Portsmouth Festivities comes to a close after city dazzled by talents

Artist Chris Wood in his studio with a painting of the Mary Rose, Battle of the Solent 1543. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141934-137)
Artist Chris Wood in his studio with a painting of the Mary Rose, Battle of the Solent 1543. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141934-137)
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PORTSMOUTH Festivities ended on a high note with pianist Murray McLachlan playing a collection from Bach to Beethoven.

Ten days of music, theatre, film, literature, dance and outdoor events took over the city’s venues with dozens of activities going on across the city.

It is the 15th year of Portsmouth Festivities and this year proved to be bigger and better than ever before.

Over the weekend, The Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club in conjunction with the Victory Class organised a two-day regatta.

Racing was organised by Portsmouth Sailing Club

The event was organised celebration of the fact that 2014 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Albert Yacht Club and the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Victory Class

Racing started at around midday to allow time for boats to get into the racing area.

Among other festivities events was an open weekend at Art Space Portsmouth in Brougham Road, Southsea.

Hannah Gardiner was one of the artists showing off their project in the open studios

Hannah has put together a community art piece using seeds and working with people in Somers Town to create a piece of art.

Before the event, she said: ‘The project we have been doing is growing seeds and we have loads of plants to give away.

‘I am an artist from Plymouth but won a commission to do an art space about sustainability. I have got a group from Somers Town and we collected seeds from the food that we eat.

‘We found out that we probably throw away 600 to 1,000 seeds each week.

‘We have planted the seeds we collected and have got loads of plants.’

Over the weekend, the plants were given away to visitors.

As well as the open weekend, pieces of art by winners of the Portsmouth Festivities Spice Island Art Trail were on display at Portsmouth Guildhall.

They were selected by a panel of judges from arts organisations in the city including Art Space, Aspex gallery, Guildhall Cultural Trust and Strong Island.