This month Four Culture celebrated the official reopening of John Hansard Gallery with an exhibition of works by Gerhard Richter.
The gallery is part of the University of Southampton and had previously been located on its Highfield Campus. Now open in its new purpose-built home at Studio 144 alongside Nuffield Southampton Theatres and City Eye, the project marks a significant milestone in realising the cultural potential of the city. Sir Nicholas Serota led the speeches, recognising the innovative partnership at the project’s heart, which brings together council, university and arts tenants to create a resilient and creative model which will benefit the city artistically, socially and economically.
For its opening exhibition, all spaces within the new gallery are devoted to Richter’s artworks drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection, Tate and Richter’s own personal collection, including paintings, photography, print and tapestries. The exhibition received acclaim in national broadsheets and art press including in The Guardian, Financial Times, The Times and Sunday Times, with further coverage still to come.
As Rachel Campbell-Johnston noted in The Times, there’s never been a better time to see art in Britain!