Exhibition Launch Event: Present Tense

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Friday 26th January 2024

God's House Tower, Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2NY

You’re invited to celebrate the exhibition launch of Present Tense, which brings together new works by the 2023 recipients of ‘a space’ arts Turning Point Bursary for Visual Artists.

Having been awarded the Turning Point Bursary – an developmental grant programme that supports mid-career visual artists – in 2023, the exhibition sees four Southampton-based artists /collectives take over the award-winning God’s House Tower, in an immersive display of artistic practice and creative exploration. From photography to performance art and writing, you can explore a rich collection of works produced by some of the region’s most exciting artists.


Launch Event is on Friday 26th January 2024.  6pm – 8pm, at our flagship venue God’s House Tower


Present Tense

Present Tense is a new exhibition bringing together work by four artists in the ‘a space’ arts 2023 Turning Point Bursary programme: Suna Imre, Carrie Mason, Joshua Raffell and Alec Stevens. 

Over the last six months, the artists have undertaken a period of self-led artistic experimentation, development and risk-taking to push beyond existing boundaries within their practices and yield new ways of working. The Turning Point programme embraces ‘open ends’, creating valuable time and space for the development of artistic practice without the pressure to produce specific outcomes or ‘finished’ artwork. 

Present Tense is an exhibition of the artists’ work in the present moment, celebrating a playful and experimental approach to practice whilst also acknowledging the tension evident in the works on display.

This event is the opportunity to explore the exhibition up close and meet the artists behind the works. You can enjoy an exclusive artist-led tour of the exhibition, as the artists lead you around the gallery spaces and share insights into their experiences of the Turning Point Bursary and processes behind the works.

The cafe and bar will also be open throughout the evening, and the artist talks will also be screened for those with mobility or access needs.

The exhibition is on display at God’s House Tower from Friday 26th January until Sunday 3rd March 2024. Admission to the exhibition is free.

Book your free tickets here
Find out more about the Turning Point Bursary