Yes, finally Spring is around the corner. I can see warm weather and longer days on the horizon and just that thought brings me joy!
What can you look forward to this month? Well, as always we live in such a vibrant, cultural city and that means our fab creative community are always drumming up inspiring ideas and events to entice us. Have a look below for some ideas for March and if you know of any cool events happening locally then please do drop me a line!
3rd March Artspace Portsmouth
Awakening is an exhibition of recent paintings by Ukrainian artist Nataliia Diomidova and supported by Art Space Portsmouth & Council for Social Responsibility. Preview: Friday 3rd March 6-8pm Open: Sat 4th – Sun 5th & Sat 11th – Sun 12th March, 12-4pm
4th March Aspex Gallery
Kidical Mass Portsmouth is organising a family session to come together and create a poster asking for safe spaces to cycle in our city. The posters that are made along with your ideas will then be sent to our local authority. Promoting the need to be able to; cycle to school, nursery, shops, the beach, the park, to work, to see family and friends and just for fun without fear and worry would allow for a cycling-friendly city. Wanting an inclusive, safe, direct, and connected cycle infrastructure where a 4-year-old and a 90-year-old could cycle safely means it is important to raise awareness and this session hopes to do that. The poster-making session will take place in Aspex Gallery from 11am to 1pm. Find out more here.
4th March Palmerston Road
Love Southsea Market on Palmerston Road is back and with an exciting range of stalls from; street food to gorgeous gifts, homewares, handcrafted jewellery, vintage traders, and art, it is a great way to spend your Saturday! Have a look out for Southsea’s independent creatives creating a buzz on the precinct!
8th march Brewhouse and Kitchen Southsea
Celebrating this day, the team at Brewhouse and Kitchen in Southsea have created an event where you can get yourself involved in beer tastings, networking and brewing throughout the day. This free event lets an expert brewer take you on a journey through the brewing process and show you the art and science behind crafting the perfect craft beer. read more about it here and book your free place.
9th March Crushed and Cured
Join George from the newly opened Crushed and Cured for a wine-tasting evening which will cover 6 completely different styles of Sauvignon Blanc to be tasted from different countries and regions with varying techniques used in the wine-making process. George said, “One of the things that fascinates me most about wine is taking a grape variety that is genetically identical and depending on where and how its grown, and what the winemaker decides to do with it once it reaches the winery can have such varying results in the finished wine.” Starting at 6.30pm and £30 means you are in for a pleasant evening with other wine enthusiasts. Find out more here.
10th-11th March Jack House Gallery
After the success of last year’s exhibition at the Jack House Gallery, Pooja Shah is back with a range of workshops to create another conversation around knitting and the traditional art of Rangoli. The gallery said “Pooja brings a whole conversation around why we knit, where we knit, what we make and what it means to us. These questions were raised in the last knitting workshop hosted by Pooja at the Gallery and the new workshops will expand on the ideas and techniques that she has developed to create the large and unique Rangoli-inspired pieces that she creates. The practice of knitting crosses social and cultural boundaries and brings people together in a common activity which can be both therapeutic, practical and beautiful and which for Shah, as an immigrant, evokes both home and family.” Find out more and ways to book here.
13th March Wedgewood Rooms
Manchester-based indie electro band The Slow Readers Club come back to the Wedge in March! They’ll be playing new tunes alongside the old favourites, including a few extra surprises. With support from Andrew Cushin, this is set to be a great show! Buy Tickets here.
18th March Hotwall Studios
Hotwall studios have a wonderful wknd planned with Its Stitch and Sew event in the Round Tower on the 18th which is FREE and on from 10am until 4pm.. Hosting a range of textiles artists and makers for you to browse through, chat with and buy from, pop down to enjoy and support local businesses and makers. Sunday the 19th (Mother’s Day) is the open studios day as well which is a chance to have a potter around and meet the artists based there.
21st and 28th March Portsmouth Museum
Join James Mouland from Ebru Studio based at Hotwalls in a workshop called Paper Marbling and Turkish Ebru as part of the ‘Endangered Crafts’ exhibition. He will be holding 2 events providing opportunities to try your hand at this red-list craft. Both sessions are from 11am until 3.30pm and only 8 spaces for each day. To find out more click here.