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Journeys Festival International is HERE!

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.

Nikos Papadopolous, from Plasticobolism
Nikos Papadopolous, from Plasticobolism

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.

To view the catalogue visit http://issuu.com/artreach4/docs/jfi_a5_brochureportsmouth_digital/4?e=25748967/39138086


Christmas Art Market Locks Heath

Christmas Art Market Locks Heath

Rainy Weather…………………

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.

Christmas Art Market Locks Heath

Still that is all part of being British and our weather.  We will be back in 2016

Aspex Emergency — Shortlist Announced

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:

Alison Carlier;

Rita Evans;

Euan Gray;

Chris Shaw Hughes;

Caroline King;

Jane Lawson;

Laura Malacart;

Steve Moberly;

Maya Ramsay, and

Tim Simmons.


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

Agatha Christie Evening: Fareham Library

This Wednesday 16th September Fareham Library would like to invite you to celebrate 125 years of the Queen of Crime for an evening of mystery and intrigue.

Agatha Christie Evening: Fareham Library
Agatha Christie

So join the team at Fareham Library for the Agatha Christie Festival: Murder Mystery Night


This starts at 7pm and tickets only cost £3

For more details visit www.hants.gov.uk/library