As you may know already every year we create a project that shares and promotes the arts and culture of Portsmouth and for 2014 we have Creative Cargo, which officially launched in London on Tuesday 16th September at a very special venue. Creative Cargo draws together collections of Portsmouth manufactured, created and designed products, artistic works, creative artefacts and more, all contained within specially customised vintage steamer trunks. The project aims to use the steamer trunks as containers for Portsmouth’s Creative Cargo, sending out the creative works from some of the best individuals and companies that call Portsmouth home and sharing them with other port cities around the world. The first trunk will be heading abroad in early 2015 in a Creative Exchange of cargo contents, where the city receiving it will discover Portsmouth’s contents and then load up the trunk with the creative cargo of their own city before returning it back home. Over the course of 2015 more trunks will begin their journey to other destinations ending in a final exhibition back in Portsmouth revealing the results of these different Creative Exchanges.
The London Creative Cargo project launch was kindly organised by Penny Mordaunt MP and it took place at Byron Chambers, Albany, London, a venue steeped in history and grandeur: it was the very same apartment or ‘set’ that Lord Byron himself lived it. Invited guests included Simon Ward, Chief Operating Officer, British Fashion Council; Maurice Mullen – Head of Display, Fashion & Luxury goods, Evening Standard; Tony Palmer – film director and Hazel Lubbock – Assistant editor, Condé Nast Traveller. We also had many guests from Portsmouth too which included Simon Terry, Innovation and Brand Director, Anglepoise®; Carl Leroy-Smith, Architect and Designer; Andrew Whyte, Photographer; Barbara Tipple, Goldsmith; Denise Callender, Faculty Promotions Manager, Creative & Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth; Jo Bushnell, Director, Aspex Gallery; Pete Codling, Artist; Will Pounds, Topographical and perspective artist; Stephen and Roma Davis, Southsea Deckchairs; Kevin Martin, Climax Studios and Kate Smith who is the Lead Volunteer for the renovation of the steamer trunks.
The project has been supported by Portsmouth City Council. The University of Portsmouth and Anglepoise®.
For further information please visit the website at creativecargo.co.uk
Photographs below of the launch night, contents of trunks and the limited edition book and sticker packs that accompany the trunks on their journey. If you want to have a read of the book copies are available in Head, Southsea Coffee Co and more locations soon.