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.
GET & SEE: Provoking the Feeling: Eldon Building Portsmouth University
Today I had the pleasure of visiting the provoking the feeling exhibition at University of Portsmouth’s Eldon Building.
This is the final show of Katerina Kazantzis’ MA Fine Art and it is well worth a visit. Upon arrival you are led through a warren of small corridors by a woman dressed as a rabbit and asked to interact with an array of pieces.
The first stop is a wall of odd shoes (in more ways than one). Here you are asked to try on the shoes and then keep them on as you walk around the exhibit. At other times you are asked to try on invisile clothing; eat magic beans and even a film all about religious ceremonies and the magic that is invoked in many of these traditional ceremonies in the same way, the fairytales you have just inhabited invoke the idea of magic and mystery to tell a story. The final piece is entitled “Believe” and asks you to believe in something more than yourself, its slow pulsating light acting as a type of hypnotic call to action.
My favourite part of the exhibition is definitely the mirror and projection wall in which you are literally in the middle of a piece and stood along from other versions of yourself.
This exhibition is upstairs in the Eldon building’s Fine Art Studio and runs from 6-8pm for the next two nights and from 4:30pm on Friday 18th September.
This is most definitely a family friendly exhibition.
This Thursday see’s the private view of Fareham Art Open Winner, Jenny Tipton’s solo show: Projecting Nature’s Image at Sticks Nomadic Gallery in Fareham Shopping Centre.
Jenny’s work is based around video projections and photographic pieces that examine how we relate to the image and how its meaning is as transient as the snapshot in time it represents. She is most interested in images that are accessed by a large audience, be they a scenic view that is repeatedly shot by people’s cameras, or a piece of stock footage that can be taken by anyone to express a generic moment within a sequence. These images’ status are changed dependant on the way they are seen. The more photos of one scene you see, the more the photos become less about the image and more about a recording of time. The more you see different versions of footage of the same thing, the more the ability to grasp precisely what you are looking at escapes you.
All are welcome to attend the private view, Jenny will be giving a short artists talk about her work and we will also be presenting her with her trophy for winning the Fareham Art Open. This runs from 5:30pm – 7:30pm and there will be food and drink available
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!!