New gallery for student and alumni art

Dainius Ščiuka’s photograph of Tony Wood, of Tony Wood Hairdressing in Castle Road

Dainius Ščiuka’s photograph of Tony Wood, of Tony Wood Hairdressing in Castle Road

City residents and visitors now have more opportunities to see some of the best new creative work made locally in a new exhibition space at the Guildhall.

Portsmouth Cultural Trust invited the University of Portsmouth’s faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries to jointly curate exhibitions in the Guildhall’s Freda Swain business lounge in what is now a dedicated gallery space for the work of current and former students.

The first exhibition, ‘Castle Road’, opened this week and showcases street photography by former student Dainius Ščiuka. It is the first time the work has been exhibited.

Graduates and current art students working across a range of mediums have won many national awards and praise in recent years for the high quality of their work.

Denise Callender, who curates the University’s exhibition spaces in the Eldon building, will work alongside Anne Barnes, curator of the Portsmouth Cultural Trust, to select, plan and install four exhibitions a year.

Denise said “This partnership is a wonderful opportunity for the public to see student and alumni works in the stunning historic Guildhall. It allows our students to display their work to more visitors than would be possible at the University.”

Lithuanian-born Dainius Ščiuka’s photography aims to capture what is seen on city streets in an authentic way. The complete series of his photographs include images from five cities, but the exhibition in the Guildhall focuses on his photographs taken in Portsmouth’s Castle Road, which is fast becoming a hub for art and culture.

The first show coincides with the Chancellor’s dinner, hosted by Sandi Toksvig, held annually for students and alumni at the Guildhall.

This exhibition is connected to an on-going programme by the Portsmouth Cultural Trust to bring new and historical examples of culture to the community.

Andy Grays, chief executive officer for the Trust, said: “The exhibition ‘Castle Road’ coincides with this year’s Chancellor’s dinner and marks the beginning of what we all hope will be a fruitful working relationship which will benefit both institutions, as well as visitors, students, alumni and colleagues.”

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