The Ports Fest Team
Erica Smith – Director
Erica Smith has been the Director of Ports Fest since 2015. She has been a senior programme manager and creative producer in the creative industries for 20 years including the national Creative Partnerships programme where she was at the heart of creativity in education for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight for 7 years. She has devised hundreds of innovative projects and produced thousands of events with a specialist knowledge of mixed media.
Erica is also the director and Co-Founder of Voice FM radio station in Southampton and a trustee for BAFA – The British Arts Festivals Association.
Tory Smith – Administrator
Tory joined Ports Fest in 2016. With years of experience in various administrative roles, Tory returned to education in 2010 to gain further qualifications before embarking on a degree in Photography in 2012. Whilst on the course, she undertook a year’s paid placement at the University of Portsmouth to work with the Promotions Manager and gain further experience in running events, social media and promotion.
As well as being into photography, Tory is also a keen crafter and Treasurer for a local scout group in Gosport, having recently become Head of Fundraising for the Gosport District Scouts.
Francis Brown – Assistant
Francis was born in Kent before going up to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, to read music. There, he sang in several choirs, wrote for and edited a student newspaper, and was a heavily involved with both Trinity Hall Arts Society and Trinity Hall Music Society, before graduating with a first class honours in 2020. This year, he is working for Ports Fest alongside his choral scholarship at Portsmouth Cathedral.
Ports Fest Governance
Chair – Dr Anne Cotton
Company Secretary – Ann-Marie Phillips
Dr Adrian Hull
News from Ports Fest
Ports Fest update June 2021
Ports Fest 2021 update
Ports Fest 2021 is live
Ports Fest 2021
Portsmouth Poetry Schools competition
Ports Fest and Portsmouth Poetry Schools competition
Refocus art submissions
Launch of Ports Fest 2021
Something new is coming to Portsmouth
Aspex (life begins) at 40!
Portsmouth’s contemporary art gallery announces exciting plans to celebrate its milestone anniversary