Studio 144 will open in 2017, with John Hansard Gallery and City Eye moving into the South Building and Nuffield Southampton Theatres moving into the North Building over the course of the year. The opening dates will be announced by each organisation alongside the details of their opening programmes.
Studio 144 represents a significant stage in the cultural regeneration and development of Southampton. The venue welcomes artists, audiences and visitors alike to its arts and social spaces, providing a cultural and social hub in the heart of the city. The shared site encourages the sharing of experiences, inspirations and resources and will be a key driver for the continued growth of artistic ambition in the city for years to come.
Studio 144’s partners will bring the very best in internationally acclaimed artistic experiences to the centre of the city of Southampton, as well as developing and projecting local talent on a national and international stage. It will be a ‘making place’, producing and commissioning new and innovative work that receives attention nationally and internationally. The new facility, in the heart of the city, will bring outstanding cultural experiences, opportunities and economic benefits to the whole of Southampton, unlocking the creative potential of the city and acting as a catalyst for Southampton’s growing reputation as a cultural destination city in the region.
The Studio 144 partners work extensively across Southampton, including in schools and specific community groups. Encouraging new and diverse audiences to enjoy the arts and culture of Southampton, including those with limited previous engagement, Studio 144 partners will provide a new programme of skills workshops that both identifies and develops new talent through its productions and commissions.
The three artistic tenants already provide outstanding engagement, education and artist development programmes and the new facilities will increase social impact through greater collaboration across organisations. It will provide unique training and development opportunities to schools and colleges, young people and local communities.
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