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Creating Balance: My Dog Sighs / Jack Daly


14 - 22 SEPTEMBER, 2013

The Creating Balance Project Showcase at The London Design Festival 2013, is the result of a year-long collaborative project, initiated by the University of Portsmouth in association with iconic British brand Anglepoise® and local community group, Strong Island. This revealing showcase celebrates the talented creative community in Portsmouth, focusing on the working studios and disciplines of artists and designers across the island. Within the informal and relaxed environment of the Speakeasy Espresso and Brew Bar in central London, The Creating Balance Project Showcase firmly puts the spotlight on creativity outside the capital.

To initiate the project, 10 artists and designers were twinned with 10 photographers all based in Portsmouth; each duo was invited to choose an Anglepoise® ‘perfect balance’ task lamp. The aim was to explore the true meaning of balance at work and in life and to document its significance in the creative process. Further insight is provided by a series of videos and behind-the-scenes stills by staff and students at the University of Portsmouth.

In every case, interaction with the Anglepoise® lamp became integral to the creative process. Artist, My Dog Sighs, used the lamp as his mixing palette, International Design Agency, I Love Dust covered their lamp with illustrations, whilst Strong Island’s Paul Gonella and Tristan Savage submerged their lamps under the Solent.

The showcase, which includes customised Anglepoise® lamps, video footage and photography, provides a fascinating insight into the creative process and highlights the richness and diversity of Britain’s creative talent. Could this be a template for creative collaboration at a local level?

Drop in to the Victoria & Albert Museum on Thursday 19th September and hear the story behind The Creating Balance Project: Seminar Room 1, 1.30-3.00pm. Admission Free.

The Creating Balance Project Showcase: 14-22 September
Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar, 
3 Lowndes Court, 
Carnaby, London 
Open Monday – Friday: 07.30 – 19.00, Saturday: 10.00 – 20.00, Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00
Map: click here

For further information please contact Kathryn Dighton PR

Images features: My Dog Sighs/Jack Daly
The Extraordinary Story of the Anglepoise®
There are few objects that exemplify the notion of a design archetype as strongly as the Anglepoise® lamp. Both in terms of engineering and aesthetic, this utilitarian product represents the perfect example of what a lamp should be and continues to influence lighting design today. In a forensic examination of this design icon, Sir Kenneth Grange and Innovation & Brand Director at Anglepoise® Simon Terry discuss its attributes at the Design Museum, Tuesday 16th July, 8pm.  For more information and tickets, click here

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