Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer
Monday 9 September – Saturday 28 December, during opening hours
In the Mezzanine
An immersive video installation commissioned by The Spring
Merging contemporary visual arts with local heritage themes, Wellspring is a new installation from artists Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer created especially for The Spring.
Havant is peppered with natural springs supplied by water that has been filtering through the chalk karst landscapes of the South Downs for thousands of years. It has shaped the industry and history of this area and yet this phenomenon remains discreet and mundane.
Wellspring takes an extraordinary look at the process of water moving over and through chalk and other materials, filmed in extreme slow motion on a high speed camera, to create a sculptural landscape.
Experience our special exhibition in the transformed Mezzanine, with accompanying soundscape to immerse you in an otherworldly, fictional landscape.
Heinrich and Palmer are internationally renowned video and projection artists, most famously known for their work Floe, as part of the Hull City of Culture celebrations 2017.
Meet the Artists
Wednesday 20 November, 7.45pm
In the Harrison Room
Anna and Leon will be share their inspiration and the techniques of creating this installation and some of their previous work at this special talk.
Free but please book in advance.
Wednesday 15 January – Saturday 4 April
In the Mezzanine Gallery
Contemporary textiles and a history of natural colour.
Colour Field showcases the work of textile artist Jemma Corbin, and explores how plants are central to her artistic practice. It also looks at the wider use, cultivation and movement of natural dyes throughout history.
Jemma’s collection of minimalist quilts and cushions re-imagines the work of a group of mid-20th Century abstract painters whose bold, colourful work would become known as ‘Colour Field’ painting.
Using pigments sourced from field and forest, natural fibres and traditional craft processes, Jemma seeks to blur the line between fine art and function; her work is sumptuous, tactile and designed to be used and loved.
Saturday 11 April – Saturday 12 July
Quentin Blake Book Covers
In the Mezzanine Gallery
As the UK’s best-loved illustrator, Quentin Blake has been drawing for books for over 50 years. While he is best known for his illustrations for children’s books, his career began with covers for magazines and adult fiction.
In this new touring exhibition from House of Illustration, Blake shares 30 of his favourite covers from three celebrated publishers – a selection of his distinctive covers for Penguin paperbacks, his work for premium hardbacks for The Folio Society, and his illustrated covers for children’s books published by Jonathan Cape. Through these eclectic and punchy designs Blake demonstrates how his inimitable style always comes through, even when adapting to the different subject matters and audiences.
The importance of water in Havant’s heritage is well known and documented. The springs, streams and aquifers led to the initial settlements and later industries in our area. In recognition of this, we are asking local artists to celebrate Water in our 2020 Open.
Artists working in any medium can enter up to three works for consideration by an expert panel, with a prize of £100 awarded to one piece during the exhibition.
The exhibition will be on display in The Spring’s Sadler Gallery in the summer.
Each entry costs £15 (for up to three pieces) and must be submitted by Friday 29th May 2020 at 5pm.