My weekend: Denise Callender

Denise Callender
Denise Callender
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Denise Callender is 53 and lives in Southsea. She is promotions manager of the Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries at The University of Portsmouth. Here she describes her typical weekend.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

I had a city break to Venice. Even though I have visited before, it was very special and I enjoyed the architecture, art and design much more now that I am older and wiser!

What was the last show you went to?

The last ‘show’ I went to was called Prism, and was an installation by digital artist and film-maker Keiichi Matsuda, commissioned by Veuve Clicquot at the Victoria and Albert Hall which was part of the London Design Festival. It was a giant lantern feeding on streams of digital data transmitted from the city of London, such as transport data and changes in the stock exchange, creating a sculpture of different shapes and colours.

It was a clever and spiritual way of bringing together our virtual online world versus our physical world.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

Kim Cattrall in Antony and Cleopatra at Chichester Festival Theatre.

What was the last gig you went to?

Tricky at the O2. I’ve also seen my favourite local bands play: Kassasin Street, Carmen Rosa and of course Helsinki for whom I create visual projections for their live gig performances.

The last book you read?

In the Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth. It’s a collection of essays on dying. Often the first experience we have of death is when we lose our parents and, as families, we can do more to ensure our relatives end their lives with dignity and are not alone.

The last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?

Flashbacks of a Fool, staring Harry Eden and Daniel Craig.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

Spending time with my wonderful children, Marcus and Natasha, my crazy and hilarious huge family consisting of my brother and sisters and their families, and my lovely partner Jonty who makes me laugh and feel relaxed.

What do you watch on TV?

I don’t watch much TV, but always make time for Holby City!

And which TV programmes do you avoid?

The TV I watch is pre-recorded so I don’t watch anything else.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

David Bowie. He was a huge part of my growing up. I think he was the epitome of innovative and creative thinking in the 1970s and part of an important cultural shift.

Where do you eat out?

The Tenth Hole and The Garage Lounge for coffee and cake.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

There is always something to discover on the Isle of Wight. I went to Bestival in 2011 to see The Cure and Primal Scream and stayed in beautiful Arreton Manor.