The C>ART arrives in Southampton

Southampton based arts organisations Apples and Snakes and Red Hot Press are delighted to be working with young people from No limits advisory service and The Fairbridge Trust on a Solent-wide arts project. The project, called ‘Bridging the Solent’, involves arts organisations from the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton. The Southampton leg of the project is called ‘IMPRESS’. Bridging the Solent began on the Isle of Wight where arts organisation, Ecclestone George, and poet/filmmaker Ricky Tart, were working with a group of teenagers to build a portable gallery and write, perform and film poems. The travelling gallery and poems were then transported to Aspex in Portsmouth where artist Letty Clarke created photography and artist Jo Willoughby created sculptures with a group of young people based on the art work produced by young people on the Isle of Wight. On Friday 8th August at 2pm the C>ART portable gallery arrives in Guildhall Square for the Southampton leg of the project. C>ART, containing films and photographs will be processed through the town to the XwwX Gallery in East Street where the work will be unloaded and hung, then throughout the following weeks the exhibition will be added to with work produced by young people of Southampton as the project progresses. Young people in Southampton will be working with national spoken word artist Steve Tasane and Artist/Printmaker Sarah Mander from Red Hot Press to produce poems which will then be screenprinted as postcards, handmade books and posters to add to the exhibition. At the beginning of November all of the artwork, and the portable gallery will be transported back to Quay Arts in Newport, Isle of Wight, where all of the work produced across the entire project will be displayed. Sarah Mander from Red Hot Press commented “This is a great opportunity for us to work on a project which involves arts organisations and young people from across Hampshire. Although we have a ten year track record of running outreach projects, this is the first time we have worked with so many arts organisations, galleries and young people on a project. We are sure that the young people taking part in the project in Southampton will be inspired by the work that has been produced so far by groups in Portsmouth and on the Isle of Wight” Peter Hunter of Apples and Snakes said “We are primarily a spoken word organisation, but relish the opportunity to work with artists of all disciplines to help young people express themselves in the best way they can. Bridging the Solent is a new sort of project for us and it’s great that we are working across the whole of the Solent area, building bridges with organisations from Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.” When: 9 Aug to 20 Sept Tues to Sun 11am – 6pm at XwwX 21 Sept to 31 Oct Mon to Sun 9am to 5pm at Mettricks Where: XwwX, 104 East Street, Southampton, SO14 3HH Mettricks, 117 High Street (QE2 Mile), Southampton, SO14 2AA Info: For further information contact Peter Hunter at or 02380 315500 ext 206 (weds/thurs/fri) Sarah Mander at 07790 870558 BTS_C_ART_arrives

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