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GHT: a reincarnation

Sarah Filmer, Greg Gilbert, Deborah Gearing, Libby Russell, Kirsty Smith, Celest Ingrams, Jilly Evans and Jo Willoughby
2016 - 2017
Host Productions was project manager and curator for the artist led residency, which set out to document and enrich the transformation of GHT (God’s House Tower) into a new arts and heritage venue for the city. The project was devised by Southampton based artist Sarah Filmer and was funded by Arts Council England, Solent University and ‘a space’ arts.

The artists of GHT: a reincarnation responded to the told and untold histories of the building, the group and their inhabitancy of GHT as part of this history, and the significance of this building to the city and the people of Southampton. Supporting a group of artists to make new work inspired by GHT has been the central aim of the project, while also setting out to investigate how group-working methods have affected each artist’s individual practice.

The ultimate goal of GHT as an art and heritage venue, which resonates in the work of GHT: a reincarnation is to open up this historic space to the city and welcome visitors from all walks of life. As a space GHT encourages curiosity and engagement in the contemporary and unfamiliar whilst telling and celebrating the histories of Southampton and GHT. 700 years after this building was erected as a barrier encompassing the city, God’s House Tower has become a site that aims to deconstruct boundaries, inviting the city in.

Through an 18-month long series of events and exhibitions, Sarah Filmer, Jilly Evans, Deborah Gearing, Greg Gilbert, Celeste Ingrams, Libby Russell, Kirsty Smith and Jo Willoughby have offered GHT as a site of diverse engagement to more than 7000 people.

‘a space’ arts will reopen GHT in summer 2019.