• Horizon 20:20

From 18 September to 3 November 2021, the City Space gallery in Winchester Discovery Centre is hosting a new exhibition, Horizon 20:20: In the Making. The exhibition showcases innovative artwork created by young people who have participated in the ambitious Horizon 20:20 programme, which is run by Hampshire Cultural Trust.

Horizon 20:20 is an innovative partnership programme which has been developed over a period of five years both to increase access to and promote engagement in the arts for young people in non-mainstream education. Engaging in a diverse number of projects, young people participating in Horizon 20:20 have gained and mastered skills through unique access to high quality artists and inspiring cultural experiences. Professional arts practitioners run regular sessions in seven Education Centres in Hampshire using arts and culture as a tool to increase confidence, improve motivation to learn, inspire positive behaviour and give young people the chance to develop empathy and teamwork, helping them to form positive relationships with their peers and adults.

The creative collection of works on display at City Space has been produced by young people from Hampshire Education Centres through the Horizon 20:20 programme and captures the wide range of skills, techniques and art forms they have used to express themselves and their ideas. The resulting artworks are both accomplished and meaningful and include examples of photography, glass art, fashion, design, graffiti, animation, filmmaking, silk print and screen printing. This celebratory showcase gives audiences a chance to share in the participants’ incredible achievements.

Cultural Engagement Coordinator at Hampshire Cultural Trust, Cat Cooke, commented: ‘Working with teachers and artists supporting young people and seeing the effect it has on them is incredible. Creativity is such a powerful tool, which can give often anxious, disengaged young people a pathway to build confidence, smile and want to come back into a classroom.’  

The programme was funded for its first four years by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and was awarded a further £111,000 from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and an additional £20,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation to enable it to continue for another full fifth academic year, from September 2020 to July 2021. Since 2016, Hampshire Cultural Trust and its partners have worked with over 30 cultural venues and 100 artists and organisations to deliver this programme and have engaged with over 1200 young people.

To find out more about the Horizon 20:20: In the Making exhibition please visit https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/event/horizon-2020-making. For more information on Horizon 20:20 and Hampshire Cultural Trust please visit www.hampshireculture.org.uk/social-impact.