In Search of A New World
An online exhibition featuring artwork by residents of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight and forms part of the Mayflower 400 programme.
Southampton City Art Gallery
August & September 2020
This exhibition features artwork by residents of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight and forms part of the Mayflower 400 programme.
2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing from Southampton bound for the New World. The journey was a key event in the shaping of world history – with both negative and positive impacts. Locally, Mayflower 400 is an opportunity to celebrate Southampton, a city and a community, built on journeys and migration.
To mark Southampton’s role in this momentous event, we invited artists to respond to the themes of journey, migration and the sea – all subjects that have helped to build Southampton and put the City at the forefront of many national and world changing moments.
This year saw over 450 entries with painters, sculptors, photographers and film makers interpreting the 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.
Commenting on the submissions, the judges said:
“The open exhibition this year has come at a very testing time for us all but thankfully, everything we have been through, has not negatively impacted on peoples desire to create!
We have received a record number of entries this year: all strong and powerful in their own right, thought-provoking and both sensitive and compliant to the theme but also nodding to the ever changing global situation. The judges were very impressed with the quantity and quality this year and hope we have managed to select a broad range of depictions, styles and medium which will allow everyone to find something they like and that resonates with them.”