Freda Swain Lounge, Portsmouth Guildhall
Monday, March 20, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Portsmouth Guildhall Portsmouth PO1 2AB, UK
South East England
Caroline Misselbrook - Daff Illustration

The exhibition opening dates are 20 March – 21 June 2017
Monday-Friday, 9am -5pm, Saturday 10am -2pm
**Closed to the public from Mon 20th – Fri 24th March & Mon 24th – Fri 28th April**
Please double check opening times before visiting the Guildhall.

To mark the 50th birthday of the Summer of Love in San Francisco, the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) at the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Cultural Trust (PCT) invited CCI students to submit a proposal to showcase new creative work as part of their ongoing exhibition programme to enrich the visual and cultural experience of visitors to the Guildhall.

The selected student was Caroline Misselbrook, an MA Illustration student at the School of Art and Design. This show will be part of a series of Summer of Love celebrations in Portsmouth. Talks, exhibitions, performances, film screenings, live music and other events will shine a spotlight on the history and legacy of the sixties counterculture.

In this series of illustrations, Caroline gives a new lease of life to the birds from her father’s egg collection, which he started as a child in the 1950’s during walks in the Westwood Local Nature Reserve and along Weston Shore in Southampton.

While organising the box Caroline found a copy of the Daily Express from 1961 underneath the sawdust. Adverts and articles form part of the watercolour and ink illustrations and highlight the juxtaposition of animals that continued to live happily around us while we focused on our materialistic lifestyles and had unhealthy expectations of men and women. It was this post war culture in the U.S, Canada and Europe that eventually lead to hippies or ‘flower children’ during the Summer of Love in San Francisco in 1967, rejecting these consumerist values and turning to art, religious or meditative practice and politics.