God's House Tower Opening this Weekend

God’s House Tower will officially open this weekend with a series of events and activities to mark the occasion.

With all the exhibitions now installed the weekend celebrates God’s House Tower being gifted back to the people of Southampton. Visitors are invited into the building to rediscover it through a diverse new programme, GHT Beside the Sea, that reanimates the 700 year old building that overlooks Southampton Water.

On Saturday 16th November the Black Heritage Association Choir will be performing from 10am – 11am, the Southampton Chinese Association will then perform a traditional Dragon dance, thought to bring good fortune and luck to the new venue.

On Sunday 17th November Art Asia will perform a showcase of Classical Indian and Bollywood dance at noon. There will also be workshops including Knit the Walls, with artist sarah filmer from 12pm – 4pm; and Building Bridges with Kimvi Nguyen from 10am – 1pm. In the evening God’s House Tower continues the GHT: Beside the Sea theme by hosting Southampton Film Week’s screening of the classic 1975 film Jaws at 7pm.

This will be the opening weekend of Keith Harrison’s show, Bloom, – expect colour and foghorns as part of an immersive exhibition by an artist we think is one of the most exciting in the country at the moment. The Collections Gallery now houses the Moonlight Pethers, a trio of paintings of Southampton by different members of the Pether family, that helped to inspire Keith Harrison’s show on the floor above.

Transition, an exhibition featuring Kane Applegate reflects on the recent renovation of the building. Meanwhile visitors can learn about the history of God’s House Tower through the permanent exhibition Stories Behind the Stones spread across four floors of the building’s tower.