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17 February 2018 - 24 February 2018

11am-8pm (closed Sunday 18 February)

Join us as John Hansard Gallery, City Eye and Nuffield Southampton Theatres celebrate moving into our new homes in Studio 144, Guildhall Square:

Southampton Celebrates 
Friday 16 February 6–9pm // Fireworks & Launch in Guildhall Square
Studio 144, Guildhall Square, Southampton, SO14 7DU  
6pm – Build up in Guildhall Square
6.30pm – ZoieLogic Dance Theatre presents Homegrown, the opening show celebrating Southampton as a city of makers
6.55pm – Fireworks
7pm–9pm – John Hansard Gallery open
Join the celebrations as John Hansard Gallery, City Eye and NST, Nuffield Southampton Theatres open our new venues in Studio 144, Guildhall Square for the first time. As part of Southampton Celebrates, we will be presenting Sampler, a flavour of what is to come when the Gallery formally reopens later this year.

From Saturday 17 February – Saturday 24 February (11am–8pm, closed Sunday 18), Sampler is a week-long mix of art, music, film, performance and words, with something for everyone, including:

David Batchelor’s P-A-R-A-D-E, a spectrum of coloured banners on lamp posts, has been brightening up Above Bar Street since August last year. For Sampler the original drawings from Batchelor's P-A-R-A-D-E  will be presented inside the new Gallery, alongside new drawings evolved from the same family of forms.

Rhona Byrne’s Huddlehood that featured in Summer in the Square last August, will also be on view inside the new Gallery. Huddlehood is a geometric container that houses yellow social clothing, hoodies and baseball caps for groups of two or more people. It was originally created for the Facebook HQ in Dublin.

Rob Crosse’s film installation Prime Time follows a group of older gay men, who are members of a social network called ‘prime timers’, as they journey on a cruise ship around the Caribbean. The film is an affectionate study of human hopes and desires, and how we both measure and deny the passing of time.

Department for Doing Nothing (DfDN) is a drop-in project with John Hansard Gallery’s Head of Education, Dr Ronda Gowland-Pryde, that was developed for Tate Exchange in 2017. DfDN was created by the young people taking part and playfully explores issues of youth crime from the perspective of young people, teachers, youth offending service workers and artists.

Sam Laughlin, a recipient of the 2017 Jerwood Photography Award, was commissioned by John Hansard Gallery to photograph the construction process of Studio 144. For Sampler, Laughlin presents Untitled, architectural black and white photographs of the building in the very spaces and corners that they record. 

Experimental vocalist and movement artist Elaine Mitchener will perform SWEET TOOTHan exploration of our love for sugar and its historical links with the transatlantic slave trade. SWEET TOOTH will take place at NST City, Nuffield Southampton Theatres’ new Guildhall Square venue on Friday 23 February, at 7.45pm, followed by a panel discussion on Saturday 24 February at 11am with Elaine Mitchener, Dr Christer Petley, University of Southampton historian and Don Jon, founder of Southampton Black History Month.

Sampler includes three projects by Hetain Patel. Don’t Look at the Finger is a video that follows a man and a woman as they communicate through complex choreography combining Kung Fu and sign language. The Jump is a video installation showing two different viewpoints of Hetain wearing a homemade Spider-Man costume and leaping in super-slow motion across the screen. Fiesta Transformer is a sculpture that transforms a replica of Hetain’s first car, a 1988 Ford Fiesta, into a large-scale squatting humanoid figure.

For Sampler, artist-collective Stair/Slide/Space have created Conversation Station. Visitors to the Gallery will be invited to build a shelter and enter into conversation about “what you would like your Gallery to be”. These conversations will be recorded as a public consultation and used to inform John Hansard Gallery’s future programme.

In addition to these works of art and installations Sampler will also feature events, workshops and performances, including Entropics with performances by sound poet Holly Pester and John Hansard Gallery Writer-in-Residence Iain Morrison, a Future Cities Southampton Communities Hub and a Writers-in-Conversation event.

Alongside Sampler, our neighbour in Studio 144, City Eye, who exist to inspire and promote film and digital culture in the region, will host a series of screenings and talks, as well as showcase outcomes from their recent half-term Film School.

Sampler is part of Southampton Celebrates, the moment John Hansard Gallery, City Eye and Nuffield Southampton Theatres come together to celebrate moving into Studio 144, Southampton’s new arts complex.

Full programme HERE

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Accessibility Requirements:
Welcome to John Hansard Gallery and City Eye Sampler. Although this is a temporary installation at Studio 144, we would like to make your visit as easy as possible. Therefore, if we can help you with any additional mobility needs during your visit to Sampler, please let us on know upon your arrival.