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Relocation to Studio 144

16 January 2017

On 16 February 2018, Studio 144 was launched with a special event, inviting artists and audiences to explore Southampton’s ambitious new venue for visual art, theatre and film. Studio 144 provides a new home to two world-class arts organisations – Nuffield Southampton Theatres new venue NST City, and John Hansard Gallery – in the heart of the city centre for the first time, together with film and media specialists City Eye

In advance of the official opening of John Hansard Gallery and City Eye in May, audiences were invited to experience the new gallery and film spaces across a dynamic Sampler programme of activity from 17-24 February with over 4000 people attending, featuring artists Rhona Byrne, Rob Crosse, Hetain Patel, Sam Laughlin, Elaine Mitchener and participative public projects including Conversation Station with artist collective Stair/Slide/Space, and Department for Doing Nothing, in partnership with Southampton Youth Offending Service, Compass School and InFocus Training Ltd. 

John Hansard Gallery, which is part of the University of Southampton, reopens officially on Saturday 12 May with a headline exhibition of works by Gerhard Richter from the ARTIST ROOMS collection. This exhibition celebrates the huge breadth and impact of the work of the one of the world’s most significant contemporary artists. 

About Studio 144

John Hansard Gallery and its Studio 144 partners, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and City Eye will bring the very best in internationally acclaimed artistic experiences to the centre of Southampton, as well as developing and projecting local and regional talent on a national and international stage. The new John Hansard Gallery will continue to be a ‘making space’ open to all, producing and commissioning new, innovative and pioneering work that receives international acclaim. John Hansard Gallery’s new home will bring outstanding cultural experiences, opportunities and economic benefits to the whole of Southampton on a larger scale than ever before, unlocking the creative potential of the city.  

Studio 144 will provide a new creative centre for the development of advanced creative skills, including work-based training for local communities. It will be a hub and meeting place for the creative community of Southampton, as well as the student population from its two universities – University of Southampton and Southampton Solent University – as well as tourists and all residents of Southampton, the region and beyond.

The Gallery’s relocation will also create a visual arts hub of national significance, with Studio 144 in close proximity Southampton City Art Gallery, SeaCity Museum, Solent Showcase Gallery and Mayflower Theatre, as well as grass roots organisations and cultural supporters such as the Art House Cafe and Mettricks.

Studio 144_Thierry Bal 2016
Studio 144. © Thierry Bal, 2016