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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.

You can find out more about the project at:

www.farfromhomeproject.co.uk

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The Island City, A Day in the Life of Portsmouth

Strong Island Media put together this short film entitled ‘The Island City’ that was screened at the recent Shaping the Future of Portsmouth conference. The film gives a stylised view of a day in the life of the city, touching on its geography, landmarks, people and places.

The Island City by Strong Island Media

Sherlock Holmes Film Workshops at The Kings Theatre

Strong Island Media are holding two film production workshops based on Sherlock Holmes this Saturday, based at The Kings Theatre as part of the Making Waves Film Festival. The 10am to 12pm workshop is for 8-12yrs and the 2pm to 4pm workshop is for 12yrs up.

The workshops are introductions to film making and include how to write a script, create a storyboard, how to film & record sound using professional equipment and how to act and direct. The workshop groups will then write, make and produce a short film based on Sherlock Holmes using wardrobe from The Kings Theatre, props from the Conan Doyle Collection and using the incredible Kings Theatre as a location, including backstage and even onstage!

The short films produced by each of the workshop groups will then be edited up and put on to DVD.

Each workshop is only £10 (plus £6 for a copy of the DVD with both Sherlock Holmes films) and places can be booked at The Kings Theatre:

www.kings-southsea.com

Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions with Race Car Hearts

Strong Island Media has partnered up with Victorious Festival to provide the festival’s online digital content throughout the weekend of the festival, including photo updates of the bands and what’s going on, video of songs from the stages and interviews with the acts. In the final run up to the festival we have produced the Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions which profiles of some of the best Portsmouth acts that will be performing at Victorious with exclusive live acoustic songs.

Sunshine Sessions episode three is with Portsmouth singer/songwriter Chris Perrin aka Race Car Hearts and includes an acoustic version of Better Kind. This is the last of this year’s Sunshine Sessions, we’re looking forward to next year’s already.

To find out more information about Victorious and to buy tickets visit:

victoriousfestival.co.uk

Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions with Race Car Hearts

Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions with The Folsom

Strong Island Media has partnered up with Victorious Festival to provide the festivals online digital content throughout the weekend of the festival, including photo updates of the bands and what’s going on, video of songs from the stages and interviews with the acts. In the final run up to the festival we have produced the Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions which profiles of some of the best Portsmouth acts that will be performing at Victorious with exclusive live acoustic songs.

Sunshine Sessions episode two is with Portsmouth acoustic duo The Folsom and includes an acoustic cover performance of Johnny Cash’s song ‘Folsom Prison Blues’. Keep an eye out next Friday for the next Sunshine Sessions episode.

To find out more information about Victorious and to buy tickets visit:

victoriousfestival.co.uk

Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions with The Folsom

Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions with Jerry Williams

Strong Island Media has partnered up with Victorious Festival to provide the festivals online digital content throughout the weekend of the festival, including photo updates of the bands and what’s going on, video of songs from the stages and interviews with the acts. In the final run up to the festival we have produced the Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions which profiles of some of the best Portsmouth acts that will be performing at Victorious with exclusive live acoustic songs.

Sunshine Sessions episode one is with 17 year old singer/songwriter Jerry Williams and includes an acoustic performance of her song ‘Sunglasses’. Keep an eye out on Fridays in the run up to the festival for the next Sunshine Sessions episodes.

To find out more information about Victorious and to buy tickets visit:

victoriousfestival.co.uk

Victorious Festival Sunshine Sessions with Jerry Williams

Strong Island Media and The Hampshire Forces Youth Film Festival

Over the last 6 months Strong Island Media have been working on The Hampshire Forces Youth Film Festival project, partnering up with CASS Media and Evan Wilkinson. The project was funded by the MOD Community Covenant and co-ordinated by Hampshire County Council through three arts centres in Hampshire: The Ashcroft Centre in Fareham, The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre in Bordon and the Westend Centre in Aldershot. Each centre had 2 to 4 groups of young people from local schools or youth groups (in total over 100 young people were involved) and each group worked with a production company, Strong Island Media worked with four groups, Brune Park School in Gosport, Phoenix Youth Theatre in Bordon, Bedales School in Petersfield and Connaught School in Aldershot.

At the start of the project each group conducted interviews with active service personnel from either the Navy or Army (from camps and bases local to them) and from these interviews Strong Island Media worked with the young people to create short animated films. SIM helped them develop scripts, form creative ideas for using different animation techniques, help them through the animation process and also work on music, sound effects and more. In total SIM worked with each group for 12 weekly workshop sessions & also brought in some Portsmouth based artists to help the young people with their character development, including Mr Kemp, Stu Linfield and MyDogSighs.

On the 18th July there was a grand, red carpet premiere and awards ceremony at The No. 6 Cinema in Portsmouth which brought all of the groups together along with local dignitaries. The audience of almost 200 people watched all the films and the young people and groups as a whole received prizes for their hard work and creativity. The project was a huge success with the young people telling insightful stories about life in the forces showing empathy for their characters plus creativity in their story and animation skills as well as having loads of fun through the whole process.

We were very proud to see all of our groups win awards and were particularly pleased when the Phoenix Youth Theatre won the two big awards of the night, the Critics Award for best film and the People’s Choice award for best film (which was voted on the night by the audience).

The project has a website with all of the films available to watch as well as a short documentary film about the project, see below. A huge thank you to Charlotte at Hampshire County Council, the guys at CASS, Evan for working with the Connaught group and a special thank you to the groups of young people we worked with who were inspiring in their creativity.

www.hampshireyouthforcesfilms.co.uk

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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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Lee Casey: Guy, Rocha &Craddock

Eastney MOD Test Station and Music by VNF

Despite being derelict the old MOD test station on Eastney beach adds a lot of, well, character to the seafront of Portsmouth and is a well recognised landmark both from shore and sea. The station was once a barracks and then became a test site for both weapons and radar/signals. The site itself overlooks the west entry point of Langstone Harbour and despite being empty for a long, long time it is part of the skyline and one of the last links to Eastney’s past history as a firing range and also a firm favourite for local photographers, not to mention nudists too, of course. Sadly though it seems the tower and buildings have their fate sealed (read about it on The News website).

Last spring we did a spot of urban exploration and had a look around inside, in part to find out more about the city’s heritage but also to film a music video of ex-Portsmouth engineer/producer VNF. The song inspired a theme of echoing signals lost & forgotten yet still resonating and the long derelict location touches on a visual parallel to that theme. VNF’s song ‘Reset’ and also his song ‘Orbs Lighten Them’ are formed from field recordings, many of which recorded in Portsmouth. In particular in ‘Orbs Lighten Them’ the hovercraft provides the baseline and Southsea seafront builds elements forming the dream-dub sound.

The video, VNF’s songs and photos from the test station are below. To see more photos visit the album on our Facebook page.

What are your thoughts on the loss of this historic Portsmouth landmark? Let us know with comments and over on our Facebook too. Do you have any photos of the test station you want to share? Send us a link to those too.

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Strong Island Media are Official Media Partners with Victorious Festival

As you may have noticed from our recently changed header image, we are very happy to now announce that Strong Island Media are one of the official media partners for the upcoming Victorious Festival. We’ll be covering the festival over the weekend with constant updates online with extensive video interviews and performances and loads of photos plus we have something very interesting that will drop online in the final weeks running up to the event which we’ll have more details of soon.

If you’ve managed to miss the posters and news so far, The Belle Isle and Boutique Markets‘ Victorious Festival is happening over the weekend of the 24th and 25th of August and is set to be the biggest festival in Portsmouth in a long, long time. Just like it’s forerunner Victorious Vintage last year that ran for the Jubilee celebrations, Victorious Festival is located in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, taking over not only the large area next to HMS Victory but also incorporating spaces within the running Navy dockyard areas too which are normally closed to the public. The family friendly festival will be home to loads and loads of live music bands and artists (many of them local) as well as loads of the best market stalls featuring local art, craft and fashion sellers. There is also the King James Real Ale Festival with Irving & Co in attendance, loads of food and drink stalls and a tonne of fun activities and events for children to get involved with.

Tickets are £15 a day for adults and £5 a day for children with under fives able to go in for free. Plus not only for that ticket price do you have entrance to the festival and all of the stages, markets, etc but you also have access to all of the dockyard too including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and loads more. This ALSO includes entry to the incredible new Mary Rose Museum (you can read our review HERE). When you do the numbers that essentially means a discounted dockyard entry plus all the festival thrown in too.

You can find out more about the band and artist lineups for the stages and buy tickets online (and find out where to buy in person) at:

www.victoriousfestival.co.uk

We’ll be featuring the bands and artists we are most looking forward to every Friday on Strong Island, keep an eye out for our first a bit later today…

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Portsmouth on Film – Episode 1

Jonathan & Matthew Ring recently released a book of archive Portsmouth photography that was taken by their grandparents over the years (find out more about the book HERE). As well as photographs they also found a load of footage filmed around the city and have just released their first episode of their Portsmouth on Film.

This episode has some great footage from the early 90s, including some from the Tour de France.

Local Photographer – Diana Goss

A familiar and friendly face around Albert Road, Diana Goss is a freelance creative portrait photographer with her own studio and whilst based in Southsea is often found all over Portsmouth as well as Bournemouth and Brighton too. Specialising in both Fashion and Boudoir work (see www.laboudoir.co.uk), and going by her website (www.notmagnum.co.uk) and Flickr obviously enjoys any type of people portraiture both in the studio and outside at such events as Goodwood Revival, music shows, weddings and even equine work. Not only that but you most likely have seen a few of her common props around town, a 1960′s Bentley, a 1955 Oldsmobile in red with red leather seats and a 1960′s red Pontiac!

Some of Diana’s work is available in Albert Road in Matt Sills’s Wallspace gallery (you may have also picked up a few free prints during the last Albert Road day) and if you’re interested in any commission work such as model shoots and portfolios, event photography or are interested in modelling for one of Diana’s photography projects give Diana a shout via email.

This is a cross processed film shot Diana took of the Wallspace Gallery with her namesake camera, a Lomo Diana and below that are a few more examples of her work:

XPRO Gallery

Snow, Snow, Snow

Snow hit Southsea pretty hard last night and it snowing again this morning. Good luck to everyone battling the elements to get to work, college, school, etc today. Here are a few photos from last night, if you have any please pop a link to them in the comments, we would love to see them.

Adam Wintle (see more here):

Adam Wintle

Adam Wintle

Elizabeth Bick (see more here):

Elizabeth Bick

Elizabeth Bick

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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It’s going to be a Strong Movember – Join The Team

Righto chaps, keep that mighty moustache on the grow in support of Movember for The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. For 30 days of November you can help support and raise awareness through selflessly parading your top lip for charity.

You can sign up yourself, as I’m sure many of you already have, or you can join the Strong Island team and seek out sponsorship as a team. Through the Strong Island Movember page you can ask people to join the group, make donations, upload photos and post updates via the MoSpace page, Facebook and Twitter.

Head over to our MoSpace if you would like to get involved and grow a Strong Moustache to help raise awareness, or simply head over to www.uk.movember.com and sign up to personally raise money.

The funds raised in the UK support the number one and two male specific cancers – prostate and testicular cancer. The funds raised are directed to programmes run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. Together, these channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programmes in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

Poster: Tristan Savage

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