Telling the story of future art in Southampton16th June 2014
New arts complex hoardings unveiled
The stunning sequence of images unveiled on hoardings at the construction site of the new £40m arts complex in the centre of Southampton is a sign of things to come.
Scheduled to open in Spring 2016, the scheme will present world class art exhibitions, inspirational performances, creative events for all ages and provide outstanding resources for film-makers.
It also embodies commitment to the delivery of Southampton City Council’s City Centre Master Plan, completing the revamp of the Cultural Quarter, which is one of the council’s seven VIP Projects.
Celebrating creativity in the city, the images on the hoardings span a spectacular range of local, national and international projects, all presented by arts organisations across Southampton
These include confirmed arts complex tenants John Hansard Gallery and City Eye, as well as Art Asia, the Nuffield and Turner Sims. Among the images is a beautiful artwork by Hampshire-based artist and fashion stylist Jennifer Anyan, entitled ‘Cilla's Cape with Red Hair’, from her project ‘Embodied Memories.’
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Stephen Foster, Director, John Hansard Gallery comments “We are delighted that the arts complex hoardings are up – they show just what a creative city this is, and offer a flavour of things to come. Jennifer’s wonderful work here, which we presented in 2012, is based on local people’s memories of shopping at the old Tyrrell and Green store, now the site of the arts complex.”
Susan Beckett, Director of City Eye, added “It is fantastic to see both the quality and breadth of the arts complex’s future programme reflected through these beautiful images. They show the work of Internationally renowned artists and performers from Southampton and beyond, alongside projects which were focused around the local community. The ‘Embodied Memories’ project is a wonderful example of local people and their stories inspiring stunning works of art. This dedication to offering a World class programme, developing new artists’ work and engaging with the local community will continue to be key themes when the arts complex opens.
Arts Complex by night from Guildhall Square
On the site of the former Tyrrell and Green department store, developer Grosvenor Britain & Ireland is delivering two auditoria, a new contemporary art gallery, film and media facilities, seven ground floor restaurant units and 38 residential apartments.The restaurant and residential elements will be launched this September and ready for occupation early next spring. The scheme also benefits from £7.2 million funding from Arts Council England.
Grosvenor Project Director Simon Armstrong said: “Work is progressing well and on schedule. The hoardings are an important step forward because they give an idea of what people can expect of this exciting development. Not only will it complete Southampton City Council’s vision for the Cultural Quarter, but will strengthen the north end of Above Bar through a combination of retail, residential and the arts.”
Councillor Simon Letts, Leader of Southampton City Council, said: “I am pleased to see these hoardings in place, as they give a taste of what we can expect to see once the venue is complete. To be able to envisage the eclectic range of arts experiences that will be on offer soon, behind the hoardings, is truly inspiring.”