NEWS : Happy New Year

Hello folks, just a quick post to get in the spirit of this time of year – reflections on what has happened in the last haphazard orbit of the sun, and a projection into what could occur during the next…     2018 marks ten years of The Zoo after all!


Artprint “Jamelia” printed at Primavera Sound 2017, by the wonderful Monostereo studio, Barcelona – Screenprint, 3colours (incl 2 blends), 46 x 32cm, Edition of 80 – Photo by friends at Toucan Tango

We are still based at the Hotwalls for the time being, (Studio No.8 The Batch-Maker Print Studio), surrounded by friends and creatives, on view to all who wander by and preparing for a long rota of beginners print workshops with the public till May (we’ll remind you of these over the coming months but for now click here for the calendar)…

There is some new PZoo work in the pipeline and some reworkings of old favourites planned too (marked as new editions if not from open ones) – not to mention some development of the new Kid-In-Deed project. Speaking of which, the reception of our “Never Ever, Ever After – First Editions” exhibition was very positive, and we’re grateful to everyone who took something home from it – for that particular artistic urge to be finally expressed was quite groundbreaking on a personal level, and for it to be enthused about by onlookers is massively encouraging.
The show even earnt us a nomination from the Aspex gallery in the Portsmouth News “Guide Awards” for Best Visual artist! …we’re not expecting to win as all contenders are quality and, as you’d know, we’re so very very quiet on the social-media front – but as the award date nears, we’ve just been tipped for the shorlist 6 which is splendid. It is tricky for us to brag like this online (not our bag – man) but it would be terribly rude if we didn’t thank those who put us in the running and to anyone who has voted for us – THANK YOU x x

Lastly, let it be said that the studio’s New Year Resolution is to overcome whatever hurdle we find in our way and get back into our old, once a month blog posting routine… hope that suits.

Happy New Year everyone – stay warm (warm is the new cool).

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Exhibition : Never Ever, Ever After First Editions (Kid In Deed)

A new tier of artwork, produced under a new name “Kid In Deed” has been in development for some time now, as an aside to the produce of Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables. The purpose of this new outlet is to allow more conceptual and experimental work to go into production but without “stretching the Petting Zoo brand”.

gallery Old Portsmouth

The “Never Ever, Ever After – First Editions” print exhibition launches at the Jack House Gallery Photo Credit : Grzegorz Kopacz

Though the work’s full scope is still being imagined and themes explored, an initial preview show of prints by Kid In Deed has debuted at Old Portsmouth’s Jack House Gallery, a site close to the Batch-Makers Print Studio at the Hotwalls artist spaces, one of the key projects Petting Zoo has been lucky enough to be involved in recently.

Care has been taken for this initial stage to be simply a side-step from the output of the Zoo rather than seeming like a total confusing departure. The show, entitled “Never Ever, Ever After – First Editions” is an exhibition of screen-prints, employs typography, and harks back to various eras of retro fashion and graphic design. The idea behind the work however is more daring and exposing than anything Spencer / The Zookeeper / K.I.D. has done previously and already these first works have been more revealing and personal than he has felt comfortable showing before.

Nearing the show’s end Spencer is giving a talk about the exhibition at the Jack House Gallery… this has not exactly been kept a secret, but with this all being new territory, and with hype being so distasteful to the artist, the information has been leaked rather carefully.

Meet Spencer and learn about Kid In Deed tomorrow, at the Jack House Gallery between 2 and 4pm

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NEWS : It’s been a while blog.


Dog memes reduce the sting of guilt – FACT.

So … you’re still here? (thank you)

Last blog update was over 18 months ago, a new record, what’s your personal best?

Petting Zoo has still been powering ahead, and bimbling sideways too as is our tradition… there are many prints that we need to show you, there are lots of tales we could retell, there are other great dog memes that we dug up over the past few weeks as our burgeoning need to break the silence grew to be unbearable.

Let’s just leap straight in with the biggest news – back in June 2016, with good friends, we moved into one of the gunning arches in the historic part of Old Portsmouth : The Hotwalls

…go check out the site and then check out our blog here …it really is a huge privilege to be one of just 13 teams to be offered this snazzy space and fantastic platform from which we can get involved with the public, not to mention other artist groups and foundations. So sorry we’ve not trumpeted this great news earlier…

The next and most immediate piece of news for you is that a new tier of work, a new brand if you like, is launching this evening at an exhibition also here in Old Portsmouth… entitled Kid In Deed, we’ll be putting up a full blog about that soon (as well as another website) – but for now please go and visit the very smart and regularly/properly updated website of the Jack House Gallery :

…wanna see a dog pic that neatly sums up how chuffed we are at getting all this news to you? Sure you do.


x x Spencer / Zookeeper

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Gigposter : Kurt Vile & The Violators

screenprinted poster for Brighton's recent Kurt Vile gig

Kurt’s Fender Jazzmaster with tortoiseshell pickguard : signed here by the man himself.

Lo and behold Petting Zoo’s 3rd hand-printed poster for Kurt Vile’s visits to Brighton. This was an especially great show – I (Spencer/Zookeeper) had been yearning for a big, noodly, J.Mascis style, lilting guitar solo at the last gig but alas, one never issued forth (possibly due to the heat of the crowd and cold November draft from the Concorde 2’s fire exit de-tuning strings)…
this time however there were some great rambling plays, absolute gems, not showy or finnickety, but broad and generous and delivered with wry, eyes-shut, half-smiles. Blooming ace.

So I guess it’s fortuitous and serendipiti-docus that The Zoo procured a few shots of a guitar Kurt’s management knew he’d be bringing to the One Inch Badge show (in Hove, actually).

We have a few of these available for sale (unsigned by Kurt) and a couple (2, signed by Kurt) that we’ll hold onto till our new spanky webshop is launched Woohoo!

email us on to enquire – or see if you can snag one from Pie and Vinyl on Castle Road in Southsea

(more news involving those lovely pie-merchants coming v soon!)

many thanks for reading.

limited edition concert memorabilia for Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile & the Violators, All Saints Church, Hove – Screenprint, 3colours incl 1blend – A2 from an edition of 60



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Artfair : Art Junky

Barely recovered from the partying after our special viewing at MERCH (see last post) we are heading back over to Brighton to get our stock sorted out and a good flask of tea!

yes yes … it’s that time of year again… we’re going to be there for the two days as usual!

art junky flyer

come and have a nose at our new prints – say hello if you’re a blog follower and get yourself a little discount x

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Exhibition : MERCH

poster advertising the Petting Zoo poster exhibition

Please come along to a special viewing on Thursday 24th of March (6pm-8pm)

Apologies to those of you not on Twitter (we are, follow us @pzprints), for this rather late announcement regarding our biggest show to date. You may not have yet heard that we have filled 2 walls beneath the main hall in the Portsmouth Guildhall (by the cloakroom)…

There is plenty of time to pop along and see it still (it’s on till May 14th), but aside from a little line in the previous post, you may not have been aware that there will be a special (boozy) viewing this Thursday (the 24th) which can accommodate a very large number of you all and will give you the opportunity to learn a little more about how The Zoo ticks, as well as daft stories from the past 8 years and other subjects of possible interest thought up by you or other question firers…

Portsmouth is a wonderful, unique and spirited city, and Spencer, (the Zookeeper) is expecting some Mick-taking and heckles if not just the odd tricky question, so hopefully that’ll be fun to behold – well that or the red-faced squirming he’ll perform if particularly stumped.

display of 14 cool merch posters in frames

A small section of the larger wall display. The show consists entirely of limited edition concert memorabilia that has been printed by hand, some works are still available for sale and recent ones are still very close to their original price at the show (unframed).

A huge thank you must be extended to Julia, Ollie and especially Clive who, as operatives of the fantastic Aspex Gallery, have assured us that our posters would be a welcome exhibit in their space since we met them at Makers’ Fairs back in 2011 and ’14…
…although the show had to be put together and hung very quickly indeed, it has been an absolute pleasure to work with the team and get everything set.

Thanks also to the ever helpful staff at the Guildhall, the receptionists, Stuart the concierge and Nick who pretty much runs the venue now it seems (previously a stage director back when Spencer was lugging lights and amp stacks with the local crew each gig)… It is hard to convey what a nice “return” this has been – after a tough time that was endured, prior to finding and engaging this vital, inky passion, that is…

…anyhow, we’ll hopefully see you there to chink your glass!   Cheers!

to see the aspex listing go here :

aspex gunwharf portsmouth

And why not? here’s a shot from the Aspex Gallery’s 2014 Makers’ Fair.


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Misc : New Website & Shop!

Oh my… it’s finally underway. The long awaited website / gallery / e-shop is under construction on a private server belonging to the boffins at Port 57

petting zoo prints and collectables will be getting their site updated by Port 57

Trainer-squeaking, hi-caff sinking, keyboard tippety tappers : Port57

…so expect a genuinely swish and user friendly site arriving soon, one that will work on your phones, goggles, dongles and doowops …we’ll still be posting here for a while so don’t adjust your devices or uncrease your dog-ears – will remain our domain.

Thanks for reading – can’t wait to have you all swiping your fingers all over our wares!

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