The Creating Balance Project opened at Aspex, Portsmouth a couple of weeks ago after a successful launch at The London Design Festival back in September and a stop off at Pitfield, Winchester. Over 300 people turned up to view the exhibition and celebrate the outcome. It was wonderful to see so many people support the project and fully embrace the spirit of promoting the creative talents of the city.
Simon Terry from Anglepoise® said “Aspex, are presenting this revealing Showcase, the result of a year long collaboration between Anglepoise®, the University of Portsmouth and Strong Island to put the spotlight on the wealth of creative talent in the city. This is a visually arresting and thought provoking display, which includes customised Anglepoise® lamps, video footage and photography and incorporates stunning new work, previously unseen, gives a remarkable insight into the creative process and highlights the richness and diversity of Britain’s creative talent. The Creating Balance Project Showcase challenges the validity of a London-centric mentality – could this be a template for future collaboration at a local level?”
Some of the participants of the project have also been invited by Anglepoise® to produce a series of limited edition products, now available in the Anglepoise® online shop.
The exhibition in Aspex will continue to grow over the coming months with the promise of more customisations, workshops and initiatives to support the gallery, participants and the creative city. We also have a giant comments lamp to leave your mark on. Remember to share and tag your online pics with #creatingbalance.
On 27th February there is a special screening of all the Creating Balance films at No 6 Cinema, Portsmouth from 6pm which will be shown before the film Epic of Everest – details: http://www.no6cinema.co.uk/
Many thanks to Pete Hughes at The Brewhouse & Kitchen Portsmouth for making their special Portsmouth Tea Beer working in collaboration with Andrew Gadsden at All About Tea. This went down very well at the launch party and celebrated the importance of creating balance in tea and beer brewing. We would also like to thank Stephen Baily at Portsmouth City Council for funding some of the activities at Aspex.
See The Creating Balance Project Showcase at Aspex Gallery The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3BF. Open 11am to 4pm Wednesday to Friday and 11am – 5pm Weekends and Bank Holidays. Due to the success of the exhibition it is now open until 16th March 2014. Website: www.creatingbalanceproject.co.uk and www.aspex.org.uk/events/creating-balance/
If anyone has any photographs of opening night or the exhibition then please email them to – firstname.lastname@example.org