Gunwharf Quays to support 10th anniversary RC44 Championship Tour

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This July, Gunwharf Quays will be the official host marina for the 10th anniversary RC44 Championship Tour fleet race, which will see both amateur and professional sailors compete in Solent waters for the prestigious tournament cup.

The international Tour will race in the UK for the very first time from 13 - 17 July and the state-of-the-art yachts will arrive into Gunwharf Quays Marina on 12 July. When not racing, the yachts will be berthed and on display at the marina for sailing enthusiasts and visitors alike to get up close to the impressive boats.

Colin Wilding, General Manager at Gunwharf Quays, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming some of the world’s fastest and most advanced yachts into our marina. This is the first time the RC44 Championship Tour has come to the UK and as it is also celebrating its 10th anniversary, the event will be a truly special occasion for the south coast.

“We are delighted that our guests will have the opportunity to see these spectacular boats up close during the race weekend. It’s a unique opportunity and, in such close proximity, visitors will be able to take in the beautiful craftsmanship and design of each yacht. We are delighted to be continuing our successful partnership with the America’s Cup World Series, and we’re looking forward to also welcoming the RC44 teams to our marina, supporting the race and cheering on Great Britain’s Team Aqua.”

Gunwharf Quays is the only shopping centre in the UK with sailing access and will also offer panoramic vantage points for spectators to watch the race. With many waterfront restaurants and bars, visitors will be able to absorb the racing atmosphere whilst enjoying freshly prepared delicious food, or relaxing with a chilled drink.

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Craft Emergency 2016 - Last call for submissions

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Aspex is seeking emerging craft artists, designers and makers working in all media for its open submission exhibition CRAFT EMERGENCY. This is an international opportunity, seeking applications from anyone who considers themselves to be an emerging craft artist.

This years CRAFT EMERGENCY is in collaboration with Making Space, a studio and craft development organisation located in Havant.

Director of Making Space Lynne Dick, said: “I was a panellist for the first CRAFT EMERGENCY and it’s great to be back working in partnership with Aspex. Very often craft can be seen as something to be viewed in a shop or sold at a weekend craft fair – with no place in a contemporary art gallery, but Aspex is taking a lead in developing new exhibition opportunities and supporting new talent, and I’m pleased Making Space is helping to make this happen.”

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A maximum of fifteen artists will be selected for a group show, which will open in November 2016. During this exhibition a winner will be chosen to receive a solo exhibition at Aspex in 2018, as well as a fee of £1,000.

The selectors are: Annabelle Campbell, Head of Exhibitions and Collections, Crafts Council; Lynne Dick, Director, Making Space; Thomas Appleton, Letter carver & Stonemason and Joanne Bushnell, Director, Aspex.

Selector, and CRAFT EMERGENCY 2014 winner Thomas Appleton said: “winning CRAFT EMERGENCY created an incredible opportunity to develop my creative practice. Working with Aspex has had a profound impact on my work.”

Previous winners include Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, whose solo show ‘Waldeinsamkeit’ previewed at Aspex earlier this month.

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Malene said: “CRAFT EMERGENCY is special to me, as it was the first prize I won with my ceramic work. Winning Craft Emergency gave me the opportunity, a great gallery-space and the time needed, to plan and design what is the largest show I’ve done till date.”

Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex, said: “Having developed Craft Emergency steadily over the last few years, and having had the opportunity to present ambitious solo exhibitions by both of our last two winners, we are thrilled to be presenting the group exhibition in our main gallery space for the first time. We are extremely interested in exploring the way we can support the development of designer/makers, from sales in our shop through to our exhibition programme, so Craft Emergency and our partnership with Making Space is a key part of this strategy.”

Deadline for submissions is Sunday 10 July.


Visit Portsmouth posters on the London Underground

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Visit Portsmouth has launched two advertising campaigns in the London Underground.

The campaign above consists of 110 x 12 sheet posters that will be all over the London Underground including all the major stations. The campaign runs for four weeks from 20 June although many of the posters will probably be in situ much longer. The posters will be viewed by over 2 million people who will have over 34 million opportunities to view.

The campaign is jointly funded by PCC, Gunwharf Quays, Emirates Spinnaker Tower and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

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For the second campaign a further 48 posters will go up across 18 stations to both strengthen the destination campaign and publicise the re-opening of the Mary Rose on 20 July, firmly putting Portsmouth on the London map!


Portsmouth Cultural Carnival

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On Wednesday 6 July, at 9.45am, more than 1000 children will be holding the first Cultural Carnival in Portsmouth.

The event brings together primary-aged children from schools across Portsmouth. The children will assemble on the Guildhall steps and enjoy some live entertainment before beginning a carnival procession around the Guildhall Square and then into Victoria Park.

The children have been preparing for the big day, rehearsing songs, dances and playing instruments. The children will process around Victoria Park from 10.00am to 11.00am and families, friends and members of the public are encouraged to watch the fun.

Sue Beckett, CEO of Portsmouth Music Hub, said: "The Cultural Carnival marks the end of a year of concerts and events undertaken by the Music Hub, and it's the perfect way to celebrate the diverse cultural work undertaken in our city. We hope the weather smiles on us, and that the children have a memorable time singing and dancing; this will be their chance to bring a little taste of Rio to Portsmouth."


National Private Fostering Awareness Week

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It's National Private Fostering Awareness week, and Portsmouth City Council is reminding residents, and educational and health professionals, of their responsibilities around private fostering.

Private fostering differs from fostering through the city council or independent agencies, occurring where a child under 16, or under 18 if they are disabled, lives with, or intends to live with, an adult who is not a close relative for 28 days or more. It is a private arrangement made between the carer, parent and/or young person.

It is now a legal requirement for the parent of a child who is being looked after by someone else, or for the person looking after someone else’s child, to let the council know six weeks before the arrangement begins, or within 48 hours of an emergency arrangement starting. Education and Health professionals are often the first people to become aware of these arrangements and have a duty to satisfy themselves that the local authority has been notified. Professionals should also advise the private foster carer and/or parent of the legal requirement to notify the local authority.

Private fostering situations can be especially applicable to students in schools in general, language schools and some domestic situations young people may occasionally find themselves in. Common examples may include situations where a 15 year old girl chooses to go and live with her friend's family for a couple of months, a language student under 16 travels to Portsmouth for 6 weeks to learn English, or one family sees a parent they know suffer a period of ill health and agrees to let their child(ren) stay with them for an open time period.

Portsmouth City Council's private fostering team can be contacted by calling 023 9268 8793 or emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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