programme ends
  • - 6:30pm: Evening programme opens
  • - 7pm to 7:45pm: Official Opening Ceremony
  • - 8pm – 10pm: South Coast Proms concert featuring The Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines

Friday 24th July

Friday sees streaks of colour on both the Solent and the skies above, with the day dedicated to speed. See below planned activities for the day and evening:

  • - 9am to 11am: The race teams and boats get ready in the Naval Base – come and view in the Historic Dockyard
  • - 10am: Race Village opens on Southsea Common and the day
  • - 11am to 12pm: Moth racing and kitesurfing displays
  • - 12:10pm to 12:30pm: Red Arrows Aerial Display
  • - 12:30pm: The race boats leave the Royal Navy base and are escorted to the race course area in front of the race village on Southsea Common
  • - 12:45pm to 1:20pm: Race boats tuning up before practice racing with live MC commentary
  • - 1:30pm to 3pm: Practise starts and two practise races
  • - 3:15pm: Skippers come ashore
  • - 3:30pm: Media mixed zone with skippers in Fanzone Arena
  • - 5pm: Day programme ends
  • - 6:30pm: Evening programme opens
  • - 7:15pm to 9:30pm: South Coast Proms concert featuring The Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines

Saturday 25th July

On Saturday sailing gets serious and points are won or lost with the full official racing of the 35th America’s Cup kicking off. The evening also sees Portsmouth Live! with music on the big stage down on Southsea Common:

  • - 9am to 11am: The race teams and boats get ready in the Naval Base – come and view in the Historic Dockyard
  • - 10am: Race Village opens on Southsea Common and the day
  • - 10:30am: RNLI helicopter display
  • - 11am – 1230: Moth racing and kitesurfing displays
  • - 12pm: Red Bull Matador Aerial Display
  • - 12:30pm: The race boats leave the Royal Navy base and are escorted to the race course area in front of the race village on Southsea Common
  • - 12:45pm to 1:20pm: Race boats tuning up before racing with live MC commentary
  • - 1:30pm to 3pm: Two offical America’s Cup World Series Races
  • - 3:15pm: Skippers come ashore
  • - 3:30pm: Skippers in media mixed zone in Fanzone Arena
  • - 4pm: Blades Aerial Display
  • - 5pm: Day programme end
  • - 6pm: Evening programme open
  • - 7pm – 11pm: Portsmouth Live! Saturday day concert featuring Spandau Ballet, WetWetWet, McBusted and Carly Rae Jepsen

Super Sunday 26th July

Sunday is guaranteed to be ‘super’ – a fantastic finale to the event where the overall winner will be decided through what is sure to be some nail biting racing. As ever a full programme on entertainment on shore and on water and then an amazing prizegiving gala event to end it all. The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge are set to join huge crowds on Sunday to view the racing play a key part in the finale prizegiving event too. See below planned activities for the day and evening: See below planned activities for the day and evening:

  • - 9am to 11am: The race teams and boats get ready in the Naval Base – come and view in the Historic Dockyard
  • - 10am: Race Village opens on Southsea Common
  • - 10:30am: RNLI helicopter display
  • - 11am to 12:30pm: Moth racing and kitesurfing displays
  • - 12pm: Trig Aerial Display
  • - 12:30pm: The race boats leave the Royal Navy base and are escorted to the race course area in front of the race village on Southsea Common
  • - 12:45pm to 1:20pm: Race boats tuning up before racing with live MC commentary
  • - 1:30pm to 3pm: Two offical America’s Cup World Series races
  • - 3:15pm: Skippers come ashore
  • - 3:30pm: Skippers in media mixed zone in Fanzone Arena
  • - 4pm: All skippers and sailors to main stage in Waterfront Festival Arena
  • - 4:15pm to 5pm: Gala prizegiving event in main stage in Waterfront Festival Arena
  • - 6:30pm: Spitfire Aerial Display

These times are subject to change.

Tickets for the America’s Cup are still available HERE.

Waterfront Festival Arena – Free ticket required for day entry.
10am to 5pm Thursday/Friday/Saturday.
10am to 6pm Sunday.

Fanzone Arena – Paid ticket required for day entry.
10am to 6pm Thursday/Friday/Saturday.
10am to 6:30pm Sunday

Fanzone Arena tickets are on sale across all four days Thursday 23rd – Sunday, July 26, which will also give access to the Sunday prizegiving. All current Waterfront Festival Arena (free) ticket holders will also be able to watch the prize giving show.

Portsmouth Live! Music night – Paid ticket required for entry.

Portsmouth Live!

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Fareham Shorts – Short Film Competition

Fareham Shorts, Fareham’s first International Short Film competition, brings together amazing judges from the world of art and film.

Filmmakers from Hampshire and beyond are getting the chance to have their work viewed by Internationally acclaimed judges this summer for the inaugural Fareham Shorts (Fareham International Short Film Competition) as part of Fareham Arts Festival curated by Live Art Local CIC.

Judges from the world of film, art and academia will be choosing their favourite films in four categories from a shortlist and the their overall film of the festival.

The full line-up of judges is Daisy Jacobs (BAFTA winner, Oscar nominee), Anna Cady (Award winning artist and filmmaker, Official Selection Sundance Film Festival for 30%), Ben Thompson (Principal Lecturer & Section Lead for Video, Film & Broadcasting and a cameraman, director and producer with many years experience), Aysegul Epengin (Chair of Portsmouth Film Society) and John Hayes (Director of Winchester Film and Art CIC and co-ordintor of Winchester short film festival).

Short listed films will be shown and awards handed out at a Gala Screening at Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham on Thursday 13th August, where members of the public can not only view the winning material but also question some of the filmmakers. You can purchase tickets for this very special evening via Ashcroft Arts Centre for £3.

The winning film will also be shown at REEL cinema Fareham before feature films for a period after.

This is a great opportunity for local filmmakers to get their work seen by esteemed industry experts and the general public. Submissions close at midnight on 20th July and you can enter via Film Freeway or HERE.

Ed Davis-Hofbauer, co-curator of Film at Fareham Arts Festival, said:

“It’s a great opportunity for filmmakers to get their work seen by professionals in the industry and a great chance for local people to see new and groundbreaking work by up and coming talent, bringing a little bit of movie magic to Fareham this summer.”

If you would like to find out more about Fareham Arts Festival and submit your film, or find how to buy tickets click HERE.


Becky Jerams Live At The King Street Tavern Tonight

Becky Jerams is a singer/songwriter from Portsmouth who writes and performs in many different styles from upbeat pop to country-tinged acoustic numbers.

Influenced by artists such as Alanis Morisette, Tori Amos, Taylor Swift and Ingrid Michaelson, Becky’s tracks place strong emphasis on emotive, story-telling lyrics and unusual hooky melodies. Her tracks have been used in adverts and shows around the globe including the hit US show The Carrie Diaries and the trailer for Mandy Moore film ‘Love Wedding Marriage’.

Becky has also written and recorded a duet with pop star Chesney Hawkes and performs live acoustic shows on a regular basis, as well as writing songs to pitch out for other artists.

Becky will be joined for the evening by local singer/songwriter, Chris Ricketts at The King Street Tavern tonight at 7:30pm.

A free music event at a great local pub with some fantastic entertainment! Food available but booking advised to secure a table.

Becky Jerams

Becky Jerams

Becky Jerams

 

Photography by Timothy Mann.

Photos from Southsea Seafront Photography Walkshop

The second of our summer series of photography walkshops saw a big group of local photographers set off along Southsea seafront, walking from Clarence Pier and heading east with lots of stops along the way. The aim was to go from pier to pier but the two hours flew by and we ended the walk at the bandstand and Southsea Castle.

A big thank you to all the photographers who came along on the day and if you want to join us on our next walkshop at Hilsea Lines/Foxes Forest on the 18th or any of the other three walkshops planned for around the city through until September check HERE for details and where you can book online.

Below are some photos from the walk.




























The Ship Inn Raft Race 2015

The Ship Inn Pub in Langstone Harbour, originally a mill, recently hosted their annual raft race. This event is historic and this lovely coastal pub has organised this great day for several years now. The race is all about getting people working together as a team by building rafts and trying to complete a short assault course without sinking.

The weather was glorious and hundreds of onlookers supported the event. Team included local clubs such as local dive club Blacksheep Divers.

This nautical themed event not only boasts a real sense of community but encourages locals to get out and about and enjoy the amazing setting that is on their doorstep.

Racers pelted each other with water bombs and clumps of seaweed and children took to the water to attack teams with loaded water pistols. The atmosphere was fantastic and the stunning waterside setting was perfect and enjoyed by all.

The event will happen again next year in July and everybody is welcome to sign up and take part. Contact the Ship Inn for more details on upcoming events. You can find out more about the Ship Inn on their website www.shiplangstone.co.uk

Raft Race

Raft Race

Raft Race

Raft Race

Raft Race

Strong Island Recordings Update – Shows & Releases

It’s a rather busy, yet very exciting period over at Strong Island Recordings in July and beyond so I’ve decided to condense as much as possible into one post. First up tonight, Strong Island Recordings along with Torn Speaker also, takeover the Cellars one last time where we bring label family Gang,  super buzzy, power-grunge pop, London trio, Puppy plus local cult favourites Red Seals & Protein Window down and all for just £4. Doors are at 8pm with bands kicking off pretty much from opening time, so head down early.

We also have not one but two release announcements which we’can’t wait to get out there. Last Thursday we announced the release of garage/surf rock, Brighton trio Strange Cages with their single ‘Pony’ which premiered over on Artrocker. ‘Pony’ is out 20th July and the artwork was designed by local illustrator, Sam Brandon who can be found on Instagram as @Skever.

This Monday we also had another new release premiere over on Clash magazine with scuzzy Londoner’s, Maui ‘Kiss Chase’, a sun soaked yet, somewhat grimey indie banger set for release on the 27th July. We’re beyond stoked to have both join our ever growing label family. We’ll no doubt have both down in Southsea sometime.

In other news, we’re also hosting a bandstand on the 1st August with a line-up probably not suited for the bandstand but none the less it should be fun. We’ll be announcing the line up for it over the coming days but be sure to keep the day free in your diaries. In the event it rains off, we’re kindly allowed to use the Edge of the Wedge. We have even more release news soon so if you want to keep up to date, checkout out website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SoundCloud.

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French Street Artists Oré and Artiste-Ouvrier In Portsmouth Over the next Two Weeks

All this week and through to the 16th of July Portsmouth will be home to two visiting street artists from France. French street artists and painters Oré and Artiste-Ouvrier will be exhibiting work, painting, creating artworks and working with young people from Pompey in the Community at various locations in Portsmouth on legacy art-installations.

This Artist Residency has been organised by the Kings Theatre Portsmouth’s Community Engagement Team (the second artists residency in as many months!), with some funding coming from individual Portsmouth City Councillors’ personal allowances, including Cllr Hugh Mason, Cllr Matthew Winnington and former Cllr Terry Hall.

Oré and Artiste-Ouvrier have been being painting murals and street art for many years. They have exhibited alongside Banksy, and their work has appeared in books, galleries and on the streets across cities in Europe and South America.

To see their work and them in action you can start by seeing the Oré exhibition opening tonight at No. 28 on Albert Road. You can also see the artists at work in their residency locations, at the Daisy Chain Festival and much more. Some key dates are below:

7th to 15th July: Oré and Artiste-Ouvrier Exhibition, No 28 Kings Theatre Portsmouth
7th to 10th July: Oré creating installation at HMS Warrior, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
7th to 15th July: Artiste-Ouvrier creating legacy pieces inspired by the city
11th July: Oré and Artiste-Ouvrier running events and activities at Daisy Chain Festival, Southsea
12th to 15th July: Oré running workshops with young people at Pompey in the Community

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Oré

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Artiste-Ouvrier

Southsea Summer Arts Fair at One Eyed Dog on Saturday 4th July

A quick reminder that this Saturday the 4th July the One Eyed Dog will be home to the Southsea Summer Art Fair which will have loads of local creatives involved such as Kendal James, Stu Linfield, Jennifer Hillier, Hannah Gordon, Chris Webb and April Lovelace. From the stalls in the pub you’ll be able to pick up some local art and craft plus tees, stickers, prints, jewellery and more.

The fair opens at 1pm but and to find out more have a look at the Facebook page HERE.


Poster artwork by Stu Linfield.

Folk Of Albert Road Success

Last night’s ‘Folk of Albert Road’ event was a huge success with queues of gig goers venue hopping to see some brilliant local talent. The King’s Theatre hosted the event and tour guides took groups up and down Albert Road to watch classic folk. Local pubs and cafes including The Phoenix, Southsea Gallery, The Magick Bean Cafe and Home cafe, offered space for musicians and onlookers to come together in intimate and unusual environments.

Bands included, Waif and Stray, Jamidad, Skye Russ and Anait Grigoryan, all of whom performed live acoustic sets.

A brilliant night which we hope to see again in Portsmouth!

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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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Vintage Photography by Richard Baker

Richard Baker grew up in Portsmouth and Southsea with many happy memories, but limited funds. In the 1960s Richard was studying at The Portsmouth College of Art and was lucky enough to be able to print off some wonderful black & white photographs. 40 years later he dug them out from hibernation.

The series captures people in the city going about their daily lives. Shopping, resting, having fun. Great candid shots from a simpler time. Check out the huge Pick & Mix on display at Woolworths along with the rest of Richards photographs over at his Flickr.










Fog Lights!

I love fog, even more so at night time because all the street lights are on and it’s like this weird eerie zombie town. People appear out of no where and even cars creep up on you before you notice them in the deathly silence of the fog. I watched, or should I say waited, as the the Hovercraft came over from The Isle of Wight. I could hear the roar of the engines for five minutes till I could actually see the craft as it pulled on to shore. Spooky.

My little point and shoot isn’t much cop in low light fog but there are a few more over on my Flickr

Vintage Photos

Adam Wintle recently uploaded to his blog loads of photos from an old book about Portsmouth passed down to him by his dad. Some of the photos in the book are incredible, be sure to spend some time having a good look through, below are a few examples:

Last Day of the Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester

The Creating Balance Project exhibition’s current residency at the Pitfield Pop-Up in Winchester ends today with the exhibition receiving some really great comments and coverage on websites, etc. Below are some photos by our own Claire Sambrook from a recent visit when many of the project’s artist/designer/photographer participants went up for a look. See more of Claire’s Creating Balance Project photos over on here Flickr.

The Creating Balance Project exhibition will return home to Portsmouth on the 10th of January 2014 for an extended exhibition at Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf, with an opening party and a series of other events and activities to be announced very soon. Ourselves and Anglepoise® are all really looking forward to showing the project to everyone in Portsmouth very soon!

To find out more about the project and exhibition please visit:

www.creatingbalanceproject.co.uk

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (1)

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Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (7)

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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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Local Photographer – Marcus Hunt’s

Marcus Hunt has rigged together an amazing radio controlled camera set up with a kite which allows him to capture photos of local places in and around Portsmouth with a unique perspective. Unlike photos from aeroplanes, the kite allows for photos from low altitudes giving way more detail. To see loads more than the photos below be sure to spend some time looking through Marcus’ Kite photo Flickr set.

Old Portsmouth

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Super Sunny Southsea

What amazing weather we’ve been having as of late. I even rode the full 8 miles home in the sun on Friday. We all had a great weekend spent on the common, riding our bikes, skateboarding and generally eating and drinking the days away.

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Google Maps – Street View

Portsmouth now has street view enabled on Google Maps, giving an interesting perspective of the city. Good to see it was a nice, sunny day in Southsea when the car drove through. Sadly no Old Portsmouth though.

Old Cycle Race

At some point between the wars this was taken during a cycle race at the Alexandra Park velodrome up in Tipner, which is still there.

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