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Drawing a Crowd - Gerald Scarfe Exhibition Comes to Winchester


His style is unmistakable. Gerald Scarfe’s spiky, acerbic wit translates through his brush and directly into his cartoons. Consequently, Scarfe’s satirical work has established him as the foremost political cartoonist of the past five decades.

But a free exhibition opening on 31 March at the Gallery in Winchester Discovery Centre from London’s House of Illustration – the first time the exhibition has toured outside the capital - will reveal a lesser-known aspect of the cartoonist and illustrator’s work as a production designer for film, music and ballet.

Much as Scarfe is synonymous with The Sunday Times and Private Eye, his designs for the film version of Pink Floyd’s The Wall and opening credits of Yes, Minister suggest a far more diverse career. Indeed, his work on the animated feature film Hercules – as Disney’s first ever external production designer - may be something of a surprise to many.

Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen features over 100 preliminary sketches, storyboards, photographs, ephemera, costumes, set pieces and animation cels.

These are taken from Pink Floyd’s The Wall (1979), Disney’s Hercules (1997), Los Angeles Opera’s The Magic Flute (1993) and Orpheus in the Underworld (1999), English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker (2002) and Scarfe’s own animated short, The Long Drawn Out Trip (1972).

Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen represents a rare opportunity to discover an imagination that is explosive and unique, both on and off the page.

Scarfe explains: “I always want to bring my creations to life – to bring them off the page and give them flesh and blood, movement and drama. Paintings and drawings are two dimensional. To give them 3D rotundity one has to make a sculpture. To give them life one needs animation or an actor on stage.”

Visitors to the exhibition at the Gallery can expect a riot of colour as they take “a trip down the fantastic, psychedelic rabbit hole of Scarfe’s imagination”, as one reviewer put it.

The exhibition also displays costumes and props from some of the productions he has designed for. The flamboyant King Rat costume is accompanied by video footage from The Nutcracker, showing the dancer moving in the intricate cape, bringing Scarfe’s vision for the character to life. Also included are the gas masks for The Nutcracker rats and a horned red and green top hat from Orpheus in the Underworld. All of this is enhanced by the text panels, written by the artist himself.

Scarfe made history when he became the first external designer to work with the Disney company since Salvador Dali, who had been invited by Walt in the 1930s to make Destino, an animated movie. Disney fans and children will particularly enjoy Gerald’s sketches for Hercules. When Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall went to number one in the UK pop charts in 1979, Scarfe not only directed the official music video, but also created the animation inserts which would be used in the feature film, The Wall. A selection of Scarfe’s work on The Wall is featured in the exhibition, as is his short film, A Long Drawn Out Trip, a stream-of-consciousness piece that reflected Scarfe’s perception of American culture. It was this that piqued the interest of Pink Floyd and convinced them to hire him.

Janet Owen, Chief Executive Officer of Hampshire Cultural Trust, says: “I’m delighted that Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen is coming to the Gallery here in Winchester. It is a magical show and affords a genuinely fascinating insight into this less well-known aspect of his career. From the dark to the phantasmagorical, the comic to the absurd, this exhibition has incredible breadth and depth. It is an absolute treat for both Scarfe aficionados and those less familiar with his work.”

For more information, visit the event page.

 Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen is a touring exhibition from House of Illustration.
Sealed Knot Brings Civil War Siege To Life This Easter Weekend At Basing House


The UK’s oldest re-enactment society, the Sealed Knot, will stage a vivid recreation of the Civil War siege of Basing House in Old Basing this Easter weekend.

Once the largest private house in Tudor England, Basing House was a loyalist stronghold during the English Civil War. It came under attack over a number of years by Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentarians, before finally being stormed and destroyed in October 1645.

The Sealed Knot will be in action at Basing House on Saturday 31 March, Sunday 1 and Monday 2 April. On all three days, there will be a living history encampment showing what life was like during the Civil War for everyday people, with displays including cookery, wood turning, spinning and more by artisans and craftspeople.

Visitors will experience the excitement of the Civil War live on Sunday 1 and Monday 2 April, when there will be a gripping re-enactment of the breaking of the siege of Basing House. At 2:00pm on both days, the rival armies will assemble in full costume and armour and march to the stunning Tudor Great Barn where a skirmish with musket fire will kick off the afternoon’s battle action. The two armies will then parade through Old Basing, to undertake re-enactments of the first assault on the house and the main battle itself. This fun, thrilling and educational weekend is a great event for all the family to enjoy, with cannon fire, muskets, pikes and drums creating a dramatic atmosphere and bringing to life the siege of one of the former great houses of England.

Tickets are available from both the Sealed Knot and Hampshire Cultural Trust websites and are valid for the whole weekend.

We'd Like To Hear From You!

Live in Gosport or nearby?

Help us shape the future of Gosport’s museum and gallery space.

We’re looking for up to 20 local people to join two discussion sessions on Thursday 1st March 2018 or Saturday 3rd March 2018 from 10.30am to 1.00pm at the museum in Walpole Road.

Your expenses will be paid.

Call Hampshire Cultural Trust on 01962 678140, or email Adrienne Pye, Senior Consultant, The Audience Agency at adrienne.pye@theaudienceagency.org

Roman Re-enactors Visit City Museum

Last week Roman re-enactors took over Winchester City Museum to share what life would have been like in Venta Belgarum, as Winchester was known 2,000 years ago. That's Salisbury TV visited the museum to meet the re-enactors and find out more from the venue team.


Pandora’s Box has opened at Milestones Museum in Basingstoke, releasing mythical LEGO beasts onto the museum’s streets.

From the six-headed Hydra to Pegasus the winged horse, the mighty Cyclops to the Hippogriff of Harry Potter fame, this new LEGO adventure challenges visitors young and old to track down the escaped beasts and recapture them. With the wise Owl of Athena on hand to guide them, visitors to Milestones can use the accompanying Mythical Beasts at Milestones app and trail on their quest to find the beasts, return them to Pandora’s Box and save the day.

There are 30 incredible LEGO beasts and magical items to see at Milestones, all built by professional LEGO building company, Bright Bricks. Each model has been painstakingly put together by hand, taking hundreds of man hours and over one million LEGO bricks to complete. Six builders took 122 hours to complete the six-headed Hydra, using 177,000 bricks, while Vladdigor the Chimera, a fire-breathing monster with a goat’s body, lion’s head and serpent’s tail, took a team of people 117 hours and 135,210 bricks to build.

In addition to the live-action Mythical Beasts activity trail, there are plenty of other LEGO activities to enjoy at Milestones, including a LEGO play area, mosaic activity and make-and-take LEGO Minifigures. LEGO fans can also come along to our big build weekends on Saturdays 24 February, 3 and 10 of March and take part in a live-build to construct a giant LEGO Greek temple.

Mythical Beasts runs until 15 April 2018 and is included in Milestones standard admission charge; a small, additional charge applies to the LEGO Minifigure make-and-take activity. With their Milestones ticket, visitors can enjoy unlimited trips to the museum for 12 months – more details are available online.



A new, contemporary art show, #ArtAfterTurner, created by local young and emerging artists has recently opened its doors at the Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery in Basingstoke.

Inspired by Hampshire Cultural Trust’s recent major exhibition, Turner and the Sun, art students from the University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art and Basingstoke College of Technology have come together over the last eight weeks with professional artist James Aldridge. Together they have created new work in response to paintings of the sun by the great artist.

Funded by Arts Council England, this is the first time the museum has brought together a group of young people to respond creatively to one of HCT’s major exhibitions. The opportunity has given them a real insight into the demands and challenges of working as a professional artist, with the reward being their first professional standard show within an important, high profile gallery.

Contemporary visual artist Aldridge, who has also been commissioned to create new work in response to paintings by Turner, has provided the group with insight and support as they embark on their own creative journey. The end result promises to be a bold and varied mix of art forms, including film, photography and textiles.

Beth Gibbs, a student from Winchester School of Art, commented: “It has been an amazing and insightful experience working with this group and we have all had a lot of fun producing the work that is on display at the exhibition. The collaboration between artist, student and museum has been an exciting combination that every individual has taken a lot out of. We have all learned new processes and been able to teach other about our own.”

Rebecca Starkiss, Course Director for Art and Design at Basingstoke College of Technology, said "This collaborative project has been an amazing opportunity for our students to develop their artistic skills and gain first-hand experience of working within the creative industry. They have benefited hugely from valuable support and insight from artist, James Aldridge."

#ArtAfterTurner runs at the Willis Museum until 24 February. To find out more about the young people’s process in bringing the show together, follow them at @Artafterturner on Instagram. Watch the video from the exhibition launch now.

Robyn Bolam Announced as Hampshire Poet 2018

Following a county-wide competition launched on National Poetry Day 2017, the hunt for Hampshire’s Poet Laureate 2018 is over.

Robyn Bolam, from the New Forest, was chosen as Hampshire Poet 2018 from a strong field of writers who applied for the sought-after post from all over the county. The competition, which is led by Hampshire Cultural Trust, runs every other year and aims to foster local writing talent. Robyn will be commissioned to write poetry highlighting the trust’s wide and varied exhibition and project work during 2018. Her poems will be widely shared and she will act as an advocate for the power of reading and creative writing.

On hearing the news, Robyn said: ‘Being chosen as Hampshire Poet 2018 is the best New Year present ever. I’ve been passionate about reading and writing poetry since primary school, so being able to pass on my enthusiasm to people of all ages, across the county, is a wonderful privilege. Whatever your interest in poetry, I’m looking forward to meeting you – and if you aren’t interested yet, I'll do my best to change that!’

Robyn is the author of four collections published by specialist poetry publisher, Bloodaxe Books. She is also an experienced writing workshop tutor and project leader. In her recent Ferry Tales project, she worked with various writers, musicians and a photographer in mainland ports and on Isle of Wight ferries, involving ferry travellers and others in creating songs and poems about their lives.

Judge Stephen Boyce, poet and chair of the Winchester Poetry Festival, said: ‘Robyn Bolam is among Hampshire’s most accomplished poets. She is also an admired workshop leader with an infectious enthusiasm for her craft. These are qualities which will serve her extremely well in the role of Hampshire Poet and I’m delighted by her appointment.’

Isabel Rogers, Hampshire Poet 2016 and judge this time round, commented: ‘Robyn Bolam brings her many years of experience as a poet and tutor to the role of Hampshire Poet 2018. I’m especially looking forward to seeing young poets in the county flourish with her guidance.’

Legacy by Robyn Bolam

We don’t know where we’ll go when we set off on the journey;
we leave with the tide, trusting it will bring us home.

Remember that we can’t always see the birds in winter trees
but a trembling twig sometimes sings.

We keep faith that life will sail through death
though we find ourselves in strange waters.

Remember, we are sea and sky, flowers on the water,
and love in your hearts like hidden birds singing.

From Hyem (Bloodaxe Books, 2017)

New Project at Gosport Gallery Aims to Inspire Lifetime Love of Art in Preschool Children

A new project which aims to inspire a lifetime love of art and art galleries in preschool children opens its doors next week.

Gosport Play Gallery, which is part of Gosport Gallery in the town’s Walpole Road, is a new space where preschool children can learn, play and create through hands-on activities. The Play Gallery will give children the chance to explore colour, line, shape and texture, and they will also be able to create their own artworks, including sculpture and paintings. Budding young art lovers will enjoy playing with art by jumping on a gel floor to mix colours and create new shapes, walking on a tactile pathway, weaving on a giant peg loom, featuring in their own portrait selfie and making sculptures from metallic boulders or giant polydron play shapes.

The Play Gallery has been created by Hampshire Cultural Trust as part of a wider, collaborative project with Southampton City Art Gallery and St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington to increase awareness of and access to Southampton’s internationally renowned and outstanding collection of fine art. Its main aim is to encourage more families, in particular those with preschool children, to visit art galleries in Hampshire, and by doing so, to inspire children from a very young age to become gallery visitors.

In addition to the wide range of resources which will help children explore all kinds of different art concepts, the Play Gallery also showcases a selection of artwork from Hampshire’s Contemporary Art Collection, which is cared for by Hampshire Cultural Trust.

The Play Gallery is situated next to the main Gosport Gallery, which is currently showing Southern Shores, an exhibition of marine-themed paintings drawn from the Southampton art collection. Southern Shores explores the region’s long and varied relationship with the sea through a wide selection of paintings, some of which have been conserved especially for the exhibition. Visitors to the Play Gallery will be able to view these works using periscopes, a fun and novel way for them to enjoy art.

The Play Gallery will be officially opened by Kenji Mathews, aged 3, who is regular visitor to Gosport Gallery, and the Mayor of Gosport on Friday 26 January at 11:00am. Children from Alverbridge Preschool will be guests of honour at the opening and will have the privilege of trying out all the activities before the gallery opens to the public on Saturday 27 January. The Play Gallery and Southern Shores are open until Saturday 17 March, entry is free.

Changes at Hampshire Cultural Trust

Below is a statement about  changes at Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT).

Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT) was set up as an independent charity in 2014 to promote Hampshire as a great cultural county and to secure the future of museums previously operated by Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council.

Our key objective is to deliver a great cultural offer for local people that enriches the lives as many people as possible across Hampshire, while delivering good value for public money. In our first three years, we have refurbished two local museums and curated exhibitions that have attracted local, national and international visitors and profile. Our ‘better life chances’ programme has brought arts and culture to those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged. Our commercial activities have strengthened our financial resilience to help build a sustainable future.

When HCT was established, planned reductions in local authority funding were also agreed. Our funding for 2018/19 onwards will reduce by around £450,000. Consequently, we have to make changes in the way we operate to accommodate this, and at the same time continue to deliver the great work we have started and to build upon it.

Our current restructure is all about ensuring our resources are focused on delivering great and engaging cultural experiences for a wide audience, bringing our collections to life and making their stories accessible. This is why we are bringing curatorial and exhibition development responsibilities together and locating these posts within teams that are focused on Winchester, Milestones and Basing House, Community Museums and developing cultural facilities in Basingstoke and Gosport.

It is also about expanding our community links and re-enforcing our roots in local communities, helping to make a difference to people’s lives through inspirational arts and museums experiences. We are increasing the number of posts looking after our community museum venues, and the accompanying ‘better life chances’ programme will support wider social agendas around education, skills development and wellbeing. We will also invest more in supporting local regeneration plans that will re-energise town and city centres.

Our collections will be at the heart of all these developments. The local teams will be supported by a central collections management and care team, which will include a full-time collection manager, a curatorial liaison manager, 3 full-time conservators, an exhibition designer, and technical and assistant support.

Our wonderful team of over 400 volunteers who work across our venues and make things happen, will be supported by a member of staff responsible for their development and support. In addition, all HCT venues will now benefit from greater investment in digital and increased fundraising support.

These changes represent an exciting shift in focus for HCT that places communities, collections and stories at the heart of the experience we create for and with our audiences, leading to rich and engaging experiences for our customers, and a secure future for the management and stewardship of our collections.

Dr Janet Owen
Chief Executive

Drama workshops at women’s centres support rehabilitation

More than 60 service users have taken part in Creating Change - a programme of art-based workshops at six women’s centres.

The centres, which are run by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (HIOW CRC), hosted the programme, which was devised and delivered by BearFace Theatre and Hampshire Cultural Trust.

Creating Change uses drama to encourage service users to explore relationships, thoughts and feelings. The programme supports desistance theory in multiple ways: by developing strong support bonds and networks; by recognising strengths rather than offences and by building self-esteem and self-confidence.

Activities were designed to be fun, reflective and motivational. Almost 80 per cent of attendees completed the course.

Exercises included ‘bombs and shields’ where participants chose another group member for each role and move to keep their ‘shield’ between them and their ‘bomb’. This leds to reflections on real life triggers such as alcohol and corresponding shields such as family support. The exercise helps with developing spatial awareness, understanding choice, empathy, trust as well as discussion around coping strategies.

Laney Dimmock, a service user at Fareham women’s centre, said: “Of all the groups I go to, these drama sessions were my favourite. We created scenes and explored how people see things differently.

“Team games involved listening, touching and trusting. I learned a lot from the communication without speaking. It’s really helped me to be in a place where no one judges or makes assumptions. Being in a women-only group helps, I see many women speaking up where I think they would stay quiet in a mixed group.”

Julie Eden, HIOW CRC senior case manager and women’s centre facilitator, said: “We work really hard at the women’s centres to create a safe environment for service users. This is important because a high proportion of attendees have experienced trauma.

“We encourage women to develop positive support networks in their community and relationships with each other. Our colleagues from BearFace Theatre and Hampshire Cultural Trust shared these values and I have really enjoyed working with them.”

Creating Change uses Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT) techniques combined with drama and performing arts skills.

Julie added: “Many service users said they developed a better understanding of CBT because of Creating Change. This is fantastic because it means service users are more likely to apply this knowledge and understanding.

“For several women, Creating Change was their first experience at the women’s centre and by the end they said that they had bonded with the other service users. I am delighted because evidence shows positive relationships are a crucial part of helping women to stop re-offending.

Aimee Wynn, an attendee at the Southampton women’s centre, said: “I enjoyed the workshops a lot. My favourite activity was ‘bombs and shields’, learning who to keep away from and who is helpful to me. Taking part has helped me to think more before I act and speak.”

Charlotte Slinger, Hampshire Cultural Trust cultural engagement manager, said: “We have been delighted to develop innovative and responsive arts-led programmes with HIOW CRC, we believe arts and culture can help to develop confidence, opinion, team work and many more life skills. The Creating Change programme is a key part of our Better Life Chances strategy, using culture to change lives in Hampshire.”

This initiative was funded by an £8,000 grant from the Purple Futures Innovation fund.

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