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Art & Culture

Realising your artistic ambitions

Last month, The Omega Art School for adults, opened its second, highly successful annual exhibition at The Jack House Gallery… Read more »

The Joy of Creativity

The Omega Art School Starting with one small class in 2020, just before Covid struck, the Omega Art School for… Read more »


Gavin Hodson talks about a new arts venture for Portsmouth A small group of artists have joined forces to create… Read more »


Word by Elly Hughes The act of ‘slow living’ has become a popular topic of conversation in recent months. It… Read more »

Embrace Your Creative Journey

Enroll at Southsea’s Omega Art School Southsea’s renowned Omega Art School is gearing up for a new term, offering half-day… Read more »

KEKEE MANZIL – House of Art

I am a filmmaker living on the Isle of Wight for many years and I’m delighted to have my film… Read more »

Building on a great tradition

Kate Thompson A shortage of heritage skills required to safeguard the very fabric of historic buildings was the starting point… Read more »

Art in the Autumn

The 18th September is the beginning of the autumn term at The Omega Art School for adults. It’s also our… Read more »

Kevin Dean talks about the background to The Omega Art School and reigniting creativity

  So many people have told me how their interest in art and creativity was discouraged when they were young,… Read more »


2023 promises to be an exciting year at The Omega Art School. ”We are planning two new beginners courses to… Read more »

We Shine Portsmouth!

Witness Portsmouth shine once again this Winter Following a successful launch last year, Portsmouth Creates is bringing back popular event,… Read more »

Art for Afghanistan 

Art for Afghanistan hopes to create a fun event where three professional artists will share their expertise and advice as… Read more »

Culture alert?

Emma Beatty As Portsmouth is being identified as a “Priority Place” for culture by Arts Council England, one of its… Read more »

Getting Creative

Kevin Dean artist, editor, and tutor, talks about creativity and his ambitions for The Omega Art School All humans are creative…. Read more »

Delights for writers at Bookfest

Novelist William Sutton previews Bookfest’s writing events.  For full listings see W riting is a solitary pastime: if you… Read more »

Art School for Adults

A rt colleges don’t have to be just for the young or super talented. And after a long career of… Read more »

Culture Vulture

Long live the Southsea Dinosaur! By Emma Beatty D o you remember the Southsea Dinosaur? The 16-metre-high, scrap-wood statue that… Read more »

Southsea Past and Present

My Dog Sighs and Manfred Mann. By Emma Beatty My Dog Sighs installation Did you manage to go inside My… Read more »

Victorious Festival 2021

Victorious Festival — The UK’s biggest metropolitan music festival — will return to Southsea Seafront this August Bank holiday weekend… Read more »

Beyond the Chapel doors – ART SPACE PORTSMOUTH

Walking past the former Methodist chapel in Brougham Road, you’d be forgiven for not realising that the building has been… Read more »

The Omega Art School

The Omega Art School for adults started in late 2019 and quickly became extremely popular, but had to close in… Read more »

Southsea artist brings the past to life through her paintings

By Kate Thompson Casting around for inspiration one day, Fizle Sagar hit upon the perfect way to bring the past… Read more »

An artist finds his voice

By Kate Thompson T here haven’t been too many positive things to come out of the pandemic. But seeing regular… Read more »

Culture Vulture

Culture Vulture written by Emma Beatty Did you see the queues to get into the old Debenhams on Palmerston Road… Read more »

Play on, play on

W ith the recent easing of lockdown measures, across a number of sectors, including theatres, music and performance spaces. As… Read more »

Southsea Choir hits the right note

  Cantando Female Voice Community Choir has been hitting the right note during the lockdown, raising money for an important… Read more »

Pressing play

By Malisa Sledmare Its been a tough time for everyone recently, not least for the numerous entertainment venues both near… Read more »

The Crafty Vulture

Make do and mend – letting go of lockdown by Emma Beatty And we’re back; wending our way out of… Read more »


Portsmouth based artists and photographers are taking part in a national charity auction to raise funds for FareShare UK Taking… Read more »

Portsmouth City Council Updates

With the extension to the lockdown, it has become apparent that our professional and personal lives will remain in a… Read more »

Culture Vulture

Not going out. Things to do in Southsea when you’re self-isolating, by Emma Beatty I’ve had a ‘persistent cough’ for… Read more »

The Southsea Lifestyle Anniversary

In January, Southsea Lifestyle will be fifteen years old, Kate Thompson talks to Zirrinia Austin Dean about how it all started…. Read more »

Life’s never a drag with the Fabulous Miss G

Words by Kate Thompson “ I don’t feel right until the lashes are on – and then I become Miss… Read more »

A Christmas Ghost on Palmerston Road

By John Worsey & Charles Dickens ‘ Unbelievable!’ Morris cried. ‘I’ve come all the way to Knight & Lee and… Read more »

Culture Vulture

Christmas Crackers, by Emma Beatty “ Tis the season to be jolly: Christmas is looming and there’s lots on offer… Read more »

The Omega Art School

Have you always wanted to paint and draw? Whether you are a complete beginner or a more experienced artist, now… Read more »

Letting their worlds collide

Kate Thompson When creative Southsea couple Nia and Tim Hobbs decided to set up in business together, they knew it… Read more »

Activists Artist

Words by Kate Thompson Brick walls, conventional canvas or his own skin – Southsea based artist Samo White is using… Read more »

Culture Vulture

June – D-Day, English Oysters and the Royal Ballet, by Emma Beatty To say that Southsea is in D-Day fever… Read more »

Lighting Creativity in Portsmouth

A collaborative project between Anglepoise & students from The University of Portsmouth. The Portsmouth based company Anglepoise set a live… Read more »

Hidden Spaces

Emma Beatty visits Art Space, an important artists’ community in the centre of Portsmouth Have you ever been to Brougham… Read more »

Culture Vulture

Spring – a season to celebrate dance and female artists by Emma Beatty A DANCE FESTIVAL (and one opera) The… Read more »

Cinderella. A glitzy, fabulous rendition of the renowned fairy tale.

Words by Portsmouth University Student  Lottie Maguire The University of Portsmouth’s Dramatic and Musical Society proves to us that dreams… Read more »

Culture Vulture

February and March. Art all about the sea, and travel, and roads… by Emma Beatty The Printmakers Council was set… Read more »

Review: Cinderella Panto

Words by Girl About Southsea Taking my eldest daughter to the theatre to see Cinderella, without her sisters, is a… Read more »

Culture Vulture

A season of fairy tales, by Emma Beatty Are you going to a pantomime this year? Across the city, boy-band… Read more »

The winners of the Portsmouth Society 2018 design awards

Every year The Portsmouth Society tours the city to award good design in architecture and landscape. This years winners received… Read more »

Deborah Grant, The Case of the Frightened Lady, New Theatre Royal

The Case of the Frightened Lady, New Theatre Royal, 29 Oct-3 Nov Interview: Deborah Grant with Emma Beatty The last… Read more »

The People’s Museum

Words by Chris Horton. Photos: Charlotte Griffiths Photography With its colourful history it’s not surprising that Portsmouth has a good… Read more »

Stage Right

Scott Ramsey chief executive of the NTR talks about new initiatives and new productions. Words by Emma Beatty. Did you… Read more »

Wayne Hemingway’s World

The design expert brings his creative oomph to Portsmouth Guildhall. “Who needs Benidorm?” Why young people are returning to our… Read more »

Culture Vulture

Art shows to see in the city by Emma Beatty If you haven’t been to Portsmouth City Museum for a… Read more »

Mamma Mia, King’s Theatre, Southsea

Words by Emma Beatty Mamma Mia, King’s Theatre, Southsea, 12 June Verdict – camp fun – just go with it,… Read more »

History Hot Spot- The Kings Theatre, Southsea

Words by: Victoria Doxat Photos: Derek Rogers Southsea’s Kings Theatre is an iconic landmark and, according to the Theatre’s Trust,… Read more »

Review: Giovanni Pernice: born to win

Written by Emma Beatty Verdict: Fab-U-lous I’m a BIG fan of Strictly Come Dancing; I camped out at four in… Read more »

Into the Trees…

Written by Lisa Guy and Sophie Lederer We have a passion to inspire children to go out and play; to get… Read more »

Jim’s life scientific

Words by Kate Thompson Suddenly science is the new rock ‘n’ roll and no longer just the preserve of boffins… Read more »

Making their mark in Southsea

Creative couple Nicky Gray and Mark Jones (aka Fark Fk), from The Tea Tray café in Southsea, have created a street… Read more »

Back to the future with Dr Trudy

Today it’s accepted that robots are likely to become increasingly more common in our lives, not just in industry but… Read more »

Beauty & The Beast: A Magical New Show For Portsmouth

Written by Emma Beatty I’m sitting in Starbucks on Guildhall walk across the road from the New Theatre Royal, chatting… Read more »

Postcards From My Neighbourhood

EXHIBITION DATES: Wednesday 7 February Sunday 15 April 2018 SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Saturday 3 February 2018 CELEBRATION EVENT: Saturday 10 February… Read more »

The Toymakers’ Apprentice

A story for Christmas by John Worsey. Illustration by Lorna Apps-Woodland I first saw Issie Oke on the day I… Read more »

New for old

Written by Mark Harris Next year is the 20th anniversary of the English publication of Georges Perec’s Species of Spaces… Read more »

Songs and Stories

It has been a big year for Southsea songwriter Becky Jerams. Not only has she chased the Eurovision dream (cowritten… Read more »

The King’s Anniversary

Written by Chris Horton This month sees the 110th anniversary of one of Southsea’s most loved establishments; The King’s Theatre…. Read more »

Jack House Gallery

Written by Kevin Dean Just over two years ago Rebecca Crow opened The Jack House Gallery in Old Portsmouth. Kevin… Read more »

Write On: Angelo Tirotto’s Stories

Written by John Worsey From one island to another, writer Angelo Tirotto’s journey from Guernsey to Portsmouth fulfilled an age-old narrative:… Read more »