So tomorrow is the launch of the Portsmouth leg of Journeys Festival International. This yearly event is a celebration of the amazing stories and talent of refugee artists and through its program it aims to create a “positive interface” with the community.
Over twelve days there is an assortment of paid for and free events where people are invited to watch, to view, to listen and most importantly, to participate with the work of refugee artists; learning more about their stories and engaging with their practice.
Events range from the container project, know as the “Well-Come” project where 10 young artists from the refugee and asylum seeker community will work with urban artist, M-One, exploring their creativity inside the container. To Cafe Conversations on a variety of topics related to the themes that affect refugees and the wider world; to a reading from Hidden a Sunday Times book of the week by young person’s author, Miriam Halahmy; to pop-up theatre; more theatre; visual art including the work of Nikos Papadopolous’ Plasticobolism series which will be viewable around the city (you can find our more about the work here) and later in The Container Project.
We will be checking in with quite a lot of the work over the coming twelve days and will keep you updated, our highlights will also feature in the Winter edition of South Central.
Live Art Local CIC/ Sticks Gallery would love to let you all in on a little secret………
A few months ago we applied for some funding to run a series of workshops examining the history of Fareham borough with older, isolated people living in the borough; families with disabled children and adults with learning disabilities. These workshops would culminate in an exhibition and the publication of a new heritage trail map for Fareham.
We are very pleased and excited to announce that on Friday we received confirmation that we had been successful in our grant application. The workshops will run this summer and will be a chance for our chosen groups to get creative, make new friends, learn new skills, find out about Fareham’s history and produce an exhibition and history trail they can feel proud of.
After publication the heritage trail will be available to buy and all monies from the sale of the map will be divided between Live Art Local CIC and charities/groups that help those groups working on the project.
On Saturday 28th November we held our Christmas Artist-Maker market at Locks Heath Shopping Village. Sadly due to the weather and our offer to participating artists of a refund if they decided not to come owing to the weather we were down considerably on our original number of artists and makers.
Still that is all part of being British and our weather. We will be back in 2016
So it’s that time of year again, the Being Human festival is coming to Portsmouth from November 13th -21st 2015 and it is not to be missed.
Being Human is the first UK wide festival of the humanities and it is back for a second year. Portsmouth University has a key role in the event leading the series, Port City: Narratives of Migration . As Yael Friedman says on the Portsmouth University Being Human Facebook page:
“Portsmouth tends to be associated with the history of the Navy, and there is a mistaken perception that the city is mono-cultural. Through its lectures, walk, workshop, exhibition and readings, Port City: Narratives of Migration aims to dispel this notion and encourage people to think a little differently about the city’s history.” Yael Friedman
There are 5 key events associated with the period and although they are all FREE, numbers are limited so early booking is essential:
13 November: Drinking tea to escape the noise of the world
14 November: Portsmouth sailortown walk
17 November: Engaging with the past: Migration memories
18 November: Reviving the crescent: Portsmouth connects with Asia
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
So September will soon be over and we’ll be way into Autumn with October’s arrival. Which is good news in many ways as that means it’s time for Created in Portsmouth Art Trail, that annual celebration of the finest arts in Portsmouth.
Created in Portsmouth is an Open studios Style Art Trail based in Portsmouth and running from 16-18th October generally between 10am and 5pm although times do vary between venues. Trail guides will be available from the beginning of October.
This takes place throughout the island of Portsmouth, currently mainly in the south but the brilliant team behind it are keen to make it even bigger!
It is FREE to visit these great exhibitions and studio spaces
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.