SOUTHSEA STREET ART WALK
This self guided walking tour to explore the Street Art in Southsea is approximately 3km long, is fairly flat, but does involve crossing roads and avoiding traffic, so do take care. Although this walk doesn't encompass all of the Street Art in Portsmouth and Southsea, it does allow you to explore a lot of excellent and interesting pieces of work by a variety of different artists such as My Dog Sighs, Roo, Fark, Pogo and Gary Stranger.
You can be as quick as you like or take your time to enjoy the local area. The route follows Highland Road, Albert Road and Marmion Road in Southsea, all renowned for their choice of great restaurants, coffee shops, bars and pubs. The work in the header above is by Southsea's own Fark.
SOUTHSEA STREET ART WALKING ROUTE.
1. WHAT THE FARK?
The Southsea Street Art walking route starts at Broadway Coffee Roasters at 147 Highland Road, not only do they roast and serve great coffee here, but the shop was formerly the workshop of local artist Fark. Some of his work can be viewed on the walls of the coffee shop, why not stock up on refreshment for the journey.
2. LARGE PORTRAIT BY POGO
Walk a couple of hundred meters west from the Broadway Coffee shop, with the Highland Road cemetery wall on your left, and you will come to a large portrait of a young woman painted on the wall in front of you. It was painted by French artist Pogo (@POGO_UK Instagram) in the style of Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's.
3. St MARGARET'S CHURCH
Continue walking in the same direction and you will soon arrive at St Margaret's Community Church. On the doors here you will see a rainbow and bird painting by Fark, with the bird saying "Peace, Hope and God Vibes".
There is also some Fark work on the church notice board.
4. SOUTHSEA CYCLES
Continue walking along Highland Road in the same westward direction, the cemetery on your left ends as you turn the bend. The road becomes Albert Road, at the junction with Festing Road. Keep following the road crossing four junctions from side streets until you arrive at Southsea Cycles at 235-237 Albert Road. Here the shop front has some work by Fark and if you look round the corner at the side of the cycle shop there is a large painting featuring Fark's distinctive birds in a garden scene.
5. KANIS SEWING ROOM
Carefully cross to the other side of the road, but continue walking in the same westward direction. You will soon arrive at Kanis Sewing Room. Look around the corner in the small alleyway, here you will find a collection of works by various artists such as My Dog Sighs, Fark, Gary Stranger, Roo and more.
6. LEOPOLD STREET
Keep walking west following Albert Road and on the opposite corner to the Leopold Tavern, at 150-152 Albert Road you will find the home of The Corner Collective. A group of street artists and creatives including Fark and Pompey Banana Club. here you can visit the Collective, view works on display and purchase pieces by local and international artists.
7. ALBERT ROAD PUBLIC TOILETS
Now follow Albert Road, going the same direction west, almost to the end of the road. At the Albert Road public toilets which are on the corner of O'Neils pub (the former Southsea Police Station) you will find a series of intricate and striking works of street art on the brick walls. This work is by Roo (@rooabrook Instagram).
8. FAT FOX
Continue now to the end of Albert Road and turn right at the junction with Victoria Road South and walk just a few metres more to the Fat Fox. If you look up at this point there is a bird by Fark at the top of the building.
9. BANGERZ N BREWZ
Retrace your steps here back to the junction of Albert Road and start following Victoria Road South, walking in a southerly direction for about 350m. There is a large work by Fark on the roller shutters at Bangerz n Brewz, if the shutters are down you won't be able to miss it.
10. STRONG ISLAND
Continue walking south as you were and then turn right onto Marmion Road. Just around the corner is the Strong Island shop at 87 Marmion Road. On the shop front there is a seagull by Fark saying "Think Big!"
11. TONBRIDGE STREET
Walk along Marmion Road in a westerly direction passing Waitrose on your left hand side. When you reach the end of Marmion Road turn slightly left passing the top of Palmerston Road shopping area. The next turning you come to on the left is Tonbridge Street turn down here and continue until it narrows into an alleyway. In this alleyway you will find a large collection of paintings by a wide range of artists such as Slash, Fark and many more.
12,13 and 14. DEBENHAMS BUILDING
When you have finished, follow the alleyway through, it turns 90° here. When you exit the alleyway turn right down Palmerston Road. The now closed Debenhams department store is now a huge canvas used by street artists on three sides, east, south and west. Make sure you see all of the works on offer here, they are painted over and recreated on a regular basis.
15. CLIFTON ROAD
Leaving the Debenhams building behind you, walk west along Osborne Road towards the Queens Hotel and Southsea Common. Just before you get to the Queens Hotel you will see a side turning into Clifton Road on the southern side of Osborne Road, turn down here. There is usually some paintings to see here, but they do change quite quickly.
16. OSBORNE ROAD
Return the way you came back onto Osborne Road and turn left. On the wall here you will find a good collection of paintings and stencil works.
17. CLARENCE PARADE
Now walk along to the end of Osborne Road passing the Queens Hotel on your left. At the corner turn left onto Clarence Parade and walk along past the front of the hotel for about 50m. Looking past the hotel garden to the building beyond you will see a huge painting by My Dog Sighs. This painting is so large that passing boats can see it quite clearly.