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Winchester School of Art - 1870-2020

Founded in 1870, Winchester School of Art will celebrate its 150th Anniversary in 2020 with a year-long programme of events, projects and initiatives, both at WSA and throughout the City of Winchester.

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We are extraordinarily proud of our history of creative education and will be celebrating and exploring it through a series of projects and event, running throughout 2020. These will include:

150 Years of WSA Exhibition

Journey through the history of WSA in this exhibition featuring a large number of items from our archive and other local collections. See the development and evolution of our prospectus’ over 150 years, key documents and letters relating to the school’s founding, historic photographs and other items unearthed in the County Archives. The exhibition will open, with a Private View, on the same evening of the Private View of our undergraduate Degree Show, 11th June. Invites for both these events are being finalised and more information will be available on our website soon.

Son et Lumière

In celebration of our 150th anniversary, we will be hosting a Son et Lumière: a projection mapped light, image, video and sound installation, responding to our history and the students, staff and art that made it. More details of this collaborative work between colleagues in different disciplines, at both WSA and the wider University, such as colleagues in Music, will become available soon. This event is planned to take place in early December, with invites and more information about the event to be announced on our website.

Archaeological Dig at WSA

We are working with colleagues and students from Archaeology to survey, investigate and explore the history of our site here at Park Avenue. This work has begun with a ground penetrating radar survey of the currently vacant old Police Station site, but will look at the campus in the wider archaeological context of Winchester and the campus’ position on the boundary of the Roman City. Pending the results and analysis of the initial survey, we hope to dig test pits and do additional work throughout 2020, potentially leading to a larger scale archaeological dig. As a part of this collaboration, our own Fine Art students will be responding to the work creatively, which we hope will result in an exhibition, documenting both the archaeological work and the response to it. 

Archaeology Video

Rendering of the data captured by the ground penetrating radar survey of WSA, showing the old Police Station foundations and earlier features beneath.

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Alumni Exhibitions

Starting in early Autumn, we plan to host a number of our Alumni in exhibitions throughout the City, currently including the City Space Gallery at the Winchester Discovery Centre and in The Winchester Gallery here at Winchester School of Art. Showcasing work from several disciplines, these exhibitions will highlight a cross-section of the impactful work our Alumni have created since graduating from WSA. We will be announcing the exhibitions and more details on our website soon.

Legacy Projects

We are planning a number of long term projects responding to the 150th, starting in 2020, to be completed in the following years. The first of these will be the full digitisation our physical archive, stored on-site here at WSA. This will allow staff, students and the public to browse it’s content and potentially contribute new items. As a part of this project we will be working to see how else we might record our history, such as a project to record the oral-histories of staff, students and persons associated with WSA.

In the coming months we will be sharing details of how you can contribute to our anniversary and our archives, and what items of yours we might be able to receive, record and store either in our physical or digital archive.

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding our 150th please contact wsa150@soton.ac.uk.

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