Hampshire Cultural Trust

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This map pinpoints some of the most exciting cultural venues in Hampshire.

We will showcase, connect and empower its creative economy


Rising star plays the Blues at West End Centre

Rising star plays the Blues at West End Centre















Image: Up and coming blues musician Laurence Jones is coming to the West End Centre, Aldershot.

British Blues Awards winner Laurence Jones will be rocking his fans with tracks from his new album when he performs in Aldershot next month.

The rising young Blues star is currently touring to promote ‘What’s It Gonna Be’ and stops off at the Hampshire Cultural Trust’s West End Centre venue on Thursday 28 April.

Described by BBC Radio Two as "Exciting and full of energy”, Laurence won Young Artist of the Year at the British Blues Awards in 2014 and 2015, and was named Best Guitarist at the 2015 European Blues Awards.

The 23-year-old Merseyside musician supported the legendary Van Morrison on his tour last year and Buddy Guy at the Albert Hall in London at the end of February.

Blues guitarist Walter Trout describes Laurence as "A cross between Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy - he is a genius”.

This is Laurence’s third album and has already received much praise from the music press. He is supported by Black Circles on this tour.

Barney Jeavons, centre director, said: “We are thrilled to have Laurence Jones play in Aldershot next month. He has already received great acclaim for his music and is a rising Blues talent.

“Don’t miss this opportunity to see him play in the West End Centre.”

Tickets are currently on sale priced from £10 to £12.

Contact the West End Centre box office on 01252 330040 or book online through Hampshire Cultural Trust’s website at http://www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/west-end-centre

To find out more about Hampshire Cultural Trust events visit www.hampshirecultural.trust.org.uk

Stand up for a night of comedy with Dane Baptiste

Image: Comedian Dane Baptiste is coming to the West End Centre, Aldershot

Stand-up comedy fans may know him from his appearances on BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, but now you have the chance to catch Dane Baptiste live in Aldershot.

The quick-witted comedian brings his own fast-paced brand of humour to the West End Centre, in Aldershot, on Friday 15 April.

He stops off at Hampshire Cultural Trust’s venue for one night only with his show ‘Reasonable Doubts’. Tickets are now on sale, priced at £12, and £10 for concessions.

Dane, named the Independent’s Face to Watch in 2015, and now starring in his own BBC3 sitcom Sunny D, is on his first UK tour which has already been met with sold-out audiences and huge critical acclaim at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Nominated for Best Newcomer in both the 2014 Foster’s Comedy Awards in 2014 and the Chortle Awards in 2015, Dane is being hailed as one of the most exciting acts to emerge in recent years.

Edinburgh Festival Magazine reviewed Reasonable Doubts: “It’s not hard to see why he is being praised as the next big thing. Whilst good comedians follow the formulae of stereotypical stand-up, Dane Baptiste ignores it and makes up his own rules – if you want to see something genuine and exceptional, Reasonable Doubts should be at the top of your list.”

Barney Jeavons, centre director, said: “This is a real coup for the West End Centre. Be sure to book early for tickets to see Dane live in action - you’re assured of a laughter-filled evening with this excellent stand-up comedian.”

Contact the West End Centre box office on 01252 330040 or book online through Hampshire Cultural Trust’s website http://www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/west-end-centre

To find out more about Hampshire Cultural Trust events visit www.hampshirecultural.trust.org.uk


Bunnies and Lambs at Bursleden Mill this Easter

Image: Miller’s Ark Baby Bunnies

Baby bunnies, lambs, ducklings and chicks from Miller’s Ark will be making their way to Bursledon Windmill for a fun packed family day this Easter Sunday.

There couldn’t be a more enjoyable and seasonal Easter Sunday outing than going to the beautiful windmill site to meet the Easter animals and taking a tour around the windmill itself.

Open from 10am to 4pm, there is no need to book, and for an extra £1 on top of the windmill entry fee, visitors will be able to meet and pet the animals.

As some of the larger animals will be in the car park, visitors will need to park off site and walk up Windmill Lane (they can phone 023 80 40 4999 if they have a mobility issue).

Image: Miller’s Ark Lambs



Clare Scheckter joins Hampshire Cultural Trust Board

Hampshire Cultural Trust appointed a new trustee this year (January 22).



Clare Scheckter, who owns Laverstoke Park Farm, Basingstoke, with her husband Jody, the 1979 Formula One World Champion, has joined the trust’s board, bringing a wealth of technological, educational and agricultural expertise and enthusiasm.


Clare, who is one of Dame Mary Fagan’s deputy lieutenants of Hampshire, was chief operating officer and co-founder of a high-tech company based in Atlanta, USA, before opening the Laverstoke Park Education Centre (LPEC) on the farm. It has seen over 15,000 students from schools, colleges and youth organisations try their hand at farming and learn more about sustainable land management, animal welfare and healthy food production, free-of-charge, since its conception in 2003. It was officially opened by Princess Anne in 2012.


She is no stranger to board committees. Clare has also been a governor at Testbourne Community School since 2006 and served on the CLA’s Education Committee between 2009-2011. In 2011, she was awarded an honorary fellowship of the University of Winchester and has served on the Worthy Down Independent Advisory Panel since 2012. In 2013, Clare was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire and, in 2014, as a trustee of the Enham Trust. Clare has just finished serving a one-year term as president of the South of England Agricultural Society.


Hampshire Cultural Trust is a registered charity providing arts and museum services for local people and visitors to Hampshire. It is governed by a board of trustees, chaired by Alan Lovell.


Alan said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Clare to the Hampshire Cultural Trust board. We look forward to the integral role she will play in our continued endeavours to showcase, connect and empower Hampshire’s creative economy.”



University of Winchester announced as founding corporate partner of Hampshire Cultural Trust


Hampshire Cultural Trust has announced its third Founding Corporate Partner, University of Winchester, today (16 March).

Founded in 1840, the University of Winchester, based in the heart of the city, is in the top 10 universities in the UK for teaching excellence and in the top four for student satisfaction. It offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a range of subjects including the arts and humanities. The new partnership has seen the university donate £2,500 to the trust as a Founding Corporate Partner.

The partnership will see two of the county’s leading organisations working collaboratively to foster and harness creativity to the highest standards in the region.

Hampshire Cultural Trust, which manages 23 museums and arts venues, works in partnership to be an economic catalyst for regeneration and skills development.

Both independent organisations share the same core values of being fresh and exciting and collaborative, always staying ahead of the curve and working to engage the public and creative talent as it emerges.

Janet Owen, Chief Executive of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: “We are delighted to announce The University of Winchester as a Founding Corporate Partner. We both share the vision of championing Hampshire for its outstanding education, arts, culture and heritage. We plan to extend our corporate sponsorship further and welcome organisations in the county to come on-board.”

Joy Carter, Vice Chancellor of The University of Winchester, said: “The University of Winchester is an engine room of creativity and productivity for Hampshire, so we are thrilled to be partnering with Hampshire Cultural Trust to create world-class culture in Hampshire.

“As a university we deliver outstanding teaching and research in arts, culture and heritage, and in everything we do we want to serve the common good. So, the trust is a really important partner to boost the impact the university and our students have in driving the region’s cultural and creative economy.”

To find out more about the University of Winchester visit www.winchester.ac.uk





Creative Apprenticeship Success!

Creative Apprenticeship Success!



Luke (aged 18) attended our Summer Arts College in 2015, a partnership project between HCT and YOT. Over two weeks a group of young people learnt photography and poetry skills, worked with arts professionals, visited an art gallery for the first time and gained Bronze Arts Award, all in the beautiful surroundings of the University of Winchester. In addition they gained Discover Arts Award with John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.

The confidence and creativity that Luke developed, along with new professional connections meant that artist Kristianne Drake was able to support his application to become a Creative Apprentice at John Hansard Gallery in Southampton and Luke got the job! Our sincere congratulations to Luke, he is starting in March 2016 and we know he will be fantastic!

British art provides the inspiration for local authors

British art provides the inspiration for local authors

Defining Movements: a journey through British Modern Art provided the opportunity for a group of local writers to be tutored through a short series of creative writing workshops at the Gosport Gallery.  Led by published author Judy Waite, the participants used the art works as springboards to create characters and produce new writing. 

Local author Lauren Jones took inspiration from Richard Long’s ‘Merthyr Tydfil Line’ and wrote:

“This Merthyr Tydfil is waiting and blasted. Never complains that you’re late.  Abandoned and removed, here the lines are not lines. These lines are ribbons, waving and bending. Their rusting, splintered arcs beg you to rediscover them.”

Local Author Piers McEwan said:

“I enjoyed the various methods we used to engage with the pieces of art, which served to spark ideas that simply would not have appeared if I had been looking at the artwork alone and without Judy’s guidance.”

Jacqui Pack opened her piece Rainbow Rumble based on Peter Blake’s ‘Babe Rainbow’

“The tunnel’s dark but, when you step inside, it explodes with light.  Successive blocks of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet ripple along its length towards you, seeming to radiate from the gold curtains that obscure the tunnel’s end.  The pattern repeats every seven seconds, and you sway, in danger of being hypnotised by its psychedelic motion.  You clear your head with a shake, and take another step forward.  The walls move; the tunnel grows shorter.  The conveyor belt beneath your feet runs so smoothly it’s hard to believe you’re travelling.  If asked, you’d swear the world was moving while you remained still.”

Angela Hicken Literature Development Officer with Hampshire Cultural Trust said:

“The writer’s workshop was a unique opportunity for local talent to discover their creative voice whilst experiencing and being immersed in those artistic works that have influenced art movements throughout the 20th century. They were also supported by Judy Waite, an award-winning author who has published over forty works of fiction, ranging from picture books to works of young adult  fiction.

Read more of the wonderul pieces of creative writing here!

In the photo left to right: Piers McEwan, Jacqui Pack and Lauren Jones.


Artists design luxury products based on iconic items in Hampshire museum collections

Artists design luxury products based on iconic items in Hampshire museum collections

Hampshire Cultural Trust has launched a new initiative whereby artists take inspiration from historic collections and use these to create artworks with a modern twist.

The Creative Commercial Collections scheme was piloted in partnership with the National Motor Museum Trust and supported by Jane Austen House Museum and 'a space' arts. The trust challenged artists from the Sorting Office, Eastleigh, to design luxury contemporary products inspired by one of three iconic items from the museums' collections:

  • Jane Austen's Pelisse Coat

  • The 1929 Golden Arrow - a world’s land speed record breaking car and Napier Lion Aero engine

  • The garden at Jane Austen's House Museum

The trust asked the artists to design a commercially viable item or product range to a theme of 'quintessential Englishness or Hampshire'. To be considered, the design had to be contemporary, fun and subversive. Artists that made it to the shortlisted stage also had to present their designs to judges on the panel partnership team.

The quality of the designs was so high that Hampshire Cultural Trust has chosen to commission three of the artists' products and will help them turn the designs into verifiable prototypes.

As an illustrator and a passionate gardener, Denise Hughes was inspired by the garden at Jane Austen's House Museum and wanted to communicate the garden's links to history alongside a modern illustrative surface design. She has designed a small and collectible range of luxury ceramic vases, based on the flowers in the garden.

Mariska Parent, a print designer and illustrator who incorporates hand-drawn imagery with a surreal and playful twist in her commercial interior projects, based her design on the 1929 Golden Arrow. Her unique hand tufted rug has a retro-futurism feel and the colour scheme is influenced by how the paintwork of the car and the museum lighting play together.

The third winning artist, Karen Head, was moved by Jane Austen's Pelisse Coat to design a luxurious wool and silk scarf that follows the colour palette of the coat and references its oak-leaf motif as a crocheted acorn border. Karen’s scarf is handcrafted using the “nuno-felt” technique, pressing silk chiffon between the softest merino wool and lustrous mulberry silk fibres to create a fine felted fabric with sheen.

Janet Owen, chief executive officer of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: "The aim of this initiative is to provide a design platform for artists to create a modern collectible with a connection to historic collections in the county. Artists are inspired by all kinds of sources and we, along with the National Motor Museum Trust, Jane Austen's House Museum and 'a space' arts believe that there are iconic items that are the perfect creativity springboard for contemporary designers. We’ve been delighted by the imagination demonstrated by the artists and we look forward to seeing their creations once finished."

Over the next eight weeks the three artists will transform their designs into prototypes to be translated into commercial products, for sale across the global market.

Janet continued: "We were impressed by the calibre of designs produced by Karen, Denise and Mariska and believe they have every chance of commercial success. We can't wait to see the finished products."


Volunteers needed at Milestones

Do you love LEGO®?

Do you enjoy meeting new people?

Would you like to get involved in an exciting new exhibition at Milestones this spring? If so then we’d love to hear from you!


Milestones Museum, Basingstoke is looking for volunteers to assist visitors at the Quest for the Brick Kingdom exhibition from 12 February to 10 April 2016.

Your role would be to help keep the magic alive for our visitors and to assist at the LEGO activity stations at weekends and during the school holidays.

If you would value joining the team during the exhibition, then please get in touch!

Milestones is open Tuesday to Friday 10.00am-4.45pm and weekends 11.00am-4.45pm.

Please note we can only accept volunteers over the age of 16.

We offer a complimentary family ticket to the ‘Quest’ exhibition to anyone who commits to volunteering on a regular basis during the exhibition and one complimentary adult pass to Milestones for each day of volunteering on completion of their commitment.

Check out this video to find out more about the exhibition: http://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/event/quest-brick-kingdom

Please apply via email, stating your available dates to the Milestones email address: milestones.museum@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk and we will be in touch.

Stunning Timorous Beasties exhibition to be revealed at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre

Stunning Timorous Beasties exhibition to be revealed at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre

Hampshire Cultural Trust have handed the creative reins at The Gallery Winchester Discovery Centre to multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed design studio Timorous Beasties. This exciting exhibition will be revealed on 23 January.

The special installation includes a selection of Timorous Beasties’ own collections, who have been known for making bold and beautiful statements in the design world since 1990.

Founded by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who met as students at Glasgow School of Art, the Timorous Beasties design studio has both embraced traditional design and defied conventional rules of pattern-making over the last 25 years. The result has been an array of exciting textile collections and collaborative projects at the forefront of British design with clients such as Fortnum & Mason, Famous Grouse, the V&A and Nike.

Janet Owen, Chief Executive Officer of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: "We've given Timorous Beasties 'carte blanche' over The Gallery and we can't wait to see what they produce. Their sumptuous and surreal work is known throughout the world and this display will give visitors and fans of Timorous Beasties a special insight into this creative duo."

Timorous Beasties are expert in printed fabric and wallpapers and also apply their designs to a range of disciplines, from carpets to ceramics and graphics to products. This striking show offers a fantastic opportunity to see one of the best current British design studios in Winchester.

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