Win a Golden Ticket at the Kings Theatre

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As part of the fundraising campaign to bring new toilet facilities to its Edwardian venue, The Kings Theatre Portsmouth has announced an exclusive lottery draw for donators where one lucky individual will be awarded a ‘Golden Ticket’ to see an unlimited number of shows for a whole year.
As part of its first ever campaign through online fundraising platform ‘Crowdfunder’, The Kings Theatre has created a selection of exclusive gifts for people who make donations.

The ‘Pounds for Pennies’ initiative, which was launched at the start of the month, is seeking to raise money for the refurbishment of the theatre’s Dress Circle toilets and offering a variety of gifts from drinks and ice creams, to places on exclusive historic tours and at a party to meet the cast of this year’s Christmas pantomime.

Now, the theatre has announced that every individual who donates will automatically be put into a draw to win a ‘Golden Ticket’ that will enable the holder to see as many Kings Theatre productions as they wish for a whole year.
"This is our first time entering the world of online fundraising, so we wanted to make sure that we planned it carefully and were able to offer something really special for those who supported us," explains Kelly Haswell, Marketing Manager for the theatre.

After regular mentions in feedback from audiences, improving the toilets within the venue is now the top priority for The Kings Theatre Trust, and the ‘Pounds for Pennies’ campaign has received support from celebrity patrons and local dignitaries who all took part in the video which can be seen at

"The campaign closes in July, so we hope people will move quickly to support us," says Kelly.


National Bike Week comes to Gosport

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Saturday 18 June, from 10am to 4pm, at Falkland Gardens


British Cycling, Gosport Borough Council, Portsmouth City Council, Gosport Ferry Ltd, Bicycle Recycling (the Bike Doctor), Solent Cycles and Solent Go partner up for the event to encourage residents to “get on their bike.”

Interested in starting to cycle? Want to get back into cycling? Maybe to get fit, or cut the cost and stress of commuting, or simply just enjoy pedalling around the local area with friends or family, then this event will help you get all the information you need.

Representatives will be on hand from British Cycling to give information on local guided rides, plus news on cycle events such as July’s Pedal Portsmouth. Pick up the local cycling maps from Portsmouth City Council’s stand and have a go on their ‘Smoothie Bike’; make your own shake as you pedal away! Or, have fun whilst finding out about the Solent Go smartcard; race a remote controlled bus around the Solent Go scalextric road map of South Hampshire.

Not quite sure what bike is for you? Chat to Solent Cycles about the range of bicycle options and cycle to work schemes.

Got a bike already? Bring it along to have it security marked by one of Gosport’s Police Community Support Officers together with advice on how to keep your bike safe. Then pop into the Bike Doctor provided by Bicycle Recycling and get a free cycle safety check.

Ready to go? Don’t forget that on the Gosport Ferry bikes go free all summer (up to 31 August); all you need to do is buy a return, ten trip, Solent Go or season ticket.

National Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work or school, the local shops or just to visit friends. The 2016 event takes place 11-19th June.

Guided rides in the local area: Information can be found here
Pedal Portsmouth information can be found here:

Further enquiries about this event should be directed to Gosport Ferry on 02392 524 551.


'Natural Imperfections’ - Portsmouth artist Adrian Mundy exhibits artwork in Aspex’s new Learning Space

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Aspex presents ‘Natural Imperfections’, a new exhibition of artworks from Portsmouth based artist Adrian Mundy. The exhibition comprises of a series of 2-dimensional and sculptural works based on handmade paper.

Mundy has had agoraphobia for over eighteen years, which at first left him almost housebound. He has also had M.E. for over twenty-eight years, which physically limits what he can do.

Speaking of the project’s origins, Mundy said: “I was house-sitting for a friend and was wondering what the next step in my life was going to be. I wanted to do more gardening but this was not physically possible. A visit to Tuppenny Barn, West Sussex, was the catalyst to the project after seeing their amazing eco-build education centre. I decided to combine my love of gardening and art in one project.”

Over a period of two years, Mundy grew and harvested flax, subsequently creating his own handmade paper from the plant fibre. All parts of the plants have been used in some way, from the roots to the dried seed pods. In addition, items found during cultivation have been incorporated into the artworks. 'Natural Imperfections' addresses the dichotomy of the unpredictability and uncertainty of nature and Mundy’s desire and ambition for perfection in his work.

Mundy concludes: “The power of art and gardening to help people overcome serious conditions is amazing.”
This Arts Council England supported project has been exhibited across three locations: Art Space Portsmouth, Tuppenny Barn, concluding at Aspex.
Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex said: “We are delighted to have ‘Natural Imperfections’ as the first show within our newly renovated Learning Space. We were incredibly excited when Adrian approached us with his project, as a key part of our ethos is to support local artists and makers”.

‘Natural Imperfections’ runs from 15 June to 14 August and is part of Portsmouth Festivities.


Sickert art on display at Portsmouth Museum

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A new display open at Portsmouth Museum brings together a selection of prints and drawings from its Sickert collection.

The display, open until 9 September, includes works by Walter Sickert and Thérèse Lessore which focus on subjects such as the theatre, urban culture, and domestic interior scenes.

Now an intrinsic part of the museum collection, the works on display highlight the print-making talent of Walter Sickert and also reveal his own collecting interests such as Japanese wood-block print designs, of which there are a small selection on show, and an admiration for the work of Thérèse Lessore.

Adding to the collection are some sketches by Sickert's grandfather Johann Jurgen Sickert and prints by Bernard Sickert, Walter Sickert's younger brother.

Walter Sickert (1860-1942) has increasingly gained a reputation as one of the most influential figures in 20th century British art. His third wife, Thérèse Lessore, (1884-1945) was a painter who also designed and painted pottery.

This small but impressive and diverse collection of works were donated to the museum in 1947 and 1954 by the Sickert Trust, partly in response to the wartime devastation of the then 'Town Museum' and also as a result of a national appeal to rebuild the collections after almost total loss.

The museum is open from 10am to 5.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday and on bank holiday Mondays and entry is free.


Come to UTC Portsmouth's open evening

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Pupil admissions for UTC Portsmouth open in September for Year 10 and Year 12 pupils.

Come along to one of our open evenings and find out more about this new type of school and the opportunities to specialise in technical education alongside general education.

  • Thursday 23rd June 2016, 5pm–7pm - Portland Building, University of Portsmouth, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3AH
  • Friday 24th June 2016, 5pm-7pm - Haslar Marine Technology Park, QinetiQ, Froude Road, Gosport PO12 2AG

Building work on the new £10 million school in Hilsea starts this summer with the UTC opening in September 2017. Led by University of Portsmouth, the Royal Navy, Salterns Academy Trust and Portsmouth City Council and supported by major employers including BAE Systems, QinetiQ, AirBus, NATS and Land Rover BAR it will specialise in electrical and mechanical engineering and advanced manufacturing.

Fiona Haynes, Project Manager UTC Portsmouth said: "UTC Portsmouth is a state funded school specialising in electrical & mechanical engineering and advanced manufacturing. It will provide young people the opportunity to gain a hands-on employer driven technical education alongside their general academic studies to address the local skills gaps in electrical & mechanical engineering and manufacturing."

Visit the website for more information and to register.

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