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“Revealing the region through contemporary art” Ten contemporary artists, fifteen organisations, and one region and you have the artSOUTH: Collaborations.


he ambitious contemporary art project, artSOUTH presents newly commissioned pieces in diverse locations across central South England.

Discover, celebrate and explore the rich heritage and distinctive character of the southern region in new and unexpected ways. artSOUTH : collaborations has the potential to make you stop, engage, think, and respond. The commissions invite you to explore your surroundings, both urban and rural, and reveal a sense of place and history. The exhibitions, which have been running since 7th September and will end on December 1st, has provided a stimulating opportunity for artists and their collaborators to push the boundaries of their practice and bring high quality works. The stimulating pieces were presented in a variety of settings, from galleries to more unusual places, including an ex-rocket testing site, a 1950’s cargo steamship, a medieval hall, a beech tree circle and a defensive sea wall.

“The whole idea of the collaborations is stimulating and brilliant, completely eyeopening and brilliant.” Throughout the exhibition, artSOUTH have also been offering a varied programme of activities allowing people to get involved with the works. They’re putting on workshops, trails, artist talks and interventions to invite visitors to consider, discuss and explore how contemporary art is made and what it might mean. An idea which is very important in spreading awareness about the different stems of art, and showing that they’re all equal to those who don’t have a passionate or educated interest in art. Artists have been selected through an open submission process. Proposals were invited from artists to create new work in collaboration with specialists from another field or discipline in response to a site or context, within the central southern region. The selection panel included guest selector, the Norwegian artist A K Dolven, who brings a wealth of experience to the project, including her own work in the public realm. Working with the artSOUTH partners, artSOUTH Curator Judy Adam has lead on the overall vision for artSOUTH : collaborations, Gill Nicol of Lightsgoingon (www.lightsgoingon. com) is leading the programme of engagement activities and events and The Audience Agency are leading on the monitoring and evaluation for the project. The whole idea of the collaborations is stimulating and brilliant, everyone who can should visit the exhibitions before they close. Completely eye-opening and innovative. For further information, including exact locations of each of the shows, dates and times vist

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Artists include: Claire Barclay - Bookwork, TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth. Jordan Baseman - True Crime, Portsmouth. Mel Brimfield - An Audience with Willy Little, various locations (finished, pictured middle left). Graham Gussin - Close Protection, The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre. Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva - Resuscitare on show at Mottisfont, National Trust, Romsey (pictured top left). Tom Hall - Midnight, National Trust , Isle of White (pictured bottom left). Jeremy Miller - The Oblate, Southampton City Art Gallery. Annika Strom - Look, The Great Hall, Winchester (pictured above). Bouke De Vries - Memory Vesseks, Southampton City Art Gallery (pictured right). Susanne M Wintering - Shelter , Keyhaven Nature Reserve, New Forest.


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Where’s the money? Are you struggling to find the funds for your next art project? Have you got a buzzing art business idea but need help with the start-up?

Stress no more, ingenuity magazine is here to help. We’ve investigated around the whole of the UK and found the top four companies that help emerging or graduate artists. Read on to see which is the best option for you..

Get friendly with the banker...

Grants for the Arts is part of the Arts Council England and works to ‘Achieve Great Art for Everyone’. From now until 2015 there are opportunities for all as £1 billion from the National Lottery and £1.4 billion of the public money from the government are offering grants. Grants from £1,000 to £100,000 are offered so help is there for artists carrying out their work with public engagement. Zoe Li, relationship manager at Visual Arts said, “Be realistic about the expectation and business skills are also quite important being an artist. These days it is very hard to make a living as well as maintaining your art practice so just keep going, collaborate with other artists and network.” Zoe works a lot with graduate artists in Hong Kong. Zoe said, “In Hong Kong there are a lot of artists making none selling work. It is more difficult for individual artists because there is no Art Council like there is in the UK. In the UK the funding system is much more privileged.” Last year Grants for the Arts gave out 2,000 awards but received 6,500 applications so competition is high. However, 15,000 grants are rewarded every two weeks. Apply online today at

Parity Trust has been trading since 2000 and has already lent £5.5 million to individuals. Their motto is ‘Investing in Bricks and Mortar, Hearts and Minds’. They help artists to look elsewhere for money and stay out of debt by raising awareness for charitable foundations to come to you. Another way Parity influence investments is by Business Angels. They are wealthy individuals who want to invest. They tend to invest £10,000 upwards and offer business expertise. At least 8 out of 10 loans come from your bank manager so why not speak to them, even get an overdraft out? Chief Executive of Parity Trust Simon Frost said, “If you do not need to borrow then simply do not. Keep your business legal and out of debt.” Parity Trust advertise you to research the market, create a cash flow plan and develop the business idea fully. Contact Parity Trust on 023 9237 5921. WeDidThis is the UK’s leading art crowdfunding platform that teaches you not to start with the funding. It is about the idea then the money, networking, marketing and communicating. If a lot of people give a small amount of money then that makes a large amount of money and with that comes rewards. It is about a transaction between money and rewards and those rewards could be an experience or the supporters’ name in lights. Co-Founder of WeDidThis Henrietta Norton said, “With art, the real value is in the crowd and in the people.” WeDidThis look past language barriers and towards making something happen. Their aim is for artists to share ideas with people and fans and to build a loyal following to make fan-funded art happen. In its first year WeDidThis funded over 40 projects from over 1,600 donations. For more information and support from WeDidThis visit Creative Industry Finance has been open since 2011 and they provide loans of £5,000 to £25,000, an alternative to grant funding. They also offer business support including up to 12 hours of one-to-one with a business supporter or specialist advertiser. The company has helped over 400 businesses so far. They are looking to change their loans from minimum £500 up to maximum £150,000, repayable over a period of up to five years with 10% APR. Chief Executive of Creative Industry Finance Mary-Alice Stack said, “If you need £1,500 for that second hand printmaker then we can help you buy that. People who are not in the art sector are excited by the proximity of getting involved so you are your product.” If you think Creative Industry Finance is the option for you, apply online at


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‘Rip this joint’

Did you know The Rolling Stones once played Portsmouth Guildhall?


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Portsmouth Guildhall: access all areas

Portsmouth Guildhall has had a makeover of their previous derelict office space to welcome the Access All Areas gallery. This year it was the 50th anniversary since The Rolling Stones played in Portsmouth. What better way to celebrate than bringing the O2 British Music Experience exhibition to Portsmouth Guildhall to open the new gallery!


his art exhibition staged in the The Access All Areas gallery in the Guildhall not only featured the tour photographs. Visitors were also able to enjoy rooms that reflected on Portsmouth music and the history of the Guildhall, looking at how it all fits into a wider historical context. Portsmouth has always had a vibrant underground scene but it has never been very commercial. Simon Poole has been at Portsmouth Guildhall for a year. He is the gallery manager and was the curator of Rip This Joint. Simon said, “Although a lot of people never broke out of Portsmouth for whatever reason it all happened at some point.” Simon was the person that brought the exhibition from London to Portsmouth when he met the owner of the photographs in Bethnal Green. “To set up an exhibition like this Rolling Stones one costs a fortune, so that’s why they’re rarely seen outside London.” The exhibition was seen by three thousand people in the period of four months that it was open at the Guildhall. “The gallery is aimed at anyone interested in music, Portsmouth music specifically. So if people want to know who has played here before then that should be explained somewhere.” The iconic and historical photographs of The Rolling Stones were taken by Jim Marshall whilst he was touring with the band in Las Vegas in 1972, so you really got a ‘life on the road’ vibe from the pictures. The Access All Areas gallery is in previous derelict building space and still has a working progress feel to it. “It looked like it had been done up like changing rooms, all the wallpaper was peeling and stuff was falling apart. So we’ve had the toilets replaced and done everything up nicely,” Simon said. As you walk into the gallery there is an impressive timeline of music happenings in Portsmouth. From the 50s, 60s and 70s, photographs and messages are displayed on the walls in a rough but ready kind of way. “We need to get better lighting and really build up the other side of the corridor as the goal is to make it like the British Music Experience at the O2. This is all just an experiment; we’re just seeing what we can do and how we can make it better.” The Access All Areas gallery has been working with local artists who were once in bands themselves or lectured in music at Portsmouth University or within the Portsmouth area. Visitors to the gallery are invited to contribute their memories and reminisce about anything and everything involving Portsmouth and music.

Simon is urging everyone to get involved in The Access All Areas gallery and give their voice to the project. He wants people in the Portsmouth area who are in bands, have been in bands or would like to perform at the Guildhall to get in touch. People with photographs or stories about performers at the Guildhall or any local music venue, whether that be underground, is what Simon wants to see and hear. The Access All Areas gallery has partnered up with local Portsmouth companies Pie and Vinyl and Strong Island. The gallery has become renowned in the area and is urging students and local bands to contribute by telling them what is going on around Portsmouth. Although Rip This Joint has left Guildhall now, the Access All Areas gallery still remains and Simon wants to add a lot more to what the gallery can offer. He wants to wow the visitors coming in to exhibitions in the gallery, having other aspects to it rather than just one. For only £2 entry with concession, the gallery is a reasonable price as you see video elements and audio contents of Portsmouth bands performing and all the photographs that you wouldn’t expect to see. If you have any memories, photographs, or stories about local and international bands performing in Portsmouth then get in touch with Simon. Or if you yourself are in a band and want to perform at Portsmouth Guildhall then email Simon Poole at Tweet us your thoughts @ingenuity

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The Rolling Stones in the recording studio, 1972

The Access All Areas gallery


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ingenuity INTERVIEW

‘Don’t lose hope,

perserverance is the key!’


icky Yang is an arts graduate with a diverse background when compared to most graduates. We turn to Vicky for insight, tips and much needed advice on how best to shift from arts student, to a professional freelancer working within an arts industry.

At just 21, Vicky has experienced internships at various companies and is now attracting many clients through her work as a London-based freelancer. Currently in-between London and Bangkok trying her hand at freelancing and possibly landing a big break by interning with a big media company, she has come a long way from being just another art student with big dreams. Having completed a BA in Multimedia Design back in Silpakorn University, Thailand; she braved travelling to strange surroundings and attained an MA in Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts. Twitter: @vickaaayyang Tumblr:

Q: During studying, did you do any freelancing and how did you go about getting clients? A: ‘Most of the time I got freelance offers through teachers at my courses. It is really helpful to follow your lecturers on social media so that you can get updates on opportunities, and grab every opportunity possible to make the most of university resources provided. In Thailand there were loads of post production opportunities and illustration work such as flier design or motion graphic work to delve into.’

portray their product and company. Another major client I worked with was Chevrolet, a car company that wanted to create an advertisement that had a running concept of the theme “once in a lifetime”. As a team, I dealt with visual boards and created them for a meeting where we pitched ideas and collaborated. During my time at McCann I was expected to strive for unique ideas and concepts, but also thought logically about what best concept or image would communicate the idea of “once in a lifetime” within my planned mood boards.’

Q: What about internships, did you get opportunities after graduating from BA or MA to work within a proper industry? A: ‘Right after I finished my BA in Multimedia Design, I got a one month internship offer by McCann, an advertising company in Thailand that is also based worldwide. They do all sorts of offline and online advertising so was a great opportunity to get a grasp of what a real working environment felt like in my field of work. A typical day at McCann was a client coming in, like for example L’Oreal. Alongside art directors, I had to help design and pitch ideas for promoting their new eye-liner through website, TV advertisement or print. Tasks involved working mostly within a team as a creative intern, and participating in meetings where we needed to sit and think creatively about different ways in which we could

Q: What is a typical day for you now as a freelancing graduate? A: ‘I tend to just wake up, review what I did yesterday and continue from where I left off. At present I just finished an animation with a fashion student, from a partnering art college, for a fashion media production website. My job was to help develop an animation for the website’s homepage. At present, I’m focusing on improving my website as most of the clients that are interested in illustrators and multimedia designers look for a good online portfolio. As of late, I’ve been persistently sending emails to companies based in London to build up my client database. Sometimes I even work up to 10 hours just to finish a client project and to send out final emails to companies. I’ve researched in order to get an internship, more clients or a job opportunity.’

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From left to right: Client work for SCG Thai Chemical company, Client work for High Vision Plus (Logo Design), MA Thesis work, MA Thesis final piece, Client work for McCann (Chevrolet Visual Board), Client work for McCann (Chevrolet Visual Board), MA project work, MA project experimentation and MA final thesis.

Q: Do you have any advice for graduates struggling to find more clients? A: ‘I got most of mine through teachers in university – you need good connections, most of the job offers I have attained are through friends of friends and family. It’s important to widen your contacts and be social with potential clients. I have a lot of friends who are multi talented and have real good pieces of work, but because of lack of contacts, social skills and not being social media savvy they don’t get discovered by companies, potential clients and therefore don’t get opportunities. Q: What about any advice on how to get work experience? A: Make sure that you know when the internships are taking place, you need to

do your study on what kind of industry you want to look into, for example, creative studios and advertising agencies are known to take applications as early as January and then dwindle applicants down to potential interns around March. It’s really important to know the intern season so that you can apply early and get a better chance of being considered. Q: What about online portfolios and how to present your skills? A: Make sure you don’t show all of your work online, only put up your best work and check they are related to the kind of companies and clients you wish to work with. Don’t give away too much because you’ll find that you won’t have much to show or talk about during interviews.

Make sure you post work that you are proud of but also don’t leave huge gaps between projects, you need to show that you’re active in your freelancing. Your website or online portfolio needs to be clean, clear and concise, there shouldn’t be text or images that are too obstructuve. Don’t wait for clients to come to you, not everyone is going to get back to you, it does take some time. The last time I got in contact with a new client that’s replied back to me was 2 months back and I only just got the reply a few days ago. Don’t lose hope, perseverance is key.

Do you need advice on pursuing an art career? Tweet our professional online career experts at @ingenuitycareers

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Lovely Love Love Portsmouth artist Andrew McConnach’s latest artwork is being exhibited at Portsmouth Guildhall this November. The oil on canvas paintings are all exquisite and different, so make sure you visit and clasp your eyes on these beauties.. do,” and she nodded. Then suddenly loads of information started flooding into my head. Like my Gran telling me when I was about four that I should be a painter when I was painting with watercolours. They’d all known that I was meant to be a painter except from me. Even friends of mine said I should go to art school but I just wanted a job to earn money.


ndrew McConnach is inspired by the mandala, an idea that has been used in meditation, healing and protection in many cultures. His work involves layering media and traditional techniques that explore the language of ‘mandalas’ gleaning images and weaving them together with years of journaling that has focused on circles and trees. All of these continually developing with the help of digital printmaking, screen printing and etching. Here we spoke to Andrew, who turned 52 this year and lives in Southsea, to find out where he gets his inspiration from to make such beautiful art..

Q: Where did you study art? A: I did a one year foundation course in Watford to start where I got totally into painting, completely obsessed by it. Then I moved to Saint Martins for three years and really hated it. This is where I discovered printmaking and went on to Brighton University to do a masters in that. Q: What influenced you to become an artist? A: I was at a party in Spain with a really beautiful Spanish lady. I couldn’t speak a word of Spanish and she couldn’t speak any English but we were in this house in the desert. I was inspired and thought at that moment I wanted to be an artist. The guy’s house it was made fiesta masks and had one or two small paintings on the wall. And I said to her in English “I want to be a painter, that is what I’m going to

Q: What attracts you to work with so many colours? A: Spain. Before I went to Spain I painted in quite a muted colour and going to Spain the colours are just so much more intense. I was in Valencia and the colours were just so bright and then I suddenly got why certain painters looked so bright like van Gogh. I understood why all the artists moved to the south of France and why they painted differently to the boring and subdued palettes like Turner. Q: What influenced you to paint the paintings in Lovely Love Love? A: I started painting paintings with circles in them whilst living in Snowdonia. There was a bit of a block, I was suddenly a single parent and was homeless for three months. Then I was offered a house in Wales for a few months whilst I recovered. One day I was keeping an artists’ journal and I realised I needed to be painting these notes each day. When I started doing it I just started drawing these logs and the rings and started patterning them. I never really found a subject that really grabbed me and this was it. Then I started researching circles, it was a really core thing. Q: You said, “I begin every piece with an intention”, how? A: I draw a tiny little circle, about the size of a five pence piece and everything comes from that. The painting Starbust came from a tarot deck when I wanted inspiration and picked up the cards and there was a star.

Q: Why do you think your art is so different to others? A: When people look at my paintings they believe they’re not like normal paintings. It hasn’t got a horizon line, it is not a landscape or portrait. They see aspects of things they recognise. So people are forced to answer questions about why I do such things with my art. Some look at art and think it is pretty and will go with the decor. Other established artists look at my paintings and say they can’t cope with it. Q: What inspires you? A: Beautiful women, food and I adore the cinema. If I came into art 10 years earlier I think I would have been a filmmaker. Film is regularly accessible to people in a way that painting is not. Q: Where do you paint? A: I paint in a studio called Art Space in Portsmouth. I go in there, change my clothes and can make a mess and get really into it. Q: What other artists do you admire? A: The artists of my generation like Merlin Carpenter. I went to art school with Georgie Hopton and I admire her work. Q: What is next for you? A: I am painting about my reaction to the events on the east of Japan. I am also doing a large painting of a Buddha which is going to have 262 roses. I have done about 50 roses but still have a long way to go. It took me three months to draw it and will take three or four years to do. I am also doing a series of rose paintings that are a relief from the Buddha. Tweet us your thoughts @ingenuity If you like what you see then head to the Portsmouth Guildhall before the 26th of November. For more information head to


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Lovely Love Love, 2013, oil on canvas

Four Blue Moons, 2013, oil on canvas


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ingenuity GUIDE

A city of culture With this year’s Turner Prize being held in Londonderry for the first time, we have prepared a mini food, drink and things to do guide to ensure you get the most out of all the attractions this Northern Irish city has to offer.

Things to do Londonderry is a vibrant city filled with restaurants, bars and cafés. The city has also been named by Lonely Planet as ‘One of the Top Ten Cities in the World to visit in 2013’. The city past was dark and complex with its 400 years of political upheavals in Ireland, but it has recovered from its harrowing past to become a cultural haven for aspiring musicians, artists and writers.

CCEA Young Artists Exhibition 2013 To coincide with the Turner Prize in Buildings 80-81, a Victorian style building, formerly known as a dormitory, the CCEA have organised a Young Artists Exhibition showcasing contemporary work created by A Level Art and Design and Moving Image Arts students across Northern Ireland. The Art and Design exhibition will take place between Tuesday 26 - Friday 29 November at the Void Community Gallery and the Moving Image showcase will take place on the 26th November at the Brunswick Movie Bowl Additionally there is a free educational screening of the Banksy film ‘Exit through the Gift Shop’ at the Nerve Centre on the 20th to 27th November. Screening times are 10:00-11:30 am, 12:00 to 1:30pm and 2:00pm to 3:30pm. The staff at the Nerve Centre will also provide snacks and drinks which you can buy prior to the screening at the screen room’s entrance.

Londonderry Peace Bridge

Lumiere Light Festival From the 28 November - Sunday 1 December, 5.30-10.00pm, the Lumiere light festival will start across Londonderry. The event, will scatter specially created artworks in outdoor spaces, buildings, landmarks and walkways from the Bogside to the Fountain and beyond. The lights are created by different local artists and a few created by marketing teams from different retail stores and brands. Definitely a great way to spark up some excitement for the Turner prize event on the 2 December.

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Don’t miss the Turner Prize, 2 December 2013 Food and Drink Flamin Jacks , 35 Strand Road Known for its ethos in quality local food at reasonable prices, Flamin Jacks is a family run restaurant that provides unique Basque flavours like the whole roast sea bass. The restaurant has been a staple in Derry for years and also has a bar available for afterdinner cocktails. The restaurant is open for Dinner from 4:30pm and open for Lunch and Dinner from 12:30pm Friday and Saturdays.

Quaywest, 8 Boating Club Lane This funky place serves excellent modern European food, providing value for money. Perfect for lunch and evenings out with friends and family, the restaurant strives to source its ingredients locally: Their beef from Northern Irish Cattle, their pork from the Glenties area and even their ice cream sourced locally from Ballymoney. Opening hours are 12 noon to late, seven days a week.

Primrose Cafe, 15 Carlisle Road Primrose is a vintage style cafe that is ideal for afternoon tea. The cafe serves homemade cakes and bakes freshly on the premises each day. Its popular breakfast and lunch menus also feature great soups, stews and freshly baked breads. The cafe additionally has an outdoor area and hosts entertainment on scheduled evenings. Opening hours for the cafe are from 12 noon till midnight, when desserts and snacks are served.

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The Turner Prize 2013: the fantastic four

Laure Prouvost


rench born Laure is known for her innovative films and illustrations characterised by richly layered stories, translation and surreal moments. Her seductive and disorienting tales toy with the audience’s ability to become fully absorbed by a single narrative. She spent time studying at Goldsmiths college and Central Saint Martins. Prouvost is nominated for her new work Wantee commissioned by Grizedale Arts and Tate for inclusion in the exhibition Schwitters in Britain at Tate Britain, and for her two-part installation Farfromwords made for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women.

Image: Installation View by Laure Prouvost.

Tino Sehgal


ver the last decade, Tino Sehgal has become well-known for artworks that primarily exist as live encounters between people. These artworks often directly respond to, and engage with, gallery visitors, and Sehgal actively refrains from the production or presentation of any actual objects. Tino Sehgal was born in London in 1976 and now lives and works in Berlin. He studied at Humboldt University, Berlin, and Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen. Sehgal is nominated for his pioneering work These Associations at Tate Modern and This Variation at The Documenta.

Image: Tino Sehgal with participants of These Associations.


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Northern Ireland has always been a time of political and social termoil, but now we see a beautiful cultural awakening in the country: The acclaimed Turner Prize is being held there for the first time, and they’ve even had a new bridge. From a french film artist to a cartoonist, this year the prize has a wonderful mix of talent.

David Shrigley


avid Shrigley is best known for his simple and direct drawings and animations that make satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions. His work, which spans the last twenty years, holds significant public appeal and reveal the artist’s black humour, macabre intelligence and infinite jest . Whilst drawing is at the centre of his practice the artist also works with photography, sculpture, animation, painting. Shrigley is nominated for his solo exhibition at Hayward Gallery, David Shrigley – Brain Activity, which offered a comprehensive overview and wonderful new perspectives on his work.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye


orn in London in 1977, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a painter, poet and writer and is best known for her large-scale figurative paintings of subjects that she constructs from a vast combination of memory, imagination, drawing and scrapbooks. She challenges the accepted norm of western figuration by depicting black subjects, and at the same time commits herself to the marginalised practice of portraiture within contemporary painting. Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was nominated this year for her exceptional exhibition Extracts and Verses at Chisenhale Gallery.

Image: Greenfinch painted by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

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PORTSMOUTH Polytechnic graduate Grayson Perry has come a long way from his BA in Fine Art back in 1982. Now an arts presenter for radio and television, journalist and pottery artisan; his journey from being a potential talent back in 2003 after winning the Turner Prize is filled with exciting endeavours. The Turner Prize has been an annual event bestowing awards to promising artists since 1984. The highly publicised event, although known for controversial art, highlights which artists to look out for; but what path have these talented artists taken now? Have previous winners faded from the spotlight or maintained their prominency like Grayson Perry? ingenuity go on a hunt to see which of the previous winners have gone on to do wonderful things and we’ve come back with some interesting answers...

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Turner Prize Winners

Damien Hirst’s collaboration with Alexander McQueen to create designer scarves.

Steve McQueen honoured at a screening of their film “12 Years a Slave” at the Rafael Theatre.

Exhibition view at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Damien Hirst, Conceptual Art and Installation Artist Turner Prize winner in 1995

Steve McQueen, Film Artist Turner Prize winner in 1999

Wolfgang Tillmans, Photographer Turner Prize winner in 2000

Damien Hirst is an internationally known artist with a wealth valued at approximately £215m. He is most popularly known for his art series of preserved dead animals in formaldehyde. His recent works are being showcased in his upcoming exhibition being held in Dubai till January the 22nd 2014. Alongside his thought-provoking artworks, centred around the theme of death, he is said to be collaborating with other artists this year; the most recognised collaboration is his plans to work with British design house Alexander McQueen. His artwork will be the inspiration for the release of the Chiffon, Pongé, Twill and Cashmere scarves that mimic the exclusive geometric shapes of ‘Dante’s Inferno’. The scarves will be made available at all Alexander McQueen stores internationally from November 15th.

After winning the Turner Prize back in 1999, Steve McQueen has accomplished many things. In 2006 he went to Iraq as a War Artist which in the year following led to his artwork named ‘Queen and Country’, a piece that commemorated the deaths of soldiers during the Iraq War. He went on to create numerous films such as Hunger (2008) and Shame (2011) both very successful. His major success, however, was as a result of his third feature ‘12 Years a Slave’, a film based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northop. The film tells the story of a free black man who is kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery, working on plantations in the state of Louisiana. The outcome of its release made a worldwide gross of an astonishing $30,118,146 as of November 16 2013 and is due to be released in the UK on January 24, 2014.

Wolfgang Tillmans is a German fine-art photographer, one of the first photographers ever to be awarded the Turner Prize. In the mid 90’s, he became well-known for portraits and images of youth culture, whether capturing a radiant Kate Moss or ecstatic bodies on the dance floor. His photography now addresses his own life, the world around him and his social and political concerns. They are exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, reproduced in the pages of iD, Purple, and The Face, and brought the artist an immediate international audience. His new art consists of a project called the ‘Neue Welt’ project extending his photographic study to diverse global territories, the exhibition is at Maureen Paley and is open till 24th November 2013. From 2009, Tillmans has been serving the Tate Board as an Art Trustee.

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Photo credits left to right: Sølve Sundsbø, Steve Rhodes, Wolfgang Tillmans (Maureen Paley), Grayson Perry (Victoria Miro), Richard Wright (Rijks Museum), Elizabeth Price (Bloomberg SPACE).

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Photo credits left to right: Sølve Sundsbø, Steve Rhodes, Wolfgang Tillmans (Maureen Paley), Grayson Perry (Victoria Miro), Richard Wright (Rijks Museum), Elizabeth Price (Bloomberg SPACE).

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The Rosetta Vase made in 2011, now on display in British Museum.

Giant ceiling paintings featuring more than 47,000 black stars at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

The Tent (2012) HD video installation by Elizabeth Price commissioned for Frieze Film and Channel 4.

Grayson Perry, Potter Turner Prize winner in 2003

Richard Wright, Contemporary Artist Turner Prize winner in 2009

Elizabeth Price, Installation Art and Video Artist Turner Prize winner in 2012

The journey Grayson Perry has taken after winning the Turner Prize has been one filled with surprises. Not only was he awarded with the Academician’s medal in the category of printmaking, he also joined the artist’s union along with other established artists such as Tracy Emin and Anish Kapoor. In 2012 the leading artist released a three part series All in the Best Possible Taste. The series engages with the different tastes consumers have throughout Britain. The documentary broadcasted on Channel 4 was awarded a BAFTA in the Specialist Factual category. In the following year Grayson Perry has gone on to do a one-off drama offering insight to his alter-ego Claire. The drama broadcasted on Sky Arts as part of the Playhouse presents series was co-created, written and directed by Grayson Perry himself, along with actress Kate Hardie.

Richard Wright is known for decorating architectural spaces with geometric patterns in paint and gold leaf. His work of art includes a range of works made on paper, from prints on poster paper to elaborate and complex large-scale works that can include thousands of hand drawn and painted marks. Wright’s paintings are often short-lived, only surviving the length of an exhibition. This often seems to heighten the senses of the viewer in the knowledge that the work may not be viewable again. Turner Prize judge Andrea Schlieker described him as a “painter who rejects the canvas”. Recently, Richard Wright has recreated the ceiling of Rijksmuseum ceiling for its grand opening back in April 2013. The recreation is part of the museum’s Night Watch gallery. The artwork was inspired by 19th century decorative wall and ceiling paintings.

Following her 2012 Turner Prize win, Elizabeth Price has done a number of video installation pieces such as West Hinder (2012) a 22 minute video about a ship called the Tricolor that sunk in dense fog along with a cargo of 2897 luxury cars. Price creates a otherworldly feel in the ocean where the ships sink and uses motion graphics and synthetic voice to convey the narrative. Her most recent work was even more successful and as a result has been commission by Channel 4 and Frieze Film. The Tent (2012) is a HD video with the main subject of the clip is a single books. The copy-stand on which the book is filmed is occasionally visible, as are Price’s hands turning the pages. Price’s work is sculptural and its audiovisual elements of the installation combine to create an enclosure of a sensual and psychological experience. Tweet us your favourite past winner @ingenuity

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Pauline Boty: female pioneer pops into Sussex

She pioneered pop art, had an active engagement in politics and was a female icon for upcoming artists, so why is her work not as well known as her male competitors? Pallant House is to show her greatest, and some unseen work.


he work and career of Pauline Boty goes on show at Pallant House Gallery, West Sussex, from the 30th November until 9th February. The exhibition, curated by Simon Martin, will fittingly place Boty’s work alongside Pallant House Gallery’s extensive collection of Pop Art. Key works in the exhibition include ‘The Only Blonde in the World’ (1963), ‘My Colouring Book’ (1963), ‘It’s a Man’s World II’ (1965-6), BUM (1966) and ‘Untitled’ (Self Portrait) (c.1955). One of the few female artists associated with the British Pop Art movement of the 1960s alongside Peter Blake, Derek Boshier and David Hockney, Boty has been largely overshadowed by her male Pop counterparts since her untimely death aged just 28. She was diagnosed with cancer when she was pregnant with her daughter, Katy. This exhibition, which comes to Chichester from Wolverhampton Art Gallery, reinstates Boty at the forefront of the movement, featuring paintings, collages and ephemera from public and

private collections including rarely seen pieces that have not been exhibited for 40 years. Born in South London in 1938, Boty first studied at Wimbledon School of Art and then the Royal College where she met David Hockney, Sir Peter Blake, Derek Boshier and Peter Phillips. Sociable, charismatic and popular, Boty was a striking figure, dubbed the ‘Wimbledon Bardot’ on account of her extreme good looks. Yet her glamorous appearance often meant that she struggled to be taken seriously, despite her passionate engagement with politics and the intellectual life of the college. She was also an active participant in Anti-Ugly Action, a group of students who protested against new British architecture that they considered offensive and of poor quality. Unlike many female artists, Boty was not afraid to embrace her sexuality in her life and work. One of the exhibition’s highlights is Colour Her Gone (1962), a painting based on a photograph of Pop culture icon Marilyn Monroe. In 1961, Boty exhibited in what has

since been described as the first ever Pop Art exhibition, ‘Blake, Boty, Porter, Reeve’, at the AIA Gallery, receiving positive attention in the national press for the Pop sensibility of her collages, and the following year she was one of the four artists profiled in Ken Russell’s landmark 1962 documentary on English Pop Art, Pop Goes The Easel. While her glamorous persona and highprofile connections such as her marriage to the actor and literary agent Clive Goodwin have endured, until recently, her work has been largely overlooked, lost in the limelight cast on her male Pop Art counterparts. The exhibition will also feature contextualising material with rare items on loan from Boty’s family including theatre programmes designed for the Royal Court and archive materials from contemporary magazines, newspapers cuttings and photographs. More information, including addresses and opening times can be found at www. For admission details contact Contact Helen Martin on 01243 770838, or

Images courtesy of Pallant House: Left - Colour Her Gone (1962), oil on canvas. Above - Pauline Boty painting Derek Marlowe.

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A fresh eye on:

Southampton Art Gallery Each month ingenuity’s Becki Partridge, an art amateur with a new and different opinion takes a look at an art gallery’s main gallery to consider all the work they have to offer to the public.


or this issue I went to Southampton Art Gallery to look at the work that is sat there everyday of the week available to the public. I took the time to go around the whole main gallery, picking out a select few, which you can see below, that grabbed my attention. Despite going to the gallery on a Saturday afternoon it surprised me to find that so few people were there. I could quite easily have been the only person in the room at points, obviously not including the security guards spaced out everywhere.

Yet, you can guarantee if the gallery was holding an Antoney Gormley exhibition, charging £5 a ticket, people would be queuing up at the door to see a piece of art that is usually available to them for free. Being based in Portsmouth, where there isn’t such an incredible collection on display all the time , available to the public, for free, it shocks me Southampton Art Gallery isn’t busier. Portsmouth can not afford to display art they do have, because finding the correct space, then lighting and maintaining that space as well as having

security is out of Portsmouth’s financial reach at the moment. On the other hand, Southampton Art Gallery have a remarkable collection, an arguably un-loved. People who live locally, like myself are very lucky to have such a collection so local to us. This does pose the question though, with people from Portsmouth being so close to Southampton, why don’t people both from Southampton and Portsmouth (at least) take advantage of such a place?

Sir Terry Frost, ‘Silver and Grey’, 1953 This is my favourite piece in the gallery. Both due to the background of the artist and because as it seems to hold all it’s meaning in the colour scheme, which is ultimately different shadows of white and black. Frost began his painting career whilst a prisoner of war camp after being captured as a commando in Crete in 1941. Silver and Grey is an emotional response to a scene rather than a literal depiction, however the painting brings to mind a moonlit night reflections on water. When first realising Frost’s career started as a prisoner of war camp it came as a surprise how peaceful the paining was. Yet, the colours could be seen to reflect a darker under-tone of Terry’s emotions. A bright light - of the white and yellow hint - surrounded by a very dark and brooding charcoal black is what first greets you, a high contrast in colour and feeling. This oil on canvas work has a colour scheme that appears to be basically just different shadows of white and black. However, through further looking you can see the use of blues and yellows also. The use of white in a predominately grey and black painting should lighten the outlook however the white is dirty which could be seen to be connotative of a more sorrowful side to the artist. The painting also has a strong use of shapes, with triangles and oblongs making up the overall image, which in itself could arguable be seen to just be a large square with a circle over the top.

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ingenuity REVIEWS Antony Gormely, ‘Untitled (Diver)’, 1983 It is unusual for an artist to use a whole body, let alone their own body for art, yet Gormley does in this lead and fibre glass resin sculpture. He covers himself in cling film, cloth, then plaster before being cut out of the cast when it’s set and a negative mould being made. Clearly striking out and being different is worth it, as this piece was worthy enough to be the winner of the Turner prize in 1994. Even though the piece seems quite simple, for me, the idea behind the work is what pulls in my attention; Gormley is known for using his own body as a mould as a way to explore what it is like to be in a body, the relationship between a body and the rest of the world and look at the body as an outer expression of the inner self. Therefore this was fascinating to simply take in and imagine. To imagine what it is like to be a mould for your work and experience different relationships with the rest of the world. I would envision it to feel rather super natural, but in a welcoming and interesting way. For such a quiet, undemanding piece of art it fills up it’s space, looking around Southampton Art Gallery I couldn’t help but stop and look at it, both because of it’s size and the fact a whole human body has been used for a piece of art.

Barry Flanagan, ‘Leaping Hare’, 1981 This piece is created from plaster, gilded gesso and painted wood. I found that the strong use of shapes and bold colour works well for the artist; Flanagan is credited for redefining shapes from the late 1960s. This is clear with the emphasis place on the muscular feet of the hare. The gold and blue balance each other out well, both are rich colours that highlight the main focus of the art - the hare. Southampton Art Gallery are clearly still interested in getting more contemporary pieces with work like this being on display, especially as it is the first piece you come across when walking up the stairs into the main hall of the gallery.

Paul Delvaux, ‘A Siren in Full Moonlight’, 1940 This oil on panel painting instantly captured my attention as it’s so different. The beautiful colours compliment one another well. The meaning of ‘siren’ derives from Greek mythology of an alluring woman or winged creature whose singing lured unwary sailors onto rocks. The image suggests this was Delavaux’s aim. The setting is perfectly portrayed, in proportion with significant detail, however this contrasts the disproportionate features of the siren, which I found helped draw attention to the siren.

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ingenuity REVIEWS Elton John, 1970

The Top of the Pops exhibition has hit Portsmouth Guildhall with a bang! This one of a kind exhibition tells the tale of the hit BBC TV show through the show’s photographer Harry Goodwin’s camera. It moved to Portsmouth Guildhall just this month and ingenuity visited to give their verdict..


efore the popular exhibition hit Portsmouth Guildhall it was featured at the V&A in the Music and Performance department. Harry Goodwin was the residential photographer and captured unmissable moments of every chart-topping rock musician in the early days. Originally scheduled for a six-week trial the show continued for a record 42 years. Goodwin worked as the photographer from 1964 to 1973. All photographs included in this exhibition are signed by the rock star in the image and information is matched with each photo. Curator of the exhibition Simon Poole said, “It’s a phenomenal exhibition in terms of it’s collection and completeness. I think just it’s totality that everyone is here at some point.” The exhibition has been open since the 4th of November and is closing the 1st of February 2014. Within the first week it saw 200 people through the doors so it’s a must-see! Everywhere you look there are legends whilst music from all generations is playing in the background. Simon said, “Nowadays you can experience music videos and music on your own, downloading it on iTunes or from YouTube. Imagine how fantastic it would have been to have experienced things together. To have talked about it the next day at work or school. “The exhibition was so big at the V&A that we struggled to fit it in here! It’s also extremely interesting to see what’s the same and what’s different from a few years ago. There’s a huge photograph featured in the exhibition of two dancers that reminds me so much of Beyoncé or Lady Gaga. It’s amazing to see people you know now, like Elton John, looking so young.” You can really smell the history of the BBC TV show when you enter the large exhibition. Make sure you clasp your eyes on some wonderful photographs as you dive into the British rock history.

The Top of the Pops exhibition

The Jackson 5, 1969

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If you want to go and see this unique exhibition then head down to Portsmouth Guildhall before the 1st of February 2014. The gallery is open Monday-Friday 9am until 5.30pm and Saturdays 10am until 4pm but Sundays the gallery is closed. Entry is £3.


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Contemporary versus Traditional Which art form will take the lead in this months debate? We took to the streets of Portsmouth to find out.

Stephanie Hallier, Barmaid at Tiger Tiger and painter:“I love traditional art because it’s a talent, it’s about skill. The way you use your tools to create a perfect representation of something. A lot of contemporary art is rubbish, sometimes quite literally! Tracey Emin forgot to make her bed one morning and I’m expected to take that as art? No, art should be about pure skill and time; getting the lighting right and creating beauty.”

Alex Roberts, Tattoo Artist at Touch of Ink: “I love that when it comes to a traditional piece, it truly is one of a kind. It can never be reproduced, sure it can be photographed and copied but it will never be the exact same piece the artist poured his blood sweat and tears into. Traditional art is a source of inspiration for so many artists and designers. In a few hundred years will people be marvelling over a mess of lines? Probably not, but there will still be Monet.”

Monet, Impression Sunrise

“Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.” - Roy Adzak

Laura Nicole, Fine Art student: “Traditional art gets quite boring, who really cares to see yet another painting of a woman, a sunset, or a seashore? I mean really...Who cares? Yeah, the technique may be beautiful, the lighting exquisite, and the subject well-rendered, but really, what is this saying? What’s art without soul? It’s just technique with no emotion to me.”

Abdul Haider, Math student and art fan: “It’s very hard to create a well executed piece of contemporary art. It’s composed completely differently. Contemporary art shows the true value of colour, transitions, shape and balance. It’s a lot more challenging to create something absent of subject matter, that’s not simply a copy of a flower, it’s interpreting something real, taking that and turning it into a work of art.”

Cyprien Gaillard, The Recovery of Discovery

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Photography by from top to botton, left to right: Grebo Grey, Hannah Mesquitta, Stephen Forster, Kate Bagnall, Rob Pettitt

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Strong Island

Here’s to a very Portsmouth new year... For the last five years Strong Island has become the place to go to find out all information about gigs, exhibitions and events happening in Portsmouth and it’s all thanks to Tristan Savage and Paul Gonella. plan to keep their audience up to date with all the culture in and around Southsea. All the photography was incredible but Stuart says the Instagram pictures were used for the calendar this year and points them out as something he’s especially pleased with. Wandering around the venue it is clear all the contributions and hard work that has gone into creating the calendar has not been in vain as you can clearly here words of praise from people standing and taking the time to take in the photography. Tristan Savage, co-founder and professional creative for Strong Island, states that they like portraying to people how beautiful Southsea is and reminding their audience of it’s history. According to Tristan, 150 copies of the calendar were made last year and they sold out in just three weeks. This is what

resulted in the decision for 300 copies to be made this year. Last year the calendars only made £3 profit each, due to the cost of printing. However printing is cheaper this year due to more copies being made. The profit simply goes back into Strong Island to help with further projects and exhibitions. No one who is involved in Strong Island earns a profit as they all have their own day jobs and this is done voluntarily. Due to having more copies made of the calendar this year it has allowed Strong Island to donate to not only one charity, like last year, but two. With £2 from the £10 you spend on the calendar going to both Alzheimer’s Society and Feel Yourself Campaign. This is another excellent reason to support the Strong Island calendar.

Photograph by: Josh Knill


trong Island have been overwhelmed with the amount of contributions from both amateur and professional photographers, a few of the chosen pictures can be seen on the adjoining page for the launch of their 2014 calendar. On 13th November, to celebrate the launch, they held an exhibition, in partnership with Southsea Gallery, on Thursday 14th November at The Wine Vaults, Southsea. The evening was busy from the outset. People came from around Southsea to enjoy a social evening out on Albert Road as well as view the photography. The exhibition included work from the 2013 calendar as well as from the 2014 one. Stuart Barker has been the main figure behind the creation of Strong Island calendar and collected the amazing images together for it. The atmosphere was friendly and inviting with the pictures hanging up along the wall for people to view, including the artists themselves who could admire their own work in a sense of achievement of having their photography chosen, out of the hundreds, for the calendar. Ideally they’d have hosted the exhibition in a bigger hall, as art exhibitions usually are, where they could have put on their own drinks and had more space to display the photography, however, finances made this difficult. The calendar is a relatively new development for Strong Island, with the 2014 calendar being only the second one published. This makes the turnout and enthusiasm surrounding it at the exhibition even more impressive. During the busiest point it was difficult for everyone to try and get a good look at the brilliant photography on display. The photography is by a variety of local artists, as part of Strong Island’s original

Art lovers mingle amongst the displayed art in the Wine Vaults

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ingenuity REVIEWS Alzheimer’s Society was the society also supported last year as supporting such a charity has importance for a member of Strong Island. Alzheimer’s disease has no cure and just gradually gets worse. Alzheimer’s society offers support to people suffering from dementia to create a better quality of life for them. Feel Yourself Campaign was the other charity chosen for this year as it is a charity close-to-heart for Strong Island. Feel Yourself Campaign is about promoting awareness in younger men and women by encouraging them to make checking for breast and testicular cancer part of their daily regime. Stuart says, “If we can help Feel Yourself Campaign encourage awareness to spot the symptoms early then we might play a small part in potentially saving a life.” Something to be proud of playing a part in, whether you’re a contributor, a member or buying one of the calendars. When they first set up the calendar there were concerns over how many entries they’d get for it. They started off by approaching people on Flickr when they saw a photograph or an artist they wanted to be involved, however they received many entries for this year. There is realisation and hope that next year there could be even more contributions. However, Stuart explains that a plan for next year is to not have to focus entirely on Southsea. He says that as long as the artist has some link to Southsea and this local area then their work doesn’t have to portray the scenery of Southsea, that they already have people in London and even a couple in Europe.

As another plan for next year, Strong Island intend on moving away from focusing on just photography and to include a range of arts from drawings to painting and so on. Southsea Gallery have been working in partnership with Strong Island for the creation and promotion of this project. Southsea Gallery are always willing to help promote local artists and their work. However, it appears not many artists are aware of this or take advantage of being able to do so. Tristan stresses that they couldn’t have ever have gotten as far they have done without the support of all their contributors, readers and all the people from around the local area. Strong Island was created through a casual conversation over drinks between himself and Paul Gonella, Co Founder and Photographer for Strong Island. They discussed how they always missed out on certain events because they weren’t aware they were happening and thought it would be useful if information about all events, exhibitions and gigs in the local area were available in one easily accessible area. Eight days later, on 27th September 2008, Strong Island was created. Strong Island started off by using photography they already had of around Southsea and foraging for writers to contribute. However, they now have many photographers and writers. The year 2012 saw some fantastic developments for Strong Island, with

the launch of Strong Island media in January, which offers graphic design, photography, film production, web design and education/training by combining their creative skills and services. Strong Island Clothing company launched in the May which saw the expansion of sales of their clothing at events and online. A few t-shirts had gone out of stock midNovember however were re-stocked in time for Christmas. And finally Strong Island Recordings launched in the September which aims to find, release and promote the best underground guitar music out there. A very recent update saw Strong Island become part owner of Portsmouth Community Football Club. They have reached their shared amount and continue to raise more since the launch of Strong Island X PFC on t-shirts back in May 2013. Tristan also points out that as much they want to keep people up to date with upcoming events around their area they also want to highlight how beautiful their city is and it’s interesting history. The calendars are available in more places than last year; as well as being available on the Strong Island website (to order) and at Southsea Gallery, Albert Road they’re also available at Lou Lou’s, Marmion Road.

“We might play a small part in potentially saving a life”

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Photography by: Paul Thurlow

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Portsmouth’s make-over Winston Avenue, in Portsmouth, has been treated to an eye-pleasing artistic make over arranged by My Dog Sighs, street artist and carried out himself and many other local artists


aul Strong, also known as My Dog Sighs is a local street artist who arranged, with the support of Portsmouth City Council and Blunt Co. for a stretch of Winston Avenue to be painted by amazing local artists in the aim of having something fun and attractive to look at when you walk past. Without a doubt, that was achieved. On Sunday 29th September My Dog Sighs was one of the twenty artists taking part to decorate the eighty 8ft by 4ft panels to transform them from dreary to exciting. Other Portsmouth based artists included Leila, whose incredible picture of the face of a bear has captured everyone’s attention who walks down Winston Avenue - which, considering the amount of students who attend the University of Portsmouth, is a lot. As well as artists such as Los Dave, Mimic and Monk. My Dog Sighs says, “It’s brilliant because it gets the artists known and brightens up the city.” There was a range of stencillists, painters, fine artists and graffiti artists amongst everyone who took place. So, from 10am on the Sunday morning artists set up their stations and set to work in brightening up this area of Portsmouth. This captured many a person’s attention, whether they’d been aware of it happening

or were on their way elsewhere and were stopped in curiosity of such an event. Because, let’s face it, it’s not something you see everyday. People were around and about the area; taking photos; chatting to the artists all day, just watching the transformation take place. The artists were incredible, most of them just by free-hand creating these master pieces. Granted, they were there from 10am until early evening but the time and effort was definitely worth it. My Dog Sighs was approached by Portsmouth City Council to do this work in an overall aim of bringing this dull area of the city to life, he says, “I’m hoping this will lead to getting all the big projects.” He is known for his incredible artwork of eyes. The eyes are effectively central in the overall work on the panels, covering two of the panels on the curve giving a brilliant effect of looking out over Portsmouth and out of all the pieces created on that day it is definitely the one, if none of the others do, that will grab at your attention. My Dog Sighs is a critically acclaimed street artist whose work has been displayed all over the world. He is also part of Strong Island and conducts ‘Free Art Friday’ which sees stuff go out on the streets for unknown collectors to pick up.

“It gets the artists known and brightens up the city”

This means his work can be seen dotted around the city in both small collective pieces as well big graffiti murals. Unfortunately, less than two months after this event, some people of Portsmouth took it upon themselves to deface the art with unsightly pink paint splashed carelessly over all the art-work. Leila has already amended hers and My Dog Sighs cleverly put an ‘Error 404: Art Not Found’ stamp over the art-work. The artists will cover up the paint in good time. However, it is sad to think someone defaced work that took time and effort and brightened the city for everyone. The work is ultimately incredible, and even more effective as it’s all done by local artists in an effort to add more to the city.

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