Annual art show at Portsmouth Cathedral has plenty to celebrate

From left, Gill Brindley, Rev David Brindley and Pauline Fleming at the Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society Exhibition
From left, Gill Brindley, Rev David Brindley and Pauline Fleming at the Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society Exhibition
Picture: Malcolm Wells

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Hundreds of people attended the opening of the annual Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society’s summer exhibition.

The event was held in the nave of the Portsmouth Cathedral, in Old Portsmouth.

The exhibition was opened by society president Barry Green, who welcomed members of Portsmouth City Council to a private viewing before it opened to the public.

With more than 500 paintings hung up around the cathedral, there was something for everyone’s taste.

At the private viewing deputy mayor Cllr David Fuller was invited to select a winning painting, which will be displayed at the Hiscock Gallery of Southsea, in Stanley Street.

The winning painting was by George Gascoigne, whose painting Downland Church will be placed in the gallery under the title of A view from Old Portsmouth.

As well as displaying paintings from 88 different artists, pupils from Mayville School, in St. Simon’s Road, contributed two display boards of portrait paintings to the exhibition, giving the young artists their first taste of displaying their work to the public.

The exhibition opening also held special standing to the dean of the Cathedral, the Rev David Brindley, who was celebrating his ruby wedding anniversary with wife Gill at the event.

The pair were presented with a bouquet of flowers by the society as a thank you for the cathedral’s support.