Resist: Be Modern (Again)

Curated by Alice Maude-Roxby and Stefanie Seibold, ‘Resist: be modern (again)’ explores the practices of women artists, designers and writers of the 1920s and 30s through the work of contemporary artists. These early pioneering women were important groundbreakers for their time, many of their ideas are reverberating until today. Their battles against social conventions and […]

Anya Lewin: More than Stories: A Film Trilogy

More than Stories is a trilogy of films inspired by Anya Lewin’s family photographs and stories, and their interconnections with screen history and public archives. Each film has at its heart the haunted memories of Jewish life embedded in a particular story passed down to Lewin by her father. ‘Fez: The Royal Scent’ (2019) has […]

The Shepherds Whistle Gallery Exhibition

The Shepherd’s Whistle centres around the artist’s fascination with top-secret maps of strategic cities worldwide that were created by Soviet intelligence during the Cold War, alongside an M-72 Soviet army motorbike and sidecar from 1957. These two highly symbolic elements are brought together to create a complex project that explores the socio-political environment of the […]

Space to Create! Stitching Stories

Space to Create! Stitching Stories was one of John Hansard Gallery’s weekly Space to Create workshops where attendees were invited to stitch words and stories onto indigo cloth to create a collaborative poem inspired by writer and embroiderer Nazneen Ahmed who staged a reading of The Indigo Mirror on the same day. Through community filmmaking […]

Gallery Sessions 2

Gallery Sessions is a monthly evening of live music from local talent based in Southampton at the John Hansard Gallery. We were commissioned to attend their 2nd event, featuring performances from Ricky Tard and The Chateau Bateau Band Ricky Tart Ricky Tart is a poet, vocalist, and filmmaker living in South England. The Chateau Bateau […]

Edward Woodman Symposium

The symposium explored themes of visibility, ephemerality and cultural memory present in Edward Woodman’s photographs, which document the art and artists of a key era in British art. Expert speakers investigated shifting approaches to art documentation from 1979 to 1999 and the ways in which photographic records have shaped perceptions of history and the art […]

SÓNic Interventions

Musicians from SÓN, Southampton’s professional orchestra, present a series of evening events in response to ARTIST ROOMS: Gerhard Richter. Artistic Director and Conductor Robin Browning showcases a series of musical interventions which respond to the works on display in the Gallery spaces. Featuring music stretching from Bach to Anna Clyne, SÓN also introduce new works commissioned […]

Writers Workshop

In this workshop participants were asked to write brief responses to the works in Time After Time before compiling them into their own poem retrospective – pulling together and imagining memories of past exhibitions and ghost visitors. This event was led by John Hansard Gallery’s SO:Write Writer in Residence Iain Morrison, as part of the SO:To Speak Festival, 2-4 November […]

Time After Time Gallery Exhibition

Time After Time is curated by Stephen Foster (John Hansard Gallery’s Director 1987–2017) and reflects on the Gallery‘s history and programme. Since being founded in 1980, John Hansard Gallery was located on the University’s Highfield campus in a building that was originally designed to house a tidal model of the Solent basin. During this time, […]

Community Roots

The Community Roots allotment scheme provides supported volunteering, training and work experience opportunities to those who have experienced homelessness, mental health, and alcohol or substance misuse issues. It focuses on nurturing skills, team working and building self-esteem, as well as offering a chance to exercise in the fresh air and socialise! The allotment is a calm, peaceful place […]