Creative Force – spotlight in the Best of British creative industry, home-grown in Winchester

Press Release: 24/05/2012

Tracey Sheppard working

From 26 May to 1 July City Space in Winchester Discovery Centre will be hosting ‘Creative Force’ a colourful and vibrant exhibition curated by Winchester City Council as part of this summer’s Best of British Festival that celebrates the creativity of some of our most talented local artists and designers.

Developed to showcase the talent of British creativity during the Jubilee celebrations and the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the exhibition offers insights into established, internationally renowned artists and those just starting out on their creative careers.

Author Rebecca Smith, a descendent of Jane Austen, will describe with words and objects how the urge to write has manifested itself throughout her family history, echoing down the generations. She will also offer an insight into her own writing process and the stories and events that have inspired her.

Visitors can also see designs for one of the new bollards in The Square by young people from the Carroll Youth Centre in Stanmore developed during a workshop with Colour Factory artists Jenny Muncaster and Rachael Alexander. Taking their inspiration from Roman artefacts in the City Museum, the children’s designs were then worked into the final artwork by Jenny and Rachael which was then painted directly onto the bollard.

Visitors, young and old can have ago at creating their own bollard design to be left on display in the exhibition.

Winchester Fashion week, 9 to 16 June, will be reflected in the exhibition by the work of millinery designer Rachel Drewer and fashion student Arati Subba who will give a flavour of how they go about producing their work with each artist creating a mini studio in the gallery. Lucky visitors may find Rachel at work in her ‘studio’ as she will be dropping in throughout the exhibition. Look out for the sign ‘artist in residence’ at the entrance to City Space.

Other artists in the exhibition include Alice Kettle, Andrew Carnie, Eileen White, Tracey Sheppard and Alex Hoare.

Cllr. Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport for Winchester City Council said,

Winchesters creative community add an important and distinctive dimension to the life of the City and surrounding District as well as enhancing Winchesters growing reputation across the south for artistic excellence. This exhibition will give visitors to City Space the opportunity to glimpse that creative process”

Ellen Simpson, Head of Tourism said,

The Best of British Festival is a celebration about all that is great about our culture. Winchester is increasing viewed as something of a creative hub in the region and our proactive and diverse community of crafts-people, artists, fashion designers and literary talent means that we felt the summer celebrations would not be complete without this showcase event for the industry.”

Creative Force is one of many exciting events taking place across the district as part of Best of British 2012. To find out more go to:

Creative Force opens on Saturday 26 May and runs until Sunday 1 July.

City Space opening times: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm. Sunday opening 11 – 3pm

City Space, Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB

Admission is free.