The Channel - Journeys Festival International

19 Oct 2019 – 23 Oct 2019

Regular hours

Sat, 19 Oct
11:00 – 17:00
Sun, 20 Oct
11:00 – 17:00
Mon, 21 Oct
11:00 – 17:00
Tue, 22 Oct
11:00 – 17:00
Wed, 23 Oct
11:00 – 17:00

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  • Train: London Waterloo (1hr 30mins) or London Victoria (2hrs 10mins), Bristol (2hrs) and South Wales (3hrs 15mins)
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For a week, Portsmouth will have a means of communication across borders through an exchange of messages with UK detention centres, which will later form a sound artwork, as part of The Channel installation.


The Channel is an installation that enables you to communicate across borders. From Portsmouth, we will connect with people
indefinitely detained in UK immigration removal centres via the sculpture, which resembles an old-fashioned phone box. You are invited to listen to messages sent by real people who are in detention centres throughout the week and respond to the individuals with your own questions and thoughts. The phone booth enables an exchange of messages between Portsmouth and UK detention centres, which will later form a sound artwork.

The installation will be placed in Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth, PO1 2DJ, and it will be open for visiting between Saturday 19 – Wednesday 23 October, 11:00am - 5:00pm.

An introductory talk will take place ahead of The Channel installation, on the subject of Unlocking Immigration Detention. Click the link to find out more and book your attendance.

Saturday 19 October, 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Celebrate the launch of The Channel with food and discussion and exchange messages with detainees.

Wednesday 23 October, 11.00am – 5.00pm
Your chance to speak to the artist and contribute to the conversation and exchange messages with detainees.

Saturday 26 October, 12.00pm – 5.00pm
Join us at Journeys Live at Guildhall Square, to listen to the message exchange and celebrate our desire to connect across borders: your last chance to leave a message.​

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Isobel Tarr

Touring to

Journeys Festival International

Journeys Festival International


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