As promised in the introduction to our Show Must Go Online campaign, we have gathered information and intelligence from across the Southampton area to produce a round-up of the best arts resources from local cultural organisations available online.
We have selected a top 10 choice of our favourites, listed below. Enjoy!
John Hansard Gallery and Turner Sims are both exploring ways to focus their energies within the digital sphere, seeking to animate online spaces to bring you inspiring art and culture. Alongside this, Arts at University of Southampton’s digital channels will be dedicated to sharing with you the best of the arts to be accessed remotely. We’ll also be inviting the talented creatives and artists in our own team to contribute ideas and showcase their practice.
Our brilliant new Arts Ambassadors Thea Hartman, Molly Ellis and Kate Briggs-Price have produced a slicker-than-your-average video introducing themselves to Southampton, Winchester and the world! Stay tuned for more from this trio over the coming weeks, starting with introductory blogs from each.
What is your role at
Arts at University of Southampton?
My role is Arts and Culture Coordinator, working with Louise Coysh, Associate Director (Arts and Culture), to help facilitate all the exciting things that Arts at University of Southampton has to offer. I’ll be working with colleagues across the University and beyond to promote our world-renowned arts offer to students and the wider community, including our concert hall Turner Sims Southampton , John Hansard Gallery and our associate organisation Nuffield Southampton Theatres.
Our current team of student Arts Ambassadors, Molly, Kate and Thea will also be working with me getting stuck in to share the best of Southampton and Winchester’s art scenes.
Alongside all this, I’ll be working with the wider Arts UoS team to deliver some big, city-wide projects we’ve got lined up for 2020/2021!
Tell us about your
background. What did you do before you came to the University?
I studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, graduating in
2012. Since then I’ve done a whole host of different things, with the first
three years after graduating mainly consisting of casual and freelance work for
a variety of organisations and people. I worked for a few different artists and
volunteered or worked for several Southampton organisations, including our very
own John Hansard Gallery.
During that time, I also ran an artist run-space in Southampton called HA HA Gallery with my good friend and artist Liv Fontaine. Liv and I first met at a John Hansard Gallery event during their show Anti Academy and we bonded over the fact that we had both not long graduated from Chelsea. The Gallery was born shortly after in an empty shop on Old Northam Road in St Mary’s and we quickly developed a reputation for a dynamic programme of shows, exhibiting artists from around the country and the world as well as showcasing Southampton talent. Highlights included a six-week season of shows funded by a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 and a commission to run a programme of activity as part of the British Art Show Fringe in 2016.
Since 2015, I’ve worked at Jane Austen’s House in Chawton,
Hampshire. It’s the cottage at which Austen lived for the last eight years of
her life and where she wrote, revised or had published all her novels. I
started as Collections Trainee, moving on to a become Marketing and Brand Officer,
finally finishing up as Marketing Manager, covering for my colleague’s
maternity leave. Being a small team, you ended up doing a bit of everything
which was a real joy and a great way to gain experience.
What excites you most
about your new role?
I’m most excited by the prospect of (hopefully!) positively
influencing the lives and experience of students here at the University.
Opening up meaningful access to the arts for as many people as possible and
facilitating enriching cultural experiences are my goals.
I’m also particularly eager to get started on our new project, Connecting Culture, funded by Arts Council England. The project seeks to embed the role of children and young people at the heart of cultural activity in Southampton, giving a voice to our cultural leaders of the future. Read all about it here.
I’m interested in
getting more involved in the arts at the University – how do I get in touch
If you’ve got any questions about Arts at University of
Southampton, please do get in touch! You can reach me on email@example.com or
visit southampton.ac.uk/arts for more information. My normal working days are
Monday-Wednesday and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
Children and young people from across Southampton are at the heart of ‘Connecting Culture’, a ground-breaking project focused on addressing the question of how the city’s thriving Cultural Quarter can enrich the lives of those aged five to 25.
The project begins this winter with an Artist-led ‘Creative Consultation’ with over 350 participants that will provide an insight into each participant’s individual experience of culture and collectively, it will form a picture for Southampton of how children and young people would like to engage in creative activity across the city.
The ‘Connecting Culture’ Consortium is delighted to announce that Southampton-based artists Nazneen Ahmed, Anna Carr, Faye Phillips and Natalie Watson have been selected to undertake the Creative Consultation.
“We are thrilled to be working with Nazneen, Natalie, Anna and Faye. Each artist brings an extraordinary wealth of experience. Together their individual practices include dance, theatre, photography, stitching, writing and visual art, alongside a deep commitment to enable children and young people to develop their own creative voices and means of expression,” Louise Coysh, Associate Director, Arts and Culture, University of Southampton
The artists will work together with Dr Ronda Gowland-Pryde and the Research Team to devise, develop and deliver a series of workshops suitable for a range of ages and levels, taking place in different settings across the city’s 16 wards. This vital work will inform the subsequent stages of the project, which overall will see young people produce a Young People’s Manifesto and Map that will adopted by ‘Child-Friendly Southampton’ and create a sustained programme that reflects their needs. The city-wide Creative Consultation will commence this winter and we will be working with our strategic partners to identify participating groups that reflect the city’s population.
Led by University of Southampton, ‘Connecting Culture’ is a two-year research project, supported by a £75,000 grant from Arts Council England, involving a large consortium of arts organisations and child-focused services, to catalyse a new future in the arts.
About the Artist-Facilitators:
Nazneen Ahmed is a writer and creative
writing facilitator and lives in Southampton. She writes fiction for children,
creative non-fiction and poetry for adults, all of which are often inspired by
the theme of migration, which was the topic of her work as an academic
researcher and historian at University College London and the University of
Oxford. She is currently Writer in Residence with the Southampton Stories
project at Southampton City Museums and has held residences at John Hansard Gallery
and Southampton City Libraries in the past. She runs writing workshops in
schools, libraries and community settings. She was selected for the 2016/17
round of Penguin Random House’s Write Now Live mentorship scheme for
underrepresented writers for her historical fantasy novel in progress which is
aimed at readers aged 11 upwards. She is represented by Louise Lamont at LBA
Anna Carr is a Southampton-based
socially engaged, multi-platform Theatre Maker, and Associate Artist at The
Point, Eastleigh. She trained at East 15 School
of Acting. Her work draws on cross-form devised, verbatim &
autobiographical approaches. She regularly collaborates with
professional artists and under-represented communities and has 8 year’s
experience of facilitating a broad range of community groups.
Phillips is a visual artist and educator with a BA (hons)
degree in photography from Southampton Solent University. Since finishing
her degree in 2013, Faye has worked within the local community and a range of
settings across Hampshire and the South of England, delivering a variety of
high quality arts workshops to young people from diverse backgrounds. Faye
specialises in conceptual photography, visual art, book making and is a trained
Arts Award advisor.
Natalie Watson is a freelance contemporary dance artist. Since graduating from Chichester University in 2014 with a BA and MA in Dance, she has performed nationally and internationally with Michaela Cisarikova Dance Company (MCDC), Nexus Dance Theatre, Hayley Barker and DarkFest. Alongside performing, Natalie teaches and choreographs in wide range of educational and community settings such The Point, Fluid Motion Theatre Company, Newbury Corn Exchange and Zoie Logic Dance Theatre.
The Connecting Culture project strands
350 participants, aged 5-25, and Early Years families in a city-wide artist-led
recruitment of 10 new ‘Cultural Connectors’, a programme for young people aged
16-25 integrating ‘youth voice’ leadership and organisational
commissioning of a series of new public artworks led by young people;
use of data gathered by the consortium, participants and partners to trial,
develop and shape activities for children and young people – now and in the
The ‘Connecting Culture’ consortium includes: Artswork, Art Asia, ArtfulScribe, ‘a space’ arts /
God’s House Tower, Black History Month – Southampton, City Eye, John Hansard
Gallery, Mayflower Theatre, Mayflower 400, Nuffield Southampton Theatres,
SeaCity Museum, SOCOMusic, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton Central
Library, Solent Showcase Gallery, Southampton Music Hub, SÓN, Turner Sims,
Unity 101, Voice FM, ZoieLogic Dance Theatre.
Strategic partners include: Southampton City Council (SCC) Children’s Services
(Children, Young People and Families), Southampton Youth Forum, Southampton
Children in Care Council, Southampton Cultural Education Partnership (SCEP),
Southampton Education Forum (HE/FE), Virtual School Head, Primary Heads
Conference, Southampton Cooperative Learning Trust, Youth Options, No Limits
(Young People, Young Carers), Diverse City (Dorset/Bristol), Creative Youth
Network (Bristol); UoS: Public Engagement with Research Unit, Widening
Participation Department, Social Impact Lab.
The Project Research Team comprises: Dr Dan Ashton, Dr Seth Giddings, Dr Ronda Gowland-Pryde,
Professor Jo Sofaer, Dr Alan Wong and Louise Coysh as Project Manager.