The History of ‘a space’ arts
In July 2000 the organisation’s founding members, frustrated with the limited opportunities for emerging artists in Southampton set about laying the foundations to an organisation that could bring about a lasting change.
Our first step was to initiate a gallery space; the Northam Road gallery launched the arts organisation and opened its doors to the public on the 22nd of October 2002. Through this initial space we were able to test ideas, develop our identity and grow the remit of our work. Over a two and a half years period in Northam Road, we staged 35 exhibitions and laid the foundations upon which our organisation has been built.
In 2006 we moved our main gallery and HQ from Northam Rd to the Bargate, a scheduled ancient monument, located in the centre of Southampton. The monument features as the Southampton City Council logo and is significantly prestigious building within the city.
Through our time at the Bargate Monument Gallery we were able to grow our project portfolio that now consists of studios, galleries and professional development opportunities; all of which are featured on this site.
Whilst ‘a space’ remains a young arts organisation we have added a new dimension to the cities cultural offer. Our work has stimulated interest and inclusion at a grass roots level through creating opportunities for artists and the public to engage with cultural activities.
Our enthusiasm and determination continues to this day; we have achieved a lot and have a lot more still to offer.