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John Hansard Gallery: Summer 2017

29 June 2017

John Hansard Gallery is delighted to announce that Arts Council England has increased its support for the Gallery by 34% for the period from 2018–2022, an increase of £154,000 per year or £616,000 over the four years. This additional investment comes in the context of the Gallery’s move to Studio 144 in the heart of Southampton’s Cultural Quarter, increased support from the University of Southampton, and is a clear endorsement of the Gallery’s new artist and audience-centred approach.
 
Alongside this positive news for the years ahead, John Hansard Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in a collaborative summer programme in Guildhall Square – Summer in the Square. This programme of artists’ commissions, installations and events, heralds the arrival of John Hansard Gallery in Studio 144 later this year and animates the public spaces that surround its new home. 

Woodrow Kernohan, John Hansard Gallery's new Director comments, “We are delighted that Arts Council England has increased its NPO funding for John Hansard Gallery from 2018–2022. This additional investment comes in the context of the Gallery’s move to Studio 144, extended support from University of Southampton, and is a clear endorsement of the Gallery’s new direction. Once relocated to Studio 144, the Gallery will evolve into a public-facing and porous organisation with an integrated approach to programming. The multiple exhibition and event spaces - three dedicated galleries and four multipurpose spaces - will enable the Gallery to create layered and overlapping projects, highlighting our pioneering engagement projects within the exhibitions and events programme."
 
Summer in the Square
Working in partnership with the Istanbul Biennial 2017 and with permission of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, John Hansard Gallery presents two talking-point billboards on the façades of both the North and South buildings of Studio 144. The billboard project is part of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, a good neighbour that is curated by the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset and explores multiple notions of home and neighbourhood, and how living modes in our private spheres have changed throughout recent decades. The billboards are a collaborative project for the Biennial that features photographs by Lukas Wassmann and graphic design by Rupert Smyth. To date the billboard project has taken its enquiry of what it means to be a good neighbour to many cities around the world, including Delhi, Havana, Manchester and Sydney. The billboards will be visible in Southampton from the middle of July.
 
Also from July, Irish artist Rhona Byrne’s Huddlehood arrives in Guildhall Square. A mobile geometric container on wheels that disassembles into an interactive environment, Huddlehood is a bright yellow space to inhabit, explore and wear communal clothing Huddlewear that physically joins you with others, examining your relationships with those around you. The installation’s elements, including wearable artworks and carpet boulder sculptures, live inside the geometric container that is wrapped in white noise or static overnight so there is always something to encounter in the Square, day or night. Huddlehood in Southampton is supported by Culture Ireland. 
 
Artist and writer David Batchelors primary object is colour. His practice is underpinned by a sheer delight in the myriad of brilliant hues within the urban environment, combined with a critical concern with how we see and respond to colour in this advanced technological age. For Summer in the Square, Batchelor has been invited to make a series of vibrant banners named that will run the full length of Above Bar Street, leading up to and past Guildhall Square, and outside Studio 144. 
 
Markus Bergström is a Swedish artist-designer who interrogates the built environment and the relationship between furniture and architecture. For Summer in the Square Bergström will unveil a newly commissioned circular pavilion with stage and seating for Guildhall Square. The pavilion will create a social space that will feature performances, music, theatre, and poetry, engaging the public in a wider discourse around the built environment, our relationship to design and social dynamics.
 
Summer in the Square is funded by Southampton City Council, the University of Southampton’s John Hansard Gallery, Culture Ireland, Grosvenor Britain and Ireland, and Go! Southampton. The programme will be delivered by the John Hansard Gallery in partnership with Nuffield Southampton Theatres, City Eye and Culture Southampton with the support of local venues and promoters including The Social, The Loft, Joiners present, Switch b2b Bunker, Soul 45s, Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra, University of Southampton Showcase, Club Psychedelia presents / Club Psychedelia DJ set, Headsessions, Orange Rooms, The Space Between, Club Psychedelia, Saints Brass and Little Chiefster, Gold School, Playlist and more!
 
We look forward to welcoming you to Guildhall Square over the summer months!
 
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Rhona Byrne, Huddlewear. Courtesy the artist

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