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The Creating Balance Project

This year’s for the London Design Festival we shall be showing a collaborative exhibition at Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar in Carnaby Street. The ‘Creating Balance Project’ explores how we balance competing demands as we pursue quality of life, through the use of the Anglepoise® Lamp.

The Creating Balance Project Showcase at The London Design Festival 2013, is the result of a year-long collaborative project, initiated by Claire Sambrook from the University of Portsmouth in association with iconic British brand Anglepoise® and local community group, Strong Island. This revealing showcase celebrates the talented creative community in Portsmouth, focusing on the working studios and disciplines of artists and designers across the island. Within the informal and relaxed environment of the Speakeasy Espresso and Brew Bar in central London, The Creating Balance Project Showcase firmly puts the spotlight on creativity outside the capital.

My Dog Sighs Lamp

To initiate the project, 10 artists and designers were twinned with 10 photographers all based in Portsmouth; each duo was invited to choose an Anglepoise ‘perfect balance’ task lamp. The aim was to explore the true meaning of balance at work and in life and to document its significance in the creative process. Further insight is provided by a series of videos and behind-the-scenes stills by staff and students at the University of Portsmouth.

In every case, interaction with the Anglepoise lamp became integral to the creative process. Artist, My Dog Sighs, used the lamp as his mixing palette, International Design Agency, I Love Dust covered their lamp with illustrations, Strong Island’s Paul Gonella and Tristan Savage submerged their lamps under the Solent and photographer Russell Squires has made an Anglebot.

The showcase, which includes customised Anglepoise lamps, video footage and photography, provides a fascinating insight into the creative process and highlights the richness and diversity of Britain’s creative talent.

The launch of this exciting project will take place between 19.00 and 21.00 Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar on Thursday 12 September 2013 and will also include the chance to have your photo taken with an Anglepoise Giant lamp by photographer Russell Squires. A special ‘Creating Balance’ coffee has also been designed, Eristoff Vodka coffee, Brighton Blonde Beer and Portsmouth’s Irving Brewery Beers.


Creating Balance runs as part of London Design Festival
at Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar from Friday 13 September 2013.


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