Newsletter, October 2021

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Get involved with culture at University of Southampton this Autumn with exhibitions and events from across the institution. 

Exhibition: Explore Saints and Saviours by Mary Evans at John Hansard Gallery and Marlands Shopping Centre

Until Saturday 6 November

In celebration of Black History Month, Saints and Saviours is a new installation by Mary Evans (b. 1963, Lagos, Nigeria) that pays homage to the rich migratory history of the city of Southampton and its people, a history that continues to expand today.

Presented in partnership withBlack History Month South,Saints and Saviours can be found at John Hansard Gallery, our flagship city centre venue, and Marlands Shopping Centre.


Concerts: Ashley Henry and Manu Delago coming up at Turner Sims

Turner Sims
, our wonderful on-campus concert hall, has a feast of upcoming concerts for you to enjoy. We’ve chosen a couple of highlights!

Manu Delago, Environ Me
8pm, Friday 5 November

After several years as an international touring musician with Björk, Olafur Arnalds, Cinematic Orchestra and Anoushka Shankar, Manu Delago – Grammy-nominated artist, world-renowned handpan player and composer – transforms into a one-man-orchestra to present his first audio-visual solo-programme Environ Me.


Ashley Henry

8pm, Saturday 13 November 

In a much-anticipated night of superb jazz, South London pianist Ashley Henry takes to the stage with his trio. One of a new generation of musicians that have been raised with a wide range of influences, Ashley is clearly influenced by hip-hop but has his roots firmly in jazz. Having recently toured with both Loyle Carner and Christine & The Queens, Henry has a rapidly growing international profile.


Festival: Celebrate Black History Month across the University

Until Sunday 31 October

Once again, several teams at the University have joined forces to create an exciting programme to celebrate Black History Month at University of Southampton.

From music and exhibitions to storytelling and film screening, explore a month of exciting in-person and online events.


Image: Aidan Hampson and @soplaylist

Concerts: Free lunchtime concerts from the Department of Music

The University’s Department of Music are delighted to be staging free lunchtime concerts at Turner Sims again this Autumn.

UoSMusic Presents… Birth of the Cool
1pm on Monday 1 November

Music from the seminal Miles Davis album Birth of The Cool. Using the original arrangements and nine-piece line-up, the group will explore this hugely influential repertoire adding their own contemporary voices to the mix. Directed by Dan Mar-Molinero.

UoSMusic Presents… Real Telepaths
1pm on Monday 15 November

This concert is performed by the Hartley Loop Orchestra (University of Southampton music students) alongside composer Neil Luck and London based new music groupEnsemble Plus Minus. Each performance version of Real Telepaths is devised during the rehearsal process, with performers bringing music they already play, which is then sculpted and warped into the composition.


Talks and workshops: Caption Conscious Ecology series from Voices in the Gallery

Voices in the Gallery is a research project on voice and access in art, led by Dr Sarah Hayden of the English Department at University of Southampton, and funded by an AHRC Innovation Fellowship.

Caption Conscious Ecology is a series of talks and workshops, organised by Voices in the Galleryand Nottingham Contemporary, advocating for the role of captioning in the production and display of moving-image work. Bringing scholars from D/deaf Studies and Critical Disability Studies together with artists and access workers, this series prompts conversations on the history, function, practical provision, and creative potentiality of captioning. 

Talk: Protest and Practice
6.30pm, Thursday 14 October

An online talk and screening exploring captioning as protest and in practice, with historian and disability scholar-activist Jaipreet Virdi and creative captioners Collective Text.


Workshop: Captioning for Curators2pm, Thursday 21 October
 An online workshop inviting arts organisers to explore the embedding of captioning across commissioning and curatorial practice. 


Exhibition: Final weeks of Hetain Patel’s Trinity

Until Saturday 30 October

You have until the end of October to see Trinity at John Hansard Gallerythe biggest solo exhibition to date by the highly acclaimed artist Hetain Patel. Trinity is also the name for an ambitious new film by Patel, the final part of a trilogy, being premiered as part of the exhibition. Working with dance, martial arts and sign language collaborators, Trinity represents Patel’s most significant film so far.


Workshop: Learn how to breakdance for free with John Hansard Gallery

As part of Trinity, current exhibition at John Hansard Gallery, the following free workshop is taking place:

Poppin’ Ron: Hip Hop Workshop
Thursday 28 October at MAST Mayflower Studios

Ever wanted to learn how to breakdance? Inspired by Hetain Patel’s Trinity, come and join international gold medallist and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Poppin’ Ron in this special workshop. You will learn the basics of telling a story through dance choreography, body isolation, expressing yourself, and having fun!


Festival: Get involved with Southampton Arts and Humanities Festival

Thursday 11 to Saturday 20 November

Formerly known as Human Worlds Festival, Southampton Arts and Humanities Festival showcases research from across the University.

The festival programme will include free online events, downloadable activities and resources – all accessible internationally, and a number of in-person events.

Depending on Government and University at the time, the aim is to conclude the festival with the free, family friendly celebratory event, Hands-on Humanities Day, on Saturday 20 November.


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