A closer look at some of the area’s talented artists.

Review: Hot Jazz Special by Jonny Hannah

Review: Hot Jazz Special by Jonny Hannah

reviewed by Charlie Hislop. Can you do jazz without sound? Hot Jazz Special comes very close. In sketches, painting, words, and colours it captures all the excitement; the buzz, the characters, and the clubs. Featuring jazz greats like Billie Holliday, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and more while mixing song lyrics with pen pictures. It references
Photos: beautiful distractions

Photos: beautiful distractions

by Mike Daish. I am slowly starting to go out with my camera more often after getting back into the routine of being at work again.  In these difficult and worrying times, it is wonderful to have the distraction of walking around taking photos of the many beautiful things to be found locally. I was
Face of Britain at Southampton City Art Gallery

Face of Britain at Southampton City Art Gallery

Face of Britain, curated by Nahem Shoa, is an exhibition of portraits by outstanding artists who have painted British individuals from the 17th century to the present day. At its heart is a selection of Shoa’s own striking oil paintings of black and mixed race sitters. Running at Southampton City Art Gallery from tomorrow (September
John Hitchens: Aspects of Landscape at Southampton City Art Gallery

John Hitchens: Aspects of Landscape at Southampton City Art Gallery

Southampton City Art Gallery is currently present a retrospective by the acclaimed British painter John Hitchens. Running until October 3, Aspects of Landscape, features more than fifty works spanning almost six decades and charts the artist’s journey from descriptive to a unique form of abstract painting.  Hitchens first came to public prominence in the 1960s
Photos: reflecting on the end of shielding

Photos: reflecting on the end of shielding

Pictures and words by Mike Daish. Shielding has been paused so I am now gearing up to return to my normal job which is working a local shop. After four months spent mainly at home and having been on my own for much of that time,  it will be quite a big change. The past
Featured artist: Donna McGhie

Featured artist: Donna McGhie

by Sally Churchward. As a child, Donna McGhie had been allowed to paint whatever she wanted on a wall of her bedroom. She grew up with a love of art, so when she decided that working in social and inclusion work was no longer for her, she returned to her first love.  “I’d always used
Photos: the little things

Photos: the little things

by Mike Daish. I often hear the phrase, it’s the little things that matter most and I tend to agree. Since being able to get outside, with the easing of lockdown, and enjoy the local countryside again I have loved watching all the little things I have missed so much. Each day I go out
Easing the lockdown: my first walk outside

Easing the lockdown: my first walk outside

word and photos by Mike Daish. Today I took my first walk in a little over two months.  Due to a medical condition I was informed that I should isolate in my home for 12 weeks. I am still isolating but am now allowed to leave the house. I am very lucky to have a
The Southampton Doorstep Portraits Project

The Southampton Doorstep Portraits Project

by Martin Brisland. A record of a unique moment in time by photographer Katherine Mills. We have all been affected by the coronavirus pandemic in some way. For a local photographer who would typically be earning from weddings and family occasions at this time of year it means creative thinking to come up with ways
Graduate artists find new ways of exhibiting during lockdown

Graduate artists find new ways of exhibiting during lockdown

Led by arts organisation, ’a space’ arts, Homemade Mango Chutney is a virtual exhibition of new work by graduate artists in Southampton.  Previously titled Mango Chutney, the exhibition was originally intended to showcase the work of ten artists who currently occupy studio spaces at the Alfred Arcade and the Hidden Wardrobe on Old Northam Road.
Photos of much loved locations in Eling

Photos of much loved locations in Eling

by Mike Daish. I am confined to my flat at the moment and have been inside for almost four weeks now. To pass some of the time I am looking at old photos and enjoying the memories they invoke. Something I do regularly is go out on little cycle rides locally and take a few
March in photos

March in photos

by Mike Daish. I took my camera out with me around Eling, and in Southampton centre, catching the arrival of spring, at the same time as coronavirus also sweeps into the area. The first three photos were taken at Eling near the little toll bridge and tide mill. These were taken while out on one
Featured artist: Spring Wise

Featured artist: Spring Wise

by Sally Churchward. “I don’t want people to think that if something is difficult to do, they’re not cut out for it, because that isn’t true. I’m proud to be autistic and disabled. It’s part of me.” These are the words of Southampton artist Spring Wise. Spring has spent her life doing things that were
Artist, poet, musician & dad Greg Gilbert on his need to create

Artist, poet, musician & dad Greg Gilbert on his need to create

by Sally Churchward. Greg Gilbert first made a name for himself as the frontman of indie pop band Delays, but in recent years returned to his originally intended career, art. Since his first exhibition, in 2013, he has made a name for himself as an accomplished artist and, more recently, a poet.   On November
Featured artist: Claudia Friend

Featured artist: Claudia Friend

by Sally Churchward. Claudia Friend is one of three Southampton-based artists being supported by city-based arts organisation ‘a space’ to spend four weeks in Venice,  invigilating the Cathy Wilkes exhibition at the British Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale 2019, and developing their own artistic research. Claudia, along with Laurence Dubé-Rushby and Asten Holmes-Elliott was selected
Waves and Forms, a keynote exhibition by Haroon Mirza at John Hansard Gallery

Waves and Forms, a keynote exhibition by Haroon Mirza at John Hansard Gallery

The next exhibition to come to John Hansard Gallery, part of the University of Southampton,will be Waves and Forms, a keynote exhibition by Haroon Mirza. Running from October 19 to January 11, the exhibition highlights the artist’s ongoing exploration of waveforms: how they are perceived, the emotional and physical responses they create and the various
Featured artist: Patricia Descalco

Featured artist: Patricia Descalco

by Sally Churchward. With a craft teacher as a mother, Patricia Descalco was exposed to art at an early age, and it has always been her passion. She studied industrial and multi-media design at university and went on to become a graphic designer, until two-years ago, whilst on maternity leave, she made the leap to