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When we reopen

Signs of Solidarity

In the Sadler Gallery

The last few months have been tough for everyone. We have all been advised to stay apart, we have lived in fear of catching a devastating virus and we have missed the day-to-day interactions that make life better.


In amongst the difficulties and sorrow of 2020 there have been some incredible moments of hope and joy, instigated by our community that have helped to make an impossible situation a little bit more bearable.


We want to recognise and celebrate these moments and the people who made them possible.


Over the next few months we hope you’ll notice some very special signs appearing all over the area. These will be temporary placards designed to thank, recognise and celebrate our own lockdown heroes and their actions.


As part of the project, we’ll be displaying signs in the Sadler Gallery showcasing a selection of the wonderful comments we received during this challenging time. The comments helped make the staff at The Spring feel so much better. They demonstrate the love and affection felt for our organisation and we are hugely grateful to everyone who contacted us and supported us. You are our lockdown heroes and we can’t thank you enough!

You can contribute your own stories to the project by using the hashtag #SignsofSolidarity on social media and by connecting to Gobbledegook on @gobbledegooktheatre on Facebook and Instagram and @thegobbledegook on Twitter.


Signs of Solidarity is one of 40 new projects taking place in and around 40 arts centres as part of Here and Now, a national and local celebration of culture within communities. Supported by Arts Council England and Future Arts Centres, marking the National Lottery’s 25th birthday.


 Here and Now project logo, illustration of a small bird sitting on top of some buildings with a speech bubble which reads "Here and Now"

When we reopen

Lockdown: 2 Artists' works in isolation

In the Mezzanine Nic Cowper and Jules Roper

This show curates the unexpected outcome of this year’s covid lockdown. While many in the cultural industries found this time hard this exhibition throws a positive light on a time of isolation and the freedom of expression it allowed.


This is not a show about lockdown, it is a response to the circumstances caused by it.


Jules Roper is the tutor for The Spring’s drawing and Life Drawing workshops. She has a long career teaching both in schools and community venues.

Nic Cowper is the tutor of The Spring’s watercolour and acrylic workshops. He has exhibited widely including at the Emsworth Arts Trail, Emsworth Artists and more recently with Guildford Arts, with his work appearing is both Art at Clyde and Co in 2018 and the Summer Exhibition in 2019. Other shows include the annual 6Artists Collective in Farnham and at the Red Dog Gallery, Oakhanger.


The exhibition will be on display until Saturday 17 October 2020


Framed artwork of a woman laying with her back to the artists

Touring Exhibition

The Best Art Vinyl 2020

Monday 9 November – Wednesday 23 December 2020

The Spring is delighted to host The Best Art Vinyl competition exhibition for 2020.

This annual exhibition displays the very best in record cover art from the past year, compiled from votes by music industry leaders.

See the Mezzanine filled with recently released records along with winners from previous years.

For the full experience, all artwork can be examined you can handled thanks to the Art Vinyl flip frames in which they are displayed.

A touring exhibition from The Civic Barnsley

Touring Exhibition

Karl Blossfeldt: Art Forms in Nature

Thursday 14 January – Saturday 27 March 2021

In the Mezzanine


Karl Blossfeldt: Art Forms in Nature presents an original portfolio of 40 photogravures from 1932, entitled ‘Wundergarten der Natur’, edited by artist Karl Blossfeldt and published in the year of his death. The exhibition presents an opportunity to witness an exemplary set of Blossfedt’s signature close-up images of plants and flora.

Blossfeldt (1865-1932) is regarded as one of the defining photographers of the twentieth century for his exceptional contribution to the art through his intricate botanical photographs. During his career, which spanned over three decades and included 6,000 photographs, Blossfeldt developed homemade cameras and lenses which enabled him to magnify his subjects by up to 30 times. In doing so he captured the microcosmic aesthetic of his specimens and revealed the underlying structures of nature, which until then remained unexplored.

Karl Blossfeldt: Art Forms in Nature is a Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre, London.


All images part of

‘Wundergarten der Natur’,1932

© Estate of Karl Blossfeldt

Courtesy Hayward Tourin




Saturday 24 July 2021 – Saturday 28 August 2021

In the Mezzanine Gallery

An interactive summer exhibition all about art.


Recreate famous works of art, dress up as characters from paintings, contribute to our huge picture and try some new artistic materials.


Our free exhibition is full of fun with gallery games, dressing up stations and a chance to be inspired by some of the most famous artists in history.


Recommended for children under 8, accompanied by an adult


This exhibition is kindly supported by Councillor Ray Bolton.

Open Exhibition

Open Exhibition 2021: Water

Monday 19 July – Friday 1 October 2021

In the Sadler Gallery

This year our open Exhibition celebrates Water.


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 Exhibition.


On display in our main gallery and café area, this exhibition celebrates work by local artists, selected by a panel of experts. We will also be asking visitors to vote for their favourite, sparking conversation about which piece you like best.


To Enter:

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.


Entry costs £15 (for up to three pieces) and must be submitted by Friday 28 May 2021 at 5pm


Information for Artists 

Submission Form