The new complex will provide a stunning visitor attraction at the heart of Southampton’s thriving cultural quarter of museums, galleries, theatres and music venues, situated around Guildhall Square. Side-by-side in the new arts complex, John Hansard Gallery, Nuffield and City Eye will present world-class art exhibitions, inspirational performances, outstanding resources for film-makers and creative events for all ages, each venue contributing to extending the range and quality of arts and culture in the city.
The arts complex will create an environment that moves, entertains and inspires people of all ages, pairing local roots with global ambition. It will act as a magnet for people across the city, region and beyond who are seeking rich arts experiences and will provide a lively, creative ambience unique in Southampton.
The 6,000 sq m. arts complex will be two adjacent, linked, landmark buildings, framing Guildhall Square with cafés and shops at street level creating a lively destination day and night. The complex will employ around 100 staff, have a joint annual turnover of over £3 million and will attract around 350,000 people a year.
It will be a new home to:
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 2016. Developers Grosvenor Britain & Ireland started pre-construction work on site with archaeological investigation in August 2013.
With 90% of the £22m project cost already in place through support from Arts Council England, Southampton City Council, and SEEDA, the Trust aims to raise the remaining £2.1m from grant-making organisations, individuals, business, and educational institutions.
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