A towering work of art

Portsmouth University lecturer Claire Sambrook at the opening of the gallery she helped set up
Portsmouth University lecturer Claire Sambrook at the opening of the gallery she helped set up

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THE iconic round tower in Old Portsmouth has opened to the public as an art gallery showing work by local people.

More than 30 local artists, designers and photographers from across the city are using the 500-year-old tower to showcase their work.

The idea for the gallery, which opened last night, came from Strong Island, a local group which aims to promote the creative side of Portsmouth and Southsea.

The project is being run by Strong Island in conjunction with the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth City Council.

Strong Island member Claire Sambrook said: ‘The round tower is a landmark in Portsmouth and represents a unique piece of architectural heritage. We’re incredibly lucky to have access to such an unusual building and to open it up to the people of Portsmouth for them to use and enjoy.’

Seafront manager, David Evans, said: ‘This is an exciting time for Portsmouth. The round tower is seldom open, but now the public will be able to enjoy access to this impressive landmark.’