Free summer season of art and events in Southampton’s Guildhall Square
Monday, 03 July 2017
mid-July through to the end of the summer holidays in early September,
Guildhall Square will be the place for a series of free family music
events, performances and activities.
“With new artworks commissioned by John Hansard Gallery, the season
will animate the Square and welcome audiences to the cultural hub of the
city”, says the city council.
Under the banner of Summer in the Square, new arts installations and events will include:
- A specially commissioned circular pavilion designed by Markus
Bergström, pictured, that will host music, art, performance and
community events throughout July and August. When not being used for
performances the pavilion will be “a great place to meet friends and
family or just somewhere to sit and enjoy the sunshine”.
- Vibrant and interactive installations including Huddlehood, a series
of wearable yellow artworks by Rhona Byrne, and a colourful banner
installation by David Batchelor utilising local sail-making skills.
- Two dramatic talking-point billboards on the façades of both buildings of Studio 144, in partnership with the 15th Istanbul Biennial.
Woodrow Kernohan, Director of the John Hansard Gallery, said:
“Over the summer we are taking part in Summer in the Square that will
be a flavour of what is to come when the Gallery opens in the Cultural
Quarter later this year. The projects by David Batchelor, Markus
Bergström, Rhona Byrne and with the Istanbul Biennial, will directly
engage with our diverse new audiences and the public realm around Studio
144, inviting interaction, dialogue and playfulness.”