Portsmouth Creates officially launched at the Commercial Road, Christmas Light switch on 22nd November. Portsmouth Creates are offering a boundary pushing plinth for Portsmouth creatives and looks to champion local artists across the city through a new cultural strategy.
This was showcased as the gathered crowds witnessed a captivating light installation, which was a creative culmination of local designers Pompey Banana Club, FoursandEights, and local builder, video and sound artist Jez Stevens. On a building behind the main stage a series of unique Pompey vernacular such as ‘Cushty’, ‘Dinlo’ and ‘Squinny’ took shape in a series of animations from re-branded household fruit labels to typography based optical illusions.
The intention of the installation was to capture the essence of Portsmouth Creates; casting a spotlight on the city, while expressing Portsmouth’s brilliant and unique identity through the collaboration of talented local artists. The idea to ignite and inspire local creatives to approach the collective.
We Shine Portsmouth Announcement
Paired with the installation, Portsmouth Creates offered up an exciting pledge for the year ahead. The countdown is on! Their vision is to collaborate with creatives in the city to host a free cultural event next Winter; We Shine Portsmouth – Portsmouth’s very own major light festival. To achieve the light festival that they have envisioned, Portsmouth Creates requires city wide collaboration from investors, creative minded individuals, local businesses, creators and makers of any kind who’d like to team up and be involved. Alongside the public installation, a private reception in Cascades Shopping Centre car park (in a spot people might remember from thier childhood) took place designed to enthuse and encourage additional stakeholders to get involved.
Sound and light artist PJ E Davy delivered an appetising and inspiring audio-visual performance encompassing the theme of Portsmouth Creates identity. PJ E Davy said,”To be given the opportunity to be a part of something so positive for the city of Portsmouth is an honour. Since leaving five years ago to pursue a career in the arts, I’ve been proud to see the city growing more, creatively, everytime I come back. There’s much untapped potential, and it’s inspiring to see something like Portsmouth Creates pushing for more creative development, city-wide. I’m a firm believer that art should be for everyone, and hope thata diverse, thriving arts culture in Portsmouth will inspire and attract the next generation of artists and art-enthusiasts.”
The reception also included speeches from key stakeholders, networking drinks and tempting street food served by Need Street Food. The hunt for investors and stakeholders will continue into next year, meaning there will be plenty of opportunity for artistic individuals and businesses to be involved.
Stakeholders and Partners
Portsmouth Creates is already backed by an impressive quartet of stakeholders: Arts Council England, Victorious Festival, University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth City Council. While Portsmouth Creates Kickstart directors already include Tim Rusbyone of the UK’s leading consultant-practitioners, Terri Hall head of Procurement and Budgeting for Victorious Festival, and Paul Gonella a co-founder of Strong Island, an arts & cultural organisation based in Portsmouth that launched in 2008.
Applications are open to join these Directors if you’re got skills and passion to bring to the table! Alongside the launch begins the search for a CEO. Portsmouth Creates is seeking to appoint a dynamic and passionate individual with experience of the cultural and creative sectors to take the lead onfuture projects. They are looking for somebody who can work collaboratively, creatively and with integrity to represent the best interest of both stakeholders and cultural representatives in the city. Furthermore, Portsmouth Creates is looking to expand the collective and to collaborate with like minded individuals. If you would like to get involved in any capacity, please visit www.porsmouthcreates.co.uk.