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.
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
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
HMS: Hear my Story. Join the team at Waterlooville Library on Thursday 17th September as they explore and discover how life has changed in the Royal Navy over the last 100 years with stories, archives and documents from The National Museum of the Royal Navy
This event begins at 7.30pm and tickets (bookable in advance) are only £2
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!!
Starting on Saturday and featuring Susan Eves’ whose work can currently be seen at Sticks in Fareham; this is a great chance to see what some of the best contermporary artists in the region are up to at present.
Open on both days this weekend from 1:30 -4:30pm and free entry this venue is accessible to all although wheelchair users will be unable to navigate the whole building.
Join us every Saturday for our autism art drop in at Sticks Gallery
Every Saturday we invite those with autism up to the age of 16 to come with their care giver and attend one of our autism art drop in sessions.
These are a laid back affair where those with autism can experiment with art and different sensory materials while their care giver can sit on our sofa and have a cup of tea and a chat.
For just £2 to cover materials you can come in and create, chat, drink tea and those attending the session can enjoy squash and a biscuit. After the session you are free to take home what you make (if ready) or have it added to our community art wall.
The space itself is autism friendly with a chill out area, low level lighting, PECS, headphones available and you can even download a social story about coming to the gallery below:
This session runs every Saturday between 1 – 2:30pm. No need to book, just drop in!