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Winchester School of Art

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:

Digital Archive

We are digitising our physical archive, a collection of over a thousand items spanning the breadth of WSA’s history, and sharing it with staff, students and the public via an online platform. The digitised items include: letters and correspondence relating to the founding of the school of in 1870, prospectus’ dating back to 1910, degree show catalogues and portfolios, and a range of photographs from throughout the school’s history.

150 Years of WSA Exhibition

Journey through the history of WSA in this exhibition of items from our archive and other local collections. 150 Years of WSA will exhibit a large quantity of different materials relating to WSA and provide a unique view of the school throughout time. See the development and evolution of our prospectus’ over 150 years, key documents and letters relating to the school’s founding or historic photographs. More details and dates will be announced soon.

Alumni Exhibition

We are pleased to be hosting a series of Exhibitions, both at WSA and in Winchester, exhibiting work from our Alumni. Showcasing work from several disciplines, these exhibitions highlight a cross-section of the impactful work our Alumni have created since graduating from WSA. More details and dates will be announced soon.

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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