Southampton’s new arts complex will be a stunning contemporary arts space with outstanding facilities for performance, visual arts, film and digital media, forming a major part of a new development on the eastern side of the Cultural Quarter, fronting onto Guildhall Square.
These flexible spaces will transform Southampton’s ability to show a whole range of contemporary performing and visual arts. This will enable the city to attract new and exciting work from national and international artists; and to develop programmes for participation, especially by younger people. The arts complex will be a hub for contemporary cultural activity, at the heart of the Cultural Quarter.
It will be a new home for:
This dynamic mix of contemporary arts will draw significant new audiences into the area. Internationally acclaimed art exhibitions, inspirational and entertaining performing arts and outstanding resources for film-makers will provide new creative opportunities for everyone across the city, the region and beyond.
The arts complex is planned for completion in 2015. With 90% of the £21m project cost already in place through support from Arts Council England, Southampton City Council, the University of Southampton and SEEDA, the Trust aims to raise the remaining £2.1m from grant-making organisations, individuals, business, and educational institutions.
The Cultural Quarter builds on already strong arts and heritage activity in and around Southampton. The Trust is working with a wide range of partner organisations and venues including: