Kane Applegate

The Crawford Room

Transition II

Now showing until March 15th 2020

GHT is proud to present the second phase of Transition, an exhibition with work by Solent University graduate Kane Applegate.

Transition tells the story of how God’s House Tower was repaired, renovated and repurposed to become Southampton’s new arts and heritage venue in 2019. Photographic documentation, taken by staff at ‘a space’ arts, is placed around God’s House Tower, to show the contrast between construction site and the completed refurbishment. Kane has produced new pieces of sculptural work made from items salvaged during the GHT refurb, which are displayed in the Crawford Room.

Kane’s practice is fed by an ever-growing collection of abandoned and abused materials and objects, discarded and disregarded by the citizens of Southampton. Working with these found things, he builds sculptures and structures that explore the notion of three physical forces: balance, compression and tension. For Transition, Kane has made a site- specific installation, built using objects uncovered during the renovations at God’s House Tower. These materials, bent, broken, reassembled and rearranged, are given a new life and a new audience in this most recent chapter of the building’s history.

To accompany the exhibition, we have published a photo book with a foreword by GHT Director, Daniel Crow, about the refurbishment project and transition of the building from desolate ancient monument to a new contemporary arts and heritage venue. Available now from the GHT book shop.

 

BLEACHED

March 28th – April 9th

The extraordinary beauty of fluorescing coral colours may not be a sign of health but a distress call, a last defence against environmental changes, that can lead to death and bleaching. In an immersive and interactive preview exhibition, artists from the Vulgar Earth Collective join with scientists from the Coral Reef Lab at the University of Southampton to show what we are learning from coral, the jeopardy they are in and where we may find ourselves without them.

The exhibition is an other-worldly experience of immersion into the exquisitely balanced lives, forms and ecosystems of our coral reefs. In a light controlled gallery, living and bleached coral samples are found alongside traditional, contemporary and digital artworks. Visitors are invited to contribute to the “calls from the reef” wall with their thoughts, messages and poetry, as well as interactive and educational activities running alongside in the cafe area.