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Strong Island Clothing Co Bobble Hats – Restocked

After such an incredible response to our new Knitted Bobble Hats we are pleased to announce they will be restocked this month. Due to very tight deadlines with our suppliers in Scotland they will not land till the 21st December though (fingers crossed)! Pre orders are available now over at Shop Ahoy HERE and all purchases made by the 22nd December will go out on Monday the 23rd 1st Class Recorded. This however there is no guarantee they will arrive on time for Christmas however, but we’ll give it a damn good go for you

If like many it’s a personal Christmas treat for yourself we hope you don’t mind any delays that may occur once in the post and sadly out of our hands. If we are let down by transport or force majeure for instance, and they do not arrive on time, all orders will receive a bunch of extra goodies for free.

We can’t thank you enough for your huge support of the last few weeks. We sold out of all our Bobbles in under a week, and since the 1st December you have all purchased over 130 items and even sold us out of 300 calendars. We really owe the continued growth of not only Strong Island, but all of our other endeavours to you guys. Stay RAD and have a great Christmas period whatever you’re doing.

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Strong Island Clothing Co. Portsmouth & Southsea ‘Tourism’ Packs

A while back we came across some wonderful vintage Portsmouth & Southsea Tourist Information bags. Coming straight out of the 80′s, these rad little one colour print poly bags must of been used for sending out documents, or to package items at the TI office. As soon as we saw them we knew the design needed to be placed back in to circulation.

After some pretty hefty artworking on the original scan it was ready for print and the first release back in August at Victorious Festival was an instant favourite. We recently reprinted the tees in the red and blue, but have also added a black colourway to the mix. As always all the tees are hand screened printed, with 3 details including the anchor sign off on the back.

We are now offering the P&S tee’s as part of an exclusive ‘Tourism’ pack that will initially only be on sale at the Southsea Boutique Market this saturday 7th December at Little Johnny Russells on Albert Road, Southsea. Each screen printed box will include a P&S tee of your size and colour choice, an original 80′s Portsmouth & Southsea Tourist Information bag, authentic vintage local postcards, and loads of Strong Island extras.

We only have 8 of these packs to offer at £30 each, and that’s all the stock of these we have I’m afraid. Very limited, yet very easy to wrap up for Christmas! The tee’s are also available to buy individually over at Shop Ahoy.

The Southsea Boutique Market runs from 12-4pm and more information can be found over at their Facebook page HERE. Lou from Strong Island is also raising money for Portsmouth Food Bank, you can help by donating something lovely for the raffle to help us raise money so please do come down, say hello, help a good cause and naturally, have a little tipple at the bar…

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Strong Island Clothing Co Winter 2013/14

Strong Island Clothing Co. have just dropped their new Winter 2013/4 collection, with lots of new tee colours, crews and hats too. Shot over at Portchester Castle on a freezing cold November day, the new range will take you through Winter comfortably in to Spring. Enjoy…

Check the lookbook HERE and head over to Shop Ahoy at

Strong Island Clothing Co. also have a stall at the Victorian Festival of Christmas event this coming weekend (Friday to Sunday) where all of these new items will be for sale.

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Strong Island – Portsmouth FC Shareholders

Well we’ve achieved it at last! Strong Island is now part owner of Portsmouth Community Football Club with our very own community share.  After our launch of the Strong Island X PFC design on tshirts back in May, we’ve completed our share purchase as we set out to do.  If we’re honest we achieved the total a long while ago, it’s just taken a while to complete the pledge and then to bring you this news.

Firstly, we’d like to thank everyone who has supported us with this project and also to everyone who has bought the tshirts. The response was truly unbelievable, a genuine reflection of the wider efforts of the city and the community in establishing PFC as a community club and keeping them afloat.  It makes us very proud on a match day to see so many of our designs gracing the stands, knowing that the support received has helped towards sustaining the running of the club.

As we’ve continued to raise money past our share pledge amount, we continue to work closely with fundraising initiatives alongside Pompey’s 12th Man and the Pompey Supporters Trust including the Fratton Park Arts project and many other events planned for 2014.

There has even been huge support from non football fans, Portsmouth people who, even though they don’t follow the team realise what a vital component the football club is to the city in terms of infrastructure, history and city pride. Thank you again for your amazing support on this and here’s to more success in the future. PUP! #WeArePompey

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New Range from Strong Island Clothing Co Now Available Online

We’re happy to announce that the new range from Strong Island Clothing Co. is now available in the online store. There are a load of new tee designs and colours plus we have new, premium tote bags in stock plus the keys are back! Have a look at some of the look book photos below.

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Strong Island Clothing Co. – Represent Winners at Victorious Festival 2013

Wow! What a weekend. From setting up the Strong Island Clothing Co. stall at 8am on Friday till packing up on Monday, the whole experience was awesome. We didn’t get to see too much of the festival itself, but hundreds of people came to visit the stall to buy, hang out, share a beer, say hello and generally enjoy themselves.

Last week we ran a tee shirt giveaway competition for anyone that came to the stall wearing a Strong Island tee, and we we’re stoked on the amount of people that came representing! Below is just a snippet of all the Strong Islanders at Victorious Festival, and our winners can be seen in the full size images underneath.

If you’re a winner please email us at and we will arrange a time for you to come and pick up a tee of your choice in person. Being the nice guys we are we’ve added one more tee to the competition to the couple that represented together in last years ‘Historic’ and ‘Brig’ tees. You can have one each.

We’re already excited about the prospect of being involved again next year and there are already plans for bigger and better things. Huge thank you to everyone that visited us over the two day event resulting in over 130 Strong Island tees now representing all over the island and beyond. We’re always really stoked on the feedback we receive and we will continue to aim high and offer quality goods and designs that truly represent the brand and the people of Portsmouth & Southsea. See you next year…

Oh, we nearly forgot to mention that Portsmouth FC players John Sullivan and Simon Ferry came to the stall to buy a Strong Island PFC tee each and happily posed for a quick photo. Top lads, and in high spirits. Massive thanks to all the people that purchased a PFC tee. We’re very close, if not already there with our 2nd share amount…








Strong Island Clothing Co – Summer Range

We’ve been pretty busy over at Strong Island HQ as of late and our latest clothing range has been in the pipeline for some time. With the one year anniversary of SICCo we wanted to hold out a little longer and drop the whole new range at this years Victorious Festival.

With only one opportunity to get everything on camera we battled the weather on Saturday and headed out to Lock Lake in Milton and the Langstone Channel. High winds and sporadic downfalls of rain didn’t deter us and we managed to cover pretty much all the tees before the torrential weather really kicked in.

We have 5 new designs, in various colourways and a new seasonal launch colour in our Branded tee with a light blue on navy. Weather restricted shooting this particular tee but I’ll be honest, it’s one of the best yet! There is also a second colourway in the ‘Tourism’ tee with a retro blue on indigo which is also available on our carry bags. To top off the range we have reproduced the ‘Strong In The Leg’ design on a tee that first appeared on cycle jerseys last year.

The entire new range, including new carry bags and accessories will be available this coming Bank Holiday weekend at Victorious Festival. Be sure to head to our stall in the Smugglers Market which is a hard left after the Antiques Storehouse and Tea Rooms. We are stoked to be alongside some of Portsmouth and Southsea’s finest shops and creative people over the 2 day event and we’re really looking forward to what’s certain to be a fantastic and sunny weekend in the surroundings of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Everything will be available online in Shop Ahoy after the Bank Holiday. For now you can view the lookbooks HERE and HERE. You’ve gotta love the irony of a Summer shoot in the rain. Classic UK! here’s to a scorching weekend ahead…

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Strong Island x Portsmouth FC White and Blue Tees Now Available Online

We launched the new white/navy and blue/white ‘away kit’ colourways of Strong Island Clothing Co’s collaboration tee with Portsmouth FC at the Pompey Fans Day on Saturday and they went down well and the original, ‘home’ navy/gold also did well too. We’ve just made the new away colours available to buy online in the store at the usual price of £15 each plus postage.

We have raised over the £1000 needed to get a share in the club and now £5 from every sale of one of these tees (and the phone cases) goes towards a new project run by Strong Island Community with Pompey’s 12th Man and Portsmouth FC that works with local designers, illustrators, artists & photographers together in improving Fratton Park with new art installations.

We’ll have more on Strong Island Community and this new, long running project very soon.

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Strong Island at Pompey Fans Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow sees the first Pompey Fans Day in the new era of community ownership with an event for the fans, by the fans as it is hosted by The Tony Goodall Fans Conference (the collective of fans groups and organisations) and managed by Pompey’s 12th Man and all to raise money for Portsmouth FC & Pompey Supporters Trust charity plus the following charities: Pompey in the Community, Tom Prince Cancer Trust, Asthma UK and Oakley’s Walking Fund.

The family friendly event runs from 11am-2pm (before the Charlton friendly kicks off) in the carpark behind the Fratton End and will include live music from the Trust band The Dickensian Vagabonds, The Union King, Mojo Dollar and Luke Ferre. There will also be stands from artists, designers and traders including Urban Gallery FA Cup Prints and we’re very happy to say a stall with Strong Island Clothing Co and local illustrator Lee Casey. Strong Island Clothing Co will be selling not only the highly popular collaboration tee with Portsmouth FC in the home colour-way of Navy & Gold but also two new ‘away’ colours of White & Navy plus Blue & White. These two new colours will be only available at the Pompey Fans Day before going in to the online shop later next week. As always, these Strong Island X Portsmouth FC collaboration tees will be £15 and £5 from each sale will go to the club. Lee Casey will be sharing our stall and selling his awesome, limited edition, signed illustration prints. Be sure to drop by our stall and get involved.

Portsmouth FC will also be unveiling the new away kit for the team on the day, there will be a dunk tank, bouncy castle, five-a-side football, bungee racing, football challenges, loads of amazing food available plus a replica FA cup for photos. Finally, but by no means least, there will be an incredible raffle with tonnes of amazing prizes donated by local businesses and people.

Tristan from Strong Island Media designed the flyer for Pompey Fans Day (see below) and also the amazing, huge backdrop you’ll see tomorrow.

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Huck Magazine’s The Working Artisans Club Featuring Lovenskate

Since our very first t-shirts printed back in 2010 we wanted to get the best people to print our premium tees for us, screen printing them by hand with love and a real artisan care and attention to their craft. We ended up seeking out Stu at Lovenskate in East London not only because of a shared history and love for skateboarding but for their equal love and devotion for printing both apparel and boards. With each item being printed by hand each is unique in it’s own way and with a client list including Carhartt & Volcom and other amazing brands large and small, we knew they were the printers for us both as Strong Island and later, Strong Island Clothing Co. Lovenskate is also not only one of the very best small screen printers in the UK but also a small skateboard brand, supporting skateboarding throughout the country.

Huck Magazine recently profiled Lovenskate as part of their new video series highlighting different artisan crafts still in use in creative sectors and sports, entitled The Working Artisans’ Club. If you wanted an insight into the people who pull every squeegee on every print on every tee produced by Strong Island Clothing Co (not the first batch but also including the second batch of our Portsmouth FC collaboration tees) then this two minute film should do the job.

You can read more about this film HERE and also check the Huck Magazine website too:


Strong Island Calendar 2015 #SIC2015

Our 2014 Calendar was a huge success, the quality of images and huge amount interest it received really took us by surprise. We managed to double the sales of the 2013 Calendar, meaning we raised just over £600 for the Feel Yourself Campaign and the Alzheimer’s Society. We received over a thousand submissions by email and by use of the Instagram hashtag #sic2014.

We are excited to announce that we are taking submissions for our 2015 calendar. If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit then you can email your submission via If you’ve taken a photo on Instagram that you’d like to submit for consideration you just need add the hashtag #SIC2015. There are no limits to how many you submit, the only rule is that the image must be relevant to Portsmouth.

Along with Instagram this year we also recommend you check out the Faded App. I’ve had a play with this App and you can create images that surpass anything that Instagram can produce. I especially love the overlay function.

If you have been taking any photos during this extreme weather we would love for you to submit them!

You may be aware that unfortunately due to an error our end the original batch of calendars contained a couple of errors. To rectify this the problem with the calendar we re-printed all of the calendars and offered everyone who bought one a free replacement (with free P&P where required). We are confident that we have managed to replace the vast major because of the online ordering records, however if you bought one from Lou Lou’s, Southsea Gallery or the Victorian Market then we don’t have your details so we need you to contact us ASAP to arrange a replacement! Those unclaimed calendars by the end of the week are likely to be donated to the staff of the charities we are supporting

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Here are just a few of the submissions that we have already received that might give you some inspiration.

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Road To Blissfields 2014 by Sophie Perryer

It’s that time of year again, when Southsea’s finest traipse out on a Friday night to listen to some of our home-grown, burgeoning talent. This year was no exception, with the likes of Becky Jerams, Poppobowa, Sabre and the B of the Bang taking to the stage to fill our ears with a range of musical goodness.

The evening was held this year at the Cellars at Eastney, and certainly had a more relaxed atmosphere – Strong Island’s Stuart Barker was even spotted wandering around with a cup of tea at one point!

The relaxed atmosphere lent itself perfectly to Becky Jerams soulful, syrupy vocals, gliding effortlessly over lyrics and melodies alike. Becky has enjoyed considerable success over the last few years with her song writing: her track ‘La La Love’ was featured in a Mandy Moore movie, and she has written for the likes of Chesney Hawkes and Loz Bridge. These accomplishments certainly showed through in her music; her sound was very much grown up pop and polished, while still retaining a youthful, wishful quality in her lyrics. A great start to the evening.

Becky was followed by Popobawa, a Gosport based trio relatively new to the music scene – so much so that Road To Blissfields was their debut live show! To say the boys coped well would be an understatement; they delivered a strong set with some interesting melodic choices which made for a distinctive sound, and the combination of this with hazy vocals akin to Friendly Fires was very striking. The best part? You can download their EP for a ‘name your price’ on their SoundCloud page.

Also hailing from Gosport were SABRE – the fivesome delivered catchy synth beats and impressive vocals not dissimilar to the Maccabees or Bombay Bicycle Club, with a little Two Door Cinema Club thrown in for good measure. Their raucous sarcastic comedy appealed to the crowd, and the banter between the band members was enjoyable.

Last but certainly not least were the B Of The Bang. The contrast of the almost gravelly voice of the lead singer and the Roxanne on keyboard’s ethereal vocals lent an almost eerie sense. The band delivered well thought-out tracks which were both directional and abstract, and conveyed a sense of their musical versatility and talent. Without a doubt a well deserved victory.

Congratulations to the B Of The Bang“>B of the Bang on their slot at Blissfields, and thank you also to the other artists for once again showcasing to us the quality of our local talent! Thank you too to Bellyeyesmile, Joel Ransom, the Cellars at Eastney, Strong Island, and all those others who had a hand in organising a top evening.

By Sophie Perryer

*We will be giving away a pair of tickets to Blissfields over the next six weeks so be sure to keep an eye out.*

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Victorious Festival 2014

In January the Victorious Festival team announced that the festival will be moving to Southsea Seafront. The team appear to have planned a bigger and better event building upon the success of previous years.

Last week saw the second wave of artists confirmed to perform live. The line up already consisted of awesome headliners Dizzie Rascal, Seasick Steve but they have now been joined by Razorlight, British Sea Power, Slow Club, Foy Vance, Mark Morriss of The Bluetones and The Bog Rolling Stones. There will be DJ sets from Alt J, Terry Hall of the Specials, 2manyDJs and COR. Not to forget some of the best local talent such as Matt Jarvis, Eloise Keating and our favourites the Southsea Alternative Choir are also performing.

Personally I’m really excited about the Sunday line up, I’ve been a huge fan of Seasick Steve for years and I even went to Bestival dressed as him for the Under the Sea fancy dress theme. Sunday also see’s British Sea Power performing, they have been regular visitors to the Wedgewood Rooms during their tours in the past, most recently in April 2013. They are easily one of the best live acts you could ever have the pleasure of seeing. The Saturday headliner Dizzie Rascal isn’t too shabby. I caught him at Bestival in 2010 and I can promise you, he knows how to put on a show and get you dancing!

There will be more artists announced closer to the time. You can find out first by following Victorious on Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

The event is more than just a music festival, there will be lots going on in the Kids Arena as well a Real Ale Festival featuring many local breweries. For the weekend local seafront attractions will be FREE, these include Southsea Castle, Blue Reef Aquarium, D-Day Museum and Southsea Skate Park. If you would like to be involved in the boutique market then drop the team an email on

The festival will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August. There are limited early bird tickets available but hurry as they are only available at the reduced price for the next ten days! Adult Day tickets are currently available for £15 per day and will be £20 after. You can pick one up via the website HERE, or directly at Little Johnny Russells or either of the Belle Isle restaurants. Kids tickets will cost £6 but those under the age of five can enter the festival for free.

Over the next five months we will try and keep you up to date on announcements and preview the performers and attractions that you can look forward to.

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Tricorn Controversy in Concrete Exhibition at the Portsmouth City Museum

Tricorn: Controversy in Concrete is a brand new exhibition commemorating 10 years since the demolition of this distinct and controversial building that between 1966 and 2004 was a fundamental part of the Portsmouth skyline. The exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum goes far beyond documenting the building from an architectural perspective, although for the first time many, many original drawings, plans and photographs are on display from the building’s architects, much of it for the first time ever. Where this exhibition explores beyond the groundbreaking and (for many) iconic Brutalist architectural design is documenting how it was experienced and used by the people of Portsmouth. The exhibition opened on the 15th and formally had its opening celebration to a capacity crowd on Saturday 22nd.

The exhibition on the ground floor of the museum is loosely arranged in to two areas, with the first section detailing the origins of the building from concept to design and build. As you enter this space the striking architectural plans on the wall are what first catch the eye. The lines and form of the concrete structure can almost take you back in time to the exciting and economically optimistic early 1960s, with the original and then cutting edge design still feeling strangely fresh even now. This is reinforced with the many original pamphlets, magazines and books that show the enthusiasm the project launched with. This part of the exhibition also establishes where the Tricorn sat within the Brutalist movement and also with some other buildings in the city such as Portsdown Park and Portsmouth Central Library, both of which are in the exhibition in the form of architect sketches and models.

The second section focuses on how the people of Portsmouth experienced the structure over the years it stood in the city centre. Part of this section is an incredible collection of posters and artwork from the nightclub but there is also related music, photos and even period clothing giving a sense of how the building was, for a time, a hub for the community. This section also looks at how the building was a creative inspiration for many, including artwork, skateboard decks and in particular, photography. It is in this section the Strong Island community photo panel is located, with over 100 photos capturing the structure in artistic angles and light. This area is also home to some striking work by Jon King and James Earle, both of who explored the building with their cameras throughout it’s demolition. Both areas also contain oral history, with interviews, opinions and memories on the Tricorn from both architect and members of the public. Also in both areas of the exhibition are feedback walls, which welcome comments from people visiting the exhibition. Despite the exhibition only being open for a week these are already full with amazing contributions.

On Saturday 22nd the exhibition was formally opened including attendance by VIPs such as Owen Luder, one of the original architects, plus many people associated with the Tricorn from right back to it’s design and construction through to its final demolition. The event included speeches by Owen Luder, Celia Clark and Councillor Lee Hunt, possibly the most interesting was the story of the Tricorn told by Owen Luder himself. It was fascinating to see how for him the aspirations for the building were in many ways dashed due to an economic turndown happening with an extended delay in securing contracts with key business tenants. Of particular note were his thoughts on how the space itself has been used “54 years on it is back to how it was when I first saw it in 1960, a carpark”.

The exhibition runs through to the 29th June.

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Macbeth at the Square Tower

The Scottish play is coming to the atmospheric setting of the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth this week. The Southsea Shakespeare Actors, who performed Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors at the Station Theatre, Hayling Island last November, are swapping tomfoolery and twins for blood and revenge in their production of Macbeth, showing from 12th-15th March.

Rob Bartlett, who plays the title role, tells us why the play is so popular among theatregoers, and what the audience can expect from this production.

This is one of Shakespeare’s plays that most people know at least a little about, whether it be the ‘is this a dagger I see before me’ quote or the infamous character of Lady Macbeth. Why do you think it holds such appeal for audiences?

I think it’s because of the mix of supernatural, unbridled ambition and human weakness – we may not all do what the Macbeths do, but we’ve thought about it! If we were given a supernatural push and told by powers beyond our understanding that it would all be okay, we might just act on those impulses more often.

I also think it’s because Macbeth’s descent into madness is so well observed and written that it makes it utterly compelling, and a joy to play. In one line ranting and in the next line totally lucid. The jerkiness of his thoughts makes it a perfect portrayal of manic behaviour.

The play also barrels along at a heck of a pace – there isn’t the flowery poetry of Romeo and Juliet for example, it’s all plot, character and action. I also think that almost every character gets their moment in the spotlight – Lady M and Mackers obviously, but Malcolm, MacDuff, Lady MacDuff, Banquo and even the Porter get their chance to shine (to name but a few)!

There’s a superstition in the theatre world that it’s bad luck to mention the ‘M’ word on the night of a performance, regardless of the play. What’s that all about?

To be honest I have no idea!!! I talk about Macbeth all the time. I think there was some talk about bad things happening on various productions but to me it seems like a good way to get some publicity! 

You’re performing at the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth – how do you think the setting will lend itself to the atmosphere of the play?

I think it will be brilliant! A big bare stone building, dimly lit with lots of shadows bouncing off the walls, candles – it will be fab. Also by doing it ‘in the round’ the audience will be really close. They will feel like they are in the scene, not just watching it. There will be times where they can’t see the face of the actor who is delivering the lines but that wont matter, a bit like when you are out with a big group of friends. You can’t always see the face of the person talking but you get a sense of what’s going on from everyone around you – and yes, that will include the other members of the audience on the opposite side of the room who can see.

We are doing some scenes with candles, so it will be really dim – really atmospheric!

Can you sum up in one (short!) sentence what we can expect from the Southsea Shakespeare Actors’ version of Macbeth?

It’s up close and personal – be ready to be part of the action!


To book tickets go to or find out more about the Southsea Shakespeare Actors at

Far From Home Project Exhibition on 14th March

The Far from Home project and exhibition is a collaboration between Armed Forces Community Covenant scheme, public funding from Arts Council England for Fusion lab taking place in Space, staff and students of the University of Portsmouth, Somerstown residents, local artists, Sharon Court (who ran the recent Somerstown Stories project) and Strong Island Media.

The Far from Home project brought together ex-service personnel and the family or personnel with students based at the Eldon building of the University of Portsmouth, with the group exploring the theme of being Far From Home. The theme was chosen as it was felt that both groups of participants in the projects could emphasise with the sense of leaving home for the first time, leaving friends and family and experiencing a new life. The students from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries who have been working alongside these retired armed service personnel and their families learnt more about how it felt to be a new recruit, to be posted overseas, or to be far from home. The students have then created art, including photography, illustration, short films and creative writing based on these experiences for an upcoming Far From Home exhibition in Space. Film footage taken of students talking to and working with armed forces personnel on the project will also be shown. Additionally artefacts from the armed forces personnel will also be on display.

Residents taking part in the project have had the opportunity to also learn new things through taster workshops led by students and a tour of the recently extended Eldon Building, home to the faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. These workshops and the tour are designed to break down barriers and increasing understanding for both groups of participants.

The Far From Home exhibition opens with a special afternoon tea on Friday, March 14 and will be open to the public from March 17-26. A book and film will also be produced showcasing the work created as part of the project.

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