Mel Brimfield is coming into the University to meet with students to discuss their work and to do a talk about her practice.

Tuesday 15 October 2013,16:00 – 18:00, 0.20
Eldon Building, 
email - space@port.ac.uk

Mel Brimfield works collaboratively with a multitude of actors, dancers, musicians and theatre practitioners to develop work that variously occupies both visual art and theatre contexts, in the form of photographs, films and large-scale live performances. As well as developing her recent music hall themed artSOUTH project An Audience with Willy Little with Dickie Beau commissioned by the John Hansard Gallery, she has in recent years made exhibitions and performances for institutions including the Henry Moore Institute, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, London Word Festival and the Government Art Collection.


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Alumnus Jeannie Driver – Void Open 2013 | UP Date

Congratulations Jeannie Driver, one of our visiting speakers who has work in a London group show Void Open 2013,  an annual sculpture exhibition. The exhibition will take place at Hoxton Arches, Arch 402 Cremer Street| London E2 8HD.

PV: Tuesday 28 May 6-9pm

Exhibition runs 27 – 6 June (Mon – Sat: 10am – 9pm. Sun: 12noon – 5pm)

ARTIST TALK: Friday 7 June 2013. 5-8.30pm. Admission is free but you have to book your place on the basis of first come, first served and there will be a free drink too.

For more information please visit the following links:


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Image Courtesy of Jeanie Driver

Artsake collective’s new exhibition ‘A matter of line’ brings together diverse perceptions of drawing from relevant emerging artists today. From the imaginings of a werewolf to a fiddle playing fox, this exhibition is a celebration of contemporary drawing practices.
The exhibiting artists include Portsmouth Alumni Robert Knox

‘A matter of line’ which will be held at Artspace, Portsmouth and will run from the 30th of October to the 4th of November.

Jon Adams Guest Speaker 19 Nov

It is with great pleasure that we have invited Jon to speak this year. Jon is currently a Research Fellow in Disability Arts within the Faculty of CCi at the University of Portsmouth.

Jon Adams fine art practice draws upon a wide range of materials and processes which include photography, video, sound recording and digital sound and visual manipulation, 3D installations, traditional sculpture and illustration.  His work includes themes of hidden disability and positive dyslexia and Aspergers awareness combined with a subversive or geological context.

Art Crits: 20 Questions – A Pocket Guide
One of our induction pack sponsors launched another book at the V&A, London this week.

The pocket guide and video contain interviews with fine art staff, industry professionals, students, and graduates from around the UK. Topics include: the purpose of the art crit, different models/ approaches that can be used, barriers that participants can face to taking part, and tips to facilitate more confident participation. Both the pocket guide and the video aim to prompt questions, discussion, inspiration, invention and above all confidence amongst participants and facilitators alike when approaching the crit.


We have been to see some great work which is part of the ArtSouth Project. Jordan is coming to the University as part of our guest speaker programme, on December 3rd, see his work in Portsmouth.

  • Artist / project: Jordan Baseman    /    True Crime
  • Collaborator(s): Dr Diana Bretherick, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth and Simon Bennett
  • Location(s): Omega Street, Portsmouth
  • Lead partner: Aspex Gallery
  • Exhibition Dates: Free entry 7 September – 1 December 2013, film screenings on Thursdays to Sundays only between 11am – 4pm
  • WARNING: Films contain explicit language

Jordan Baseman is an American artist now based in the UK who has exhibited nationally at Tate Britain; BALTIC, Gatehead; The Photographers Gallery and internationally including Venice Biennale, Melbourne, Tokyo and New York. Jordan Baseman is represented by Matt’s Gallery London.

Discover, celebrate and explore the rich heritage and distinctive character of the region in new and unexpected ways. artSOUTH : collaborations has the potential to make you stop, engage, think, and respond.  The commissions invite you to explore your surroundings, both urban and rural, and reveal a sense of place and history.


Claire Barclay    /    Improvisations with tragic and comic consequences

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Jordan Baseman    /    Crime and Punishment

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Mel Brimfield    /    An Audience with Willy Little

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Graham Gussin    /    Close Protection

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Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva / Resuscitare

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Exciting visual art project

ArtSOUTH Collaborations is a exciting project for the Autumn in Hampshire presenting newly commissioned artworks in diverse locations across central Southern England from 7 September to 1 December 2013.

The commissions invite you to explore your surroundings, both urban and rural, and reveal a sense of place and history.

Fifteen organisations have come together, with the support of Arts Council England, to deliver this new exhibition of temporary artworks by leading and emerging artists.

We already have dates set of three of the Artists to come to the University as part of our Guest Speaker Programme and will be visiting as many of the projects as possible.

ArtSOUTH Project




A short film about Steve Chivalry and the influences in his work.

Steve is a graduate of Portsmouth and has featured before on this site, he was part of the MA show in March.

An Interactive Forest of Musical Lasers by Marshmallow Laser Feast | Colossal

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Laser Forest is the lastest creation from a creative studio known as Marshmallow Laser Feast comprised of Memo Akten, Robin McNicholas, and Barney Steel who have focused almost exclusively on creating interactive experiences over the past two years. This latest installation involves a forest of 150 interactive rods installed in an empty factory space that when touched trigger both light and audio cues, effectively creating a large interactive instrument. Laser Forest was commission for the STRP Biennale in Eindhoven last month, and you can learn much more about at the Creators Project.

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Pete Hardy was our guest speaker last week. He is a British sculptor, (not the Australian sculptor by the almost same name). Despite being a successful artist he is quite elusive on modern media, with virtually nothing about him on the Internet.

In His talk he discussed creative practice and its trajectory. How artists’ work and concerns change from their college work onwards and how they maintain their practice over time.. A lively discussion ensued covering among other things why and who you make work for!

Pete Hardy has been a practicing sculptor since leaving art school. His practice attempts to investigate the use of objects and apparatus as mediators to humans sense experience, what Richard Dawkins terms ‘the extended phenotype’. His work employs the language of industrial processes and the prefabricated along with the paradox of a commitment to the handmade.


Pound for a Sound
Please support our level 2 students music night, to raise money for Albert Road Trail Exhibition.

- This night is to raise money for Albert Road Trail Exhibition.

- Only a Pound entry 

Lively Night of the finest Funk, Breaks, Drum and Bass, Dubstep, House , Hard Trance , Tech Trance and Techno 





Danni Mac - Swanky Sessions

Mr Toonhead 

Dan Smith b2b Dan Thompson - Future Sounds Makes Trance

Juli C


Please bring ID to this event 


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