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The 39th Denmead Art Exhibition, at All Saints Church, showed off a stunning range of oil, abstract, novelty and landscape paintings from 95 local artists.

The event raises money every year towards the upkeep of the church and helps to promote people’s talents.

Young artists have displayed their work in a gallery in Gosport as part of a youth project called Edging Out. It works with students from schools and colleges to enable them to express themselves and become part of the community.

An original patchwork painting of a teddy bear has been donated to a support centre for seriously ill children and adults.

Members of the Fareham Art Group each painted a square of Big Ted, before fitting the individual sections together.

They donated the picture to the Rainbow Centre in Palmerston Drive, Fareham, which supports children with cerebral palsy and adults who have suffered a stroke, MS or Parkinson’s disease.

Making a difference to their community has paid off for four school pupils who have won an award.

The SkillForce Prince’s Award – launched by Prince William – invited young people to take part in a 24-hour challenge to make a significant contribution to their community.

As part of this Becky Frost and Freja Clarke, from Henry Cort Community College in Fareham, decided to help refurbish the North West Fareham Community Centre.

Community groups rolled back the years as part of a project which explores the history of Portsmouth.

Residents made films, magazines and posters about life in the neighbourhoods they grew up in as part of a city-wide project called A Tale of One City.

People created things relating to the time of Charles Dickens as part of the lottery-funded project, which was set up by the council in the run up to the Victorian novelist’s 200th birthday.

A huge mural was painted on to the front of empty shops in a bid to brighten up an entrance to Cosham.