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The Container Project: Spearman


  • Portsmouth Cathedral (map)

Artists Tony Spencer and Kye Wilson present a video installation depicting a West African musician known as Spearman, inside The Container Project’s titular eponymous shipping container outside Portsmouth Cathedral.

Using visual arts and technology, the installation creates an exchange of vibrant Gambian arts and culture by transporting audiences to Spearman’s home village.

Spearman events include:

Drumming: Sunday 22nd October at 2:00pm
By Drum Nation, Tony Spencer, and West African master drummer Khalifa Conte

Discussion: Monday 23rd October from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Africa to Diaspora with artists Tony Spencer, Kye Wilson, and renowned British photographer Vanley Burke

Allunde & Africapella: Tuesday 24th October from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Local women’s singing groups Africapella and Allunde at Portsmouth Cathedral

Spearman is supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England in partnership with Furry Fruits Visual Arts.

The Container Project forms part of Journeys Festival International’s Portsmouth programme, which works across a wide range of creative media and disciplines to help share refugee experiences through art and culture.

Schools, colleges, and artists are invited to watch and respond creatively to the work.

The Container Project transforms a shipping container into an immersive project space for the run of Journeys Festival. Positioned outside Portsmouth Cathedral, it will be sited at the heart of Old Portsmouth, with the waterfront just a stone’s throw away.