Portsmouth artists celebrate a picture perfect 25 years of creativity

IN THE FRAME From left, artistic director Clare Jefferson, volunteer Lara Ferreira  and project development director Melanie Stow. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123020-3)
IN THE FRAME From left, artistic director Clare Jefferson, volunteer Lara Ferreira and project development director Melanie Stow. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123020-3)
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A COMMUNITY art group celebrated its 25th year anniversary with a picture perfect party at the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth.

And as part of the event, Dot To Dot Arts laid on activities to showcase some of the work members are most proud of.

Revellers had the chance to put on some of the many hats the charity has made for the Paulsgrove Carnival.

And they enjoyed an exhibition of work produced through past projects throughout the city, such as textile, visual and digital artworks.

The partygoers could also test their circus skills at a workshop held by Top Banana – run by Dot To Dot Arts – which let them try out tightrope walking and hula hoop tricks.

And Local band Toy Town staged a performance at the bash.

Clare Jefferson, the charity’s artistic director, said: ‘We though it was worth celebrating the fact that we’ve been a charity for 25 years now, especially given how tough the current economic climate has been.

‘It was a lovely event and we had a great turnout.

‘There were lots of people there that we have worked with in the past or are currently working with, and it was nice to see so many new faces there and meet people who we would like to work with in the future.

‘The charity has achieved a lot in the past 25 years, and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can do in the next 25.

‘We’ll have an even bigger party for our 50th.’

A number of community projects throughout Portsmouth and the surrounding areas have been carried out by Dot To Dot Arts, such as the creation of the mosaic at the Jami Mosque, on Victoria Road North, Southsea.

Each project asks people living nearby to get involved in some way and help create the artwork.

The organisation is currently working on a heritage project on Hayling Island which aims to record people’s personal anecdotes of the island.

Melanie Stow, project director for the organisation, said: ‘We try to encourage everyone within the community to take part in our projects, from the young to the old, and get them all working together.

‘This means people get to connect with people from other social groups that they wouldn’t normally get to which brings everyone closer together.’

For more information, see dottodot.org.uk.