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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.

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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

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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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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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Photos from Head Jam 2014

For the second year running Head Mens Hairdressing, Strong Island and My Dog Sighs (this year with Lex Luthor) put on the Head Jam street art event on Albert Road in Southsea. The yard out the back of Head and the Strong Island HQ had last year’s artwork covered during last week and Saturday saw local artists My Dog Sighs, Los Dave, M-One, Lex Luthor, Mimic, Stu Linfield, I am Posy, freakSTATIC, Midge and Samo get involved with new artwork on all of the walls plus the new sculpture too. Extra artwork is also being added today by My Name is Leila. A huge thank you to all the artists and to everyone who popped by throughout the day.

Check some of the photos from the day below, you can see a load more on our Flickr (which is a growing archive of our photography over the last 6 years) or on our Facebook page and if you want to pop in and have a look visit Head at 53 Albert Road.


































Southsea Comedy Festival Competition | Win Two Tickets

The first ever Southsea Comedy Festival opens with Eddie Izzard performing his most recent show ‘Force Majeure’ on 31st July and 1st August. We have a pair of tickets to give away for the Thursday 31st July performance. All you have to do to win this prize is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answer to the following three questions.

1) What is the name of the character voiced by Eddie in Cars 2?
2) In which American city did Eddie begin his 2014 tour Force Majeure?
3) For which charity did Eddie run an incredible 43 marathons in 51 days?!

The deadline for entries will be midnight Monday 21st July with the winner being announced Tuesday 22nd in the evening.

If you don’t want to risk missing out then Southsea Comedy Festival tickets are available by calling 0844 847 2362 and online at www.southseacomedyfestival.co.uk. You can follow the Southsea Comedy Festival on Twitter @SouthseaComedy.

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Lookbook for Strong Island Clothing Co Summer 2014 Collection

We’ve been exceptionally busy over at Strong Island HQ for the best part of 2014 so far and the latest Strong Island Clothing Co range has been in development for some time. We are now proud to announce the launch of our latest line of tee and crew designs for the Summer. This is the biggest run we have done to date and we wanted to ensure it was a really strong range so didn’t want to rush it.

We have a wide range of new colours and designs including our first 2 colour print on the popular Refuse to Sink and a return to our second tee style back in 2010 with a backprint (this time in navy) in the classic Strong Island logo. We also have a seriously strong collaboration with University of Portsmouth graduate and award winning letterform designer Andy Lethbridge AKA Hand Type. These are something truly special and we’re really stoked how they came out, the detail in the print really reflects the brush strokes of Andy’s work. We will have more on Hand Type and the development of these designs on Strong Island soon in a full interview. We also have pocket tees with the new Down the Hatch design which form part of something we are keeping under our hats for bit…some old favourites have been revisited too with new colourways and 2 new graphic tees as well. Our latest crew retains the same quality as before featuring ribbed side panels, a back neck loop, deep cuffs, a double v-insert on the neckline and raglan sleeves but with new striped cuffs. With a more contemporary and slimmer fit than most sweatshirts it’s certainly a more premium line. As always all our tees and crews are hand screenprinted in East London by the mighty Lovenskate, including the anchor signoff on the back and detail on the inside neck.

We have a few more mini launches coming up over the next few weeks including more tees, something for the cyclists out there, some very special hand produced items from Poland using original 1940′s techniques and also something to lounge on in summer and keep you warm in the winter. Not to mention another very special artist collaboration too.

All of the tees and crews from the main, initial drop will be available this weekend during Head Jam at Head Hairdressing, 53 Albert Road, Southsea (weather permitting). They will then go online in Shop Ahoy next week.

For now please enjoy our latest Lookbook shot by Strong Island Media over at Dell Quay, Chichester. The perfect day to go for a wander around the marina, fields and woodlands with a few cheeky beers at the Crown & Anchor.

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Strong Island, Lex Luthor & My Dog Sighs present Head Jam 2014 – Saturday 19th July

Last years Head Jam was such a resounding success with some of the nations best street artists that we eagerly began talking about the following year before the paint had even dried. We discussed how we could run the event again and where to do it, but the answer was simple and literally looking right at us. We hold it in the same place again. Make the courtyard at Head Hairdressing the centre of an annual event where the outcome is available to view for the year, then return, white wash the previous artwork away, and do it all again. After all, street art is an ever changing and developing media in it’s own right and in it’s usual environment where it gets ripped down, tagged, covered in fly posters, lost to demolition and built on, the artists have no fear of their art being lost. It’s part of the job so to speak…

Rick from Head Hairdressing at 53 Albert Road (just along from the Wine Vaults and next to Southsea Gallery) conceived the idea of having the courtyard to the rear of the local barbers transformed in to a permanent giant art piece. From precision multilayered stencils, through bubble gum cutsie to surreal illustrative mayhem, Lex Luthor and My Dog Sighs have hand picked some of their favourite artists to produce the ultimate street art dreamscape courtyard…again!

Head Jam will run all day so feel free to pop along, take a look, have a chat, hang out, meet the artists and enjoy the atmosphere. There will be music on all day, a BBQ turning over in the background if you want to stick a burger on (not supplied), and please feel free to bring along a beer too. Everyone is welcome, so bring the kids so they can see some of the finest street artists working together in this unique environment.

Attending artists include: MyDogSighs, Lex Luthor, Mimic, Fark, Nova, M-one Art, Los Dave, Stu Linfield, Morf, Freakstatic and Ooberla. Wow, this is going to be amazing! If you pop along please be sure to tag the event on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #HeadJam and we will put up a series of your photos from the day.

Strong Island Clothing Co will also be launching their latest range of tees and crews before they go online the following week. So if you want to get in there for an exclusive purchase before anyone else head on down and check it all out. Everything will be out to view, and there is a sneak peak at the end of this post (the full look book will go up this week). Also all of our PFC tees and crews are on offer, bargain. We look forward to seeing you all.

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Strong Island Blissfields 2014 Review By Sophie Perryer and Grace Aquilina – Day Three

Despite the effects of the night before, those who have arisen from their partially soggy tents and dared to walk through alcohol and rain sodden hay look forward to listen to live music at The Wild Stage and in The Hustle Den at midday. In keeping with the wildlife theme the crowd was littered with all sorts of animal themed costumes, and what I can only expect was a stag party of monkey’s.

Burning Beaches took to the stage at 12:00pm in The Hustle Den, where sleepy eyes were literally opened in awe of the band’s soft rock sound. Heavy bass woke even the most sluggish and grungy vocals perfectly complimented a latte. The vocals echoed around the tent, emphasising the roughness and fervency.

Blissfields is without a doubt well-deserved of it’s reputation for finding and nurturing local artists and upcoming talent, and this year was no exception; Saturday brought with it the chance for discovering yet more new artists, one of which being Australian singer-songwriter Ry X. His hazy almost whispered vocals drew comparisons to The xx and Blissfields favourites London Grammar, and Ry X transfixed the audience throughout his set with his soft tenor tones. His track ‘Berlin’ is well worth a listen.

Later on in the afternoon, Floella Grace wowed her audience in The Larch to complete silence and a dream-like-state. Her dreamy, sobering vocals accompanied by fellow string player Gareth and two silvery-voiced backing singers made for an awesome and enlightening performance. The ukulele was played sweetly and harmoniously with the slightly more robust guitar; the entire performance being one of sincerity courtesy of her unvarnished, honest lyrics.

After Floella Grace’s soothing and lulling performance, the audience was re-awakened with the The Boy I Used To Be’s garage pop sound. With breathy, low vocals and slightly metallic guitar riffs, the band’s ‘sun-drenched’ sound ironically complimented the gloomy Great British Weather.

A personal highlight of Saturday was the chance to catch Laurel in the Hustle Den; she has truly developed her own distinctive style, although it is easy to see why over the last year she has been compared to Lana Del Ray, Lorde, and Laura Marling. On stage, she mesmerises the crowd with her sultry and coquettish presence, and switches effortlessly between softer and louder tracks, such as the lead song from her Blue Blood EP, which showcases the depth and richness of her voice.

By now sky was taken over with cloud but with temperatures still high anticipation grew for the headliner, 2ManyDJs, the semi-incognito side project of prolific 90s DJs Soulwax. The Dewaele brothers’ experience was evident throughout their set, with their ability to bring the crowd effortlessly through highs and lows, and build the sweat and alcohol fuelled festival-goers into a frenzy. However, while there were certainly some sore heads as Sunday morning dawned, there were plenty of wide grins too.

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The History of Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth – Cornelia Parker’s ‘Thirty Pieces of Silver’

We continue with our co-published history articles with aspex Gallery, researched by Laura McLean-Ferris who has recently been crawling through the Aspex Gallery archives and has produced a series of articles for aspex about their 33 year history. We’re very happy to partner up and cross post their aspex history blog posts here on Strong Island, you can see the original aspex blog post HERE. This fourth article in the series today looks at how aspex worked with Cornelia Parker in the late 1980s, and how Art Space Portsmouth & aspex became separate organisations.

Now in the Tate collection, Cornelia Parker’s Thirty Pieces of Silver (1988-89) is an installation of over 1000 pieces of silverware that the artist had flattened by a steamroller. Each is suspended from the ceiling using copper wire, hanging a few inches above the gallery floor in clustered puddles, forming a kind of grid. The work transforms domestic items, such as cigarette cases, trophies, and tableware, into pure elemental material, and yet each flat silver disc contains within it the ghost of a former life. Silver is commemorative – and many of the items are suggestive of occasions such as birth, retirement, engagement, triumph or memorial. The work displays Parker’s interest, around this time, in acts of material violence that expand the viewer’s engagement with the objects and materials around them.

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Les Buckingham, then director of aspex, recalls seeing 30 Pieces of Silver at Ikon Gallery and being particularly taken with it, and so approaching Parker to invite her to show the work at aspex. ‘I knew the director of Ikon, Antonia Payne’, Buckingham remembers, ‘and she agreed that I could approach Cornelia about a second showing. The piece was installed at Ikon in the basement and was smaller than intended. When I talked to Cornelia she jumped at the chance to show it in a large and high space. The installation was the most complex of my career, filling the entire gallery, (1600 sq feet), and involving three weeks work and miles of fuse wire. Six to ten people worked on the project with the artist and the results were spectacular.’ Amusingly, there’s a note in the aspex archives which details that the height for suspension was ‘One toilet roll plus a piece of hardboard’.

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In contrast to the way the work is now shown, visitors were able to walk between the pools of sculptures. Following a visit to aspex by the Arts Council the work was selected for the British Art Show. The artist discussed the time-lag that it took for the work to make an impact in a recent interview with The Guardian. ‘I made Thirty Pieces of Silver for the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham and it didn’t get a single review’, she says. ‘It wasn’t until it was shown at the British Art Show at the Hayward a year later that people noticed.’ The work was purchased for the Tate Collection in 1998.

aspex was also going through changes during this period. Following several years of working as an artist-run space, the threat of climbing rents compelled the organisation to transform to its status to a charity, which meant transforming the structure of aspex. In an effort to protect the gallery and studio artists from high rents, the decision was made to seek charitable status and Aspex Visual Arts Trust was formed. Buckingham remembers this as a complicated period of transformation for the organisation, which essentially split the studios from the gallery, but it was one that was necessary to secure aspex, as a resource that would continue to exist after its founders were no longer involved. Though the two are now separate entities, the Trust continues to work together with the artist founders at Art Space Portsmouth.

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All images courtesy of the Aspex Visual Arts Trust Ltd. and the artist.