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Arts Strategy

Arts, culture and creativity are at the heart of our University. The University of Southampton has reaffirmed its commitment to arts, culture and creativity through a new Arts Strategy (2018-22).

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Arts Ambassadors interview Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England. Image: John Bamford
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Launch event for John Hansard Gallery at Studio 144, May 2018
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Auditory Learning, as part of British Art Show 8 exhibition at John Hansard Gallery.
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Dame Judith Macgregor speaking as part of John Hansard Gallery’s 12/48 Portraits talks series
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John Hansard Gallery’s Summer in the Square festival
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Turner Sims, Chineke project
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Yazz Ahmed at Turner Sims in March 2018 copyright Gerry Walden

Arts, culture and creativity at the heart of our University

Central to the strategy is the University’s pledge to continue to contribute to Southampton’s growing cultural reputation, and to “animate the city” through its inspiring arts and culture programme.

“The University of Southampton’s arts and culture programme enriches people’s lives, giving opportunities for discovery, increasing engagement, connectivity and wellbeing for our students, staff and diverse communities. These activities are at the heart of what we do as a University and they remain as a focal point of our new arts strategy,” said Louise Coysh, Associate Director, Arts and Culture.

Over many decades, the University of Southampton has developed and nurtured a pioneering history of cultural patronage through the arts, theatre and music, playing host to some of the city’s most respected and renowned venues. The institution is also home to a research-active Arts and Humanities Faculty encompassing the Winchester School of Art, as well as a successful and well-connected multidisciplinary Public Engagement with Research Unit and over 40 performing arts student societies.

Our arts and culture programme is locally relevant and internationally acclaimed and we want that reputation to continue flourish. We attract leading national and international talent - from our students and staff to the artists we work with and we will continue to support high quality, innovative and interdisciplinary practices that bring together artists with pioneering researchers in a unique creative environment.

The arts strategy is also focused on continually improving the career prospects of our students through professional development opportunities and workplace placements which arise through our collegiate and pro-active partnership activities with a wide range of organisations. Many of our students have recently become Arts Ambassadors which is another important programme to support their career progression whilst raising the profile of the University’s arts activities throughout the student community and beyond.

Find out more by downloading The University of Southampton Arts Strategy pdf.

There is a wealth of arts and cultural activity taking place across the University of Southampton. Here are a few recent examples, and you can find out more across our Arts at University of Southampton pages and via our social media channels.

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