Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Congratulations to Anna and Danielle

International Office Competition

They are absolutely delighted to commission Anna Tromop to produce 100 copies of her design "Underneath Portsmouth". They felt that Anna's work offered an imaginative response and directly engages with Portsmouth as a place - it is beautifully produced with a clear attention to detail and attracted attention from many in the Faculty Office!

Danielle Hackett's work The Pictorial People of Pompey offers another, creative response to the sense of the people who make up the city and whilst  they will not be able to use it as a gift for international partners (the images will not translate in all cultural situations), her work is of interest to two people Denise Callender (our Faculty Promotions Manager) who would like to commission a small run of these for UK guests to the Faculty and Peta Tattersall (our Faculty Registrar) who would like to talk to Danielle about the tattoo design as a potential give-away

Thursday, 16 March 2017

‘A Summer of Love’ exhibition of illustrations by Caroline Misselbrook

An evening reception to celebrate ‘A Summer of Love’ exhibition of illustrations by Caroline Misselbrook, celebrating generations of her family’s love of nature and creativity, takes place on 28th March at 6-8.30pm at Portsmouth Guildhall.

To mark the 50th birthday of the Summer of Love in San Francisco, the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) at the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Cultural Trust (PCT) host this show as part of our ongoing exhibition programme in the Freda Swain Lounge at Portsmouth Guildhall.

In this series of 10 illustrations, Caroline gives a new lease of life to the birds from her father’s egg collection, which he started as a child in the 1950’s during walks in the Westwood Local Nature Reserve and along Weston Shore in Southampton.

While organising the box Caroline found a complete copy of the Daily Express from 1961 underneath the sawdust. Adverts and articles form part of the watercolour and ink illustrations and highlight the juxtaposition of animals that continued to live happily around us while we focused on our materialistic lifestyles and had unhealthy expectations of men and women. It was this post war culture in the U.S., Canada and Europe that eventually lead to hippies or ‘flower children’ during the Summer of Love in San Francisco in 1967, rejecting these consumerist values and turning to art, religious or meditative practice and politics.

This show is part of a series of Summer of Love celebrations in Portsmouth. Talks, exhibitions, performances, film screenings, live music and other events will shine a spotlight on the history and legacy of the sixties counterculture.

The exhibition is hosted in the Freda Swain Lounge, and opening dates are 20 March – 21 June 2017, Monday-Friday, 9am -5pm, Saturday 10am -2pm

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

MA illustration visit to London

The sun came out especially for our visit to London. We started at the House of Illustration to see three shows;  Jo Brocklehurst: Nobodies and Somebodies (Jo Brocklehurst celebrated subculture in 1970-90s London, Berlin and New York): Book Illustration Competition Longlist 2017: Mansfield Park and Linda Kitson: Drawings and Projects - A lifetime of line drawings, curated by Quentin Blake. 

In the afternoon there was the Cartoon Museum - FUTURE SHOCK: 40 YEARS OF 2000 AD and Tate Modern - ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG, and more.


Monday, 6 March 2017

Congratulations Bo!

Well done to Bo Sun Lam, recently graduate of MA Illustration (and BA(HONS) Illustration) for winning the 'Chinese Year of the Rooster' Drawing competition by Hong Kong International Exchange of Art and Culture Association.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Dani Hacket designs T-shirt for the Wedgewood Rooms

Local Artists Design Limited Edition Wedgewood Rooms T-Shirts

To celebrate our 25th year anniversary, The Wedgewood Rooms are teaming up with local artists to bring you exclusive limited edition Wedgewood Rooms T-shirts. The aim of these T-shirts is to both celebrate the Wedgewood Rooms history, but also to promote some of Portsmouth’s best artists! In the last few years, The Wedge has become more heavily involved in Portsmouth’s arts community, having an artist in residence, as well as employing local artists at the venue. This project will be an extension of those previous collaborations between local artists and the venue.

Each local artist has based their design on what The Wedgewood Rooms means to them in their own unique artistic style. For each design we will print a limited batch of 50 T-shirts, with a new shirt being launched every few months. The first T-shirt we will be releasing is by Dani Hacket, a local artist who works at the venue! These limited edition T-shirts will go on sale Friday, so keep your eyes peeled on our social media! Read below to see her previous work and hear the inspiration behind her design.

“My T-shirt design for the Wedgewood Rooms was a particular interest of mine since it has been such a big part of my life for the past few years. I wanted to portray the nautical background of Southsea, and also capture the history of the area. I was inspired by old engravings by JMW Turner, an artist that captured the ferocity and beauty of the ocean, and the combination of the waves with the impressive old style ships. Obviously, being a music venue, I couldn’t leave out the aspect of music, and so I wanted to merge the two ideas together with the musical instruments to create a lively image that captured the energy of a Wedgewood Rooms gig.”