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Gavin Hodson talks about a new arts venture for Portsmouth

A small group of artists have joined forces to create City Arts Portsmouth. They aim to offer everyone in the city the opportunity to take part in accessible, high quality creative activities, from small art- based workshops to ambitious community co-produced projects.


‘So often the arts are seen as being elitist and only delivered by professional artists, but we want to break down barriers and make art available to all,’ said Gavin Hodson, who together with Matt Bugeja and Alice Mortlock began the project. ‘I have worked in community arts for much of my life and I have seen how creativity can connect people, help grow new skills, support well-being and help tackle social isolation — but most of all it’s about having fun and finding joy in our own creativity,’ said Gavin.

‘We believe the stronger the organisation, the better the outcomes, which is why we are working with the amazing Omega Art School team and Fat Clay, an innovative ceramics studio. And we have the support of the John Pounds Centre that has made a huge difference to resident’s lives in and around Portsea. We’d also be delighted to hear from any individuals or organisations that would be interested in getting involved with City Arts.

On Friday 13th October at 6pm we are launch-ing our crowdfunding appeal at Treadgolds Warehouse 1 Bishop Street, Portsea, Portsmouth P013DA, This will be a pop-up local artist exhibition and short event that will enable you to learn more about what we do and want to do in the City. Free tickets will be available shortly on Eventbrite.’

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Photo credit: Gavin Hodson, Alice Mortlock and Matt Bugeja


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