On Saturday 22nd October Southampton will be bursting at the seams with all things art as a host of major exhibitions, workshops and events open across the city as part of Southampton Fringe. One of the highlights of the Fringe Lighten Up II will transform Southampton’s iconic Guildhall into a giant canvas illuminated by extraordinary live art projections from 7pm. There will also be live music by local youth music initiative SoCo Music and a major dance performance presented by the Mayflower’s Summer Youth Dance Project.
Lighten Up II is an ambitious large-scale live art experience which will paint Guildhall Square with a riot of colour and dance. It features three Southampton visual artists, Andreea Stan, Joe Ross and Alice Scott-Hawkins, who were commissioned to respond to the British Art Show 8 themes of the physicality in an increasingly digital age. The three local artists, will draw live, in the moment, using iPads to project their work instantly across the square and onto the Guildhall itself, transforming it into a temporary work of art.
Accompanying the light show will be the Mayflower’s Summer Youth Dance Project involving 40 young people from across Hampshire and Dorset. Working with two major UK dance companies – Rambert and ZooNation – the project participants created a major dance piece, which was premiered on the Mayflower Theatre’s stage. The piece will be performed again exclusively as part of Southampton Fringe’s Lighten Up II in Guildhall Square. The young dancers will be accompanied by live music from Southampton-based youth music initiative SoCo Music.
The weekend will also see a wave of openings and launches as part of Southampton Fringe. Look out for: God’s House Tower which will open its doors until 30th October for an exclusive sneak peek at the developments at this exciting new arts space including a range of talks, workshops and exhibitions; Digital Landscape by Amy Louise Wright launches her series of videos which will play at various unexpected sites across the city; Louise Bradley’s Gratitude at Weigh House and Vaults, explores the concept of gratitude and its relationship with envy in the human condition; Lankester’s Vault is opened up for the first time for Jethro German’s One Tool Does It All; K6 Gallery present Bring Your Own Beamer – for one night only, over 20 artists will project their work onto the walls of Planet Sounds Terminus Terrace for an immersive art experience; and finally The Arches studio complex will fling open its doors for one week to give the public an opportunity to see artists at work and to take part in anything from sculpture to silver metal working.
Featuring the best of Southampton’s home-grown contemporary art talent, and celebrating the arrival of British Art Show 8 (BAS8), the inaugural Southampton Fringe runs from 8th October until 14th January at galleries, cafes, bars and other unexpected locations around the city. The full line-up of the Fringe’s associate programme of 24 newly commissioned works, performances, sound installations, pop-up temporary exhibitions, music, workshops, talks and cabarets are listed here www.southamptonfringe.com or see the end of this media release.
“This is a superb opportunity for Southampton’s thriving arts and cultural scene to celebrate its own exceptional home-grown talent, alongside some of the worlds best artists.” said James Gough, Southampton Cultural Development Trust.
Bursting at the seams with adventurous art in even more adventurous settings there will be plenty for both Fringe visitors and casual passers by to stumble upon and enjoy. Full programme listings can now be found on www.southamptonfringe.com and at the end of this media release.