Since galleries and exhibitions have been closed this has left artists across the country looking at creative ways to display their latest artistic endeavours. Two local creative businesses, Portsdown Graphic Design and Tiny Engines, have come up with a great solution to support local artists in Portsmouth. Artsmouth is a curated virtual art gallery providing visual artists with links to Portsmouth the opportunity to exhibit their work.

The virtual gallery opened in April 2020 and has exhibited works by more than 25 local artists including Williamson Art and Photography, James Mankiewicz and striking artworks by Mark Kellett. The latest exhibition, titled My View of Portsmouth, showcases work by local photographer Daniel Yarker, also known as Mullion Marauder and is best known for his monochromatic images of Southsea. My View of Portsmouth is available to view from 19th June to 2nd July 2020. My favourite exhibition so far has been the most recent group exhibition which displayed a range of illustrations, oil paintings and acrylic on canvas.

Submit your artwork

If you’d like to get involved with future exhibitions you can submit artwork here. Before you apply you should be aware of the submission requirements:

  • Must be a visual artist with strong ties to Portsmouth.
  • Submissions are open to Painters, Illustrators, Sculptors, Photographers, Textile Artists, Print Makers, Digital Artists, Cartoonists – a high quality of art will need to be submitted.
  • Images are displayed for public viewing only, not for selling.

Brb submitting photography to Artsmouth! πŸ˜€

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One of the interesting developments I have enjoyed seeing during the Covid-19 pandemic is how local communities and businesses are adapting to the current circumstances. One initiative that has really inspired me is the #CreateUpPompey campaign by Portsmouth Creates.

A colouring book was created including artwork donated by local artists, designers and illustrators for all to enjoy as a mindfulness exercise during the pandemic. The colouring book features artwork from prominent Portsmouth artists such as My Dog Sighs, FarkFK, Samo plus so many more! It’s so lovely to see the array of artwork including which really highlights how many fantastic creatives we have living in Portsmouth. You can download the art pack on the Portsmouth Creates website for free.

Alongside the Portsmouth Creates colouring book they are currently holding a giveaway. To enter the competition you just have to download the colouring book and submit your colourful creations! You can enter by posting your creations on social media, tagging Portsmouth Creates and using #CreateUpPompey. G2G getting my colouring pencils xoxo.