Portraits of Pompey: Solo Exhibition by Karl Rudziak
August 6 @ 10:00 am - August 8 @ 5:00 pmFree
Join us for Portraits of Pompey, an exhibition of works completed in Studio 5 by Karl Rudziak. The collection will feature paintings from Karl’s ACE-funded project We Don’t Need Culture.
Entry to the exhibition is free. The Round Tower and the Hotwalls Studios are accessible for wheelchair users. All are welcome.
The Hotwalls Studios are a 15 minute walk from Portsmouth Harbour bus and train station, and a 15minute walk from Southsea.
We Don’t Need Culture
We Don’t Culture is a project that continues to explore attitudes in Portsmouth towards the word culture – in particular the elitist connotations it can invoke. Working closely with Portsmouth City Council and Arts Council England, Rudziak engages the local community in low income, inner city areas through sketching and painting portraits of local characters, working with local people in community hubs, youth centres, coffee mornings and multicultural groups. The project, now in its fourth year, aims to re-brand the word culture as a concept that is inclusive and equal within all areas of the community, to expose those who wouldn’t normally see themselves as “cultural” to arts practice by painting, and then exhibiting, the resulting pictures in pop-up exhibitions.
Rudziak has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the BP Awards 2009 with his painting of Portsmouth number one fan John Anthony Portsmouth Football Club Westwood. His work has been exhibited throughout the country including Southampton City Art Gallery, the Dean Gallery of the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh. His works reside in public and private collections including Portsmouth City Museum arts collection and the Royal Navy.