The Creating Balance Project - Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar




7.30am - 7pm, Mon to Fri 10am - 8pm, Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun

Free Event


Anglepoise®, Strong Island & The University of Portsmouth collaborate to celebrate creativity in Portsmouth. The exhibition includes modified Anglepoise® lamps with photographs and videos showcasing local artists and photographers shown in an informal and relaxed coffee shop environment.

What happens when you twin 10 artists / designers with 10 photographers from a local community? With the help of an Anglepoise® 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.

The Creating Balance Project Showcase provides a fascinating insight into working studios and disciplines in Portsmouth and highlights the richness and diversity of Britain’s creative talent. Could this be a template for creative collaboration at a local level?

Anglepoise® was the ingenious result of a collaboration between automotive engineer, George Carwardine and spring specialists, Herbert Terry & Sons. 80 years on, Terry’s archetypal Anglepoise® Original1227™ lamp, based on Carwardine’s pioneering perfect balance mechanism, is recognised as a British design classic.

Over the years, the Anglepoise® brand has been developed by the Terry family - more recently in collaboration with preeminent British product designer, Sir Kenneth Grange - to create an incomparable series of instantly recognisable, highly functional, energy-efficient table, floor, wall & ceiling lamps. All the new designs remain true to Carwardine’s original design concept, whilst incorporating essential modern features, such as energy saving bulbs.

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