Art project aims to show the ‘hidden side’ of city

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RESIDENTS and visitors to Portsmouth are being invited to contribute to an art exhibition featuring the hidden side of the city.

Local artists Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale, who run a touring art company The Caravan Gallery, are mounting an exhibition about Portsmouth at the University of Portsmouth’s Space Gallery on Monday.

The Pride of Place show will run for a month but the artists want residents to contribute to the exhibition with their own take on the city.

It includes photography, video and written comments about the city.

‘The artists hope it will grow and eventually reveal the real Portsmouth.

Jan said: ‘We need your help to create a growing exhibition celebrating the unique character of Portsmouth – not just the obvious things but unfamiliar, overlooked details and hidden secrets.

‘We are curious to know more about people’s relationship to where they live and work and how places evolve and how they make people feel.

‘Go for a walk, take some photos, eavesdrop on conversations, make notes, collect things – an entire wall will be set aside for the observations of people who live and work in the city and the gallery will be open as an alternative visitor centre to create the People’s Guide to Portsmouth.’

The university’s Space Gallery in Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, is open weekdays from 10am until 4pm.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution should turn up during opening hours or call Jan on (023) 9287 7415.