In response to Journeys Festival International’s The Container Project, BA (Hons) Illustration students at the University of Portsmouth produced beautifully exhibited concertina sketchbooks. The 14 sketchbooks were showcased in a highly successful exhibition at the Aspex gallery, which we are very pleased to now bring the exhibition to the heart of the campus at The University Library.
Art at the heart of the campus
It is great to be able to bring such talented work to the Library and exhibit it in the University’s flagship building, the learning hub right at the centre of of the University campus where students of all disciplines and academic traditions are drawn and may discover it and enjoy. It offers an intellectually and culturally stimulating diversion from the usual academic study of many of our students, shows prospective clients and their families what stimulating and varied projects our students become involved in during their time with us, and extends the Library’s commitment to reach out to our local community and extend services and culture to everyone we can reach.
“Libraries contain collections intended to inspire, support, provoke, and expand the horizons of all who come to them. In this, the mission of the librarian and the artist are as one – to offer opportunities for everyone to explore and better appreciate the world and mysteries about them and within themselves.” – David Bennett, Assistant Librarian (Promotions) at The University Library
Anyone is welcome to visit the University Library during our staffed hours, 9am – 9pm Monday – Friday and 10am – 4pm at weekends until Sunday 18 December, when shorter Christmas vacation opening hours take effect (for current opening and staffed hours, please see our website for current times). If you are a member of the University or hold an External Reader’s card are welcome at any time – we are open 24/7 until the end of term and for long hours over most of the vacation period.
The exhibition is arranged in Area 1B of the Library, where anyone can come, view and interact with the works of our talented students 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.
“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.” – Denise Callender, CCI Faculty Promotions Manager and member of the JFI Portsmouth Planning Team, who set the brief for the students.
About the Journey’s Festival
The Journeys Festival International saw a shipping container, symbolic of transport, export, and the transfer of place was brought to each participating city, coming to rest in Portsmouth in the Eldon Courtyard overlooked by the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. Throughout the festival the container underwent a transformation from an industrial shipping container to an innovative project space, hosting the WELL-COME project, working alongside local urban artist M-One and Portsmouth’s leading contemporary gallery, Aspex, ten young artists from the local refugee and asylum seeker community explored their creative talents in a series of arts workshops, culminating in the participants creating a mural on the outside of the Container, amid innovative pop up theatre and art exhibitions inspired by the container throughout the week.