Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

Case studies

The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries is focused on providing solutions to help address real business and organisational challenges. We are committed to transferring the knowledge and expertise of our academic and technical staff to stimulate innovation, create economic growth, and provide social and cultural benefits locally and internationally.

We have a series of ways in which to engage with the work of the Faculty, whether directly working with students and staff on sponsored projects, supporting innovative partnerships or using our facilities. Below are just some examples of them.

Perspectives: Far from Home

Armed Forces Community Covenant Project

Case Study - Perspectives: Far From Home

PERSPECTIVES: Far From Home is a ‘heritage interpretation’ project. It aims to bring together two groups of people: local residents and students from the University. Both groups of people live in the same locality, yet in many respects they live in very different worlds.

The aim is to allow students based at the Eldon Building - home of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) to get to know some of the retired Servicemen and women who are living nearby and to hear first-hand their accounts of life in active service, perhaps using photographs and items such as uniform or medals to share their stories and bring them to life.

The students can then use these stories and artefacts as inspiration for a piece of work relating to their particular specialist area of study, such as photography, textile design, graphics or film. The empathy developed from meeting real people with real stories will add depth and context to the finished pieces.

The collection of finished work will be displayed in the new Eldon Gallery and the Service personnel who have been involved will be invited to a Gala Evening where the work and their contributions will be celebrated.

Residents say they’ve enjoyed meeting the students and admit that their perceptions of young people have been challenged as a result. The students in turn have been fascinated to hear the stories of the people they have met and acknowledge that this project offers a unique opportunity, not only to work with these veterans but also to exhibit their work in the new SPACE gallery and to work for a prestigious ‘live’ client (the MOD’s Community Covenant Fund).

In addition, residents are being invited into the Eldon Building for a tour of the facilities as well as being offered the chance to try their hand at some of the same tasks the students undertake, through some taster workshops. The hope is that the flow of learning will run two ways: both out from and in to the University and the community.

Creating Balance

Case Study - Creating Balance

In 2013, Claire Sambrook, a Lecturer in the School of Creative Technologies collaborated with leading design Anglepoise® and community group Strong Island. An exhibition was launched in London as part of the London Design Festival. The exhibition consisted of 10 final photos taken by the photographers, all ten of the collaboration films made by BSc Television and Broadcast students Massimo Marzullo and Jonas Jakunas and the different modified and customised lamps. The project was selected to be part of the Icon Design Trail 2013 by Icon Magazine.

The launch night was busy with not only the people involved in the project but also the general public from London and Portsmouth. Photographer Russell Squires had a lot of fun engaging with shoppers on Carnaby Street with a giant Anglepoise lamp with a camera flash hidden in it. The exhibition was very successful at Speakeasy and over the 3-week period over 17,000 people viewed it.

The exhibition was featured soon after the opening in different places including the highly respected and independent Creative Boom website and it was even featured on the front page of the Financial Times supplement as the header image for their article of the London Design Festival highlights.

As part of the London Design Festival programme Creating Balance was invited to speak at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The talk focused on how the project as a whole could work as a template for future projects that focus on collaboration between artists and organisations in different sectors. Presenters at the talk included Simon Terry from Anglepoise, Claire Sambrook and student Jack Daly from The University of Portsmouth, Paul Gonella from Strong Island and one of the other participants photographer Rob Luckins.

Anglepoise have been very pleased and impressed with the level of work produced and how much national publicity was gained. The project now moves to aspex in Portsmouth for 6 weeks in January 2014 and will include a series of workshops featuring the participants and a launch night to include a discussion about creative industries in the city and how we can work together to attract investment, resources and support.

For more information about the project, to watch all of the films and to see loads of photos visit:


Somerstown Stories Design Charrette

Case Study - Somerstown Stories Design Charrette

Somerstown is a district of Portsmouth which was largely rebuilt after the Second World War and boasts a diverse cultural history, much of which remains to be explored and documented. Somerstown Stories was a lottery-funded local heritage initiative which encouraged the Portsmouth community to engage with the past, present and future of Somerstown through a close collaboration between various private and public organisations. Following on from a year-long Diploma One core-curriculum assignment, The Project Office were commissioned to coordinate a Design Charrette to assist Year 9 pupils from the local Charter Academy School to explore their local urban context.

The event took place over one day, during which groups of school pupils discussed ideas and strategies with a postgraduate student mentor, enlisting a wide variety of media, which included text, sketches, models and verbal means of representation. The event concluded with a presentation from the groups to representatives of the University of Portsmouth, the Church of England and local interest groups. The younger pupils who took part developed critical analysis and creative thinking skills, while the architecture students experienced direct contact and engagement with a local community, as an extension of their academic experience.