Viewpoint – Blog post #2

Portsmouth Cathedral is well known as a venue for art shows and exhibitions.  This autumn, the “Viewpoint” project will invite three artists to spend ten days in the cathedral environs, exploring the theme of ‘faiths connected’.  In this latest update, Viewpoint curator Sharon Court conducted an open briefing session on Monday September 14th for artists and others interested in learning more about how to participate in the Viewpoint project:

Today we had an open lunch briefing for artists and practitioners interested in the Viewpoint project. Artists from a range of practices and backgrounds came to look around the space, hear a bit more about the project’s aspirations and ask practical questions.

It was great to meet with such a diverse range of people who already had ideas bubbling about how they might apply their practice and experience to the theme of ‘faiths connected’.

There were a few questions raised, so we’ve included them here with their corresponding responses. If you’ve got a question that’s not listed here, do feel free to drop us a line at:

Memorial Garden


Some questions raised were:

Q. Are there any areas out of bounds?

A. Not really no! If you wanted to do something in a particular space, let us know and we’ll endeavour to make it work. Most of the internal furniture can be moved around.


Q. When will the completed work be shown?

A. We would want to share and celebrate the work of each residency at the end of the residency period. The work would then remain on display in the Cathedral, for the duration of the project at least, depending on the nature of the installation.


Q. Can we request a specific month?

A. If there’s a particular time period when you’re available and would like to work, then please make this clear in your application and we will do our best to accommodate you. We can’t promise, but we will try!


Q. I work with sound, can we make noise in the Cathedral?

A. Yes, we’re certainly open to that. For sound or physical performance, it just requires a bit more coordination as there are services on during the day.


Q. Could I do a series of small workshops rather than just one larger one?

A. Yes, we’re open to that. Make sure you mention it in your application, and if you’re appointed we will endeavour to work with you to help make that happen.


Q. I’m a final year art student at university. I probably shouldn’t be taking on something like this, but I’m really interested!

A. If you’re a student, and the project might dovetail with some of your course requirements, then get in touch because we might be able to help with a short-term placement or something similar.


The closing date for applications/expression of interest is Sept 25th 2015 at 5pm  and details of how to apply are in the artists brief which is available here:

Viewpoint – Artists Briefing Paper



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