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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


Exhibition Opportunity enter the Fareham Art Open NOW!

Fareham Art Open Submissions closing in 3 days

This Saturday see’s the close of the Fareham Art Open submission.  This is a great Exhibition opportunity and artists who wish to enter this yearly competition to be in with the chance of a solo show in Sticks Gallery main space and £100 cash must get their work in by midnight Saturday to have a chance.



Entering is simple!  It is FREE for Sticks Gallery Affiliate Artists to enter work, including Bronze members (who only pay between £3 and £10 a quarter) and they can do so by visiting here.

If you are not a member and you would like to join to access many opportunities for Artists, FREE exhibition opportunities, selling opportunities, artist development opportunities, social gatherings and more then please visit “JOIN


Or to enter by donating £3 to help our work making the arts accessible to all and supporting artists please do so here

Being Human: festival of the humanities

Being Human Festival is coming……..13th -21st November 2015

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

21 November: Exploring Walter Besant’s ‘By Celia’s Arbour’ – Creative Writing Workshop

Being Human is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the British Academy (BA) with additional support from the Wellcome Trust.

If you want to find out more about Being Human please visit the website: http://beinghumanfestival.org/

To find out more about Port City please visit their Facebook page:


We have 2 new venues to add to our exhibition spaces

We have some exciting news to share with all of you.  Live Art Local CIC has added two new spaces to our art spaces: Garbos Exhibition Space  and the Southsea Orthodontists Gallery, both previously curated by Island City Art and before them, Just Add Art.

We see this as a brilliant way to break into Portsmouth and increase our reach, showcasing some amazing up and coming artists to an even wider audience.

Live Art Local CIC/ Sticks Gallery now organises exhibitions in 5 venues, including our current gallery space.  As we continue to grow I hope you join us as we seek to bring wonderful contemporary art by brilliant up and coming artists, with a few established creatives thrown into the mix to bigger audiences!

created in Portsmouth Art Trail



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

To find out more visit http://www.createdinportsmouth.co.uk

or email: lucillescott@littleduckforge.co.uk

Spice Island Art Trail and Portsmouth Festivities

Those of you from the Portsmouth area will probably be aware that it is Portsmouth Festivities this week; during which there will be various events happening across the city.  One such event is the Spice Island Art Trail.  A one day event taking place at 4 venues across the city:

The Square Tower

The Royal Yacht Club

Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral

Old Jacks Gallery

Selected pieces from the exhibtion will be featured in an exhibition starting on the 24th June.  To find out more visit http://www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk/whats-on/item/spice-island-art-trail-exhibition-2


The trail runs from 11am – 4pm on Sunday 21st June