Anglepoise lamp project shines spotlight on city creativity

An exhibition showcasing the work of some of Portsmouth’s best artists, designers and photographers will be on display at The London Design Festival from tomorrow. Called ‘Creating Balance’, it's the result of a year-long collaboration between the Portsmouth-based British lamp designer Anglepoise, the University of Portsmouth and community group, Strong Island.

Ten local artists and designers were twinned with 10 local photographers and each duo was invited to choose an Anglepoise ‘perfect balance’ task lamp before embarking on their creative projects. The lamp is a British design classic designed by the automotive engineer George Carwadine.

The aim of the project was to explore the true meaning of balance at work and in life.

Claire Sambrook, senior lecturer from the School of Creative Technologies and project leader, said: “After meeting with the Innovation Director at Anglepoise UK we really wanted to collaborate on a project to raise the profile of the creative talent in the city.

“Anglepoise is an iconic British brand based in Portsmouth with an international profile. I really respect their design ethos and love the fact that their lamps have been owned by the likes of Roald Dahl, David Lloyd George and the Queen. It was exciting to work with them on a project that was all about supporting the local creative community.”

The project involved University of Portsmouth students, staff and alumni, as well as local artists and photographers. The showcase in London will include all customised lamps and behind the scenes photography. It will also feature video footage taken by two Portsmouth final year television and broadcasting students.

To see more photos and video footage from the Creative Balance project visit


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