City Space
Free, donations welcome
Art and Craft, Children & family activities, Exhibition, February half term

This Spring, The Arc will be home to an array of vibrant expressions of identity and place.  

Over the past two years, up and down the country, collaborative campaigns have been taking place under the title This is Me. At Hampshire Cultural Trust, we have been working with young people through the ICE Heritage programme, which focused on creative self-direction, mental wellbeing, and celebrating identity in all its glorious diversity. City Space is proud to be displaying this original material as a final celebration of the project’s achievements.  

The exhibition has been planned to open alongside the display of two Grayson Perry tapestries, in the main gallery at The Arc. Perry’s Essex House Tapestries (The Gallery, 15 March – 12 June) tell the story of a fictional Essex born and raised woman, Julie Cope, as she journeys through life’s trials and tribulations. These fascinating portraits of Julie spurred us to extend the This is Me project, and to widen participation to champion the vibrancy of Winchester and Hampshire’s communities. We’ve invited local groups, clubs, partners and more to make their own portraits and to tell their own stories.  

The exhibition will showcase submissions responding to three categories: This is me, This is us, and This is Winchester.  


Would you like to take part? We would love to receive your submission!  

Click on the link to open our Maker’s Instruction Pack, or pop into The Arc and collect a printed copy. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 28 February 2024. 

> This is Me makers instruction pack.pdf <

Don't Miss! The Arc is hosting a free drop-in making day for anyone wanting to take part – Monday 12 February, 9.30am - 4.30pm in the Performance Hall. Materials available. 


About the ICE Heritage project 

The ICE Heritage project aims to promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people through access to local heritage and high-quality arts and creative activity. Over two years, the programme enables the young people to establish their independent journeys to improved longer-term wellbeing within their local communities.   The ICE Heritage project is a two-year collaboration between Hampshire Cultural Trust and Hampshire CAMHS, supported by National Heritage Lottery Fund and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. 


  • This is Me hot air balloon
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