Lace up your comfy shoes, grab a camera and take a spin around the cities eclectic and ever-growing collection of street art. Discover work by local, national and international artists. For more locations, check the free Street Art Cities app.MoreLess
A commission for Albert Road Traders, the artist wanted ‘Faded Memories’ to have a feeling of times gone past and to have a theatrical feel that would tie in with the Kings Theatre just around the corner. You can find it just around the back of O'Neills pub just off Albert Road.
Commissioned by Southern Co-op and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust as part of their #WilderPortsmouth campaign, featuring real bird boxes ‘Wild Thing” aims to encourage local people to take action to create and enhance wild spaces where they live.
This side of Portsmouth FC's Fratton Park, Specks Lane, has been a hotbed of street art for many, many years, featuring work from local, up and coming artists through to internationally respected artists.
The must see mural in town and one of the largest murals in the city, this piece was commissioned by artist-led, independent printing company Seadog. If you look carefully you can see the reflection in the eye depicts the FA cup win of the local football club in 2008.
A growing and continually changing mural “The Strand City Map” was originally painted back in 1998, representing the local community spirit over the last 20 years. One of the most unique parts of the strand mural is that it can be added to year after year, the artists are still getting requests to add people, business premises, company vans, people riding bikes or on the beach. A growing and continually changing public art mural.
Another huge a pair of eyes staring out of a wall in Market Way, just north of the Cascades Shopping Centre, "I wanna be yours". In the centre of the eyes you can see John Cooper Clarke on stage performing his song I Wanna Be Yours, commissioned by Portsmouth Poetry and supported by Portsmouth City Council the mural celebrates John Cooper Clarke's visit to the city as part of Portsmouth Festivities 2016.
Hidden down a side entrance to a mews off Albert Road, this pop-up spot appeared when the French Cafe front was painted by local artists and designers.
Known locally as the Southsea Ghetto, this is a hotspot for street art in Southsea for many years, this alleyway by the old Debenhams is updated regularly and attracts some of the best street artists int he UK. You can often find people painting down there and the walls are constantly changing. Well worth a visit anytime you are in the town centre. Please mind to have respect and ask the artits's permission before you shoot pictures.
A real slice of history this mural celebrates one of older sites in the city which was first developed in the early eighteenth century and the street shop front is unaltered since 1870. The site is currently being developed as an extension of the nearby John Pounds Community Centre.
Commissioned by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust for the launch of the Wildlife Trusts Campaign. The wall is one of the few in the city still showing damage during WW2 bombing. Cuttlefish have three hearts and an ability to change their colour and skin texture to merge with their surroundings. They also perform spectacular light and colour displays across their bodies. London based ATM has a lifelong love for nature. He has a particular connection to birds, so this work is exceptional.
A celebration of empowerment this stunning mural is on the side of the Liberty Lounge The new social enterprise that aims to bring together a community of women - and men - and allow them to experiment with their identity, explore their creativity and find their ‘path’. They run daily workshops, which can be attended by anyone so worth checking out their program if you are in town.
Hidden down an alley on Castle Road (the birthplace of Peter Sellers) this piece was commissioned by Highfield Trading. There a number of other works down the ally and some of these are by other international artists. You can often find new work appearing in this hidden ally.
On the side of the, I Love Dust HQ in the centre of Portsmouth, out the back of Guildhall walk, you can find “Heart of the City” which typifies the artist’s work who has become well known for mixing this street medium with the more refined world of typography.
This independent chain of restaurants features the artwork of local street artists inside and out. The walls are bare brick and industrial fittings. The tables and lockers are lit with neon and hanging light bulbs; local artwork is splashed across the walls and ceiling whilst the industrial sauce dispenser fits perfectly alongside the custom bar. It’s one of those places that oozes cool and feels like a backstreet New York joint you only know if you know.
At the westward beginning of Southsea's famous Albert Road, this mural was commissioned by Bored of Southsea for their 2C store. It’s a stunning sign post for the road’s eclectic mix of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops selling curios, antiques, furniture, arts and crafts.
Fark has worked with the church and the food bank located within it to bring colour to this location. Look out for more along this strip of Highland Road as Fark's HQ is nearby.