Excitement builds for the Spice Island Art Trail

A ceramic bowl by Rose Bates
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COLOURFUL ceramics and dazzling dishes will be on display in Portsmouth this weekend.

Crafts in the Tower’s display in Old Portsmouth’s Square Tower will kick off the annual Spice Island Art Trail on Sunday.

It will feature 20 talented artists from across the area.

Ryan Williams is the festivities administrator for Portsmouth Festivities, which is staging the event.

He said there will be plenty on offer at this year’s show.

‘It’s very exciting to be in the city again,’ he said.

‘We’re proud to be showcasing all the artistic talent in Portsmouth.’

Among those displaying their crafts include ceramicist Rose Bates. Fresh from her triumph at the Wisley Art Show, she will be showcasing some of her latest collection.

Artist Maggie Ambler will be back too with her painted tiles while visitors can also see oil paintings by Mel Brundrit and acrylic works by Teresa Templeton.

There will be the return of Cherie Lubbock with works in glass and Sue Meredith with her intricate prints of Portsmouth scenes.

Other artists will be displaying exotic embroidered textiles and wooden carvings.

The trail begins at the Square Tower, and includes the Jack House Gallery in High Street, and the Royal Naval Club in Pembroke Road. The free exhibition runs from 11am until 4pm.

For details see portsmouthfestivities.co.uk.