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‘Hearts of Oak’ Book on Nelson & The British Library Free Online Collection

Back in 2013 Britain’s pre-eminent research library The British Library placed over one million images from it’s collection on to Flickr, available to all to view online via it’s own Flickr account. The images made available by the British Library come from books published between the 17th and 19th centuries and include the illustrations plus all decorative artwork within the books. These images are not just free to browse but are also copyright free, which means we can share them here and it means you can download them for use such as inspiration for your own artwork, etc. The source books are also available both in the library and online via a PDF. The online collection does not include what many might define as the ‘masters’ of the collection, but this online resource is a vast collection of imagery spanning two decades of literature.

As a brief dip in to this collection, I’ve picked “Hearts of Oak. A story of Nelson and the Navy” by Gordon Stables, published by Shaw and Co. in 1893. You can view the details of the book on the British Library’s website HERE. The UIN for the book is BLL01003471521 and if you strip the first five prefix codes, replace with ‘sysnum’ and search within the British Library account on Flickr (using ‘sysnum003471521′) you’ll find all of the images from within the book. These images include detailed illustrations of Nelson, the title plate and even the small illustrative designs set within the publication. Some of the images from the book are shown below. You can also search by keywords such as ‘Nelson’ that will bring up not just the images from this particular book but from many others too.

If you are at a creative loose end this Monday lunchtime, you can get exploring for free right away at:

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Short Film Night at The Fat Fox TONIGHT

Trash Arts and Making Waves Film Festival bring you a special one night showcasing the best shorts from local and national talent in the intimate comfy Fat Fox, Albert Road in Southsea.

The short films to be screened are:

Mathew Harrision- Cosplay Documentary
DeadBolt Film- Monitor
Rachel Stephens- A Fine Bromance
Sam Mason Bell- Perfectly Human
Thomas J Davenport- Silhouette
Wes Casey Productions- Mutant Monks From outa Space

Entrance is only £2 with tickets on the door. Doors open at 7:30pm tonight and films are due to start at 8pm.

Short Film Night at The Fat Fox TONIGHT

Southsea Beerex

A very large part of me can’t help but think that, in 2015, Portsmouth is the city to be in when it comes to good beer. New establishments such as Meat & Barrel, The Wave Maiden and Brewhouse mingle with old favourites such as The Hole In The Wall, The Leopold Tavern and The Lawrence Arms amongst many more. We also boast two great annual beer festivals, in the form of The Portsmouth Beer Festival and Portsea Island Beer Festival. Now we can lay claim to a third: Southsea Beerex.

Soothes Beerex is a collaboration between The Leopold Tavern and he Wedgewood Rooms. Bringing together real beer and real music, this event is being held on Friday 20th March and Saturday 21st March 2015. Starting with some of Britain’s most loved breweries and then adding music from some great musicians, this a superb combination that will be a great addition to the already vibrant Albert Road scene. Featured breweries include: Darkstar, Thornbridge, Burning sky, Magic rock, Tiny Rebel, Bad Seed, Irving, Oakleaf, Staggeringly Good, Vibrant Forest, Brewhouse and Kitchen to name just a few. There will also be a large range of real ciders for the non-ale drinkers. Session times are Friday 6-11pm, Saturday 12-5pm and Saturday 6-11pm. All sessions are charged at £10 and include entry, live music and a commemorative glass. Tickets available from Leopold Tavern, Belle Isle and online at Wedgewood rooms. The concept is simple real beer and real music…

You can like and follow Southsea Beerex here & here.

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Hovertravel Consider Sandown as a new Hovercraft Destination for the Summer

Hovertravel are seriously considering adding Sandown as a new destination for the hovercraft from Southsea for this summer. Neil Chapman, managing director of Hovertravel, explains: “Ian Ward and the Sandown Business Association contacted us last month to explore the idea of bringing our craft to Sandown during the 2015 summer season. We always open to new ideas which might boost tourism to the Isle of Wight and we provisionally agreed the concept, subject to gaining the appropriate permissions.

The plan is for the service to operate from 14 July 2015 to 27 August 2015, every Tuesday and Thursday and to the timetable below we an average travel time of only 25 minutes:

AM
Depart Southsea 9:45 – Arrive Sandown 10:10
Depart Sandown 10:40 – Arrive Southsea 11:05
PM
Depart Southsea 2:45 – Arrive Sandown 3:10
Depart Sandown 3:15 – Arrive Southsea 3:40

Neil adds: “We expect the journey to be about 25 minutes which will give passengers from Southsea up to five hours in Sandown. This service will also help passengers travelling from Sandown the opportunity to spend half-a-day in Portsmouth and we will be offering our Island resident Blue Card holders a discount fare too.”

Hovertravel will be confirming by the end of February with an official announcement in March, followed by some test trips in May and June. Could be an amazing day out in a beautiful part of the island, straight from Southsea. Looking forward to it.

Hovertravel Consider Sandown as a new Hovercraft Destination for the Summer

Old Masters Levis by Garry Davis

Along with many other people on the planet, Garry Davis had a collection of worn-out and almost unwearable Levis cluttering up the house that he didn’t want to throw out. This got Garry wondering what great artists of the past would have done with theirs (as Garry himself points out, some of them DID wear them).

Using the Levis as canvas, Garry created a series of paintings to breathe new life in to the iconic denim as you can see from the photos below. The pieces are created using acrylics and plaka paint, then tacked/mounted to 4 foot x 3 foot matt black plywood and finished with a light spray varnish.

You can see more of Garry’s work on his Facebook page HERE.










A night of Burlesque at Southsea’s Kings Theatre

The Kings Theatre on Southsea’s Albert Road has been home to some incredible evenings in the past but none quite as sexy and intriguing as the ‘House of Burlesque.’

The shows sultry and seductive acts leave the viewers on the edge of their seat with jaws dropping as the mix of burlesque, magic, music and comedy collide.The shows organiser and host Joe Black was once again out in full force and casually wonderful as always. His charming, humorous and individually beautiful presence caught the attention of the whole theatre this weekend as seats were full.

Saturdays event not only bought out colourful crowds of Portsmouth’s finest but delivered exceptional alternative entertainment with its varied and spectacular acts including that of, Katrina Darling, The Great Aziz, Elliot Mason, Apple Tart, Rachel Rose Reid, Rococo Chanel, Terms of Unnervement and The Winners of Baghdad’s Got Talent.

The entertainers passion for performance beams through the whole show and the eccentric collection of artists brings a whole new dimension to modern theatre.

The House of Burlesque is due to visit again on the 25th July this year, so get your tickets soon!

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Concrete Music Presents: Ben Pearce Tomorrow at The Astoria

The good peoples over at Concrete Music have Ben Pearce down tomorrow night as part of his ongoing Sextape Series tour. It all kicks off from 10pm and is only £5 in advance HERE and a bit more on the door. The Concrete DJs will be supporting and sure to be an epic night as standard.

Concrete Music Presents: Ben Pearce Tomorrow at The Astoria

New Victorious Festival Line Up Additions

Portsmouth’s grandest party being Victorious Festival returns on the weekend of the 29th and 30th August and with it comes arguably the biggest line-up to ever hit Portsmouth. The latest additions are testament to Victorious’s year on growth as a festival with a heavyweight collection of new additions to the festival that takes place along Southsea. Legendary psychedelic- space- experimental rock outfit The Flaming Lips, regarded as one of the greatest live bands on the planet will be coming to Portsmouth bringing their visually stunning spectacle that is their live set along with one of Britain’s largest crossover exports in recent years being Tinie Tempah. NME & BBC Radio 6 favourites Honeyblood of Fat Cat Records return to Portsmouth less than a year after playing Southsea Fest another of Portsmouth’s fine festivals that take place in the latter half of the year. The line-up also features the likes of The Amazing Snakeheads,  Bipolar Sunshine,  The Magic Numbers and Texas. Tickets at present are just £18 a day and allows festival attendees access to attractions such as The D-Day Museum, Southsea Skatepark and Blue Reef Aquarium so it’s an absolute steal.

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Portsmouth Collectors Get to Be Part of the City’s Next Big Exhibition

Portsmouth City Museum has been home to some fantastic exhibitions recently, with the temporary city residency of a mummy for the Secret Egypt exhibition, the engaging Tricorn: Controversy in Concrete bringing the brutalist structure back to life in a community context plus the most recent Lest We Forget bringing the lives of Portsmouth people from the Great War back in clear focus. The upcoming exhibition A Hard Choice, which starts on 14 February will feature around 120 favourite objects from the city’s museum collection, chosen by collections manager Rosalinda Hardiman. The exhibition will reveal many of the treasures that form the Portsmouth City Collection and help detail the role of a curator who works with such a huge collection.

Local collectors (curators!) are being given a chance to show their most prized treasures to the wider world by getting involved with A Hard Choice. To take part you can apply to Portsmouth Museum for a chance to have highlights from your personal collection put on public show alongside the main exhibition. Judges will pick their favourite three collections, and a selection from each one will be displayed for two months, between March and September.

Cllr Linda Symes, Portsmouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “We’re very lucky to have some wonderful treasures on view in our museums, which belong to the city’s collection…but it’s not often that ordinary people get a chance to show the world their collections ­ – the treasures they’re passionate about.

We’re calling this project the Community Collections Showcase, because a selection from each collection will be in its own showcase in the exhibition. Anyone who lives in Portsmouth can apply to have their collection considered. We want to hear why they collect what they do, and what makes the objects so fascinating.”

You can find out how to apply HERE. The closing date is 15th February.

Strong Island will be helping to celebrate and share the Portsmouth City Collection throughout the A Hard Choice exhibition, revealing the collection’s past, present & future plus the many different aspects of a collection forming 100s of thousands of objects, paintings, photographs and much more.

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‘Portsmouth Harbour’ by Edmund T. Crawford, a fine art oil painting and part of the the Portsmouth City Collection.

The Mary Rose: A Timewatch Guide. TONIGHT.

A little late on this one, but make sure you tune into BBC4 at 9PM this evening for “The Mary Rose: A Timewatch Guide”, filmed in Portsmouth with Dan Snow last summer.

Radio Times says the following: “Historian Dan Snow explores the discovery, excavation and raising of the iconic ship, finding out what the latest research has revealed about the vessel and her crew. The presenter also investigates how the project helped create modern underwater archaeology, and examines the techniques, challenges and successes of the divers and archaeologists involved.” The documentary also features long term Mary Rose Trust members Alex Hildred (Curator of Ordnance at the Trust) and Chris Dobbs (Head of Interpretation). Both having been part of the original excavation and raising team. This seriously recommended viewing.

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The Portsmouth Beer Festival 2015

The Portsmouth Beer Festival is officially back for the second year running. Cast off your Dryanuary shackles and look towards the promise of an early summer knees up of epic proportions. Co-organiser Ben Miles says, “We’re proud that The Portsmouth Beer Festival is back for a second year after the sell-out weekend in May and December 2014. A celebration of craft beers and cask ales, alongside a selection of ciders, draught beer and delicious street food all set to the backdrop of more fantastic live entertainment including the Southsea Alternative Choir, Bog Rolling Stones and Elasticated Waste Band with many more to be announced soon!”.
As always, tickets will be available online at pompeybeerfestival.co.uk, however if you favour physical goods, you can grab them from the Portsmouth Guildhall Box Office, Little Johnny Russells, The Belle Isle – Southsea, The Brewhouse, The Leopold Tavern and of course; Strong Island Co.

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Pie & Vinyl Records Release ‘Grip EP’ by The Boy I Used To Be

Strong Island are big fans of The Boy I Used To Be, so naturally really pleased to hear of their recording return with their 2nd Pie & Vinyl Records release ‘Grip EP’ one month from now on the 2nd March. The six track EP follows last years ‘Friday Morning EP’, stamped again with their very own brand of Lo-Fi Psych Pop wonders.

Always loose, hazy & eloquently heartfelt, the EP was put down principally in songwriter Edward Perry bedroom, ‘Grip EP’ is the result of a year spent playing shows and retreating back into the four walls of their shared house. The past year saw The Boy I Used To Be share stages and sold out shows with Johnny Marr, Mazes, Oliver Wilde, Traams and DZ Deathrays. They also stopped off at Isle of Wight Festival, Truck Festival, Blissfields and Southsea Fest, with a heavy festival schedule planned again for the year ahead as the duo morph into a full live band.

“Local boys The Boy I Used To Be will also be making an appearance there, and those into the sun-tinged pop of Wavves would do well to check ‘em out.” – DIY

‘Grip EP’ will be released on a limited run of 50 cassettes and accompanying download code available from the Pie & Vinyl shop in Southsea and online, plus digital download.

Pie & Vinyl Records Release 'Grip EP' by The Boy I Used To Be

Latest Strong Island Recordings Release Out Now Via Limited Run Of T-Shirts & Digital Download

Our Strong Island Recordings label has its eight release today being from the incredible Glaswegian dreampop/shoegaze outfit Life Model. As well as being available via digital from stores such as iTunes and Amazon we have also decided to release the single alongside a limited run of t-shirts that will come with a digital download code of ‘Lilt’ plus a very exclusive b-side being ‘Enough (To Know)’. The guys have gained support from the likes of BBC Radio, NME, Fake Diy and Amazing Radio and we’re incredibly stoked to release them as we’ve been long time fans. Go check out the single below from the official video then maybe purchase the single and or a t-shirt as well? You can purchase the tees via online or in our store at 12 Highland Road which is open between 10-6pm from Thursday to Saturday.

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‘Illustrated Menagerie’ Exhibition at Space Launches Today

This evening sees the opening of a new exhibition at Space at the University of Portsmouth with the artist preview of Illustrated Menagerie. The exhibition is an extension of a project from the first year of the BA (Hons) Illustration course where students select and research an animal of their choice, aiming to illustrate what it is about the animal which catches their interest.

Senior Lecturer, Nicola Hay, runs both the academic project and the Illustrated Menagerie itself which gathers examples of the works produced dating back now to 2009. She describes the unit as:

“A really vibrant, informative, exciting project to work on with the students. The subject matter is always enjoyable and I learn something new and often rather weird every year.”

“I set up the Illustrated Menagerie initially because so many wonderful illustrations, 3 dimensional pieces, sketchbooks, animations and prints were produced every year that I wanted to record them, and gradually this grew to quite an extent so I put it online for the students to be able to see. We got quite a following with the online blog, so the next move was to try to include local artists also exploring this subject matter.”

The Menagerie is thrilled to invite on board local artists My Dog Sighs and Los Dave who have been commissioned to work on the project. As well as producing pieces for the exhibition, the pair will also be delivering a public lecture regarding their working methods and processes, a central theme to the initial project.

Third year student, Jordan Baines, who also has his work in the exhibition, says: “It’s a great opportunity for another audience to see my work, I primarily make artwork for myself, and if I can influence, inspire, excite or inform someone along the way then that’s great! The animal kingdom is such a wondrous and diverse place. So an exhibition dedicated to celebrating those we share this place we call home, is very fitting and worthwhile.”

Exhibition Dates: 2nd to 27th February, 2015, 9am – 5pm weekdays.
Meet the Artists: 30th January, 2015, 4pm – 7pm.
Public Lecture: 11 February, 3pm, EW1.11, FREE, book your place via Eventbrite HERE.

Space, Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, PO1 2DJ.

To see more of what inspired the ‘Illustrated Menagerie’ exhibition, please visit: www.illustratedmenagerie.blogspot.co.uk

‘Illustrated Menagerie’ Exhibition at Space Launches Today

GASP Exhibition ‘Les Beaux Objets Trouvés’ by Lou Bliss

Tonight is the closing night of the current exhibition at GASP, The Art Space Portsmouth Graduate Residency Award exhibition ‘Les beaux objets trouvés (Things I find beautiful)’ by Lou Bliss. The exhibition is a collection of creations and artist collections preserved and arranged by Lou Bliss which is open until tomorrow but tonight will be the closing event and artist talk, from 6-8pm.

“I have a keen interest in natural history, anatomy and natural forms and this provides my less formal aesthetic language. Works which incorporate themes of mortality and explore the results of decay and/or preservation tend to result from these influences, and often use found, recycled or collected materials to express the ephemeral nature of our existence.

During my residency at Art Space I have further researched the natural processes involved in the life and death of living things, specifically fungi, birds and small mammals. Through the observation and playful preservation of materials present as part of the life cycle of everyday objects I have produced a collection of work exploring the beauty and variety in the often overlooked stuff as it quietly decays all around us. Using techniques such as screen printing and digital media to sculpture and taxidermy, I hope to rouse a curiosity in the weird and wonderful by combining a contemporary art exhibition with a working study environment where engagement and contribution is warmly encouraged.” Lou Bliss.

You can see more of Lou Bliss’ work on her website: loublissart.wordpress.com

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Make and The Craft Kitchen

You may remember that last year boutique craft store Make which was based on Albert Road moved home to a bigger and better premises in Fratton. Due to high demand for classes and a serious lack of space, owner Nicky decided to start searching for a larger shop. On an island city such as ours space really is at a premium and the hope of finding such a place in Southsea proved fruitless.

Fortunately, a retail space became available in Fratton which had a history of textile retail and plenty of room for learning, crafting and socialising. By this time Nicky had decided to join forces with Hesta who dreamed of having a cafe and functional kitchen which would allow her to teach baking and cooking skills. After much waiting, and some serious hard work refurbishing the building, Make and The Craft Kitchen opened its doors late last year.

The space is large, inviting and multi-purpose. With an excellent retail selection of fabric, yarn, paper crafts and haberdashery alongside a cafe serving breakfasts, lunches and homemade cakes. There is also a young children’s play area where babies and toddlers can play safely whilst parents and carers sit with a tea and maybe a craft project.

I feel that Make is more than a shop; it is a social community space which is already being accessed by various local groups and benefiting the people around it.

I spoke to Nicky and Hesta and asked them how they’re settling into the local area. They said that the Fratton Traders Association are working together to attract more visitors to the area which recently benefitted from a National Lottery grant. Nicky mentioned that in many cases businesses and individuals from the creative industries have moved into struggling areas and really helped to improve things (projects that may be of interest such as New York’s High Line or areas of London like Peckham and its Bussey Building). The statistics do support that these changes do indeed occur, take a look at this Financial Times article for proof.

Another benefit is that the mezzanine floor of the building offers an affordable studio space for artists, designers and makers. The studio is currently my home (Ooh la Lapin) and also that of illustrator Roma-May Daly of Roma May Design. There is currently space available to rent so get in touch if you are looking for a creative studio space.

It is hoped that Make and The Craft Kitchen will encourage other creatives and businesses to make Fratton their home. There are lots of events to look forward to this year including a Spring Make Off competition, exhibitions, talks, workshops and much more.

You can find Make and The Craft Kitchen on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


 

Chantelle Wyatt ‘Travelling The World One Step At A Time’

Chantelle Wyatt, 30, a local Southsea resident has made a life out of travelling around the world and and writing about it and her new books explore the journeys and adventures that she has been on.

In ‘Diving The World one step at a Time’ the scuba enthusiast, invites us to some of Earth’s most beautiful dive sites. Her dream to travel and experience multiple locations is one that permeates the pages and the book’s travel diary feel makes it easy to pick up and enjoy.

Travel is almost second nature in a modern interconnected world and Chantelle’s desire to read individual’s stories is what proved to be her inspiration when writing Diving The World. In collating her memories and adventures she ensures these experiences will never be forgotten and hopes that in turn she can inspire others.

Diving The World gives an insight into the world that is common to so many different countries, that of the underwater. That this world can be appreciated by everybody is shown by introducing people she meets along the way and illustrated beautifully with photographs. The book sets out to display the true majesty of the ocean, how it binds us all and just how vital it is that we protect it.

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Chantelle’s latest book, ‘Travelling the World one step at a Time’ takes us on a tour of some of the wonders of the world from a non diving perspective. She looks at how easy it can be to travel to such remote locations and truly believes that anybody can pack up a backpack and explore and should.

Chantelle’s passion to write has also guided her to work for numerous magazines and newspapers in her local area to maintain good local relationships as she believes whole heartedly that being a good writer means you should explore all sorts of avenues.
Always looking for new opportunities and planning her next projects, she says that although she loves everything about the things she has done, there is no place like home and she will always return to sunny Southsea.

You can get your copy from Chantelle directly, Andark Diving & Watersports and Waterstones.

You can find Chantelle Wyatt on Facebook and on Twitter @Scubachan.

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Portsmouth Kids in the 1980s TV Programme No 73

If you’re a 70s kid you’ll remember the the classic Saturday morning TV programmes through the years of your childhood. Along with the 80s Saturday morning classics like Tiswas, Noel’s Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and the later shows like Saturday Superstore and Going Live! there was ITVs No. 73 which aired from 1982 until 1988. The show was presented through the years by Neil Buchanan, Andrea Arnold, Kate Copstick, Kim Goody, Richard Waites and now University of Portsmouth chancellor Sandi Toksvig. Despite the show always saying it was from a house in Maidstone Kent the programme was originally filmed in studios over in Southampton before moving to Kent when it became a national TV show. For the first series the opening titles were all filmed down in Portsmouth, featuring local kids.

Joel Ransom got in touch with the story of the filming of the titles for the show, in which he himself appears! Author Graham Hurley (many of his series of detective books are set in Portsmouth) was involved with the show and his son was at St Jude’s school, Old Portsmouth. The class were asked to run up the beach down by South Parade Pier and then down Alhambra Rd where they would eventually knock the fictional door to No 73.

You can watch the credits from the 1982 series 1 of No. 73 on YouTube HERE (sadly the video is set so it cannot be embedded) and see lots of other footage from around the city. Below is a behind the scenes photo of the class running up the shingle beach from the filming.

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‘Under The Spotlight’ Exhibition at The Coastguard Studio

Southsea’s latest gallery space, the Coastguard Studio is due to host its second major exhibition on Friday 13th February, hot on the heels of My Dog Sighs’ and Midge’s arresting collaborative exhibition ‘Together in Solitude’.

‘Under The Spotlight’ will bring together over forty of the city’s creatives working in fields varying from photography and textiles to sculpture and light installations, encompassing as many mediums as can be found. The exhibition aims to demonstrate the sheer diversity of creative talent and skill that the city currently fosters. Each artist has been invited to submit work, either new or from archive, to fill an A1 space lit by its own spotlight, providing each individual with an equal area and only their creative decisions determining what is displayed. Featuring high profile and emerging, amateur and professional artists alike, the exhibition will be a true reflection of the current state of Portsmouth’s art and design sector.

Works will be for sale at the discretion of each artist but a limited run of forty screen printed posters of the ‘Under the Spotlight’ poster will be available on the night. Entry is free but RSVPing to the Facebook event is encouraged. A full list of exhibiting artists is also available on the Facebook page.

Short Story Competition – Open To Submissions

We are really excited to announce that our short story competition is now open to submissions. The theme behind your short story must simply involve one of My Dog Sighs tin can men pictured at the bottom of the page. There is a word limit for each age group but apart from that, everything else is completely open to your own interpretation.

The entries will be split into three categories for the different age groups, each with a different word limit.

• 13 years and under (150 words)
• 14 years – 18 years (300 words)
• 18 years and above (500 words)

This event is open to everyone to enter, but for the younger age groups we are looking for teachers who would be willing to lend a hand. This will involve going through some entries and maybe they would like to invite their school or class to get involved, maybe as part of a class project perhaps.

This competition will run until 25th March, with the winner for each category being announced soon after. The three lucky winners will receive a copy of their story created by graphic designer Sam Barclay and personalised by My Dog himself. The winning entries will also be featured in an exhibition in our Strong Island Co shop which you can find at 12 Highland Road, Southsea.

If you or your are interested in getting involved with helping judge the winner you can drop me can email to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. Submissions should be sent to the same email address, please don’t forget to include your contact details and what category this is applicable to.

My Dog Sighs has a great talent for capturing character through the expressions on each piece of art, which should serve as an ideal inspiration for your short story. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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Open Meeting for Making Space for Cycling

The next meeting of Portsmouth Cycle Forum will be at 7pm on Thursday 12th February 2015 in Park Building, University of Portsmouth on King Henry I Street. The meeting will take the form of a debate, discussing how to make the main routes in Portsmouth safe and welcoming for cyclists. Portsmouth has an exceptionally high rate of cycle casualties and most of these casualties occur on major roads which have 30mph speed limits.

Portsmouth Cycle Forum recently launched their cycle strategy, A City to Share, which proposes that road space be reallocated from motor vehicles to bicycles to enable a step-change improvement in cycle casualty rates and the number of people getting around by bike. Exactly what changes need to be made to find and repurpose that road space were not specified.

For this meeting Portsmouth Cycle Forum have invited their members to propose ideas for how these 30mph roads can be changed to make them safer and more attractive for cyclists, whilst still offering good motor vehicle access to the city. 3 or 4 ideas will be selected for short presentations on how to eliminate conflict between cyclists and motor vehicles on Portsmouth’s 30mph routes – each idea will then be opened to debate.

The meeting is open to all.

St Valentines Day Massacre

This February see’s there turn of the third annual St Valentines Day Massacre at the Edge of the Wedge. The premise is a simple one, some of Portsmouth’s favourite bands and musicians will serenade you with their take on popular love songs.

Entry to the event will be for a small entry fee of £3 and all proceeds go to the National Foundation of Youth Music. Donations give under privileged children access to musical education and equipment which in turn will help develop their creative and social skills.

This years line up includes Anansi Boys, Battery Hens, Jesse Wyldes and the Stallions, Kelly Kemp and El Morgan, Noyo Mathis, Red Seals and other special guests.

For more information check out the Facebook Event page HERE.

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South Parade Trust X Portsmouth School Of Architecture

As mentioned back in December, the volunteers of the South Parade Trust are teaming up with the academic might of Portsmouth School of Architecture in order to bring you all an exciting new project:

“The South Parade Trust would like to invite all interested locals and supporters to attend a public consultation event where YOU will be able to give your thoughts on how South Parade Pier could be re-developed. In partnership with the University of Portsmouth School of Architecture and overseen and planned by Catherine Teeling, a senior lecturer at the school, Masters students from the School of Architecture have begun a project that will explore creative ideas and strategies for the regeneration of South Parade Pier.

The project will develop solutions for reuse of the pier that respond to the community’s desires and interests and supports the SPT vision that the pier can once again become both a hub for the local community, a functioning business and an asset for the City.

Students bring a range of expertise to the project from Sustainable Architecture, Historic Building Conservation, Urban Design and Interior Design, however for the ideas to truly represent the future vision as the ‘Peoples Pier’ this live event has been organised for the community to ‘Have Your Say’ on its potential future, to get your thoughts and ideas on what this could be.

Catherine Teeling, Senior Lecturer at the Portsmouth School of Architecture, had this to say:
This is an exciting project, we try to use local structures for the students and what better than an iconic structure such as the pier. We are also very proud to partner with the Trust on this event, it will be of huge value for the students to speak to the local public and hear their thoughts on how South Parade Pier can be re-imagined for the 21st century

Vanessa Cooter, travel and tourism lecturer at Highbury College, added: “This is a great example of how the Trust can engage directly with local organisations such as the University and use their skills to collate and quantify local opinion on their pier. We all have an interest in how it is rebuilt in the future, this project will deliver bold and exciting plans which may one day be implemented or at least demonstrate what would be possible with imagination, innovation and drive.

We hope that as many of you as are able to will visit us during the day at the Royal Beach Hotel opposite the pier and contribute to the Students projects which will, we very much hope, deliver exciting visions for the future use of South Parade Pier. More details will be announced in the coming weeks in the lead up to the event. We hope you will be able to come along! We want to hear from YOU!”

This public engagement event will be held on the 21st of February 2015 at the Royal Beach Hotel, from 9am to 4pm.

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An Evening of Stuff & Nonsense with Tim Vine, Harry Hill, Neil Innes and friends

This coming Wednesday evening Portsmouth Guildhall will be playing host to an awesome night of comedy all in aid of raising money for Parkinsons UK.

The event features live performances from Harry Hill, Tim Vine, Neil Innes, Katherine Ryan, Aisling Bea and Abandoman, with exclusive video performances from Matt Lucas, Sheila Hancock, Jenny Eclair and many other special guests, all hosted by award-winning double act Max and Ivan. A very special one-off evening celebrating the nonsensical and the absurd for Parkinson’s UK, inspired by the work of Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear and Mervyn Peake.

Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets start from £10. You can find out more information HERE.

Stuff and Nonsense

Strong Island 5th Annual Home Brew Competition – Date Change

Ladies & Gentlemen due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to push the date back a week to WEDS 11TH FEBRUARY.  It will still be at Meat & Barrel with the same timings and formats. Huge apologies if this causes any inconvenience. If you are unable to make the revised date please contact Malcolm Irving who will be happy to take delivery of your brews and will ensure they are entered into the competition if you are unable to attend. We look forward to seeing you on the 11th.

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Short Story Competition – Call For Submissions

We are really excited to announce that our short story competition is now open to submissions. The theme behind your short story must simply involve one of My Dog Sighs tin can men pictured at the bottom of the page. There is a word limit for each age group but apart from that, everything else is completely open to your own interpretation.

The entries will be split into three categories for the different age groups, each with a different word limit.

• 13 years and under (150 words)
• 14 years – 18 years (300 words)
• 18 years and above (500 words)

This event is open to everyone to enter and you don’t even have to be from Portsmouth to get involved. For the younger age groups we are looking for teachers who would be willing to lend a hand. This will involve going through some entries and maybe they would like to invite their school or class to get involved, maybe as part of a class project perhaps.

This competition will run until 25th March, with the winner for each category being announced soon after. The three lucky winners will receive a copy of their story created by graphic designer Sam Barclay and personalised by My Dog himself. The winning entries will also be featured in an exhibition in our Strong Island Co shop which you can find at 12 Highland Road, Southsea.

If you or your are interested in getting involved with helping judge the winner you can drop me can email to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. Submissions should be sent to the same email address, please don’t forget to include your contact details and what category this is applicable to.

My Dog Sighs has a great talent for capturing character through the expressions on each piece of art, which should serve as an ideal inspiration for your short story. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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Short Story Competition – Open To Submissions

We are really excited to announce that our short story competition is now open to submissions. The theme behind your short story must simply involve one of My Dog Sighs tin can men pictured at the bottom of the page. There is a word limit for each age group but apart from that, everything else is completely open to your own interpretation.

The entries will be split into three categories for the different age groups, each with a different word limit.

• 13 years and under (150 words)
• 14 years – 18 years (300 words)
• 18 years and above (500 words)

This event is open to everyone to enter, but for the younger age groups we are looking for teachers who would be willing to lend a hand. This will involve going through some entries and maybe they would like to invite their school or class to get involved, maybe as part of a class project perhaps.

This competition will run until 25th March, with the winner for each category being announced soon after. The three lucky winners will receive a copy of their story created by graphic designer Sam Barclay and personalised by My Dog himself. The winning entries will also be featured in an exhibition in our Strong Island Co shop which you can find at 12 Highland Road, Southsea.

If you or your are interested in getting involved with helping judge the winner you can drop me can email to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. Submissions should be sent to the same email address, please don’t forget to include your contact details and what category this is applicable to.

My Dog Sighs has a great talent for capturing character through the expressions on each piece of art, which should serve as an ideal inspiration for your short story. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

My Dog Sighs TCM 1

My Dog Sighs TCM 2

My Dog Sighs TCM 3

My Dog Sighs TCM 5

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Strong Island Co. Exhibitions: EQUINOX by Joanna Dawson

Strong Island Co. is proud to announce the first external exhibition our in store gallery space will host. From January 28th to February 18th, local artist Joanna Dawson will be exhibiting EQUINOX, a collection of large format, mixed media abstract landscapes with a focus on coastlines near and far from her travels.

Joanna is no stranger to utilising mixed media and unusual paint substitutes, dabbling in gouache, watercolour, acrylic and even tea and coffee staining to create her works. Working as a professional artist and designer allows her the space to explore her creative direction and conduct these material experiments.

To find out more about Joanna, her work and the exhibition, give her a follow on Instagram to keep up to date with her happenings in the run up to the exhibition.

Strong Island Calendar 2015 – Very Limited Stock Left!

We have been absolutely overwhelmed with the interest in our 2015 Calendar. In the last three years we have raised over £800 for the Alzheimer’s Society’s Portsmouth based services. We have a VERY limited number of calendars available and there is a good chance we will sell out quite soon, so if you haven’t got yourself one then don’t hang around too long!

You can get yourself a copy from our online shop HERE. They are priced at £10 each if you collect from Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea. Postal orders cost £12 each with international postage at £14 each.

Keep an eye out for the launch of the Strong Island 2016 Calendar #SICal2016 in the next few weeks!

Calendar 2015

Portsmouth Tricorn Centre: A Photographic Inspiration – New Strong Island Website Launched

For the 2014 Portsmouth City Museum exhibition, Tricorn: Controversy in Concrete, marking the 10 years since the demolition of the Portsmouth Tricorn Centre we asked the people of Portsmouth to submit their photos of the city’s iconic Brutalist structure. Over 500 images were submitted by more than 30 photographers, of these 100 were put together in to a community photography panel that went in to the exhibition.

From the outset the Tricorn was considered a likely source of creative inspiration for photographers throughout its history and the submitted photography for us proved this opinion. The light and shadow, the lines and corners of the building, all were captured in creative ways by photographers both from Portsmouth and the rest of the UK. Many of the images were shot with 35mm and medium format film.

We wanted to, for the first time, bring all of this beautiful imagery together online with a new website, we’re happy to say that the website is now complete and live. This website is home to an ever growing selection of the best imagery of the much loved & hated building that dominated the city skyline from 1966 to 2004.

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed their photography. If you would like to submit your own images please EMAIL us. The website can be found at:

www.portsmouthtricorn.com

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Under the Spotlight Coming Soon at Coastguard Studio

Under the Spotlight is an upcoming exhibition that will feature 40 spotlights on artwork & photography by 40+ local creatives, all homed in the beautiful new Coastguard Studio in Southsea. More details on the exhibition will be announced in the coming weeks by the Coastguard Studio so keep an eye on their website at coastguardstudio.com and the date of 13th February firmly written in to your new diaries.

Under the Spotlight Coming Soon at Coastguard Studio

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Local Photographer – Matt Shaw

Louise from the Girls Who Ride crew gave us the heads up on the amazing photos of local photographer Matt Shaw, including some great images on Portsmouth, some in HDR too. Be sure to take your time going through Matt’s Flickr and here are a few to wet your appetite:

Southsea Circa ’51

After purchasing a few bits of old furniture the other day, under closer inspection we found the shelving to be lined with old newspaper.

Coming from one of the sheets is this, an advert for Southsea from the Sunday People dated 21st January 1951.  The best bit and also a point raised by more than one person, is the fact that in 1951 it takes 90 minutes by train from London Waterloo to Southsea the same as it does today!  Fascinating that in 61 years we haven’t managed to make it any quicker.

Vintage Photography – Sunny Southsea

Totally forgot to add this one to the series of ‘Vintage Photography – Sunny Southsea‘ that we had posted in the past. So following on once again from the photos of the Seafront and the Paddling Pool after The Bandstand and Tennis Courts and The Pier and Esplanade , here’s the final scan.

Created Local – Inksquatch

Here’s an interesting little blog I stumbled upon. Inksquatch are a collective of Portsmouth based artists, illustrators and designers that comprises of four people working on anything from books, maps, sculptures, bags, badges, you name it from the sound of things. Check out their BLOG and WEBSITE for more info.

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Southsea Flats by Cat

Created Local – Joe Loughborough

Joe Loughborough was a local skater in Southsea for years and years and recently made the move up to London and has been working hard with his painting. Joe is releasing a series of portraits for sale today, available to buy online. To see them and more check www.josephloughborough.co.uk and Joe’s Flickr.

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