The last day of hanging the work went very well with loads of people on hand to help out. Ian Parmiter came by with his torpedo as part of the props, Malcolm Irving from Irving Brewers dropped off the Strong Island Hopper Ale, All About Tea delivered more Strong Island Tea and Beth from University Catering brought the nibbles and soft drinks.
By 6.30pm the place was heaving and an incredible turnout. Tristan, Paul and I were pretty impressed with the numbers – in excess of 500 people! the tower was crammed full with hardly any space to move. We ran out of Strong Island Hopper quite early so apologies for those of you that never got to try any.
Thanks to all the creatives that have taken part, all working to the theme ‘Strong Island’ and thanks to everyone that came along and made it a night to remember. Jack Palmer and Will McNicol thanks for the music. The unofficial after party took place in the oldest pub in Portsmouth – The Dolphin, and again many pints of local Irving Ale went down well.
A few pictures below of the last minute preparations and the evening launch party. Much thanks to Fark for the help this past week and curating. Pop in and say hi to him. Will be posting up more photographs during the coming week. Please send us your images.
Remember that the exhibition runs from Tues to Sun 10-3pm until 1st May. Go and snap up the work and support the local creative movement. The shop also stocks work from Badger Press, Southsea Gallery, aspex, Bored of Southsea, Southsea Skatepark, Jodie Silsby, James Weaver, All About Tea and Strong Island tees, totes, notebooks and much more.
Once again thanks to all of the people that have been along to see the exhibition and the venue already.Remember to add your feedback to the comments book.
Photograph below by Matthew Maber