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.
Today is a special day, it is the launch of our new exhibition with Portsmouth University’s CCI Faculty. This evening we will be opening up Sticks in Fareham to a preview of CFA: Work in Progress.
What’s it about….?
This new show offers a chance for members of the public to see what goes on behind the creation of a piece of art. It enables us to see the process of making art, and as this is the first in a series of exhibition detailing these emerging artists and their move into being artists out on their own, the progress they make on their work throughout their final year of study, culminating in their degree show to be held at Portsmouth University and in London next year.
The private view runs between 5:30-7:30pm this evening and all the artists will be on hand to discuss their work with you and answer any questions. The Live Art Local CIC/Sticks gallery team will also be there to discuss and answer any questions you might have about us and what we plan for the future.
There will also be free food and drink and if we can make them in time lovely homemade mince pies and mulled wine to get you in the festive spirit!
Don’t know where sticks is, don’t worry, you can find us in the Fareham Shopping Centre at Unit 79a just inside opposite Millets
Can’t make the preview don’t worry we are open every Thursday – Saturday 10:30 am – 3pm
All are welcome to join us this Thursday 10th December as we launch the newest exhibition taking place in Sticks Gallery.
From 5:30-7:30pm join us for the private view of Work in Progress a new show featuring the work of Contemporary Fine Art students from Portsmouth University’s Creative and Cultural Industries Faculty.
Curated and installed by students from the University this is a first collaboration between ourselves and the University of Portsmouth and is aimed at showcasing great work by emerging artists and giving them a chance to gain valuable experience in many aspects of putting on an exhibition.
There will be food and wine and fantastic work so do join us if you can!
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
MA Fine Art student and Live Art Local CIC artist, Ailsa Brimms (www.peppermintsea.com) received a commission to create a series of work based around Portsmouth and the people who live and work there in September for the Porsmouth Cultural Trust at Portsmouth Guildhall.
The show, entitled “Footsteps to the Square” is now up and the opening takes place this Monday 23rd November at Portsmouth Guildhall, alongside the opening of a very special exhibition, Logomania (Christmas Tree) featuring the work of distinguished Chinese Artist, Cheng Henfeng www.chenhangfeng.com.
The preview for both pieces is this coming Monday 23rd December at Portsmout Guildhall, with food and drink available. The launch runs from 6pm-8pm.
That biennial exploration of what emerging artists are creating now is upon us and the EMERGENCY shortlist has been announced, with one or two familiar faces if you’ve attended the Platform exhibition at Aspex in recent years.
Out of nearly 400 submissions a final 10 were selected these are:
Chris Shaw Hughes;
Maya Ramsay, and
The exhibition runs from 28th November 2015 until 11th January 2016, with a PREVIEW on Friday 27 November, where all are invited to attend.
To find out more about Aspex, it’s opening times and how to get there please visit http://aspex.org.uk
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