Mayflower 400 Southampton

In Search of a New World – Open Exhibition 2020

For this year’s biennial ‘open exhibition’, Southampton City Art Gallery invited artists, amateur and professional, across Hampshire to create new artworks responding to the themes of journeys, migration and the sea, for a Mayflower 400-themed exhibition.

In Search of a New World will launch to coincide with the anniversary of the day the Mayflower and her sister ship the Speedwell left Southampton 400 years ago. The City has been at the forefront of many such world changing moments, the consequences of which have been both positive and negative.

To ensure that this could go ahead this is currently an online only exhibition, so all potential visitors can still engage and explore the art while remaining safe.

There have been over 450 thought-provoking responses, across many mediums from painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers and filmmakers interpreting these themes in a variety of original and innovative ways.

The works featured in this digital exhibition were selected by judges:

Clare Mitchell – Curator of Art at Southampton City Art Gallery

Lucy Ash – British Abstract painter whose work ‘Iris 02’ was recently acquired in to Southampton’s permanent collection.

Robert Peters – Mashpee Wampanoag artist, writer and poet.

In Search of a New World can now be seen online on Southampton City Art Gallery’s website.

Young People’s Open Exhibition 2020

In the year which marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing from Southampton to the New World, students from Southampton schools were invited to respond to the themes of journey, migration and the sea using their own choice of media.

This exhibition, features work from students at Bitterne Park School, The Polygon School and Woodlands Community College and is part of Southampton’s Mayflower 400 programme. View the exhibition here.

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