“The UK’s nicest arts centre” — Barney Norris, playwright
Welcome to The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre.
We are one of the few integrated arts and heritage centres in the UK and use this position to create innovative programmes to inspire and engage the 120,000 residents of Havant Borough and beyond. We want to create experiences that change the way people see the world; to enhance wellbeing and make our community proud.
Our ambition is to be the UK’s leading small-scale arts and heritage centre.
We want to be recognised as a model of best practice for arts and heritage integration and for placing our community at the heart of what we do. We want to deliver cultural experiences that make Havant Borough special.
Our mission is that we are a small organisation where big things happen.
Our vibrant cultural events and activities help make Havant, Hampshire and the surrounding region a better place to live.
We achieve this by living up to three core beliefs that underpin our approach:
We believe that participating in live arts and connecting with local heritage can improve everyone’s quality of life.
We serve the whole community, and make it easy for everyone to try the experiences we offer.
We aim to exceed people’s expectations of us as a small arts and heritage centre. We do this by creating high quality programmes and exhibitions through which audiences enjoy, experience and come back for more.
“The Spring is an inspirational venue with vibrant ideas and a commitment to providing exceptional experiences for its audiences. This is an organisation with the highest quality theatre and live events programme and it is one of the most exciting small-scale cultural organisations in the South East.”
Mark Makin, Touring Associate, House Theatre
How do we do it?
To achieve our aims we have created six strands of work:
1. Live events and film screenings
2. Heritage exhibitions, collections, care and activities
3. Participatory workshops, events and experiences
4. “Beyond the Walls” outreach programme
5. Visual art exhibitions
6. Partnering and Offering Cultural Advice
All strands are delivered across a range of artistic and cultural activities including theatre, music, visual arts, craft, comedy, heritage, dance and circus. These take place both in our building and right across the borough of Havant. Our building is also a hub for the local community, with local groups using it as a meeting place and enjoying using our shop and cafe.
The Spring is a Registered Charity (No. 297353) and a Company Limited by Guarantee. The Memorandum of Association states that: “The Objects of the Charity are for the benefit of the public the advancement of knowledge and understanding of arts, heritage and culture among the inhabitants of Great Britain and in particular among the inhabitants of the Borough of Havant and the surrounding locality.”
Why do we do it?
We really believe in what we do! We think that everyone should be able to access creative activities and learn about their heritage locally and that these experiences enrich our lives and make us happier. It’s as simple as that!
At some point everyone has experienced an amazing cultural experience. Perhaps it was when you were given a hand painted picture by a loved one, felt a tingle up your spine when you heard a piece of music, were stopped in your tracks by an acrobat at the circus or when your favourite book took your breath away.
It might have been when a film made you cry or when you laughed at a comedian’s joke until your sides hurt, when you danced the night away, when you learnt an amazing historical fact or when you nearly burst with pride at performing in front of your friends and family.
We think that these experiences make life better and that’s what we do – present as many and as varied opportunities as possible for people in our area to experience more great moments through creative activities and events.