Hot on the heels of its success at London Design Festival, The Creating Balance Project Showcase is back where it all began, in our home city of Portsmouth. For a six week period, commencing Friday January 10th, Portsmouth’s leading contemporary art gallery, Aspex, are presenting this revealing Showcase, the result of a year-long collaboration between Anglepoise®, the University of Portsmouth and local community group, Strong Island to put the spotlight on the wealth of creative talent in the city. A visually arresting and thought provoking display, which includes customised Anglepoise® lamps, video footage and photography and incorporates stunning new work, previously unseen, gives a remarkable insight into the creative process and highlights the richness and diversity of Britain’s creative talent. The Creating Balance Project Showcase challenges the validity of a London-centric mentality – could this be a template for future collaboration at a local level?
Claire Sambrook, Senior Lecturer from the School of Creative Technologies and Creating Balance Project leader, said:
" The project has given all 20 participants a platform to showcase their talent. This new showcase at Aspex now gives them the opportunity to celebrate their involvement and a chance to reflect on what has been quite a journey. The opening night witnessed a record-breaking attendance and a very positive reaction to all the work produced to date. Expect to see more work being produced over the coming months during its stay at the gallery.”
The Creating Balance Project has already spawned a series of limited edition products, available in the Anglepoise® online shop. With a promise of more work to come over the coming months, the potential of this inspirational initiative is destined to grow and grow.
See The Creating Balance Project Showcase at Aspex Gallery The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3BF. Open daily, 11am to 4pm, until Sunday 2nd March. http://www.aspex.org.uk/events/creating-balance/
Photography - Claire Sambrook