Eight new resident artists have joined the creative hub in Old Portsmouth, making thirteen studios where visitors can meet creatives and see artists and makers at work.  

Cllr Steve Pitt, Leader of the council with responsibility for culture, said: “Hotwalls Studios provides a unique opportunity for the public to witness artists at their creative best, partake in enriching workshops, and champion local artistic talent. I am delighted to witness the continued growth of our creative community in Portsmouth, and I eagerly anticipate the diverse creations that will emerge.”

The new resident artists represent a diverse array of mediums and artistic styles, inviting visitors to explore and engage. Every third Sunday of the month, all thirteen studios will open their doors from 11am to 4pm, offering a firsthand glimpse into the artistic process. Additionally, a series of markets, exhibitions, and shows are slated for later in the year.

More details about the new artists can be found below:

Studio one showcases a textile artist called Studio Rumu. Karen’s expertise lies in the ancient art form of needle felting, which involves transforming wool fibres into both 3D models and 2D fibre paintings.

Liz Linfield occupies studio two with Ahoy Dare, which brings together the world of textile art and the stylish realm of street fashion. With her unique knitting creations, she transforms knitting needles into paintbrushes and yarns into kaleidoscopic murals.

In studio four, printmaker Frankie Brown creates whimsical hand-printed illustration, artwork, and stationery. She sources her illustration ideas from fairy tales and folklore, delving into their obscure and sometimes darker origins.

Studio six showcases the ink drawings and paintings by young artists Radford and Jackson, focusing on working-class people and nautical themes. And in Studio nine, painter Ella Kilgour and textile artist Tiger Lily Tufts create a range of work, from surrealist landscapes to colourful rugs and wall hangings.

Finally, studio 11 is taken by designer and artist ’26th of May’, who’s unique jewellery and accessories show creativity and innovation.

For more information on what’s happening at Hotwalls Studios, visit hotwallsstudios.co.uk.