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. .


Fun in spades with Pompey legend

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Residents in Leigh Park have been having a bloomin' marvellous time this week as they geared up for the final judging of this year's Gardens in Bloom competition.

Run by Portsmouth City Council's Resident Development team, the competition is always a popular event with local residents, and now in its 4th successful year. This year there's been an overwhelming response from local people and pupils from schools across the area.

This year, the special guest was the Portsmouth Football Club legend Alan Knight, who alongside the other judges which included Havant Councillor Beryl Francis, went along to each of the schools and gardens over three days to judge the entries that had been submitted.

There were some truly fantastic entries with people using their skills and imaginations to create some beautiful displays.

The awards ceremony with strawberry cream tea was held today, Friday 1 July, at the Resident Participation Centre in Sharps Road, West Leigh.

The categories this year were Pots, Yards, Gardens & Unusual Gardens, Schools and Children's Centres:

Judge and Pompey legend Alan Knight said:

"Judging something like Gardens in Bloom was a new experience for me, it really opened my eyes to the commitment of the residents and pupils who poured so much love and effort into their entries. I'm no expert on gardening, but I was really blown away by some of the entries, the creativity was astounding, we have some really passionate gardeners in the area, it's been really difficult to judge and pick one winner for each category!"

Addieson Lawrence, (8) St Albans Primary won Best Pot and Outstanding Pot:

"I really love my prize because it will help us do more gardening, I won some seeds and a pot to plant them in, the seeds I won are for plants that are good for bees, and they're really important, most of the food we like wouldn't be there without bees!"

Lydia Warner aged 6, winner of best pot (4-7 years) from Barncroft Primary School said:

"I decorated a pot with friends in my class. I used paper, feather and gems to decorate my pot. I'm really pleased to be a winner!"

Josie Cole, aged 10, winner of best pot (8-11 years) from Barncroft Primary School said:

"I really enjoyed the competition, I decorated my pot with coloured beads and made handles with pipe cleaners. It's really good to be a winner, I'm proud for my school".

Following the awards presentation there was an official opening of the Centre's new garden which has had a fabulous make over and will give local people a new area to relax and enjoy.

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Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, David Fuller said:

"It's an absolute honour to open the centre's new garden today, it's all thanks to the local people who actively get involved in their communities to make change and improve the areas that we live in. It's amazing the change that every day people can make when they come together to nurture the areas they live in. Thank you to everyone who came along today."

Organiser of the event, Centre Manager Heidi Golder, Resident Development Officer said:

"It is so wonderful to see so many people in the community getting involved in our fourth Gardens in Bloom event"

"This year we have had an amazing 961 entries, this is between Portsmouth City Council residents, gardens, schools and children and adults using the centre and making, decorating and sowing seeds for the event."

"Our Gardens in Bloom event seems to get bigger and bigger each year. It's been a truly overwhelming response and we couldn't be happier to see people getting involved in gardening, improving their surroundings, and coming together this way."

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