On Wednesday, February 1st, the Trinity Art Group (TAG) will take over the Southampton City Art Gallery for a one-of-a-kind museum takeover/performance event. The event is the culmination of the ‘Making Space’ project, a collaborative social practice project that brings together professional and amateur artists, the charity Trinity Winchester, Winchester School of Art, and the Southampton City Art Gallery. A two-month exhibition formed from the documentation of the workshop process will be installed in the main sculpture hall of the museum later in the month.

The ‘Making Space’ project is more than just an art project; it’s a space to make things and make things happen,” said Alastair Eales, facilitator and UoS PhD researcher. “It’s an antidote to social isolation, exclusion, and loneliness. It’s a space for a new convergent community to traverse the charity space, cultural space, and public space. To share knowledge, ideas, and creativity. It’s about being actively part of the cultural fabric of our society and meeting new people and working together on a level platform.”

‘Making Space’ began with workshops where participants were allowed to explore their creativity and express themselves through art. The workshops were led by professional artists and facilitated by the Trinity Winchester charity, which supports individuals experiencing homelessness in the local community.

The museum takeover/performance event will feature colourful cardboard costumes created by the Trinity Art Group, which comprises local community members who have been affected by homelessness. The event will be a way for groups to reposition and reclaim positive identities through sculpture and performance art.

The event will take place on Wednesday, February 1st, from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM at the Southampton City Art Gallery. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend.

For more information on the “Making Space” project and the museum takeover/performance event, please contact Alastair Eales by email at ale1u20@soton.ac.uk or mobile: 07545324323