Internationally renowned local design studio ilovedust represent a huge wealth of talent and one of their senior designers is no exception. Ollie Munden, or MEGAMUNDEN as he is known, is throwing his first exhibition off the back of the release of his first book. A busy man no less.
Over recent years MEGAMUNDEN has immersed himself in tattoo art and culture which has eventually led to the creation of ‘The Tattoo Colouring Book’ commissioned and published in 2013 by Laurence King Publishing. The book has over 100 pages of hearts, sailors, skulls, roses and alike, all drawn exclusively for this book alone. It’s seriously good…
Never ceasing to amaze, or even slow down, MEGAMUNDEN moved swiftly on from his first publication and began preparation for his first exhibition being held at No Walls Gallery in Brighton this February 28th. Included in the exhibition are collaborations with Shaun Swainland, Pedro Oyarbide, Jeff Nichols and Raw & Auburn.
Local leather craft designer Raw & Auburn was asked to produce a series of her unique hand crafted wares exclusively for the MEGAMUNDEN show. Each hand cut, hand sewn and hand finished item has been laser engraved with bespoke layouts from Ollie’s collection of illustrations.
Raw & Auburn products are all handcrafted using traditional techniques which in turn compliment the signature hand finished methods of MEGAMUNDEN to make these one of a kind pieces more than just a collaborative project.
Meeting head on, this unique partnership between two artisans of different disciplines has resulted in something both beautiful and functional as everyday objects. Striking tattoo inspired illustrations and natural raw materials seamlessly pair to create these exclusive handcrafted designs. Having seen them in person I must say they are really amazing.
There’s a pretty big crowd heading up on Friday including most of the ilovedust team and Strong Island crew. Hopefully you can make it there too for what is certain to be a very successful night for all involved. Oh, there’s an after party too with cheap beer… Be sure to get all the details over at the event page HERE.
If you don’t know, get to know. The COR rough ethos rings true with every party they put on. This easter see’s the COR crew getting the hype going for their annual Easter bash that always dresses to impress. Early bird tickets are available now. Pop over to www.c-o-r.co.uk and sign up for yours now. More info over on the COR Facebook page HERE.
Raucous are three incredible fundraising events taking place between March 15th-23rd at Portsmouth Football Club’s Fratton Park and the Portsmouth Guildhall.
Starting on Saturday 15th March at 11:30am, they will be trying to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘largest air guitar ensemble’ in the Fratton End of Portsmouth Football Club’s Fratton Park.
Also on the 15th in the Victory Suite, Fratton Park at 1pm the New Theatre Royal will begin an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for ‘longest stand up gig’. More than sixty of the country’s best comics will be coming together to tell more than 4000 jokes across a staggering eighty unbroken hours! The record should be broken sometime on the evening of Tuesday 18th March. Tickets will be on sale in three-hour-long slots from next week.
Sunday March 23rd, the New Theatre Royal will also present a comedy double header featuring two of the UK’s most popular stage and TV comedians, Lee Nelson and Joe Wilkinson. The night will be opened by The Mini Band who must be Britain’s youngest metal band.
Sorry it is a little last minute but highly respected local artist John Mynott will soon be leaving his studio at Art Space Portsmouth and will be holding a retrospective exhibition of his work that has a preview this evening from 6-8pm. The work will be for auction and non-framed/mounted work also for sale in his studio too so this is a great opportunity to own a piece of his work.
A member of the artists’ studio group Art Space Portsmouth since 1981, Mynott has continued to examine and research his themes of geometry, space and colour. Trained initially in architecture and in fine art, later teaching in the technical illustration department at Portsmouth College of Art, his work reflects his thorough, detailed and subversive analysis on paper, card and canvas, examining the unpredictable “as a foil to the certainties of geometry”. You may have seen a selection of John Mynott’s work at his successful exhibition at Aspex about a year ago.
As part of the Creating Balance project there is a free workshop (thanks to Anglepoise) for over 8′s who are invited to work with Creating Balance artists Rob Luckins and Barry Abrook to make a monster collage using stickers and painted backgrounds from 2-4pm this Sunday (23rd February). Get in touch with Aspex to find out more:
Friday and Charlie is back with a new Strong Island Sounds podcast episode with Longlive Radio episode 12:
Bonjour! This week, the whole show is made up of songs by French artists. From Air to Edith Piaf, via Vanessa Paradis and Yann Tiersen. There’s another song from Sam’s selection box and at least one dodgy accent. So sit back, grab a baguette, take a wander down the Champs-Élysées and listen to some stuff I like from France. Vive le Radio!
01 Be My Baby – Vanessa Paradis
02 Too Young – Phoenix
03 Voyages – Polnareff
04 Leave Me Alone – Revolver
05 A Grand Love Theme – Kid Loco
06 Nouveau Western – MC Solaar
07 Instant Love – Mellow
08 En Melody – Serge Gainsbourg
09 Heaven Can Wait – Charlotte Gainsbourg
10 Maintenant Je Suis Un Voyou – Bruno Leys
11 Piscine – François & The Atlas Mountains
12 Radio #1 – Air
13 La Valse d’Amélie (Piano Version) – Yann Tiersen
14 La Ritournelle – Sebastien Tellier
15 Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien – Edith Piaf
Wednesday evening saw the 4th year of the Strong Island Home Brew competition at Little Johnny Russells and we were not disappointed. The best turnout of any year so far, and the quality was improved across the board to match the strong numbers.
A total of 12 entries were submitted to the restricted brew category with the winner being brewed by Irving & Co. Brewers and 4 entries battled it out in the unrestricted category which saw two lagers go up against two ciders.
An impromptu Best Label Design category was awarded for the evening due to the great detail and effort that had gone into all the labelling, and this was a duly deserved win by Jessica Watson & Chris Bulman for the Tucker’s lager labels.
Milton Pride cider scooped the unrestricted category for their third year in a row, this year being pushed hard by Tucker’s Malt & Maple Syrup and his Treacle & Brown Sugar lagers, as well as Pig & Pirate’s cider entry.
The restricted ale was a very tough choice for the judges Malcolm Irving and Stuart Ainsworth. Honourable mentions went to Kassassin Street Brewery’s Homegrown and Pig & Pirate’s Darkside Mild. Third place went to Pig & Pirate’s New World Pale Ale, second place was claimed by Shed Brew for their White S beer and the eventual winner was taken by last years winner also, Tyler Griffin, with his Malaccan Pirate Black IPA.
With his winning brew, Tyler aimed to pay homage to BrewDog’s Libertine Black Ale and the controversial style often referred to as a Black IPA. The recipe resembles an American IPA with prominent citrus, floral, and piney aromas, but modifies the grain bill via the inclusion of de-husked black malt. The adjustment conjures an opaque black colour while offering a subtle roastiness to the balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. He says he has found that the style affords little margin for error in achieving the correct balance. The precarious balance gives rise to the name, Malaccan Pirate, which respects the treacherous shipping strait between Malaysia and Indonesia.
Malaccan Pirate will now go on to be brewed by Irving & Co. Brewers in late spring and will debut at Portsmouth Beer Festival before hitting the pumps around Portsmouth & Southsea and surrounding areas. A huge thank you to all who took part and everyone who has supported the event. We’re very proud of how the event has developed so far and are very much looking forward to our 5th year next year.
We have been following the Fratton Film Project for a while now, Director Jack Searle and the rest of team have been working hard on the project and have now released first the trailer. ‘Fratton’ as it’s titled is an independent film shot in entirely in Portsmouth.
The story follows James, a young, shy and reserved guy, until one night. Whilst walking home alone through the streets of Portsmouth he suffers a terrible misfortune. From that moment on, he is compelled explore the violent world and life of another man, Shaun. Although James seeks to understand Shaun and his associates, he becomes increasingly aware that he is risking far more than his own safety.
You will be able to find out when you can see the film for yourself by keeping an eye out here or by following the Fratton Film Project on Facebook and Twitter.
See how many familiar locations you can see in the trailer…
On Friday 18th April Strong Island Recordings presents ‘Drunken Sailor’ at Edge of the Wedge and we bring you a handful of some of our favourite up and coming acts today plus Champagne Justice deejays all for a mere £4.00 entry.
Arrows of Love
London grunge/art punk outfit Arrows of Love whirl up an absolute riot during every one of their live sets. The 5 piece are a total adrenaline rush where the entire venue is the stage and the show is an interactive experience and one you never know what’s going to happen except from utter chaos and absolute brilliance. Kerrang labelled them as one of the most engaging new bands plus NME, Front, Fake DIY, Artrocker, John Kennedy of XFM,Fake DIY, Lauren Laverne and many many more have also shown their support for AOL and now they return to Portsmouth with their debut album set to be unleashed around the same time too on 1234 Records.
Rickyfitts as a band are still very much in their infancy, forming just a few months ago yet they could well be one of the best new live bands you will see today. The duo bring blistering, sludge filled thrash punk, heavy psych, grunge rock . Despite being the nicest guys you could meet, they play with much ferociousness & are absolute merciless to their instruments, brutally pummelling them into near mush. Check out ‘Slouching Toward Nirvana‘ we released on our ‘Treacherous Tides’ compilation.
The Hundredth Anniversary
Brighton’s The Hundredth Anniversary cross the boundaries of ethereal, indie, dreampop & shoegaze. Wrapped in intense, whirling guitars & saturated in enchanting, reverberated vocals from Eleanor Rudge, 100th anniversary sound is beautifully atmospheric, mesmerising and frankly utter brilliant. Defiantly one’s to watch in which the likes of NME are also agreeing. Check them out for yourself plus their Daytrotter session they did very recently.
Grand choruses, tortured vocals, dark atmospheric guitars shadowing and full on fuzz, this quartet distort the lines of doom psychedelia, post punk, surf & grunge. Whilst its’ tough to liken a new outfit, so far Fever remind us of a mix of The Horrors, Arctic Monkeys and Eagulls. With Chris Pedan of Wild Smiles producing them and also being touted as one’s to watch by the NME your immune system will soon too give into Fever.
The Boy I Used To Be
Sun drenched, joyous garage pop with elements of psychedelia and folk, The Boy I Used To Be is like sipping a musical cocktail of the Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cloud Nothings, Splashh & Kurt Vile. The revamped sound of The Boy I Used To Be started out as a bedroom project of Edward Perry’s & the recordings very quickly headed to our label where we signed ‘I Can’t Stand’ for our compilation 30 minutes after it was recorded. Certainly one Portsmouth’s finest musical talents.
It’s a bank holiday so come down and enjoy Easter the way it’s supposed to be, partying with some of the raddest new bands in the U.K all for a paltry four pound entry.
Kevin Hayward is a local artist who specialises in graphite pencil drawings. His latest drawing of a Tiger is simply incredible! The detail is so detailed that you would be forgiven to think that it was a photograph. Kevin drew this with graphite pencil on Bristol Board.
If you’d like a print of this drawing then they are available in A3 priced at £25. If you would like one or would like to get a piece commissioned then you can contact Kevin via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find more of his work and previous commissions on his website – HERE. You can see Kevin’s latest works by following him on Facebook or Twitter.
The judging evening for the 4th Annual Home Brew Competition will take place tomorrow, 19th February at Little Johnny Russells, Albert Road and will commence from 7pm. If you are looking at entering just turn up on the evening in good time before 7pm. You will need 3 bottles of your brew per entry to present to the judges. There is no entry fee or paperwork!
If you’re not entering, the beers are always up for tasting at the end as well as the other ciders, providing the judges haven’t sunk them all by the end. For full details on criteria and rules you can read the original post here. See you tomorrow!
Tonight Tek-One will be joining the guys and girls from Delight at the Astoria for an exclusive DJ set.
Tek-One is regarded as one of the best bass artists in Europe, with over a million views on YouTube and sets at the some of the biggest festivals in Europe. Support comes from DJ Tommy Leigh (Jag Skills/Waster) Elsta, Vinyl Richy, Zork & MC Ren Dolla (Murky squad).
Doors open from 10pm and entry only £4 however there will be £2 priority cheap entry wristbands available from the Lyberry between 8-10pm.
Locally born artist Aled Lewis has recently hosted his own solo exhibition titled Such Pixels in Gallery 1988, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles.
The exhibition pays pixelated tribute to some of the great battles in tv, film and pop culture. Featured battles include It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Game of Thrones, Groundhog Day, Happy Gilmore, Richard Dawkins vs God and many more…
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Biggie Vs Tupac
No Biff You Leave Her Alone! (Back to the Future)
One of the biggest items in the show is the Coruscant Tapestry. Chanelling the Bayeux Tapestry the 30 foot cross-stitch tapestry that tells the entire story of Star Wars. Every moment. Every character. Quotes from each movie are written in Aurebesh on the surrounding border. You can see the making of the Tapestry on Aled’s Facebook Page HERE. You can also follow Aled on Tumblr and Twitter.
For the first time, Aspex will be giving over the main exhibition space in the gallery to the inaugural Contemporary Makers Fair this weekend. This is a professional development opportunity for local and regional artists and designer makers, where they will be able to exhibit and sell their work from 11-5 each day.
A wide range of stallholders have been selected by the Aspex team to showcase some of the very best contemporary craft in the region, including jewellery, ceramics, printmaking, glass, textiles and furniture. Curator for Crafts, Letty Clarke said: “Supporting contemporary craft is a one of our main objectives here at Aspex. There is a wealth of talent locally and being able to use the main space to let artists and designer makers exhibit, sell and interact with our visitors is a great opportunity”.
Aspex’s Participation Team are also planning a range of workshops for children and adults throughout the weekend for those looking for some creative inspiration. It’s also a great opportunity to catch Creating Balance in Café Bar…and redeem your Yellow Tokens!
The St Valentines Day Massacre is now cemented as up there with the best fundraising events in Portsmouth, bringing together local bands and musicians in a fun, musical(ish) car crash of a night where bands collaborate and old love songs get ruined all for a good cause.
This second event happened on Wednesday night at the Edge of the Wedge and was a fun evening filled with frilly shirts, saxaphones, violins and a replica titanic…plus some big sing alongs as well as an impromptu karaoke performance from the talented sound lady. The Battery Hens intimate ‘Ghost’ moment looked beautiful too and thankfully Joe Watson was on hand with his camera to make sure that image is now seared in to your brain for the rest of St. Valentines Day…you know you’ll not be able to top that romantic moment, just don’t even bother trying.
With £340 raised for Youth Music this event shows what creative fun can happen when the talent in this city work together for a good cause. Props from us to everyone that gets involved organising the event and all the local bands that not only play for free, but rehearse the songs for literally minutes before the show…ha!
Chris Brunnen sent over this stunning aerial photo of the Solent from the other day (the one between the storms) and it is striking seeing a familiar view of the Isle of Wight from a totally different perspective. Plus, I am a huge fan of cloud shadows. Weird maybe but there you go.
Chris Brunnen runs CJB Photography a local photography studio that specialises in aerial photography (from a helicopter…very jealous) as well as studio work too. Find out more at:
Signature Clothing have been busy working hard on a new promo video, which is looking to be due in the spring. The company sponsors skateboarders both in Portsmouth and all over the UK so it’ll no doubt be a really diverse video with spots and tricks from all over.
During some recent filming team member Steve McBriarty smashed out an incredible trick and photo sequence, with a 360 heelflip/laserflip to backside five-0 at Five Bridges plaza in Gateshead. Going by this trick alone, the video is going to be heavy…
As previously mentioned there is a new promotion happening at aspex gallery connected to The Creating Balance exhibition currently on show until 16th March.
A number of businesses across Portsmouth have very kindly donated products and services to the prize haul. If you find or are given a Yellow Token then please take this to aspex gallery in Gunwharf to take part in a free prize draw. Opening times are Wed-Friday 11-4pm and Weekends and Bank Holidays 11-5pm.
Prizes include: Cyanotype Print by Russell Squires, gift box from All About Tea, 3 x Type 75 Mini Lamps from Anglepoise, 2 x Closers Pack from I Love Dust, 4 x Allot In A Box, 2 x signed stencil artwork by Farkfk, 2 x stenciled artwork by Lex of ALL CAPS, Shopping bag from Southsea Deckchairs, signed books by children’s author & illustrator Neal Layton, Battle Ship prints by print maker Sadie Tierney, Hug print by artist My Dog Sighs, Scroll Map of Portsmouth by Arran Mackintosh commissioned and donated by The University of Portsmouth, Creative Portsmouth books, Strong Island Tees and Vinyl Record’s, Aeropress Coffee Maker and lunch for 2 at Southsea Coffee, Cream Tea at Like a Tea Tray in The Sky, meal and drinks for 2 at Brewhouse & Kitchen Portsmouth, Huf socks at bored of Southsea, free haircut and hair products at Head Hairdressing, Road Buzz DVD from Saft & Boneless, meal for 2 at Pie & Vinyl, Americano Coffees, Adam Bridgland x Aspex 30th Anniversary Tote Bags, Reggie Rocker Cardboard Rocking Horse and an Adam Bridgland “Portsmouth Ferries” Print – all donated by aspex, free machining workshop from Make Craft Cafe, hand made light by designer Carl Leroy-Smith at Deer Park Alpha, sticker packs by Rob Luckins and Barry Abrook and limited edition prints by Roo Abrook & Barry Abrook.
Tom from Pompeys 12th Man told us the other week about the plan for a small group of Portsmouth FC fans to cycle to the away game at Bury, last away game of the season, to raise money to buy community shares and also money to give to the #fightforjack fund. The route itself is over 300 miles and will be split over three days taking them up to Oxford, then Birmingham before the ride to Macclesfield and finally Bury, with the team arriving at the ground before kickoff. Some of the team will even then make the ride back to Portsmouth again the following day…some serious, heavy weight fan support.
What started off as a small group has grown and grown to (at the moment) 20 cyclists of varying abilities and fitness, from people who ride at the weekends for fun through to triathletes. By the time the ride begins on the 23rd April don’t be surprised to see many more people involved…with a Tour de France style peloton setting north. We wish Tom, Carl and all the group the best of luck and are looking forward to seeing photos and updates on the trip via Twitter with @Pompeys12thMan and the hashtag #Ride2Bury.
You can find out all you need about the fundraising ride on the website. Really liking the artwork, inspired by 1980s Pompey programme designs:
HMS Dreadnought, launched on this day in 1906, revolutionised naval warfare and was the flag ship of the Royal Navy’s home fleet from 1907–1911. As well as being the largest ship in the navy at it’s time, just like HMS Warrior before it, it was the most modern too. If you wanted an example of what the Portsmouth shipbuilding yard could do this ship might be it, particularly when you consider that she went to sea on 3 October 1906 for her steam trials, only a year and a day after construction began.
2 Days after the keel was laid.
Deck armour going in to place 36 days after keel laid.
Local photographer Paul Thurlow (who’s work we have featured heavily on Strong Island over the years) recently won the National Imagelogger of the Year 2013 Award (UK). For the last year Paul has been using various Samsung cameras to photograph anything he wanted to, providing a minimum of 5 images a week on social media. Subsequently, Portsmouth scenes have frequently been featured on many media outlets run by Samsung Imaging.
There are over 200 imageloggers worldwide and the finalists and winners were selected on their interaction with the programme and also their artistic and photographic talent. The 10 National finalists this year were flown to Malaga for an awards presentation, what Paul and the others didn’t know was that the image creative team from Getty Images were the judges. The CEO of Getty Images and VP of Samsung Images presented the certificates.
The Overall Global Winner went to a UK photographer in Brighton, with Paul taking the UK National award with the below image. Despite the winning image not from Portsmouth many were uploaded and shared over the year (see the example below too).
A huge congratulations to Paul for his award!
You can keep up with his constant stream of awesome images on his Instagram, Facebook & Twitter:
Entries for this year’s bigger and better Spice Island Art Trail, as part of Portsmouth Festivities 2014, are now being accepted. This event is going to become a real date for the diary and this is your chance to share your work with not only the people of Portsmouth but with many visitors from all over Hampshire and further afield. The Spice Island Art Trail 2014 takes place from 11am to 4pm on Sunday 22nd June 2014 and as before the event is free to members of the public. Every visitor is given a map with a route to follow including all of the venues which this year will include The Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club, Portsmouth Cathedral, The Square Tower and The Round Tower. Just like last year artists will have the chance to enter a competition to exhibit at the Zodiac Gallery, Portsmouth Guildhall, between Saturday 28 to Tuesday 8 July.
Portsmouth Festivities are welcoming submissions from both artists, professional and non-professional, and schools from across Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. If you are a local artist living in Portsmouth or the Isle of Wight, and would like to take part in the Spice Island Art Trail 2014, please call 023 9268 1390 or visit portsmouthfestivities.co.uk for more information and an application form.
“There was a real buzz throughout the day last year and visitors enjoyed meeting the artists and seeing the vast array of art work on display. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better, with a wider range of schools involved and new venues added to the trail. We are really excited!” – Alison Dyer, Head of Art from The Portsmouth Grammar School
Deadline for submissions for the Spice Island Art Trail is Friday 14th March 2014.
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.
Time flies! In April it will be three years since Southsea Skatepark was handed over from Portsmouth City Council to a newly set up charity. To celebrate the anniversary plus the formal opening of the brand new skatepark skate and BMX shop the skatepark is holding a jam event on Saturday 26th April. The jam includes loads of fun events that anyone can try and get involved (if they feel up for it) with highest ollie, bunnyhop, a game of SKATE plus for the first time in decades, time trials to see who can go down the snake run the fastest. Along with all of this there will be demonstrations from local riders, food, live DJs and much more so if you haven’t been to the skatepark before or not in a little while, please come along and reconnect, as a charity the skatepark can only get better and better with the support of the local community!
In the evening there will also be a roller disco too so you are more than welcome to enjoy the skatepark for the whole day if you want to.
More details will be going up on the Southsea Skatepark website, Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter in the coming days and weeks:
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 email@example.com. 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
Here are just a few of the submissions that we have already received that might give you some inspiration.
Portsmouth City Museum in March will be home to an incredible new exhibition dedicated to Portsmouth’s iconic Tricorn. The exhibition will not only look at the building from an architectural perspective but will also explore it’s place as part of the fabric of the Portsmouth community, ten years after it was demolished. Love it or hate it, the structure certainly made people passionate about Portsmouth and it was a key part of the skyline of the city for decades.
We are working with the museum on a range of events and activities that tie in with this exhibition and one of which is asking local people to donate or lend for copying their photos and videos of the Tricorn for a display to form part of the exhibition itself. If you would like to submit your photos please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to get as many photos of Tricorn together as possible so if you could share the details of this submission with your friends and family both in person and online via Facebook, Twitter, etc it would be really appreciated!
We will be announcing more details of some of the other things we will be doing in parallel with the Tricorn exhibition soon.
The photo below is one of a selection of striking photos of the Tricorn taken at night submitted by Paul Organ, used with permission:
With the (almost) completion of Eldon Building West the University of Portsmouth now has brand new gallery, exhibition and screening facilities, continuing under the name of Space. The very first use of this space is ‘Changing Faces’, an installation by Anglepoise®.
‘Changing Faces’ was originally designed for Britain’s leading product designer Kenneth Grange‘s exhibition at The Design Museum in London in 2011 with the organic, undulating wave of lamps and light displayed in a glass case in London. For the installation at Eldon Building West ‘Changing Faces’ sees Anglepoise® working with students from the University of Portsmouth to not only recreate the display but it will be adapted by the students to express dynamic new forms over the coming months, celebrates the iconic Anglepoise® brand, based in the City of Portsmouth.
The installation showcase complements and connects to the Creating Balance exhibition, showing at Aspex Gallery, which features the outcome of a year long collaboration between Strong Island, the University of Portsmouth students, alumni and staff and Anglepoise® to explore the concept of balance and the interplay between artists & photographers and the commercial object.
‘Changing Faces’ is open to the public at Eldon Building West on week days from 13th January – 28th February 2014.
Creating Balance Exhibition opens this Friday at Aspex Gallery with an opening party from 6pm, hope to see you there!
With Portsmouth awash with large chain pizza delivery places you tend to forget what ‘real pizza’ should taste and look like. At Circolo you won’t find a hotdog or tasteless plastic cheese stuffed in your crust but a light crisp handmade truly Italian dough. If that doesn’t inspire you then the relaxed, bright, modern vintage interior might persuade you to stay for awhile, grab a beer or coffee and order a slice of heaven!
Owner Gianni showed us round and talked about the interior design, pizza and his family’s history with the city.
The interior was designed by myself. We were lucky that when we pulled off the old plasterboard and found underneath the original tiles from when it was a butchers in the 50′s we were on to a good start. People thought I was mad wanting to keep them but I’m glad I did! They were a great find as these sort of tiles were in keeping with the style I wanted to go for. With the furniture and fittings, I tend to collect a lot of different things and can’t resist buying things that I like or think are designed well. So when I found the right location for the pizzeria I finally had somewhere to put all the pieces I’d collected. All the fixtures and fittings I have a bought over the years from vintage fairs, second hand shops, Ebay and the occasional auction. The marble work tops were saved from my grandads’ ice cream parlour he opened in the 30′s in Guildhall Square. There is even a section dedicated to it in the Portsmouth Museum, so it was great to bring them back to life after years of being sat in the garden. There are still loads of peoples’ names engraved into the marble from all those years ago.
Tell us about your pizza?
The most important thing when making a pizza is the dough, which we make fresh everyday. Every pizza chef has a slightly different recipe for making dough. They are all very similar but everyone has a slight variation on the text book recipe. We all know what the Italians are like!
With pizza, as with all Italian food, less is more. We use fresh ingredients and as many Italian products as we can get hold of, which we get delivered everyday. By combining three or four simple but fresh ingredients you get a delightful end product. Unlike the big pizza chains where everything is frozen and loaded up with processed food.
The final thing that makes a great pizza is the oven. For an authentic Italian pizza you need a stone bake oven to get a beautiful crispy base. We imported ours from Italy. It cooks the pizzas beautifully.
Verrechia’s in Guildhall Square. 14 October 1959.
What inspired you to open Circolo?
I opened Circolo as have spent a lot of time in Italy as my mothers’ side of the family is Italian and I still have a lot of family who live there. My grandad came over from Italy before the war and opened Portsmouth’s first ice cream parlour and coffee shop Verrecchia’s, so I guess it is in the blood! In Italy, there are pizzerias everywhere. You can go grab a quick pizza and a beer or even just a slice; I really enjoyed that when I lived there and missed not being able to do that in Portsmouth. I thought the city was missing something like that, so when I found a good location I took the plunge and got to work.
Do you have any plans for the future?
Plans for the future?! Well it is early days but I would like to open another few places out of town but I must be mad as there is a lot of hard work and stress involved.
Circolo has a Facebook page which is updated regularly and is full of glowing reviews.
You will find them at 78 Osbourne Road and can contact them on 02392 349 079.
Okay, so it’s not quite on the Island, but hey, when the content is this good we can forget about the extra few miles. Harvey Mills shoots Murray Cross chomping the Langstone 13 set on the Havant roundabout with ease. Perfect timing and composition from Harvey.
Awesome vintage photography collection from Pop Olive33 that I found on Flickr a while back. Check out Osborne Road and Guildhall. Epic. Hard to imagine a time when traffic flowed through Guilders, and that was only in 1968 and the shot looking west down Osborne Road is amazing. Trams, horses, grand buildings, a traffic cop, ladies & gents. It’s all going on. To view the full collection head over to Pop Olive’s Flickr photostream HERE and the Portsmouth set HERE.
Sharpie just sent me over his edit from the Bike Ride last April 4th. He attached one of those fancy Flip Cameras onto his handlebars and he was away. Really cool to be able to see the ride from different perspectives. Cheers buddy.
Righto chaps, it’s time to clean shave your boat race and get 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.