Update 3 April 2020

To all our customers and supporters

Our museums, galleries and arts centres may all be closed, but that doesn’t mean that we’ll stop bringing you the very best of arts and culture in Hampshire – our doors are still open, virtually!

Culture on Call is our new blog, which we have launched to bring culture and communities together during the challenge that is the coronavirus crisis. From fascinating insights into local history to fun things to make and do at home, curious objects from our collections and more, we’ll be bringing arts, culture and heritage straight to you.

In Lockdown: Open Up we’re asking you to tell us how you feel about the lockdown, coronavirus and the effect it is having on you. Whether you’re worried and struggling, or upbeat and chipper, reach out and say something.

We’re capturing the highs and the lows, gathering public thoughts and mood for posterity. Our aim is to record and display what you tell us and to invite artists and creatives to respond, too, using your contributions to make artworks that reflect our shared experience. Tell us how you’re feeling today at Lockdown: Open Up

Please visit Culture On Call to find out more!

Finally, as an arts and heritage charity, we are like so many people and businesses facing uncertainty in our future funding given the current situation. We are appreciative of the continued support and generosity of all our customers and supporters. Any donation you can give will help us keep people connected.

Thank you all and stay well.

Yours, Paul

Paul Sapwell
CEO, Hampshire Cultural Trust

 

 

 

 

 

Update 25 March 2020

To all our customers and supporters

The impact that the coronavirus is having on us all is extraordinary. Our 23 museums, galleries and arts centres are all closed. This closure was initially planned to be in place until early April, but as the situation has developed and following government advice, our museums, galleries and Hampshire Wardrobe will now remain closed until 19 April at the earliest.

We have taken the difficult decision to cancel our summer season of shows, classes and workshops at our three arts centres – Ashcroft Arts in Fareham, Forest Arts in New Milton and the West End Centre in Aldershot. While we can’t open our venues in the traditional way throughout this period, we are keen to work with our visiting artists, customers and community to explore creative ideas for how we can keep the doors open to you virtually.

As we move into a new and unknown period together over the coming weeks, with all our norms disrupted and adapting to a new way of living, we hold firm to the belief that culture and the arts are now more important than ever in uplifting our spirits. Although we cannot maintain our normal, physical, social contact, culture offers a virtual community that we can all belong to.

Our creative, dynamic team here at the trust is working hard to pull together a new programme to make sure that we still bring you the very best of arts and culture in Hampshire, wherever you are.

Thank you all and stay well.

Yours, Paul

Paul Sapwell
CEO, Hampshire Cultural Trust