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Journeys Festival International: Look Up Portsmouth


Journeys Festival International bring their high-impact outdoor exhibition ‘Look Up’ back to Portsmouth as part of the 2017 festival programme.

An outdoor exhibition installed on the exterior of prominent buildings around the city, Look Up provides a unique opportunity for artists engaging with refugee and asylum seeker themes to have their work shown in one of the most visible strands of Journeys Festival International.

This year, the Festival is bringing the work of Natalia Michalska and Majid Dhana, two locally-based artists, to the forefront of Portsmouth’s skyline.

Majid and Natalia will work with their established community network to formulate a series of creative portraits of local refugee and asylum seekers, to be installed across the city for the duration of the festival.

As part of this year’s Look Up, both artists have also been offered a six-week residency and six-week exhibition with Aspex Gallery, opening on the 19th October as part of Journeys Festival International Portsmouth’s launch event.

Tony Spencer, Exhibition & Gallery Manager at Aspex Gallery, said: “Look Up transforms the city of Portsmouth, creating an enriching portrayal and celebration of cultural diversity.

“The local artists, who exhibit their projects not only make us conscious of the scale and impact of a global refugee crisis, they also remind us of relevant situations concerning those who are displaced and the impact of our compassionate support.”

See the artworks in situ with the artists on family-friendly Look Up Portsmouth art walks:

Journeys Festival International Portsmouth works across a wide range of creative media and disciplines to help share refugee experiences through art and culture. In 2017, the festival programme runs from 19th to 29th October, and Look Up Portsmouth artworks will be in place for the full stint.