WSA student Charlotte Connelly reflects on her BENCH public art commission

Charlotte working on her bench

Charlotte Connelly, first year BA Graphic Arts student at Winchester School of Art, has written about her experience contributing to the BENCH series of public art commissions from Solent Showcase Gallery and GO! Southampton. 16 benches from the pedestrianised high street of Southampton have been transformed into works of art by local artists – one of which was Charlotte!

Read on to hear all about how her design made it from paper to park bench.

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Arts at University of Southampton launches Home of Creativity student campaign

Developed hand-in-hand with students, Home of Creativity is a new student-focused campaign from Arts at University of Southampton in which the benefits of creativity and culture are laid out. 

Creativity, arts and culture are at the heart of the University of Southampton experience, whether in supporting your studies or offering a range of activities to enjoy in your down time, with world-renowned music and arts venues found alongside numerous creative communities.

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Fidelma O’Riordan reflects: Ancient Mariner

Today, in her second piece, Fidelma O’Riordan – Creative Apprentice at¬†John Hansard Gallery – responds to The Ancient Mariner Big Read.

The Ancient Mariner Big Read is an inclusive, immersive work of audio and visual art reflecting the abiding influence of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 18th century epic poem and it is free to access online.

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Fidelma O’Riordan reflects: Haroon Mirza

In a series of blog posts, Fidelma O‚ÄôRiordan – Artswork Creative Apprentice at John Hansard Gallery – will be sharing her thoughts and reflections on various online exhibitions that have taken place as part of the Gallery‚Äôs lockdown programme. 

Today, in her first piece, Fidelma shares her thoughts on Haroon Mirza’s online video exhibition entitled /\/\/\/\ /\/\/\/\, shown by John Hansard Gallery as part of Southampton Science and Engineering Festival Goes Digital 2020. You can see the exhibition here until Saturday 25 July.

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Introducing Fiona Sunderland, Student Insights Coordinator with the Arts team

Fiona has enjoyed finding ways to keep busy during lockdown!


What is your role at Arts at University of Southampton? 

I‚Äôll be working as ‚ÄúArts, Culture and Student Insights Coordinator‚ÄĚ which is a fancy title I came up with to look cool on LinkedIn. In reality, it means I‚Äôll be working closely with Louise Coysh and Jen Harris in the University‚Äôs Arts and Culture team, alongside our venues John Hansard Gallery and Turner Sims, to look at how we can develop the student experience around the University‚Äôs arts and culture offer. This involves supporting the student voice in the Heart of Campus project and city-wide cultural development. I‚Äôll be particularly focused on making sure we have extensive student consultation and input! 

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