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📰 Studio 144 shortlisted for the 2017 Hearts for the Arts Awards

Studio 144, Southampton’s landmark arts venue which will bring two world-class arts organisations - NST Nuffield Southampton Theatres and the John Hansard Gallery - into the heart of the city, together with media and film specialists City Eye, has been shortlisted for a national award.

What Next? and the National Campaign for the Arts have come together to create the Hearts for the Arts Awards, a new initiative to reward and thank councils, councillors and council officers who are overcoming financial challenges to ensure the arts stay at the centre of community life. Studio 144 has been shortlisted in the “Best Local Authority Arts Initiative” category.

The world-renowned judging panel comprised former Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Deborah Bull, visual artist Bob & Roberta Smith, musician Chi-chi Nwanoku, comedian and writer AL Kennedy, actor and director Samuel West, and David Lan, playwright and director who commented that is was "great that collaboration is at the heart of this project".

Announcing the shortlist, Samuel West, Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts, stated: “Judging these awards is a real pleasure: there’s so much life-enhancing work in the arts that’s supported by local authorities, despite their financial challenges.  Getting the list down to just twenty candidates was a great challenge; I urge anyone who cares about the arts in our communities to visit our website and be inspired by these amazing projects and people.”

The opening of Studio 144, which has been supported financially by Southampton City Council and Arts Council England, is a high-profile addition to Southampton’s cultural scene and will be a keystone in the city’s tourism offer. The arts venue will employ around 100 staff, have a joint annual turnover of over £3 million, and will attract around 350,000 people a year. It is estimated that the development will drive an additional £21 million of visitor spend in the city each year.

Studio 144 and its partners also represent a new centre for the development of creative skills including work-based training for local communities. It will be a hub and meeting place for small and medium enterprises, as well as the city’s vibrant student population. Encouraging shared audience experiences, inspirations and resources, the centre will be a key driver for the city’s continued growth and outstanding artistic output for years to come.

Cllr Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Culture added: “This announcement is a fantastic way for us to start a very exciting year for arts and culture in Southampton. Being shortlisted for this national award demonstrates the impact that Studio 144 will have on the city’s reputation throughout the UK and beyond, and also recognises the benefits that the new facilities will bring to residents of Southampton, allowing NST, John Hansard Gallery & City Eye to expand the vital engagement work they do with our communities, enhance city pride and bring jobs, people and investment into Southampton.”

The winner will be announced at 12noon on 12 February 2017. Find out more about the awards and view the full shortlist at http://forthearts.org.uk/campaigns/hearts-for-the-arts/.Studio 144, Southampton’s landmark arts venue which will bring two world-class arts organisations - NST Nuffield Southampton Theatres and the John Hansard Gallery - into the heart of the city, together with media and film specialists City Eye, has been shortlisted for a national award.

    • Studio 144, June 2016

    Studio 144, June 2016 - Photo Credit: © Thierry Bal