Not long now until the 3rd annual Spice Island Art Trail as part of Portsmouth Festivities. Portsmouth Festivities runs from Friday 19th June through to Sunday 28th June with the Spice Island Art Trail this Sunday (21st June) beginning at 11am and running until 4pm.
This year again sees artists from Southsea, Portsmouth and along the south coast exhibit their work in a variety of amazing venues in Old Portsmouth. Last year saw people flock down to explore the historic locations, discover the artwork, chat with the artists and have an awesome, free, cultural day out.
The Spice Island Art Trail starts this year at the Square Tower, where a classical guitarist will provide a soundtrack for visitors as they take in ‘Crafts in the Tower’ – and perhaps enjoy tea and cake in the vintage tearoom. From there, take a leisurely stroll to the beautiful and historic Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club, where art will be taking over two floors. If you haven’t visited these spaces before it is a perfect time to see the architecture, history and even the panoramic views from the windows of the Royal Naval Club.
On then to Portsmouth Cathedral, where artworks of all kinds will line the Nave, and local schools have their own pop-up gallery. In previous years the schools exhibition has been exceptional, with work by young people from all around the Solent ranging from graphic design, print work, paintings, sculpture and much more.
Then wander up Old Portsmouth High Street, dropping into the recently opened Jack House Gallery before finishing the trail at the historic Portsmouth Grammar School.
Portsmouth artist Lyndon Richards, who has a solo exhibition at this year’s Art Trail, says, “Last year, the buzz on the day was wonderful. So many visitors took time to talk to the artists about their work, and the variety and quality of art on display was magical”.
Once again this year, a panel of judges from Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth Guildhall and Strong Island will pick work to be displayed in a special exhibition at the Portsmouth Guildhall. Previous winners have been exceptional and this is becoming a coveted prize.
The Spice Island Art Trail is just one of the special events in this summer’s Portsmouth Festivities, the city’s annual arts extravaganza. Portsmouth Festivities is all about celebrating arts, culture and heritage in the city. Check out the full programme – from theatre, music and dance to film, talks, outdoor and family events, at: