We work to support visual artists and cultural audiences in and around Southampton to create a city where artistic communities can flourish. At the heart of our work are three aims:
- To support and champion the work of visual artists and create opportunities for them to thrive by establishing financially sustainable careers.
- To bring a visible change to the city’s visual arts community by delivering co-created projects with previously under-represented artists.
- To create opportunities for the public to engage with, learn from and be inspired by the work of visual artists.
To achieve our mission we are committed to authentically working with others to develop new projects that culturally reanimate spaces and further support our local communities and artists.
Becoming an anti-racist arts organisation
Over the past year ‘a space’ arts has been learning and recognising the systemic racism and structural inequalities within the city around us; we have begun a journey to play our role in overcoming these challenges and become an anti-racist organisation.
We recognise bringing meaningful change takes time and that we haven’t done enough in the past to address these issues. We have been reflecting and educating ourselves so we can publicly express our intentions and actions.
We are committed to working on ourselves so we can work authentically with others and deliver an ongoing series of long-term co-created projects that reflect the diversity of the communities and artists that live and work in and around Southampton.
Our vision is to change how we work with Southampton’s visual arts community and make visible the work of previously under-represented artists in Southampton, ensuring their talents are seen, their work is supported and we offer equal opportunities to visual artists from all of the city’s communities.
We continue to listen, learn, grow, and we welcome conversation with the city’s communities and artists as we continue our work to become an anti-racist organisation.