You're invited to our exhibition launch event!

We’re delighted to invite you to join us for a very special performance as we celebrate the launch of Enam Gbewonyo’s latest exhibition at God’s House Tower (GHT).

Gardez L’Eau is a new work by acclaimed British-Ghanaian textile and performance artist Enam Gbewonyo that explores the history of GHT, one of Southampton’s most important historic monuments, and recent winner of an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Gardez L’Eau draws on themes of trade, travel, colonialism and piracy, and uses materials from GHT’s turbulent past to create a sculpture that runs through the entirety of the building. The exhibition is accompanied by a soundscape produced by Spanish sound artist Anihma.

Having recently opened the exhibition to the public, the launch event will see the second part of the exhibition unveiled at the award winning GHT. In addition to the intricate knitted sculpture installed throughout the medieval monument, Enam has developed an accompanying performance that will take place at the launch event. An ode to the people of Southampton, it will reference traditional Morris dance, Aurresku – a traditional Basque dance – and the Masquerade dance of St. Kitts in honour of each country’s connection to the city and to GHT. A film of the performance will also be added to the exhibition, which will be premiered at the event and after on our YouTube channel.

This is your opportunity to meet the artist behind the works and enjoy an exclusive live art performance in the heart of the Old Town. 

Gardez L’Eau exhibition launch: Saturday 16th July 6pm – 9pm at God’s House Tower, Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2NY. You can get your free ticket on Eventbrite.

Gardez L’Eau is free to visit and on display until Sunday 14 August. You can find out more about the exhibition and plan a visit here.

Gardez L’Eau is presented as part of Meeting Point, a national programme led by contemporary arts agency Arts&Heritage (www.artsandheritage.org.uk) that partners leading UK and international artists with museums and heritage sites to produce new artworks inspired by the museums and their collections.