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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.

Paris Smith LLP Announced as Founding Corporate Partner of Hampshire Cultural Trust

Image: Peter Taylor, Managing Partner of Paris Smith LLP, with Janet Owen, Chief Executive of Hampshire Cultural Trust

Hampshire Cultural Trust has announced its second-ever Founding Corporate Partner, Paris Smith LLP, today (January 14).

Paris Smith LLP, which is based in Southampton and has recently opened an office in Winchester, is one of the largest regional law firms in Central Southern England, with 34 partners and just under 200 staff. The new partnership has seen the firm donate £2,500 to the Trust as a Founding Corporate Partner.   

The partnership will see the organisations working collaboratively to champion Hampshire as a world-class county.

Hampshire Cultural Trust, which launched last year, exists to bring world class culture to Hampshire. With 23 museums and arts venues, it works collaboratively to bring organisations, people and ideas together for greater impact, with customer focus at its core.

Both independent organisations share the same core values of being fresh and exciting, collaborative and customer focused - always staying ahead of the curve and delivering real value with confidence.

Janet Owen, Chief Executive of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: “We are delighted to announce Paris Smith LLP as a Founding Corporate Partner. We both share the vision of enabling and showcasing the very best and Paris Smith LLP are a perfect partner for us to have on board. We plan to extend our corporate sponsorship further and welcome organisations in the County to get involved.”

Peter Taylor, Managing Partner of Paris Smith LLP, said: “A community is undoubtedly defined by its culture. As a business which is committed to enabling success in the regional economy, it is important to Paris Smith to support the Trust in its mission to raise awareness of the world class culture, arts and heritage available on our doorstep. As a Corporate Founding Partner, we are really pleased to play a part in enriching the cultural offer of the County. We know that the support of business can really make a difference to the breadth and depth of the culture and arts sector, which enhances the region in which we live and work, as well as attracting others to experience what is on offer here."

Mayor's Choice exhibition opens at City Space in Winchester Discovery Centre

Mayor's Choice exhibition opens at City Space in Winchester Discovery Centre

Image: Clarice Cliff tea plate, which will be exhibited with a cup and saucer, chosen by Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Angela Clear as part of the Mayor's Choice exhibition at City Space, Winchester.

Rarely-seen artwork and artefacts will be on display at the ever-popular Mayor's Choice exhibition at City Space in Winchester Discovery Centre from Saturday 16 January. The exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to see artwork and objects from the City and County museum collections, now cared for by Hampshire Cultural Trust and not usually on public display.

This year the Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Angela Clear, has selected a range of paintings textiles and artefacts, many of which illustrate the history of her local area of Wickham. The Mayor's personal interest in the early 20th century art deco style is also represented by several pieces by the renowned ceramics designer Clarice Cliff.

The Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Angela Clear, said: "The work on display is my personal choice, incorporating exhibits from Winchester and the district past and present. They include artwork illustrating local views and subjects over many years and showcase some of the wealth of our museums' collections."

One of the fascinating objects featured in this exhibition is a rare survival from the late 18th century - a wooden carved overmantle depicting the coat of arms of the City of Winchester. It is thought this recently acquired piece was originally in the Mayor's official residence in Winchester, Abbey House, when it was the home of the Recorder of Winchester in the mid 1700s.

Mayor's Choice is a free family friendly exhibition and includes quizzes and colouring in activities. There will also be a make and take workshop between 10am and 4pm on 16 February at the Discovery Centre where visitors can drop in and create their very own Clarice Cliff paper plate design. This event is free and suitable for age 7+ but an adult should accompany all children taking part.

The exhibition closes on 21 February.

City Space is open Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 3pm, closed bank holidays. More information can be found at www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/city-space.

Hampshire Poet 2016 appointed by Hampshire Cultural Trust

Image: Isabel Rogers, Hampshire Poet 2016, photo credit Paul Clarke

Hampshire Cultural Trust has chosen Isabel Rogers as Hampshire Poet 2016 to help them celebrate this coming year. Isabel, from Cheriton, was chosen from a strong set of applicants from all corners of Hampshire for the sought after post.

Isabel will be commissioned to write poetry in celebration of the Trust’s exhibition and project work during 2016. Her poems will be shared widely through print and online publications. Isabel will also act as an advocate for the power of reading and creative writing. 

On hearing the news Isabel said: “I'm thrilled and honoured to be chosen. It's a fantastic opportunity to share my enthusiasm for poetry with people all over the county, and I hope I can help broadcast our local talent to the wider world.”

Isabel’s poetry has been published in Poetry Wales, Under the Radar, Mslexia and the New Welsh Review. She won both the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and the Faber Academy QuickFic Competition last year. Her writing career began by adapting Asterix books for her class and many years later she relocated to the Highlands and wrote her first novel.

To enter the competition, Isabel had to send in two poems from her portfolio plus a short statement including what she will bring and gain from the experience.

Joan McGavin, Hampshire Poet 2014 and judge of the Hampshire Poet 2016, said: “I liked the liveliness of Isabel’s ideas about poetry generally and the Hampshire Poet role in particular. She displays an energetic commitment to the task of exciting people about poetry, both ‘on the ground’ across Hampshire and also online. I’m sure she’ll use this role to encourage others to write and to develop her own writing as the year progresses.”

Judge Stephen Boyce, published poet and chair of the Winchester Poetry Festival, said: “In a strong field Isabel stood out for her versatile and accomplished poems, her infectious enthusiasm for exciting others about poetry and her ability to communicate widely. I’m confident she’ll make a real impact as Hampshire Poet, bringing style and a good deal of pleasure to the role.”

Below is a short, recent example of Isabel’s poetry. A version of Flying South, about changing seasons, has been set for unaccompanied choir by composer Ian Stephens for performance in 2016.


Flying south

I felt a soft distortion in the sky

an unlocatable thrumming; heard the call

for strength, trust and a true compass,


the locked vector in each head

wearing a groove across the world

like iron to the poles.


Time’s bow-wave rippled and shrank to black

leaving me stretching – heavy and unfeathered –

solid human, anchored in a new season.




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