Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Illustration students tour their work from Aspex to UoP Library

Illustration students tour their work from Aspex to UoP Library – A creative response to Journeys Festival

In response to Journeys Festival International’s The Container Project, BA (Hons) Illustration students at the University of Portsmouth produced beautifully exhibited concertina sketchbooks. The 14 sketchbooks were showcased in a highly successful exhibition at the Aspex gallery, which we are very pleased to now bring the exhibition to the heart of the campus at The University Library.

Art at the heart of the campus

“It is great to be able to bring such talented work to the Library and exhibit it in the University’s flagship building, the learning hub right at the centre of of the University campus where students of all disciplines and academic traditions are drawn and may discover it and enjoy. It offers an intellectually and culturally stimulating diversion from the usual academic study of many of our students, shows prospective clients and their families what stimulating and varied projects our students become involved in during their time with us, and extends the Library’s commitment to reach out to our local community and extend services and culture to everyone we can reach.

Libraries contain collections intended to inspire, support, provoke, and expand the horizons of all who come to them. In this, the mission of the librarian and the artist are as one – to offer opportunities for everyone to explore and better appreciate the world and mysteries about them and within themselves.” – David Bennett, Assistant Librarian (Promotions) at The University Library


Anyone is welcome to visit the University Library for the exhibition from 21/11/2016 until 28/02/2017 during our staffed hours, 9am – 9pm Monday – Friday and 10am – 4pm at weekends until Sunday 18 December, when shorter Christmas vacation opening hours take effect (for current opening and staffed hours, please see our website for current times). If you are a member of the University or hold an External Reader’s card are welcome at any time – they are open 24/7 until the end of term and for long hours over most of the vacation period.


The exhibition is arranged in Area 1B of the Library, where anyone can come, view and interact with the works of our talented students George Hinchcliffe, Danielle Hackett, Anna Tromop, John Lihou, Thomas Harrington, Tegan Meredith, Octavia Herdson, Else Can Den Hooven, Koby Prior, Drew O’Hare, Ross Hughes, Emma Bates, Bethia Wentworth, and Vicente O’Neill.

“I was deeply moved when I saw the carefully considered illustrations which flow from page to page revealing refugee narratives. They are a collection of thoughtful responses using a variety of skilled techniques.” – Denise Callender, CCI Faculty Promotions Manager and member of the JFI Portsmouth Planning Team, who set the brief for the students.

About the Journey’s Festival

The Journeys Festival International saw a shipping container, symbolic of transport, export, and the transfer of place was brought to each participating city, coming to rest in Portsmouth in the Eldon Courtyard overlooked by the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. Throughout the festival the container underwent a transformation from an industrial shipping container to an innovative project space, hosting the WELL-COME project, working alongside local urban artist M-One and Portsmouth’s leading contemporary gallery, Aspex, ten young artists from the local refugee and asylum seeker community explored their creative talents in a series of arts workshops, culminating in the participants creating a mural on the outside of the Container, amid innovative pop up theatre and art exhibitions inspired by the container throughout the week.

Film credits:
The sequential film narrative documents the journey of refugee children, using the kite as a metaphor for travel and protection.
Credit to Little Image for their cover of ‘Lets go fly a kite’ from Mary Poppins.
All imagery & film by Bethia Santi Illustration.


Monday, 28 November 2016

Refuge sketchbooks on show at the library

Exhibition of BA Illustration Student Sketchbooks
The Well-Come Project gave refugees and asylum seekers a chance to tell their stories. A 20ft-shipping container was positioned in the courtyard Eldon Building (Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth). The container, chosen as a symbol of export and transference, was transformed into an object of street art by Portsmouth based artist’s M-One and Eric Downer working alongside a group of participants from the Red Cross and Refugees Without Borders.

Using spray paint and pens, the artists and participants created a graphic mosaic of free hand and stencil text over a back-drop image of land and sea. The activity created a space for meaningful conversation and for people to express and communicate their journey.

The use of a container provided a pop-up art space for a variety of associated projects. Fifteen students from BA (Hons) Illustration designed a creative response to the project within a series of concertina books. The illustrators are

• George Hinchcliffe • Danielle Hackett • Anna Tromop  • John Lihou • Thomas Harrington 
• Tegan Meredith • Octavia Herdson • Else Van Den Hooven • Koby Prior  Joseph Gardner 
• Drew O’Hare • Ross Hughes • Emma Bates• Bethia Wentworth • Vicente O’Neill • Alice Fox

Thursday, 24 November 2016

MA Illustration Students' Publication

Well done to our MA illustration students. This is our first publication showing their amazing work.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Pop up Books - In the studio

Greta has sent a selection of 'Pop up Books' from the library collection over to us for display. She has also sent some library books about the subject. The Library’s Collection of Pop-Up Books is kept in the Glass Cupboard in area 2, at 741.642. Please ask at the Support Services Desk in area 0A if you would like to see or borrow them or others that we have in our fantastic collection.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Congratulations to Else and Anna - Grimm's Fairytale Competition

Congratulations and well done to Else Van Den Hooven and Anna Tromop who are having their Illustrations published in a book of Grimm's Fairytales. 13 people have been chosen and an overall winner is still to be announced. Good Luck to you both.

Anna illustrated the fairytale "Jorinda & Jorindel"
and Elsa did "The Willow-wren and the Bear".

Friday, 11 November 2016

Alumni - Lorna Leigh Harrington

Well done Lorna!
Featured as Dr. Martens Illustrator of the month, with these great designs.

Alumni - Jade Spranklin

Great new animation from Jade Spraklin
Happy to share the new Sprankenstein x Benjamin Francis Leftwich Lyric Video - Kicking Roses.

I am INCREDIBLY excited to announce that I have been asked to be a speaker at YOUNG GOLD TALKS at the Google Campus London, this Saturday 12th Nov with these amazingly inspiring people below....

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

MA Illustration students present their inspirational artists

Great MA Illustration Presentations this week. Each student chose an artist that inspires them and gave a short talk about their body of work - we used the PechaKucha format (20 images, 20 seconds per image).
We heard talks on: Georgia O'Keefe, Mordillo, Tracy Emin, Albrecht Durer, Micheal Allred, Heath Robinson, Pascal Campion, Yigal Ozeri, Patrick Caulfield, Loish, Rachel Newling and Jacquelin De Leon.

Later in the year we will be exploring 'advanced techniques' and considering 'emerging trends'.
Thanks to Meg for the photos.

Monday, 7 November 2016

MA Illustration showcase 2016

Welcome to our graduating students of 2016, click the image to visit their online portfolios.
The Catalogue for this year will be available online soon...

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Refugee Sketchbooks at aspex

A fantastic display of Illustration talent at aspex. The sketchbooks were wonderful and feedback from those involved with this project was glowing especially about how individual they all were. Well done to: George Hinchcliffe, Danielle Hackett, Anna Tromop, John Lihou, Thomas Harrington, Tegan Meredith, Octavia Herdson, Else Van Den Hooven, Koby Prior, Drew O’Hare, Ross Hughes, Emma Bates, Bethia Wentworth, Vicente O’Neill. They are on display until the 6th of November.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Bethia's 'Lets Go Fly a Kite' refuge sketchbook film

This is a film made by Bethia of her refuge sketchbook in iMovie. It is an absolute delight. Thanks to Little Image for the sound track.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

MA Illustration graduating 2016

Welcome to our graduating students in September 2016, click the image to visit their online portfolios. 

Well done to our MA illustration students. This is our first publication showing their amazing work.

Click here to find out more about our MA Illustration course...