The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries is delighted to announce a new exhibition space dedicated to showcasing CCI students and alumni creative works in the Freda Swain Business Lounge at the Guildhall in Portsmouth. This is a new project partnership agreement between CCI Faculty and Portsmouth Cultural Trust.
Denise Callender, our Faculty Promotions Manager, who programmes the curatorial offer at the Eldon Building site said “we are delighted to extend our reach off-site to Portsmouth Guildhall. I have been working closely Anne Barnes, Portsmouth Cultural Trust curator, on our first joint project called Castle Road, an exhibition by BA (Hons) Photography alumnus Dainius Ščiuka, opening on 4 February until 20 June, from the Taste the Street series, 2013-14. This is the first time these pieces have been exhibited.”
In this show, Lithuanian photographer, Ščiuka presents a study of the street; small bite-sized pieces of how personal taste is manifested through today’s everyday style. The inspiration for this project came to him three years ago when he watched a documentary about Bill Cunningham, one of the masters and creators of the street style genre.
Ščiuka’s work turns away from the heavily saturated fashion week material and aims to showcase the authentic street. Fascinated by how people experiment with fashion and style, he captures the individuals who pique his interest, trying to imprint their essence in a lasting photograph. Although the complete series includes images captured in five different cities, these photographs were taken locally, in Castle Road.
The idea of the show was initially to display creative work for visitors to the University Chancellor’s Dinner being held for students and alumni at the Guildhall on 14 March 2015.
Catherine Harper said “On behalf of the Faculty, it is with great pleasure that I accept this excellent offer which elevates our existing partnership further, following on from Portsmouth Chamber Music Series and the World Music Series taking place at the Guildhall. The partnership’s aim is to offer CCI students and alumni an opportunity to showcase their artwork to a broad public audience, developing their professional creative practice.”
This exhibition also connects to an ongoing curatorial programme by the Portsmouth Cultural Trust across the Guildhall building, with the aim to bring both new and historical examples of culture to the community.
Andy Grays, Chief Executive Officer of Portsmouth Cultural Trust said “The forthcoming exhibition Castle Road combines with this year’s Chancellor’s dinner, marking the beginning of a fruitful working relationship. I hope this will bring many benefits to both our institutions, as well as to visitors, students, alumni and colleagues.”
Anne Barnes, Portsmouth Cultural Trust
Denise Callender, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries