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....Beneath the Surface
I HEART ART collective

Preview Saturday 29th July

29th July to 19th August


The I HEART ART collective has been active since 1999 and encompasses artists and makers specialising in a broad range of disciplines, including painting and drawing, installation, film and performance, living and working across the country and in Europe. While each artist has maintained their professional practice apart from the collective, they regularly regroup for themed group exhibitions and events in various locations including Portsmouth, London and Ilfracombe.

The majority of the collective met while studying Fine Art at the University of Portsmouth when it was taught in a landmark Victorian building in the heart of Portsea's traditional docklands. The John Pounds Building was then a place of warren-like studio spaces whose very atmosphere seemed to invite free thinking and artistic risk-taking despite its rather austere façade. The ethos of the Fine Art department at that time encouraged independent experimentation to produce art that challenged orthodoxies whilst retaining a sense of humour and humanity. In reuniting for group shows, the artists and makers of the I HEART ART collective actively reinforce those values while aiming to present a coherent community from their creative diversity. Meet the artists here

'We don't come together to make art, we make art to come together.'