Homegrown artists announce British Art Show 8 Fringe Festival31st August 2016
British Art Show 8 Fringe Festival
To coincide with the prestigious British Art Show 8’s (BAS8) arrival in Southampton, the city’s artists have come together to announce the first ever Southampton Fringe. From 8th October 2016 to 14th January 2017 Southampton Fringe will present over 24 newly commissioned works, inspired by the BAS8 theme of the changing role of the physical in an increasingly digital age.
Visitors to Southampton Fringe can look forward to a festival brimming with extraordinary, thought-provoking and arresting contemporary art at venues and unexpected locations around the city. Highlights will include:
Live drawing using the Guildhall as a giant canvas; a market stall turned window into a virtual Utopian world; an intriguing video art trail around the city; pixelated floral tributes in city parks inspired by Victorian civic pride; a voice ‘salon’ allowing you to shape and even feel your voice; pop-up exhibitions in shipping containers and phone boxes; advertising billboards used as temporary gallery space; plus specially curated cabaret nights of spoken word, song and dance. There will also be an open invitation to artists and creatives around the city to put on their own performances and events as part of the Fringe festival.
Yvon Bonenfant of Tract and Touch, an artist premiering Curious Replicas, at BAS8 Southampton Fringe said “We are delighted to be bringing one of our unusual, inviting and multi-sensory artworks to the Fringe. Our artwork allows you to play with your voice, shape it and even touch it.”
This will be the first ever Southampton Fringe festival of visual and contemporary art showcasing the city’s buoyant cultural scene and its rich pool of artists, makers and curators. Combined with the highly influential BAS8’s exhibition, the festival will shine a light on Southampton’s cultural life force and fortify its reputation as an exciting and innovative city for artists to live, work and succeed.
“This is a superb opportunity for Southampton’s thriving arts and cultural scene to celebrate its own exceptional home-grown talent, alongside some of the worlds best artists.” said James Gough, Southampton Cultural Development Trust.
Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, added: “We’re really pleased to be supporting BAS8’s Fringe festival with a grant of £75,000 from our National Lottery funded Grants for the Arts programme. The festival will provide a platform for artists working in Southampton to show their work to wider audiences, and will also develop the infrastructure of new and temporary venues and locations within the City. The project will strengthen and develop Southampton’s visual arts ecology and the City centre’s cultural quarter, sustaining talented artists and creating a legacy of established partnerships to support ambitious programming in the future.”
Full details of all artists, events, exhibitions and venues will be announced in early September at https://southamptonfringe.com/