Under the Spotlight is an upcoming exhibition that will feature 40 spotlights on artwork & photography by 40+ local creatives, all homed in the beautiful new Coastguard Studio in Southsea. More details on the exhibition will be announced in the coming weeks by the Coastguard Studio so keep an eye on their website at coastguardstudio.com and the date of 13th February firmly written in to your new diaries.
After an evening spent filming at Gunwharf Quays for their new Christmas film I grabbed a handful of long exposure photos of a very quiet Portsmouth Harbour. A quiet and cold night with just the occasional Isle of Wight car ferry or Seacat passing The Point and the in-construction Ben Ainslie Racing Headquarters on the Camber.
After a hugely successful exhibition with My Dog Sighs and Midge the Coastguard Studio’s next exhibition opens on Monday, entitled ‘Borderlines’. The exhibition is comprised of photographs by University of Portsmouth photography students Cristian Jurji and Ioana Pirvu that explore the notions of territories, of dislocations and the figurative borders that society confronts.
Monday will be the opening evening from 6pm to 9pm and then the exhibition is open until the 11th at the following times:
Tuesday – 12pm – 5pm
Wedenesday – 12pm – 5pm
Thursday – 12pm – 5pm
Coastguard Studio is located at 91 Clarendon Road, Southsea, PO4 0SA. More can be found out at the Facebook event HERE.
Next Friday, 28th November, we’ll be officially launching the Strong Island 2015 Calendar with an exhibition in Strong Island Co of a selection of photography that features within the calendar. You’ll be able to see this excellent work capturing Southsea and Portsmouth up in the exhibition space until the end of the year but this will be a great opportunity to come down, pick up or buy your calendars and meet some of the contributing photographers.
As well as the exhibition opening we’ll also be celebrating the opening of Strong Island Co, our new shop/exhibition space/studio at 12 Highland Road. If you haven’t had a chance to pop in yet come along for a free beer or two and meet the crew, check the new Strong Island Clothing Co garments and accessories and get involved.
The exhibition and party opens from 7pm.
Check the flyer below for more details, the beautiful photo of the low tide sands of Southsea beach is by calendar contributor Mike Dassow.
You should all be well aware that over the last year we have been compiling a calendar using photographs submitted to us by you, the Strong Island readers. We are really excited by our 2015 edition, I didn’t think it was possible but the bar has been raised yet again!
The calendar again features photography submitted throughout 2014 from local photographers. The calendar is full colour printed A4 and folds out and hangs so that one side of A4 contains the month’s photos and the other side has a large format calendar perfect for keeping your important dates through the year.
£1 of each calendar sale goes to the Alzheimer’s Society Portsmouth based services. They are the UK’s leading care and research charity for people living with dementia and their carers.
The calendars are still only available as a pre-order from our online shop HERE. We are expecting to have them in hand by next Thursday. They are priced at £10 each if you collect from Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea. Postal orders cost £12 each and international postal orders cost £14 each.
I guess it’s about time we share with you some more of the amazing photographs which have been included this year.
The Gunwharf Quays fireworks display has long been one of the best Guy Fawkes Night celebrations in the area. Local photographer Jay Howard has been recently been experimenting with time-lapse photography and managed to capture a nice video of the afternoon and the evenings events.
We’ve been working hard over the last few weeks collecting together the incredible submissions from the many local photographers who have been capturing Portsmouth and Southsea over the last twelve months. The calendar is soon to be sent off to the local printers and we are now taking pre-orders for the calendar in our Shop Ahoy online store. As per our previous years, the calendar is £10 with £1 of each calendar sale going to the Alzheimer’s Society Portsmouth based services. They are the UK’s leading care and research charity for people living with dementia and their carers.
We’re offering a few pre-order options with UK and International postage plus the option to pick up the calendar in person from our new studio/store once the calendars have arrived (due early December). All postage pre-orders will be sent out with lots of time for Christmas.
We’ve sold out of calendars before Christmas for the last two years, to pre-order yours please visit HERE.
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.
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.”
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.
Friend of Strong Island and one of our most loved creatives Ami Lowman has just released the images of her second lingerie collection. Ami who launched Mia Mai after graduating from Portsmouth Uni in 2006 has created collections of handmade and customized vintage clothing over the last few years in addition to her artwork and freelance teaching.
In 2012 Ami and Mia Mai took her career in a new direction designing a collection of lingerie to debut at the first ever Southsea Fashion Week. Two years on and this new collection showcases the designers unique approach to lingerie. She designs and creates garments that deserve to be shown off as apposed to hidden away under clothes. The collection has a huge ethnic inspiration and is made using vintage materials, donated clothing, jewellery, vintage laces and Indian trims.
Ami showcased the collection in the Kings Theatre and assembled local talent to help including Maximilian Hetherington (Photography), Tatum Isaacs (Hair), Naomi Lake (Make Up Artist) and Amber, Emily and Naomi (Models).
Ami will be taking her beautiful collection to Brighton Fashion Week next month to take part in a curated Fashion Market featuring 40 handpicked designers and artists from across the country. Mia Mai accepts bespoke commissions for lingerie sets, to enquire or to see more of Ami’s work visit her website www.miamai.co.uk, Facebook and Twitter @MiaMai.