This project and exhibition is a collaboration between Armed Forces Community Covenant scheme, public funding from Arts Council England for Fusion lab taking place in Space, staff and students of the University of Portsmouth, Somerstown residents, local artists, Sharon Court (who leads the Somerstown Stories local history project) and Paul Gonella of Strong Island Media.
The Far from Home exhibition reveals work by students in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries who been working alongside retired armed service personnel and their families to learn more about how it felt to be a new recruit, to be posted overseas, or to be far from home, something many first year students are also familiar with.
The students have created art, including photography, illustration, short films and creative writing for the exhibition in Space. Film footage taken of students talking to and working with armed forces personnel on the project will also be shown. Additionally artefacts from the armed forces personnel will be on display.
Residents taking part in the project have had the opportunity to learn new things through taster workshops and a tour of the recently extended Eldon Building, home to the faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. Some of the comments made on the day can be seen in a press article here
A book detailing the work that went into the project that includes a reflective essay by Dr Jenny Walden, Principal Lecturer in the School of Art and Design, has been commissioned by the faculty and is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. The book is being designed by the University of Portsmouth alumnus Tristan Savage, who will also deliver workshops to current students.
The workshop Far From Home: Meet the Writers, is an opportunity to meet the authors of the poetry and prose specially written for the Far From Home project. The authors will read some of their work and talk about the things that have inspired them and what they enjoyed about the project.
The Far From Home exhibition opens with a special afternoon tea on Friday, March 14 and will be open to the public from March 17-26.