Collaborations

Studio 144, Guildhall Square. © Thierry Bal

CMCW staff are involved in many collaborations at national and international level. We also have links with local arts institutions and organisations, including:

John Hansard Gallery is an internationally recognised and locally engaged contemporary art gallery in Southampton. Being part of the University of Southampton, the Gallery aims to change the world for the better through great art. To realise this the Gallery creates innovative and critically acclaimed contemporary art exhibitions, events, engagement and research projects that excite, challenge, represent and reach the widest possible public audience. Since being established in 1979 the Gallery has been located on the University’s Highfield Campus. In 2017 the Gallery will relocate to the new purpose-built arts complex Studio 144 in Southampton’s city centre, significantly increasing the space available for exhibitions, events and integrated programming. Learning and engagement are at the heart of the Gallery and underpin all its activities. The innovative education and public programme is accompanied by special community-focused projects, including activities for all ages and levels of experience. John Hansard Gallery is supported using public funding as a National Portfolio Organisation by Arts Council England. 

Studio 144 will provide a stunning visitor attraction at the heart of Southampton’s thriving cultural quarter of museums, galleries, theatres and music venues, situated around Guildhall Square. As well as John Hansard Gallery, Studio 144 will also be home to Southampton’s leading producing theatre company, NST, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, alongside City Eye, Southampton’s inspirational supporter of film culture. Side-by-side in the new arts complex, John Hansard Gallery, NST and City Eye will present world-class art exhibitions, moving performances, excellent resources for film-makers and creative events for all ages, each venue contributing to extending the range and quality of arts and culture in the city. Studio 144 is led by Southampton City Council and supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, in partnership with Grosvenor Developments Limited and University of Southampton.

Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) is one of the UK’s leading professional theatre companies creating fresh, vital experiences through theatre. NST has developed a reputation for innovation and quality delivering work on a national and international scale. In February 2018, NST will open Southampton’s new city centre performing arts venue, NST City with the world premiere of Howard Brenton’s The Shadow Factory. This new venue will include a flexible 450 seat main house theatre, a 135 seat studio, screening facilities, rehearsal and workshop spaces. NST will run NST City alongside its existing theatre, NST Campus, on the University of Southampton’s Highfield Campus.

Archaeologies of Media and Technology (AMT) is a research group that approaches technology and media writ large through their links to science, art, visual culture and critical theory with a strong emphasis on artistic practices. We investigate the conditions of existence of contemporary media technologies through design and art, in relation to both contemporary culture and cultural heritage with an eye toward the future.

SO:Write is a multi-strand literature development strategy and delivery programme based in Southampton that aims to develop the profile of writers and writing in the area. Led by ArtfulScribe and a consortia of partners including Mayflower Theatre, John Hansard Gallery, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, and University of Southampton, SO:Write provides a wide range of activities for people from primary age to university graduates and early/mid-career writers. Through workshops, events and showcases, the project creates and signposts progressive pathways for writers from grassroots involvement to professional employment. SO:Write works with marginalised groups including addicts in recovery, neurologically diverse clients including those living with dementia, Aspergers and autism, hard-to reach young people, people with physical challenges and a more general public, delivering opportunities to include high-profile residencies at key cultural institutions, showcase platforms for live literature, workshop facilitation training for writers to encourage sustainable development in the region. So:Write also publishes project outcomes to create a lasting legacy for the city. On November 2nd, 2018, Carole Burns is co-running a symposium with with SO:Write’s Matt West on barriers to engagement with live literature.

SO: To Speak is Southampton’s Festival of Words. It celebrates the city’s creativity and talent, heritage and people. It embraces all forms of Word art that underpin our culture – writing, storytelling, Spoken Word, comedy, theatre and performance, comics and word illustration, as well as song.

We welcome the contributions of external partners and cultural institutions and are always seeking new connections.

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