Portsmouth Cathedral ‘Containers’ - fabulous artwork at major Portsmouth Festival


Portsmouth, 12th October

Portsmouth Cathedral is to host a series of exhibitions, live art and digital art displays, alongside other local venues as part of the third annual, Journeys Festival International Portsmouth (19-28 October).

Two of the exhibitions feature art created by migrants from the Calais ‘Jungle’ Camps and are on display inside the impressive Cathedral surroundings. Jungle Style and The Invisibles’ Journey are open to members of the public to see free of charge every day of the Festival. Jungle Style focuses on fashion, and shows members of the refugee community in clothing that reflects their personalities and counters media images of refugees in outdated and disintegrating clothes. The Invisibles’ Journey is an exhibition of art work created by Calais Jungle residents, who took part in a series of art workshops with Secours Catholique, the work reflecting on the personal journeys and situations of the participants.

Outside the cathedral, people are invited to take a look at The Container Project, an unusual setting for an art exhibition. The shipping container will be located in the Cathedral grounds and will host a series of live graffiti painting sessions (19-21 October) delivered by local artists Missit, Nzie and Sahara Rock.

Inside the container a brand new digital arts project called Tourist runs from 22-28 October. For Tourist, artist Anton Kats has created a digital exhibition that draws on the absurdity of the accreditation process for refugees in Germany. Tourist shows the artist undergoing the official ceremony to transform his stateless position and achieve documentation that gives him German and European citizenship.

Acting Dean of Portsmouth - The Reverend Canon Peter Leonard, said: “This is art that connects us with the biggest movement of displaced peoples on record. These displacements are caused mainly by war, poverty and injustice and so many of those displaced are children. Portsmouth Cathedral is humbled to host these exhibitions as we learn what it means to be more compassionate, prayerful and hospitable.”

Journeys Festival International Portsmouth is funded by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, ISD, University of Portsmouth, Film Hub South West, Hornpipe Arts for Schools, Ernest Cook Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

To see the full programme head to https://www.journeysfestival.com/portsmouth or grab yourself a printed brochure from the Cathedral or the Guildhall.

Portsmouth Cathedral