Art lovers are in for a treat as Portsmouth City Council's Hotwalls Studios will host a flurry of free events to kick off the summer.

The city’s historic fortifications have been transformed into thirteen working studios where artists and designer-makers start and grow their creative ventures in an environment of mutual support, creativity and innovation.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Leader of the council with responsibility for culture, said: “Hotwalls Studios has such an exciting buzz, especially when there are events, workshops and exhibitions going on. This summer is set to be full of fun and creativity. These are great opportunities for people to support local artists, and to enjoy a feel-good day out with family and friends.”

Seven events to catch at the Hotwalls Studios:

  1. 27-28 May – Hotwalls Creative Market

lady selling art at market stall

The annual Creative Market is back on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May from 10am to 4pm. There will be over 30 art stalls outside, as well as the Traders Keep market in the Round Tower, live music from 12pm and an artisan pizza van!

  1. 1-4 June – ‘Hotwalls Retrospective’ exhibition by Karl Rudziak

drawing of man sitting on bench looking out to sea

Karl Rudziak has spent the last seven years at the Hotwalls Studios. This final exhibition of Karl’s residency will include a selection of paintings and drawings completed during his time there. It includes works from Arts Council funded, community outreach projects such as “We Don’t Need Culture” and personal works inspired by people visiting the studio.

3. 9-11 June – ‘Follow Me’ exhibition by Lizzie Cornelius

people going into a shop

Following a successful Solo Exhibition last year in the Round Tower and exploring the theme “Love”, this year Lizzie Explores the definition to “Follow” and all its associations.

  1. 18 June – Open Studios

artist working on a canvas in an old bulding

Come down to Old Portsmouth to explore artists and designer makers at work, have a hand in small workshops and purchase or commission professional pieces. On Sunday June 18, Hotwalls Studios welcomes Flora Bucket to the Round Tower in Hotwalls Studios unique guest artist programme.

  1. 23-25 June – Hotwalls Group Show ‘Circles, Cycles and Cylinders’

a piece of material with three circles in blue pink and yellow

(image credit to Kim Edith)

Artists and makers from across the 13 studios will collaborate to create pieces inspired by the phrase Circles, Cycles, and Cylinders, on display in the city’s unique circular exhibition space, The Round Tower. The title is open to a wide range of interpretation and will be applied in a variety of media, including print, paint, jewellery, ceramic, and textile art.

  1. 16 July – Open Studios

people looking at art in an old building

Hotwalls Studios opens its doors once again for its Open Studios, an event that happens on the third week of every month. This month Hotwalls Studios will welcome local artist and teacher ‘whenwewerecows’ to their guest artist programme held in the historic Round Tower.

  1. The Canteen

tables and chairs outside looking over the sea

The Canteen is a vibrant waterfront eatery offering breakfast and lunch with some spectacular views. Open from 8am until 4pm every day, they offer a mouth-watering range of fresh, wholesome, great quality food. With sea views from every window, and with their waterfront deck, you’ll feel within touching distance of the water – making that coffee break that little bit more special!

The Canteen is wheelchair accessible and dog friendly.

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