The incredibly talent local portrait artist Karl Rudziak invites you to the opening on his ‘We Don’t Need Culture’ exhibition on 29th of June between 6pm and 8pm.
This is a community based project around the residents of Portsmouth and their relationship with arts and culture in the city. Particularly people who don’t go to art galleries, museums or the theatre! Those who think that culture is not for them, that it’s elitist, or simply see it’s value. This stage of the project is being held in the Somerstown Hub, this is the futuristic looking building that runs over Winston Churchill Avenue. The exhibition features painting and drawings of the locals and residents of the area are on display in the main passageway.
Karl explains “The original project was to paint 50 people – I thought I’d start small in Somerstown and see where it takes me. Well, after 2 years I’ve reached my original target and the project has been a success beyond my expectations. Now I am situated in the Hotwalls Studios the public have direct access to my working process’s and I have access to an unlimited number of new people to meet, stories to hear and portraits to paint, so my body of work is constantly growing. Many people I meet have never met an artist or been to art gallery.”
If you would like to find out more about the exhibition then Karl talks about it in much more detail here.