Portsmouth Create's community artist colouring book next to coloured pencils

Read more about the community colouring book from arts initiative Portsmouth Creates

  • 12 May 2020
  • 2.25 min read

Portsmouth Creates has launched #CreateUpPompey, a free art pack addressing Portsmouth's challenges during Covid and lockdown.

1,500 packs have been distributed across the city, each including a colouring book, colouring pencils and pencil sharpener. The colouring book can also be downloaded from Portsmouth Creates' website.

The current situation can be challenging and worrying for many – but we are encouraged in the midst of it all by the generous and creative responses from many in our community seeking to support others. We are particularly grateful to Portsmouth Creates for the colouring books etc which we will share with children and adults to help to brighten their day and to help them to also be creative!

Revd. Canon Bob White, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the HIVE Portsmouth

The not-for-profit arts and culture initiative joined forces with a host of charities and organisations for the art project, including The Hive, Women's Refuge Services, British Red Cross and Kings Church Food Bank. #CreateUpPompey helps people discover aspects of the city's vivacious art scene by sharing colourful versions of artwork donated by Portsmouth artists, designers, illustrators and communities, as well as Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) staff. They include:

  • Angela Chick
  • My Dog Sighs
  • Fark
  • Pete Codling
  • Strong Island
  • Samo
  • Peta Tattersall – Faculty Manager, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Rachel Homewood – Course Leader, BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design
  • foursandeights (Marie Cleaver – Graphic Design lecturer and Darren Page – Specialist Print Technician)
  • David Leefe Kendon – Technical Advisor, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Kremena Dimitrova – PhD student, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

I'm delighted to see the first volume of Portsmouth Creates' Community Artists Colouring Book and I'm very proud that it includes so many contributions from my brilliant colleagues at the University of Portsmouth. I hope it inspires everyone to take up their pencils and paints and I can't wait to see what they come up with.

Prof. Trevor Keeble, Executive Dean, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth

Visit Portsmouth Creates to find out how you can get involved with the project online, and to enter an exclusive prize giveaway courtesy of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.

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