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CHAOS Network - 21/12, 5pm @ Yours!

Hi everyone,

It's another very full newsletter this month! Thank you to everyone who got in touch to share their events and opportunities.

A reminder that our next virtual get together, and the final CHAOS meeting of 2020 is Monday 21st December at 5pm. Here's the Zoom link.

This meeting will be a return to the usual CHAOS style with space for everyone to connect, have a chat, share our news/events/recommendations and generally talk about how we've made it through this wild year.

Thanks to everyone who came along to our meeting last month which formed part of the consultation for Southampton's bid to become UK city of culture for 2025. It was amazing to see so many faces! Further Southampton 2025 consultation sessions will be taking place at the beginning of next year. Keep an eye on CHAOS social media and upcoming newsletters for details.

In the meantime, you can stay involved and up to date with discussions around Southampton 2025 by joining the City of Culture group on the CHAOS website.

Here are the first few CHAOS meeting dates for 2021 for you to put in your diary.

Monday 25th January - 10am, Zoom link

Monday 22nd February - 6pm, Zoom link

Monday 29th March - 10am, Zoom link

Take a look below to see what's going on in the City this month, including talks, workshops, exhibitions and opportunities to get involved.

If you didn't already know... What is CHAOS?: The CHAOS Network aims to bring together the Creatives, Heritage and Arts Of Southampton. Whether you are a creative business, a voluntary arts group or an independent artist, we'd love to see you at the next network meeting, everyone is welcome to discuss all things cultural in the city. Bring your news and events, do some networking and have a coffee with us (virtually!).

Take care,

Becky Honeycombe-Foster
CHAOS Coordinator


Events, Workshops and Exhibitions

Red Hot Press

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If you want to try something new this Spring why not try a printmaking course at Red Hot Press.

Linocut - First Steps
A linocut course for the absolute beginner. Start with simple cutting exercises to get you familiar with the technique and end the course by printing a small edition of your very first linocut.

11th January – 1st February (4 weeks)
Monday Afternoons 2pm - 4:30pm
Details and booking here

Colour Woodcut Weekend
Woodcut is a wonderful relief printing process, similar to lino but giving much rawer, expressionist results. Spend the weekend working on a colour woodcut made using the multiple block technique.
23rd - 24th January
10am - 4:30pm both days
Contact for booking and more details here

Paste Paper Bookbinding Weekend
Paste Paper is a traditional way to make decorative papers for bookbinding. Spend the weekend making unique paste papers and then use them to cover your own handmade book.

13th - 14th March
10am - 4:30pm
Details and booking here


Mayflower 400

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Belonging - coming to Westquay 17 – 20 December

Belonging is a multi-art installation and live performance project by Art Asia, which has been commissioned by Southampton City Council as part of the Mayflower 400th year anniversary. The installation will be exhibited at Westquay Shopping Centre on Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 December 2020.

Southampton residents aged 3 – 87 years old have contributed to this multi-arts project through following YouTube tutorials led by Art Asia's artists Cath Bristow, Dr. Pooja Angra and Susmita Bhattacharya. The tutorials explore: craft work, storytelling, and music-making. The resident's responses to Belonging have been captured in the form of songs, music, stories, poems, recipes, paper-boats, drawings, colour, and sound, and will be presented in a multi-sensory art installation that represents a home, and a site of belonging.

Walking through the installation, visitors will be immersed in a site of Belonging, surrounded by long, tall, banners hanging from the ceiling. The banners feature beautiful, intricate drawings carefully printed on colourful fabric, and will hang down the walls and from the central gazebo that visitors will walk around. There will also be streamers of paper boats, postcards, poems, recipes and stories linked together, hanging all along the walls that visitors can stop and read.

Book Tickets here

Read More

Have you taken part in Mayflower 400 Southampton's #MyGivingThanks campaign yet? The project is creating digital memories to bring the people of our city together in shared celebration.

Mayflower 400 Southampton want you to share your photos, images, videos, stories or poems of what you are grateful for, however small through social media using the hashtag #MyGivingThanks. They’ve created online activity packs for communities, families and businesses and a short film to inspire you and get you started.

Artists Shared Space and Light have been appointed to lead the artistic culmination of the Giving Thanks project. They will create content with communities and use photos and videos submitted by the public to create an online animated artwork which brings everyone together in our increasingly virtual world. The final piece will be premiered in Spring 2021.

In addition, through their partners Southampton Voluntary Services (SVS), small community organisations will be able to access training and small funds to support participation in the project during January 2021.

Read more and find out about all the opportunities here


Ghost River Poetry Collective

The Ghosts of Christmas Presents

The Ghost River Collective invites you to a fun, friendly, 'open to all' poetry night on the theme of Giving.

So, come along and share your own work, or a piece from your favourite writer. Each reader can read one piece (up to a maximum of 5 minutes). Whether it's poem or prose we'd love to hear it.

If you don't feel like reading, just come along and enjoy some great words and talented wordsmiths.

The event is free but donations to Yellow Door appreciated.

More details here


a Space

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New exhibition for the Hidden Wardrobe on Old Northam Road

"Fruiting” is the latest exhibition by Mandy Smith.

Inspired by a mushroom found growing inside the Hidden Wardrobe the work is a reflection on the regeneration of Old Northam Road, the new communities ‘growing’ there and the incredible life of fungi.

Mandy said: ““The idea for this installation was conceived and made during the first lockdown and finished off in lockdown #2, FRUITING is a site-specific installation for the Hidden Wardrobe inspired by a mushroom found within. I have tried to create a light-hearted installation to lift the spirits of those passing by during this difficult time. Using ultra violet light, electricity and bright, bold colours FRUITING is inspired by the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

Fruiting runs from December 11th until January 24th

More details here

Visual Arts City of Culture Consultation Follow-Up

If you couldn't make the last City of Culture meeting, please join us to catch up and join in the discussions. Get involved, and make sure you are part of this exciting project!

Book here

Tuesday 15th December 5pm


Southampton Cultural Services

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Southampton Cultural Services have lots going on this December, both in person and online including family workshops and art gallery talks.

Gallery Online Talk: The End of Baroque: A Flowery Death On the Rocks Of Rococco
Artist and Art historian guides us through the Rococco, often referred to as the high Baroque movement.

Ornamental, flamboyant and theatrical, it was the backdrop for the Palace of Versailles and the court of Louis XVI of France. An excessive style for an excessive time? Compared to the order and refinement of the Classical style, Rococo was seen as gaudy, illogical and wonderfully indulgent.
Tues 15th December

Online Curator Talk: Shadow and Light
Join Emeritus professor, Stephen Foster, MBE to explore Shadows and Light.

This exhibition forms part of Southampton’s Mayflower 400 programme, marking the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower on its now famous journey to the New World. Curated by Stephen Foster, it brings together works of contemporary art which relate to light as subject matter. Featuring photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and installation, the exhibition also includes works from Southampton’s fine art collection.
Thurs 17th December

Wintery Wire Decorations Family Workshop
Work with wire to create you own stunning decorations - as satisfying for grown ups as for children!

Suitable for families with children aged 7 plus.
Sat 19th December
Morning and afternoon session available

Christmas Eve Santa Plates Family Workshop
Welcome Santa with festive snack plate designed and decorated by you!

This wonderful workshop is for ages 4 and up. Take a decorated plate home and oven bake, to set your design, for use year after year. Don’t worry, we’ve not forgotten Rudolf, we’ll make a gift for him too!
Mon 21st December
Morning and afternoon session available

Details and bookings for all events here


St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

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CHAOS member Joan McGavin has a commissioned poem on display as part of St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery's current exhibition The Seasons: Art of the Unfolding Year

The exhibition celebrates seasonal change as portrayed by British artists over the last 100 years and is running until 9th January 2021.

More info here


Mayflower Theatre

Christmas Workshops

Christmas with Mayflower Theatre.

Join Mayflower Theatre this Christmas as we run a whole host of online activity for you to enjoy from the warmth of your home. From ballet classics for adults to sparkly singing for families, from commercial dance for 12-18yrs to festive fab-yule-ness for 7-11yrs; we have a Christmas activity for all ages. Workshops take place from Saturday 19th – Wednesday 23rd December. Visit the website for more information or to book your place.

Tracie's Latin Classes

Tracies Latin Classes

Start 2021 with some added TLC
Give the gift of dance to your partner, friends & family for Christmas

If your partner, friends or family love Strictly or just dancing in the kitchen, then giving them a voucher for dance lessons is a great idea!
Our Dance Vouchers are a cracking Christmas gift for you, or anyone who needs some TLC in their lives

To purchase a voucher to learn Argentine Tango, Ballroom and Latin via the website click here

To purchase a voucher to learn Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha etc etc click here

All classes, for Beginners to Advanced, are held at our superb dance studio in Southampton – where we are fully Covid-compliant.

Tracie’s Latin Club, St Barnabas Church Hall, Lodge Road, SO14 6QS


Get Involved

St. Denys Winter Windows

Winter Windows

Ready for St Denys Windows to shine again this December?

Make your glass (car / door / home / boat) into something that passers by will want to stand and stare at as they go past in the dark evenings!
As simple or sophisticated as you like. Silhouette pictures, a projection, collection of lit up jars - anything goes!

Not in St.Denys? No problem - you can join in too!

Find out more here


Skate Southampton

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GET INVOLVED - Help Skateboarding shape our city.

At Skate Southampton we are continually working to help shape the future of skateboarding in our city but we can’t do this without your help!

Skateboarding is not only an amazing physical activity but the culture surrounding it includes so much more….

As part of our ongoing ambitions we strive to not only provide pathways for people to pick up a board but also open doors to demonstrate all the great things that are part of skateboarding that don't involve rolling around

▪ Art
▪ Music
▪ Fashion
▪ Film
▪ Photography & more.
Photography & more.

Where do you come in?

We want as many people as possible to help contribute ideas and take projects forward… as a small volunteer group our ideas often outgrow the number of arms we need to carry things forward so we want you to join in the fun.

Check out our website and events page to see some of the things we have done so far and give you a taste of what we hope to grow on in the future

Skateboarding gives us an amazing platform to push Southampton forward and we want you to be a part of it!

Join in the fun and get in touch….





In Focus

In Focus

We are still offering our creative resources.

We have a free challenge set on our website

We also have a workbook that practitioners can use to deliver the Bronze Arts Award - details here

Along with these resources we have full creative packs available starting from £20 each and we have two other Challenge sets that are available to buy (email

Lastly we can offer support for all Arts Award Delivery and we are an Artsmark Partner.


Southampton Dolphin Trail


A dolphin sculpture trail will be coming to Southampton in partnership with Whale and Dolphin Conservation in 2021.

They are putting out an open call for artists submissions for the trail - Closing date for submissions is 20th January.

Dear Artist

Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Wild in Art would love you to get involved in Discover Dolphins, a fin-tastic outdoor sculpture trail of 30 – 35 life-size bottlenose dolphin sculptures that will be making a huge splash in Southampton in summer 2021, creating a buzz of excitement and enjoyment in the city post-pandemic. The sculptures arrive as a blank, 3D canvas, ready to be transformed into stunning pieces of art that will be admired by hundreds of thousands of local residents and visitors who will enjoy this free, family-friendly outdoor art gallery.

The Artists pack and Submission Form, dolphin template and Terms & Conditions are available on our Holding page (these will be transferred to the Discover Dolphins website as soon as this is live).

After the trail ends and a spectacular Farewell Weekend, when all the dolphins come together one last time, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds to support Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s vital work to protect dolphins, whales and their ocean homes. You can find out more about what your time and talent will be helping us to achieve on our website.

If you have any questions, or would like any further information, please get in touch at

We look forward to hearing from you and to seeing your fantastic designs for our flippered pod.

With very best wishes
Sharon Stevenson
Discover Dolphins Project Director


Artful Scribe

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Great opportunities with Artful Scribe:

Writer in Residence for John Hansard Gallery
Details here

Wessex Whispers - Voice Actors Requires!
Details here

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