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Shared with Us: Puppets

Our most recent workshop was led by the great Steph Reeves of Gynormous Rawkus where she taught participants to have a go at making their own puppets out of junk and other materials they can find around the home.  We are lucky enough that some of our participants were happy to share with us what they made during Wednesday 1st July’s session.

Penelope Puppet made during our session by Shirley Accini
Penelope Puppet made by Shirley Accini
Puppet by Rose Popay
Puppet made during our session by Rose Popay and Mum






Week 6 – Steph Reeves (Gynormous Rawkus) – Junk Puppets

It’s week 6 of our Culture @ Home programme and we were lucky enough to have Steph Reeves of Gynormous Rawkus  join us this week to show us how to make a puppet out of the junk you have lying around at home and a few other materials.

This week is doubly special as our session took place as part of Children’s Art Week, a two-week celebration of free activities for children.

Our Culture at Home sessions as made possible thanks to Arts Council England Emergency Response funding, which has enabled us to pay creatives to share their talents with you at home, making it free for you!  We still have 7 sessions coming up, with each one being suitable for children, so to find out more and book a session (always at 2pm on a Wednesday), visit liveartlocal.co.uk/culture-home


To join this session you will need:

Cardboard; pens; scraps of paper or fabric; carrier bags; newspaper; tape (preferably double-sided and masking).  Pipe cleaners and other scraps are also very useful!





Fareham Heritage Trail Map Now Free to Download!

As the Covid-19 outbreak has a huge effect on all our lives, and the world we inhabit gets smaller,  we have decided to make the Fareham Heritage Trail Map available for FREE download from today.

The Fareham Heritage Trail Map was created in 2016 after workshops with the local community (you can find out more via our Projects page)  and provided a journey through the borough’s history, from Portchester to Swanwick, much of it acessible on foot.

It recently dawned on us that as people are moving around on foot and exploring their local area more than usual the map could provide a welcome accompaniment to daily exercise and offer a distraction from what’s going on in the world, and provide an opportunity to learn more about the rich history of Fareham Borough.

The map can be downloaded as a PDF below, and on our homepage.  Although it is free, as a not for profit hit hard by the pandemic we welcome donations, and you can do so via the Donate button below

fareham heritage trail                                                       please click on the image to automatically download a full size map. 

Bournemouth Arts and Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe 2015

Bournemouth Arts and Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe 2015 is on until (Bournemouth Arts) Sunday 18th October and (BEAF) until 1st November.

These two very different, but equally brilliant festivals spend a week crossing over and really do make the most of what the borough has to offer with events spreading from Boscombe all the way to Winton which borders Poole.

As part of the Bournemouth Arts Festival we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Museum of Water, a crazy sounding arts piece that traverses art to include science, history and memory, all through that most seemingly simple of elements, water.

Chief curator and creator of the Museum of Water, Amy Sharrocks has spent over two years amassing a collection of different types of water that have been donated by visitors to this travelling museum.  What we loved about this exhibition is that every bottle tells a story and even if some of them might not be all they seem, they have non the less been treated as if they are precious (and who know’s in 30 years they may well be precious owing to water shortages).  There are numerous vessels of various kinds holding this elixir of life (as a side note some of them even contain bodily fluids) each with a handwritten note from the donator lying beside.  My favourite ones had lovely stories attached involving glaciers and teardrops, but there is even containers for spit from a trombone.

Museum of Water (Cabinet)
Museum of Water (Cabinet)


So vast is the collection that curatorial decisions have to be made about what to include in each space.  If like us you have no donation to leave you can use a sheet of their beautiful letterpressed paper to tell what kind of water you would have brought.


Sunday 18th October is the last donation day although the museum will continue to tour and to collect from other countries.

We were also lucky enough to attend the Stevn Moberly show at The Old School House on the 16th October.  I love Steven’s work and first became aware of him as an emerging artist at Platform 21014 in the exhibition at Aspex gallery.  It is deeply layered work that seems to transcend meaning; partially realised bodies, suggestions of other worldliness a hint of cheekiness, and so much colour.





I should add I am thinking of stalking Steven and trying to get him to bring his work to Fareham.  To see more of his work visit http://www.stevemoberly.co.uk/

We were also lucky enough to attend the opening of Here and There at the Old School House in Boscombe on Saturday evening.  A great exhibition reuniting three members of student art collective, The Coal Collective.  A photographic exhibition of great contemporary photography by three young women all with a bright future in the industry ahead of them.  One of them, Christina Miller we will be showcasing in a solo show in the near future in Fareham.

The Fringe runs until 1st November with a varied program in traditional and non traditional spaces and we suggest you visit Bournemouth during this time if you can.  Unlike the Bournemouth Arts Festival which is organised with the help of Bournemouth Council, the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe is run entirely by a dedicated group of volunteers who are are keen to give a space for new and exciting work to reach the widest audience possible.

10 Days Winchester 2015 — Chalk

10 Days Winchester 2015 — Chalk is a celebration of the arts that takes place in England’s historic capital every 2 years.  We were lucky enough to visit during its opening weekend.

The principle is simple:

We strive to link all sections of the community through
exhibitions and other participatory events. 10 days has a
core commitment to the visual arts and welcomes
participation from all forms of practice. We embrace
collaboration, interdisciplinary practices and
multiculturalism, and foster partnership between
business, education, local government and other sectors.


There is so much happening between 10th October until 7th November and most of it is FREE (yes I know that’s longer than 10 days) ! Highlights include live art in multiple venues, this includes performances, drawing and more.

The variety of things happening over the festivities spans all artistic disciplines.  There are one off events and longer running exhibitions in venues such as The Winchester Gallery and Winchester Discovery Centre

chalk and cheese
                                                                                Chalk and Cheese

To find out more about this brilliant arts event that engages the entire community please visit http://www.10dayswinchester.org/

Fareham Fun Palace at Sticks Saturday 3rd October 11 am

Join us this Saturday in Fareham for Fun Palaces weekend.  This is a great International event aimed at getting everyone involved in arts and science.  The motto, “Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist” is at the forefront of each event taking place around the world.

Fareham Fun Palace is the only event happening in this part of Hampshire and we are very proud to be a part of such a great thing…. afterall the arts and sciences are dependent on one another (despite what the current Government believes).  It is that creative spark that creates new ideas, ways of doing things, makes beautiful images, ground breaking computer animation and ultimately, changes the world.

poster for Fareham Fun Palace at Sticks Saturday 3rd October 11am

The whole idea behind Fun Palaces is to break down the barriers to arts and sciences, so that science isn’t so scary and art isn’t held up as something only a certain few can do.  You do not need to know the theory of relativity or the rule of thirds, each of us, everyone is capable to great creativity.

We believe it is important to harness in children and young people this desire to learn and to create. We want everyone to have the same feeling of awe as children do, this is why our fun palace in Fareham is aimed at families with children between 2 and 13.

leaflet for Fareham Fun Palace at Sticks Saturday 3rd October 11am

We open on Saturday 3rd October at 11am and then for the next 4 hours you are welcome to drop in and get creative.  For four hours we will be running fun and educational activities tied to the science of crystals: how they are formed; how to grow your own at home and we’ll also be making fake geodes.  There are other activities to get involved in too.

All you have to do is turn up at Sticks (opposites Millets in Fareham Shopping Centre) from 11am on Saturday and join in.  The whole thing is free but we do welcome donations.

We look forward to meeting you!

Southern Nature Art Exhibition

Live Art Local artist, Debbi Hyde will be exhibiting at the Southern Nature Art Exhibition this weekend.


The exhibition runs from Friday 28th – Monday 31st August at the Grade II listed Rookesbury Manor, which is set in fantastic grounds near Wickham, Hampshire.

Entry and parking for the exhibition is FREE,

The Exhibition will be opening its doors to the General Public from 10am till 5pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

There will be Paintings and Sculptures in various mediums on the theme of Nature, complementing this will be an Art Market, where you will be able to purchase some of their Prints, Cards and Merchandise.

Artists and Sculptors will also be demonstrating their skill as well as being available to discuss their creations.

A Tea room will be selling Hot and Cold Drinks, Cakes and Light Snacks to complement your day.

Disabled Access available.

We can’t wait to see more of Debbie’s work, we hope some of you can make it to.

To find out more about the exhibition please visit the website: http://southernnatureart.com/visitors/


So lovely people the inaugural Fareham Arts FEstival is here!!!!

August 8th -16th

There is so much going on over 9 days in Fareham that your eyes will melt.  We have exhibitions in 19 venues featuring some amazing talent from as far afield as Spain.  You can come and pick up free art magnets from Sticks Gallery too. From textiles to painting, installation to print there is something for everyone!

The Art Market.  We can possibly fit a couple more in but you must let us know soon as this is the first one we do not want it overcrowded and give our amazing artists and artisans room to shine.  This is going to be amazing.  The quality of work coming in is massive, I am very excited about this one!!!

We also have free music, including today’s Choir Showcase at Locks Heath Shopping Village and very cheap gigs that are only £5 a ticket

Plus Free Theatre

Writing Workshops, book signings, performances and poetry (with the exception of Apples & Snakes this is all free to attend)

Art Workshops: on Monday we have bookmaking and next Saturday a Children’s Mixed Media workshop

Film with the brilliant screening of The Lego Movie at Bursledon Brickworks with free museum entry included in the ticket.


The screening for the Fareham Shorts: International Short Film Competition.  This will be an amazing night with red carpet, awards and Q&A session with the filmmakers


We’d love as many of you to come down as possible and help us build on this in future years to create a massive arts festival that celebrates all the brilliance and diversity that exists in this our chosen field!!

Web: farehamartsfestival.co.uk

Tickets: farehamartsfestival.co.uk/tickets

Email: enquire@farehamartsfestival.co.il

Autism Art Drop in: Today

 Join us every Saturday for our autism art drop in at Sticks Gallery

Every Saturday we invite those with autism up to the age of 16 to come with their care giver and attend one of our autism art drop in sessions.

These are a laid back affair where those with autism can experiment with art and different sensory materials while their care giver can sit on our sofa and have a cup of tea and a chat.

For just £2 to cover materials you can come in and create, chat, drink tea and those attending the session can enjoy squash and a biscuit.  After the session you are free to take home what you make (if ready) or have it added to our community art wall.

The space itself is autism friendly with a chill out area, low level lighting, PECS, headphones available and you can even download a social story about coming to the gallery below:


This session runs every Saturday between 1 – 2:30pm.  No need to book, just drop in!