Curzon Howe Road, Portsea

In 1909, plans were drawn up for the first development of social housing in Portsmouth. These plans followed a wave of private housing initiatives in the nineteenth century lead by industrialists providing accommodation for their workers. Some of these heeded increasing scientific knowledge and understanding of the relationship between housing conditions and the health and…

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Meet Lauren Griffiths, the brains behind Shop Small, a curated pop-up that champions independent designer/makers. Lauren’s latest pop-up will take place this December and is the ideal place to find quality, one-off gifts with an ethical emphasis. I asked Lauren a few questions about the event and the ethos behind it. How would you describe…

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Threads is a participatory textile project lead by local artists Abi Wheeler and Carol Ann Eades. The work, commissioned by Ryde Arts in partnership with Ryde Library is being made at a time of transition in Ryde; against a backdrop of regeneration planning. As key stakeholders for the town debate it’s future, the work centralises…

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That didn’t last long. Fucking Modern Art.

Ryde resident. 

The Thrill of the Archive

Over the next few weeks, I am focussing my attention on the lifejacket and am using a residency period at Aspex gallery in Portsmouth to investigate this iconic object with fresh eyes. Having accumulated several contemporary lifejackets which in colour, shape and context are already familiar even to the likes of non-seafaring me, I arranged…

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