|Pride of Place Project
Hi everyone and Happy Springtime!
We just wanted to let you know about a series of participatory exhibitions we're planning. First stop is our home town of Portsmouth, England where we'll be press ganging the locals into helping us create a dynamic evolving exhibition revealing the many facets of our fair city. We're planning to take the project on tour so please give us a shout if you'd like us to 'do' your part of the world!
Portsmouth : The People's Perspective
What do you think of when you think of Portsmouth? What makes you stay and what drives you away? Are things getting better or worse? Does it feel like a northern city in the south? Do you have a favourite sunbathing spot or a preferred kebab shop? Is Fratton the new Southsea? How many starlings and Portsmouth Football Club shirts have you seen today? Did you know that Arnold Schwarzenegger, bodybuilder and Governor of California, used to work out in a gym on Albert Road?
We're interested in exploring people’s relationship to places from a psychogeographical viewpoint; we are curious to know how places evolve and how they make people feel and behave. ‘The Pride of Place Project’ will feature a selection of photos we have taken on our travels around the UK with a particular focus on each location we visit - in this case, Portsmouth, the south coast’s very own ' world- class waterfront city'. The rest of the exhibition will rely on contributions from the public – in other words, you.
We need your help to create a growing participatory exhibition celebrating the unique character of Portsmouth, not just the obvious things but unfamiliar, overlooked details and hidden secrets.
Go for a walk, take some photos, eavesdrop on a few conversations, make notes, collect things. An entire wall will be set aside for your observations. Come along and complete an unusually entertaining Portsmouth survey, make a postcard or souvenir, record a video portrait and add something to our map. SPACE gallery will become a centre for urban exploration for a month, an alternative visitor information centre. This is your chance to help The Caravan Gallery create The People’s Guide to Portsmouth.
As a special treat we'll be showing the first edit of The Other South Bank by Pilgrim Films (directed by Paul Kelly, produced by Andrew Hinton, soundtracked by St Etienne) alongside our photos of South Bank, Middlesborough. Pilgrim Films undertook a residency in London's Southbank Centre and invited The Caravan Gallery to collaborate on an exploration of South Bank in Teeside. www.pilgrimfilms.com
Keep up to date with the Pride of Place Project on our dedicated Facebook page
In fact if you Share a link to this Page and tag us in a status update you could win signed copies of our best-selling (and increasingly rare) book Is Britain Great? and its sequel Is Britain Great? 2. We'll pick one of you at random on Sunday. Go!
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