Celebrating Hat Fair!

The latest exhibition at 'The View' celebrates street performance, artistic practice and community spirit, all inspired by Winchester's annual Hat Fair.

Materials on display include Hat Fair memorabilia, video footage, photographs of Anna Cady's installation work (Hat Fair 2005) and a specially commissioned drawing by artist Jonathan Newdick.

The Hat Fair belongs to the people of Winchester, and the display aims to capture the atmosphere and excitement of this annual summer event, reflecting the experience from the performers' point of view, and presenting the historical background to the fair. This event is organised by postgraduate Museum and Gallery Studies students (University of Southampton) in conjunction with Winchester School of Art, supported by Winchester City Council and the Attic Theatre Company.

The exhibition at 'The View', Bridge Street, Winchester, runs from 16 May - 4 July 2006.

For further information about the exhibition and Hat Fair 2006 please visit our website www.hatfairexhibition.org.uk  or email Britta Echtle (be305@soton.ac.uk  ) and Zoe Morris (zm104@soton.ac.uk  ). We warmly welcome your comments!

the view is managed and funded by Winchester City Council, Arts Development Service with the help of artist and teacher Ali Eales, and is for the display of new work created by students and early career artists and craft makers. If you would like more information about showing work there or about any of the artists involved, please contact Niki Renshaw on 01962 848 303.