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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.




Experience a night like no other at the Westy Christmas Ball

Famed for their Summer Westival where they lay real grass through the building, on Saturday 19th December the West End Centre team is transforming their venue for a night of festive magic!

Featuring sets from incredible international DJ Goldierocks, outstanding comedian Louisa Omelian, and music by the acclaimed electro-swing dance outfit Swing Zazou, the entertainment alone will be worth the cost of a ticket.

Also included on the night will be a delicious curry from festival favourites Asian Grub Foundation, all you can eat candy floss, free mocktails, balloon artists, up-close magic and a photo booth to capture moments that will be remembered forever.  

With a fully stocked bar and a dress code of whatever makes you feel amazing, even if that means boots with a ball gown, the event is designed to cater to all of the West End Centre customers.

“This is our way of saying a massive thank you to the people who have supported our little venue for 40 years and made us so loved. This is going to be one of the greatest things we’ve ever done, and we want to make sure everyone has a truly wonderful evening” Barney Jeavons, Centre Director.

The Westy Christmas Ball is on Saturday 19th December, from 7pm till 2am. Tickets are £40 each and can be booked online at www.westendcentre.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01252 330040.

Roman Cupid ring goes on display in Andover Museum


A gold ring appearing to show Cupid the Roman god of love, which was found in a Hampshire field, has gone on display.

The 1,700 year old ring was discovered in a farmer's field near Tangley in 2013 by an amateur metal detector enthusiast.

It has gone on display to the public at Andover Museum.

David Allen of Hampshire Cultural Trust said it was a "very nice piece", probably owned by a high status individual.

The ring, part of which is broken, shows an onyx and blue stone with standing figure, thought to be the Roman god of love.



Mr Allen described the image of Cupid as "rather languid and impious looking".

The ring was recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme before being acquired by Hampshire Cultural Trust for display at Andover Museum.

While a Roman road is known to have gone through the area, Mr Allen said the artefact find was "a first" for Tangley.

For more details or to view the full article please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-35062637

Experience a Victorian Christmas with Westbury Manor Museum's Illuminated Christmas Windows

Image: Westbury Manor lit up for Christmas

Hampshire Cultural Trust’s Westbury Manor Museum is bringing the Victorian era to life this Christmas (28 November – 4 January).

A stunning installation will bring a captivating, festive glow to the windows of the historic building, with illuminations depicting scenes from the manor in bygone years.

Artist Emily Harper has created the silhouetted imagery, which will allow museum visitors and passers-by the chance to peek into the past. The Hampshire based illustrator and concept artist specialises in character design and children’s book illustration.

On designing the Westbury Manor Museum display, she said: “I often turn to the past for inspiration. Designing the Christmas windows was a fantastic opportunity to look at Victorian ephemera such as Christmas cards and fashion plates.”

The window designs were created using a mixture of pen drawing, traditional paper cutting and watercolour washes.The magnificent Georgian building, which is in the heart of Fareham, holds regular exhibitions and free family activities throughout the festive season.  

For more information about the artist and her work visit: emilyharperillustration.com


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An illuminating experience in Winchester this Christmas time











Image: The interactive lightweight globe projects magical Christmas imagery

Hampshire Cultural Trust is bringing the magic back to Christmas next weekend (11-12 December). Two stunning light installations, by nationally-renowned Impossible, will emit spellbinding festive animations and stories, right outside the Great Hall, in Winchester.

The first installation, Lightweight, is a 360-degree projection globe. It invites onlookers to have their picture mapped into live animations, which swarm around the globe alongside movies, audio, graphic effects, pictures, text and even tweets.

Fully interactive, the four-metre-high sphere is lit with colour and images, creating a unique and shared experience. Previous audiences have described the sight as “magical and mesmerising…almost hypnotic.”

Codex, the second installation, takes the form of a giant illuminated book, filled with a thousand-and-one fables, all animated with captivating images.

The wintery nights will be lit up by the glowing open book. Innovative technology modernises classic stories, adding another dimension to well-known fairy-tales. Inspired by early illuminated manuscripts, the mystical book combines words and images as well as spectator tweets, to create an unforgettable Christmas sight.  

Janet Owen, chief executive of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: “We urge the people of Hampshire to come along and be amazed, engaging in an interactive completely unique experience. Impossible is a nationally-renowned, dynamic organisation and we are delighted to be working with them this Christmas time.”

Both pieces will be outside the Great Hall, in Winchester, on Friday 11 December - Saturday 12 December, between 5pm – 8pm.  Come along and be amazed.

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Black to White Exhibition

BLACK to WHITE – Printmakers Exhibition 

Until Sunday 10 January City Space in Winchester Discovery Centre will be hosting an exhibition of work by four local printmakers; Kate Dicker, Anne Hayward, Howard Phipps and Ann Tout.

These artists have specialised in wood engraving throughout their careers and the exquisite work on display in this exhibition showcases their mastery of techniques that are the most challenging faced by artists working in any medium. The art of the wood engraver has long been associated with the depiction of landscape, which is a principal interest to these artists, as well as urban and industrial views.

Visitors can also get a glimpse of the printmaker’s studio and discover the intricate tools, end grain woodblocks, artists’ proofs, drawings, monotypes, publications and the art of bookbinding that all give an insight into how these artists use black and white with a range of silvery tones to create their amazing images. 

Artist Kate Dicker says “We are delighted to be exhibiting in City Space in Winchester Discovery Centre particularly as group of artists who take so much inspiration from the City and the beautiful Hampshire countryside.”

The exhibition is free and the artists work will be on sale so if you are looking for that extra special Christmas gift, or simply to take time out in a busy day to relax and be inspired why not pop in to City Space.

City Space is open Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 3pm, closed Bank Holidays. Weekdays between Christmas and New Year the Discovery Centre will close at 5pm.

SEARCH is 20!

image: children at SEARCH

SEARCH at Gosport Discovery Centre will be celebrating its 20th Birthday on 16th December and we would like to mark it by collecting memories of visitors. Have you been visiting Search over the last 20 years? If so, we'd love to hear from you with your for memories/photos of SEARCH.

SEARCH is unique with no other museum like it in the UK. With between 10,000 &17,000 visitors a year for 20 years we are close to a quarter of a million visitors. Most visitors to SEARCH participate in workshops staying with us for over 2 hours at a time. Many visitors who came to SEARCH as children with their school or took part in the extensive holiday programme that we offered in the past are now returning with their own children. Some have gone on to work in museums or become volunteers here.

We are going to mark 20 years of this unique learning facility with several activities and events as well as displays of memories from over the years. If you feel you have something you can contribute, (photos, memories, articles) then please contact wendy.redman@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk.






Stephen K Amos to perform at the West End Centre in Aldershot

image: Stephen. K. Amos

The maestro of feel-good comedy is back on tour and will complete his tour of Hampshire when he performs at the West End Centre, in Aldershot, on 2 December.

Tickets are just £17 and can be bought from www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk

Star of BBC Radio 4's Life: An Idiot's Guide and What Does the K Stand For?, Stephen K Amos has entertained audiences all over the world with his natural, assured delivery and his honest, original material. Described by The Evening Standard as 'Unashamed feel-good entertainment", the comedy show is bound to have audiences doubled up with laughter in their seats.

Stephen K Amos is fast becoming one of the nation's favourite faces on television, with guest appearances on panel shows such as Have I Got News for You and Mock the Week and a number of documentaries under his belt, including BAFTA nominated Batty Man. He has impressed critics as a gifted actor both on stage and screen, with the Sunday Times stating that he is "officially becoming a national treasure."

Janet Owen, chief executive officer of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: "We're honoured to host Stephen K Amos, one of Britain's most engaging and exciting comedians. He's played the nation's biggest theatres but residents of Hampshire won't have to travel far to experience his brilliant performance."

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