A few weeks ago we were contacted by Paul Burgoine who enquired about where he could find some of the best street art in Portsmouth and Southsea. The London based photographer was visiting the city to drop his daughter off at Portsmouth University.
I recommended that his first stop had be The Tea Tray on Osborne Road to speak with Fark who is the owner and expert on all things graffiti in the city. Sadly I let Paul down as they are closed on a Sunday. However all was not lost as I’d sent him to the part of the city where some of the best street art can be found, including the old Grosvenor Casino building.
I embarked on a walk around Southsea for the afternoon guided on my journey by the lovely people at Strong Island, which was handy because all roads looked the same to me!
My favourite location of the walk was the South Stand at Portsmouth Football Club’s Fratton Park.
The last location on the tour was the home of Portsmouth Football Club. Paul describes “My favourite location was the South Stand at Fratton Park, the stadium is what I would consider to be a properly traditional British football ground! As a West Ham fan we have just lost our unique little ground within the heart of a community to move into the more impersonal London Stadium.” The artwork on show covers almost every part of the wall and incorporates many diverse styles.
To round off the day Paul took advantage of proper fish and chips on the beach. It is easy to take for granted how much talent we have on show in our city.