New Programme at Old Northam Road

‘a space’ arts has signed leases on three properties on Old Northam Road in Southampton and this summer will launch a new and ambitious programme of exhibitions, events and residencies at the Alfred Arcade, the Hidden Wardrobe and the Alfred Arms. All three units were vacant for some time.

Building on the success of last year’s programme, the Alfred Arcade will once again play host to a series of exhibitions showcasing work by recent graduates from Southampton Solent University and Winchester School of Art. The Hidden Wardrobe will become the hub of a brand new residency programme, which will provide studio space and professional development opportunities for four SSU and WSA alumni who exhibited at the Alfred Arcade last year.

The first exhibition this summer will be Banana Split which launches on Friday 31st May with new work from Kane Applegate, Benji Heinke, Robin Price and Mandy Smith. These artists will then begin a 12 month residency at the Hidden Wardrobe making way for a new cohort of graduates to exhibit at the Alfred Arcade as part of Ripe Mangos this summer.

A programme for the Alfred Arms is also in development.

Old Northam Road was once the city’s antiques quarter and was thought of as Southampton’s answer to London’s Portobello Road.

By branching out into these new venues, and developing a wider programme, ‘a space’ hopes to establish a community of artists at Old Northam Road who feel supported by their peers and encouraged to maintain their visual arts practice here in Southampton.