Monday 17 May – Saturday 3 July
In the Sadler Gallery
Celebrating our museum collection and bursting with light and spring shades, Havant in Colour is a mural painted directly onto our Sadler Gallery walls by artist and theatre designer Molly Hawkins.
We wanted to reopen with something cheerful to start conversations, so we commissioned this very special artwork, which will be on display to brighten up our entrance until the beginning of July.
Which items from our museum can you spot in the designs?
Monday 17 May - Saturday 10 July 2021
The pandemic has been incredibly difficult for so many people, but in amongst the hardship and sorrow of Covid there were some incredible moments of hope and joy, instigated by our community.
Our Signs of Solidarity Project, delivered with Gobbledegook Theatre, celebrates the people and places who helped make things more bearable.
Since the summer of 2020 we have been gathering stories and accepting nominations for people who made a real difference to our community – Havant’s own lockdown heroes. We took them by surprise and thanked them, either with a special (neon yellow) public sign or with their very own handmade medals.
You might have seen see Gobbledegook Theatre installing the signs – they couldn’t be missed in their very yellow outfits and special pedicab. You might also have seen our ‘2020 SUCKS’ billboard – a humorous way to draw attention to the solidarity felt in our community and that we can all agree that 2020 was a tough year for many of us.
The stories and experiences of Havant’s lockdowns and the people who made a difference are brought together this special exhibition to celebrate our community. The exhibition will commemorate and reflect on a year like no other.
An online tour will be available soon!
Signs of Solidarity: Meet the Artist
Tuesday 8 June, 7pm
An online chat with Gobbledegook Theatre’s Lorna Rees and Director of The Spring Sophie Fullerlove. The pair will discuss how an original project idea morphed in light of Covid-19 to become a celebratory project about community and hope.
Free, but please book tickets in advance.
A link to join the conversation will be sent via email the day before the event.
Monday 19 July – Friday 1 October 2021
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 2021 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.
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
Saturday 24 July – Saturday 28 August
Bursting with interactive activities, things to do and fun to be had, our free interactive play space provides a chance to play away from your own living room!
After 18 months of lockdowns and keeping our distance, we’ve designed this space to remind us what it is like to be part of a something bigger.
Come along to add to our wall of hands, make a monster to join our friendly community of creatures and add to someone else’s creation (or start again from scratch) on our Duplo and Lego walls.
There will be lots to keep all ages busy. Grab a drink and a snack from our café and head through the museum and up to the Mezzanine. We hope the play is creative and free enough that you will want to return time and again.
Our free play area is open Monday – Saturday throughout the summer holidays and is completely free.
While Covid restrictions last we will be limiting numbers in the gallery, but there are lots of other things to keep families busy, including our free Interactive Museum Trail.