Portsmouth Creates launches “We Believe” Project

Portsmouth Creates, a newly established Community Interest Company set up in 2019 to be an independent voice to connect, enable and champion culture across the city, is launching a new project, “We Believe – expressions of hope & optimism for our city beyond Covid-19”.

As a stakeholder for the creative initiative, the University of Portsmouth would like to encourage staff and students to get involved by supporting the project here or by submitting using the application form before 22nd June.


Creating an open-air arts trail & supporting local artists!

This project provides an opportunity to offer £500 micro-commissions to 20 local artists who have been unable to access financial support via the ‘Small Business Grant’ or ‘Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant.’

Not only will the project offer a financial lifeline and provide artists with an opportunity to showcase their awesome talent, but it will also help to raise the profile of the bustling cultural scene and hotbed of creativity within our city. We want to commission these artists to fill our city’s outdoor poster boards with original and inspirational artwork and create a physical art trail along the seafront and in the north of the city for everyone to enjoy.

The public will be able to download a link to artists – their work, quirks and inspirations – thus providing a much needed opportunity for artists to promote their work whilst providing an artistic feast for the eyes  – ‘win-win!’

The project theme is simply: We Believe – expressions of hope and optimism for our city beyond Covid-19 and we are super excited to see the artists interpretations and the unique artworks it will inspire.

We really do believe that together, as a city, we can make a real difference to each other. At a time when the ‘support local businesses’ phrase has perhaps never been so eminent, please help us to extend this support to our local creative family.

Whether you are a life long art lover – or have newly discovered your love of our local artists – please help us to support them by providing this opportunity for them to ‘shine’ and to make sure our artists are there when we really do need them the most!

Further information regarding the crowdfunding scheme can be found here.

Call to artists to take part

If you are an artist and would like to submit a proposal for the project commissions, you can do so by using this application form. The deadline is 22nd June 2020 and the full terms and conditions can be found here.