From Friday 16th October to Sunday 18th October 2015, creatives across the island will be opening their studios to visitors for the Created in Portsmouth arts and crafts trail, welcoming guests into their creative spaces and showing them their work and studio methods.
This marks the third year of the Created in Portsmouth arts trail, and 2015’s palette of artists features an increased diversity of styles, persuasions, media, and work, spread across an eclectic range of venues in the city, each adorned with blue and white bunting to signify their participation.
Taking part in this year’s Created in Portsmouth art trail are:
- Lesley George, creative embroiderer: individual creative textile art and wearable and functional gifts, inspired by nature and fantasy. Studio: 21 Fawcett Road.
- Shake Your Glass, glass artist: colourful glass jewellery and homeware. Studio: Made with Haart, 80 Elm Grove.
- Emma Nicol, illustrator and textile artist: uses embroidery and textiles to create unique homeware. Studio: Made with Haart, 80 Elm Grove.
- Kevin Dean, artist and designer: produces lively pictures and large woodcuts. Studio: The Clocktower, 44 Castle Road (door in Great Southsea Street, opposite the Co-Operative).
- The Southsea Workbench, designer jeweller: designs and makes contemporary silver jewellery incorporating texture, surface patterns, and semi-precious stones. Studio: The Waverley Road Studio Workshops, 114 Waverley Road.
- Colin Merrin, artist: produces paintings and drawings. Studio: 1st Floor Studio, 114 Waverley Road.
- Trudy Barber, figurative artist: still life and portraiture captured in figurative drawings and paintings. Studio: 1st Floor Studio, 114 Waverley Road.
- Smock & Ballpoint, illustrative painting artist: original illustrative paintings and drawings. Studio: 1st Floor Studio, 114 Waverley Road.
- Copper Hare, coppersmith: creates beautiful botanical sculptures in copper and wire. Studio: 14 Gains Road.
- Printsink, printmaker: designs and etches prints inspired by Portsmouth and the south coast of England. Studio: 14 Gains Road.
- Southsea Jewellery, jewellery designer: original designs in silver, pearl, and semi-precious stones, inspired by the sea. Studio: 14 Gains Road.
- Maggie Ambler, ceramic tile artist: hand-painted tiles and prints taken from original tile designs. Studio: 6 The Exchange, 52 St. Ronan’s Road.
- Evangelia Hagikalfa, collage artist: creates intricate pieces from ephemera images and objects based on mythology, poetry, and personal experiences. Studio: 14 Tredegar Road.
- Tracy Hodder, mixed media textile artist. Studio: 14 Tredegar Road
- Conor Devine, illustrator: artist specialising in the macabre. Studio: 14 Tredegar Road
- Sue Meredith, mixed media artist: creates mixed media images of urban scenes in Portsmouth. Studio: 5 Perth Road.
- Katherine Webber, jewellery designer: hand-made jewellery featuring semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, sterling silver, and gold vermeil. Studio: 5 Perth Road.
- Little Duck Forge, artistic blacksmith: hand-forged metalwork for the home and garden. Studio: Eastney Beam Engine House.
- Donna Carter, nature-based glass artist: divine feminine contemporary art specialising in bespoke Goddesses. Studio: Eastney Beam Engine House.
- Dancing Pot, potter: originally trained in classical Indian dance, potter Vidya channels her inner dancer into her work with clay. Studio: Eastney Beam Engine House.
- Sheila Mackie, painter and photographer: specialises in landscapes, seascapes, and wildlife, captured through photographs and paintings. Studio: Eastney Beam Engine House.
Organisers are working hard to make the annual arts trail a regular feature of the Portsmouth events calendar, and have successfully curated a brilliant line-up of local creatives for their third year.
Different artists and venues will be opening their studios at different times. Find out more about the project and see respective opening times on the official Created in Portsmouth website »
On Sunday 18th, the third and final day of the arts trail, Crafts in the Tower will be running in the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth from 11:00am to 4:00pm, as part of the Created in Portsmouth programme.
Entry into Created in Portsmouth venues is free.