The beer mats which all have a story to tell...

ARTIST Hannah Rhodes
ARTIST Hannah Rhodes
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THESE pub regulars have been immortalised forever – as beer mats.

Young artist Hannah Rhodes visited Southsea pubs The Phoenix, the Duke of Devonshire and the Goose at the V&A, to find an array of colourful characters to sketch.

Alan Davies

Alan Davies

And it wasn’t long before the pubs received deliveries of beer mats with the names and faces of their best customers printed alongside a short quote.

The portraits are also on show in the window of Debenhams, in Commercial Road as part of the new project run by the Aspex Gallery, in Gunwharf Quays.

Hannah, 22, a student from Arts University College in Bournemouth, was commissioned by the art gallery after it was impressed with work she had done last year.

She said: ‘The gallery wanted me to do a piece of work similar to one I did on the course.

‘But I had free rein in choosing subjects so I went on a tour round Portsmouth’s pubs.

‘I thought capturing the people who drink in pubs with beer mats was a great idea.

‘They all have their own communities that don’t often get much attention, but they really are fascinating.’

She added that the project had given her a chance to meet people she might never have talked to in her day-to-day life. Six of the nine people she sketched are featured in the panels above.

‘They were a really nice bunch of people,’ she said.

‘It wasn’t like I was an outsider, they made me feel welcome and were very friendly. As a student it isn’t often you would mix with pub regulars like that, and it was fascinating to get an insight into their lives because they all have great stories to tell.’