BA (Hons) Illustration students at the University of Portsmouth have been invited by Aspex to display 14 beautifully illustrated concertina sketchbooks created in response to Journeys Festival International’s The Container Project.As part of Journeys Festival International a shipping container, symbolic of export and transference of place is brought to each city. In Portsmouth, the container was placed in the Eldon Building Courtyard, in the centre of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. Throughout the festival, the container underwent a transformation from industrial shipping container to innovative project space.
The Container began by hosting the WELL-COME project, in partnership with Aspex. Working alongside local urban artist M-One and Portsmouth’s leading contemporary gallery, ten young artists from the local refugee and asylum seeker community explored their creative talents in a series of arts workshops. This finished with a final project that saw the participants create a mural on the outside of the Container. With this emotive art work on the exterior and the innovative pop up theatre and art exhibitions happening throughout the week, the Container inspired interest among the students and audiences.
The Illustration students sketchbooks will be laid out in the new Learning and Participation space in Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays, from 2-6 November. The participanting students are George Hinchcliffe, Danielle Hackett, Anna Tromop, John Lihou, Thomas Harrington, Tegan Meredith, Octavia Herdson, Else Can Den Hooven, Koby Prior, Drew O’Hare, Ross Hughes, Emma Bates, Bethia Wentworth and Vicente O’Neill.
The project brief for students was set by CCI’s Denise Callender who is a member of JFI’s Portsmouth planning team. She said “I was deeply moved when I saw the carefully considered illustrations which flow from page to page revealing refugee narratives. They are a collection of thoughtful responses using a variety of skilled techniques.”
You are invited to join the celebration event attended by the students, members of the JFI team and the general public at 2pm on Wednesday, 2nd November. Refreshments will be provided.
CLICK for more illustrations displayed on JFI PORTSMOUTH: Creative Responses from UoP Illustration BA StudentsJohn Lihou
It is hoped the work will go on tour to Portsmouth Central Library – more information to follow.
Image at top of feature: Lets go fly a kite by Bethia Santi Wentworth