Old landmark hosts modern art show

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VIDEO installations and contemporary artworks on controversial and thought-provoking subjects like religion and the royal family will be exhibited at a historic venue in Old Portsmouth.

The 15th century Round Tower is set to host Panoptic – an exhibition which will showcase exciting pieces created by seven University of Portsmouth fine arts students who have completed their masters degrees this summer.

One of the exhibitors is Emma Seymour, 35, who has created a display with a range of embroidered items including a massive hoop as its centrepiece.

She explained her underlying concept was about obsession and compulsion, as well as the combination of the new and old – with modern textiles being fashioned through traditional techniques.

She said: ‘We are all incredibly excited about the exhibition and so far all the preparations for it have gone really well.

‘The Round Tower is a fantastic place to show our works and as they are all so different we hope many people come to see them.’

The exhibition at the Round Tower, in Broad Street, which runs from 10am to 2pm daily from September 10 to 19, has a special preview on September 9 from 7pm until 10pm.

It has been sponsored by the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth City Council, Aspex Gallery and ES Lighting Hire.