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 really 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 this special exhibition to celebrate our community. The exhibition will commemorate a full year of living with restrictions to our daily lives.
Find out more about the project and nominate your lockdown hero at www.thespring.co.uk/signs
Signs of Solidarity is one of 40 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. www.here-and-now.org.uk
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.
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
Monday 13 September – Saturday 23 October 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
Monday 8 November – Wednesday 23 December 2021
The Spring is delighted to host The Best Art Vinyl competition exhibition for 2021.
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