Wednesday night saw the anticipated opening of the Heroes exhibition at Room 237 in Elm Grove, Southsea. The exhibition drew together heroes inspired original art by three local artists: Oh La Lapin, Ashley John and Lee Casey, all brought together in the basement of Southsea’s very own comic and graphic novel store. The basement is a hidden gem, surprisingly Tardis like in scale and with three separate spaces, it created a light, high ceilinged location perfect to get much of Portsmouth together on a full moon evening. The first room was home to the small shop selling some artist wares such as tees, etc and was also home to the heroes post it wall. The second room was the home to the artwork with the three artists’ work split up and interspaced creating themes and conversations. The final room was home to the amazing food by Fezziwigs, the free booze (if you were early), Mark from COR on DJ duties plus the blanket fort, heavily populated by the Aspex crew.
Despite it being a midweek school night the exhibition was packed with lots of Southsea and Portsmouth making it out to check out the art, get together and even make some purchases. It was very heartening to see just how good the turn out was for a homegrown art event and a hearty high five is well deserved to the artists, the Room 237 guys and everyone who was involved in putting on one of best local events of this year so far.
The exhibition will be open (and is free) until the 21st March, be sure to make it down if you can. You can find out more here: heroesart.wordpress.com
The following photos include some by Claire Sambrook: