Community Takeover Activities

Suna Imre, Lavandula, 2017. Courtesy the artist

Community Takeover is a celebration of the rich vitality of ideas and talents of local people in Southampton of all ages and backgrounds.

Southampton Film Week[end]
Friday 25 and Saturday 26 March, MAST, Mayflower Studios and City Eye

City Eye is Screening Green! Join us for Southampton Film Week[end]: a unique programme of films and events showcasing the very best in environmentally focused international cinema. For more information and booking visit:

Why are broken old pots amazing? Clay, pottery, sheds, rubbish
Tuesday 29 to Thursday 31 March, 1–2pm

Drop-in for a handling session with archaeologists and archaeology students from the University of Southampton. Find out about their collection from across the globe, from the Bronze Age to the Medieval period.

Clay Station with Suna Imre
Wednesday 30 March, 1–2pm

Join us for a drop-in session with ceramicist Suna Imre where you will handle and make objects with clay. This workshop is suitable for all abilities and ages.

Southampton Clothes Swap collection
Wednesday 30 March to Friday 1 April

In preparation for the clothes swap and fashion fest on Saturday 2 April, bring your pre-loved clothes to us at the Gallery!

Southampton Clothes Swap
Saturday 2 April

Visit us for a day of fun and thought-provoking events exploring sustainable fashion. The line-up of talks, workshops, makers, clothes swap and more invite you to question the cycle of our clothing and explore ideas for positive change. Southampton Clothes Swap is a monthly event in spaces across the city where people can bring clothes they no longer want and swap them for items they do. In partnership with Libby Russell, founder of Southampton Clothes Swap.

Transience with Suna Imre
Friday 15 April

Visit Suna Imre’s new sculptural work that highlights the impermanence of both nature and ourselves. Working with clay and organic material, Suna creates ceramic and raw clay sculptures that aim to elevate the beauty and fragility of our natural world.

From Soil to Cloth

Tuesday 19 April to Saturday 23 April
Where do your clothes come from? Who made them? What is their true cost? Join textile artists Alice Hume and Allan Brown for demonstrations of flax processes, traditional weaving on a George Wood Loom, drop spinning workshops and artist discussions on alternative homegrown textiles.

Artist Talk: Alice Hume

Wednesday 20 April, 4pm
Join Alice Hume she discusses her practice of using plant fibres and homegrown textiles.

Drop-in cording workshop with Alice Hume

Thursday 21 April, 1–3pm, (max. 5 people at a time)
Learn how to extract the fibres from a flax plant and twist them into cordage and string.

Workshops with Alice Hume and Allan Brown

Friday 22 April, 1 – 2pm (families), 3–4pm (adults) (max. 15 people)
Learn how to extract the fibres from flax and spin them into yarn on a drop spindle.
Book here

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