Every year, The News organises The Guide Awards, a celebration of the local arts community with a public vote across 13 categories. In the 2019 edition, we are proud to announce many of these include University of Portsmouth staff, alumni and even current students.

The News’ revealed that in the previous iteration of the competition, thousands of votes were cast, reflecting the value these awards have in the region. If you want to support your favourite local creatives from 2019 for their contribution to the local arts scene, you can do so until the midnight of Sunday 29th December.

Running in the Best Visual Artist category, sponsored by Aspex Gallery, is the foursandeights riso studio & print collective made up of Marie Cleaver, BA (Hons) Graphic Design Lecturer, and Darren Page, Lead Technician in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. They work out of Hotwalls Studio and their most recent work was an outstanding projection shown as part of the launch of Portsmouth Creates and the Christmas Light switch-on in Commercial Road.

Sasha Damjanovic, a recent graduate from the BA (Hons) Illustration degree, is also nominated in the same category. Her creations grounded in feminist thinking, politics and practice, evoking urgency and demanding attention. Sasha is currently showing her work, including prints and risograph posters, in the Platform Graduate Award 2019 at Aspex Gallery.

CCI Staff members and their “surging atmospheric indie rock” band, Fake Empire, are also nominated in the Best Band category, sponsored by the Wedgewood Rooms. The group is made up of Simon Brookes, Associate Dean for Students (guitars, synths), Les Black, Service Delivery Manager (voice, guitars) and Becky Bellinger, Teaching Fellow (live drums). BA (Hons) English Literature alumnus James Tattington is in the run for a music award, too. You can vote for him in the Best Solo Act section under the stage name Fugitive Orchestra.

This year, The Guide Awards collaborated with Portsmouth Film Society and Making Waves International Film Festival for the Best Local Short Film category. This can be separately voted for here, and you can support either Stripped Bare or Family Night, short films made in the previous academic year by Level 6 and Level 5 students respectively, as part of their BA (Hons) Film Production course.

The awards night for the 2019 edition will take place at the Kings Theatre in Albert Road, Southsea, on Monday 27th January 2020.

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