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Creative Interventions at The Spring

Creative Interventions at The Spring 20 March 2017

The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant is one of only a few integrated arts and heritage organisations in the UK, with an arts centre and museum sitting on one site, which puts them in a unique position to be able to explore the creative crossovers between arts and heritage.

Havant has a wealth of interesting and important heritage stories to tell – some of these are currently celebrated in The Spring’s permanent collections, but many are still uncovered and waiting to be brought to life.

In response to this, The Spring have launched a new project called Creative Interventions, giving them the opportunity to work with six artists to research and develop bold, creative projects for their museum, some of which they hope to deliver in their museum.

The artists - who were selected through a competitive open call process – are collaborative visual artists Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer, theatre company Dante or Die, visual artist Emily Tracy, performance artist Sam Halmarack, craft artist Sarah Dewhurst and illustrator Simon Gurr.

These artists are currently delving into The Spring’s permanent collections and archives and are exploring the local community to gather source material for potential projects. The artists are working closely with Spring staff and volunteers and are also receiving specialist support from industry professionals including Battersea Arts Centre, Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Fundraising Practice and The South East Museum Development Programme. 

Following an intensive research and development period, the artists will be sharing their project ideas at a unique Pitching Day on Tuesday 21 March. This is their opportunity to showcase their project plans to a special audience of local community members, VIP’s and representatives from the cultural sector. The audience will be invited to vote for their preferred projects and give feedback that will help The Spring decide on which projects it will be able to deliver. 

Creative Interventions is supported by Arts Council England, the South East Museum Development Programme and the Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy project.

For further information about the project please contact The Spring’s Creative Producer Jemma Corbin via email at jemmac@thespring.co.uk