• Chasing the Sun Film Premier - The Arc
  • Ania Magliano
  • Dean Dyson by Dave Pullinger

Coming up in May at Hampshire Cultural Trust’s The Arc in Winchester is a whole host of live music and comedy as well as two incredible exhibitions, a screening of the new film Chasing The Sun from 2x BAFTA-winning director Michael B.Clifford and a whole host of children’s activities to keep little ones entertained during May half term and beyond. 


Grayson Perry: Essex House Tapestries – The Life of Julie Cope

Until Wednesday 12 June, during The Arc opening times. 

Two exquisite tapestries tell the life story of Julie Cope, a fictional character created by artist Grayson Perry. The tapestries illustrate key events in the heroine’s journey - the first, titled A Perfect Match, portrays Julie’s early years from birth to marriage. Her later years, second marriage and death in a tragic accident are depicted in In its Familiarity, Golden. Rich in cultural and architectural details, the tapestries contain a social history of modern Britain that everyone can relate to.

£4.50 Adult or £5 with Gift Aid donation / £3.50 concession or £4 with Gift Aid donation / £2.50 Child or £3 with Gift Aid donation


Winchester Photographic Society 2024

Until Sunday 9 June, during The Arc opening times. 

Hampshire Cultural Trust is pleased to present Winchester Photographic Society’s 2024 exhibition, celebrating its centenary year.  Selected by a panel of experienced judges from over 500 entries, this popular event showcases images that represent the very best of society members’ work. This year the club are celebrating one hundred years of existence. 

Free, donations welcome.




Dean Dyson

Saturday 4 May, 7:30pm.

With songs from his four original albums, a selection of classics from his vast repertoire and stories from his decades of live performances, it's always a treat when songwriter Dean Dyson comes to town.

£15 in advance, £17 on the door. 


Flamenco Express

Friday 10 May, 7:30pm.

Flamenco Express exists to do justice to this amazing music by choosing the best artists and allowing them total freedom of expression. The result is new art every night, delivered by an astonishing range of talent. Now in its 30th glorious year, Flamenco Express returns with another spectacle of raw, heart-wrenching flamenco - featuring 'sizzling soloist' La Joaquina, guitar virtuoso Chris Clavo, the raw vocal power of flamenco custodian Antonio el Pola, and this month's guest star, Emilio Ochando , prize-winning choreographer hot from Madrid Festival and the Festival de Jerez. Flamenco Express is a festival of unbridled European roots music not to be missed.

£18, £15 concession.



Monday 13 May 2024, 7:30pm

Amongst the most talked-about folk bands of the 21st century, Talisk tear apart stereotypes and redefine the genre. With over 15 million streams, sold-out shows across five continents, and headline appearances at festivals the world over, the Scottish trio have amassed a global following. Wielding instruments that have rarely seen the likes of their music, Mohsen Amini (concertina), Benedict Morris (violin) and Charlie Galloway (guitar) have gathered major awards for their explosively energetic sound. Never afraid to push musical boundaries, or test the live production capabilities of just three people, there’s captivating a crowd, and then there’s Talisk.

£18, £20 on the door. 




Ania Magliano

Wednesday 1 May, 7:30pm

Winner of Best New Show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2022, Ania sold-out both runs of her critically acclaimed shows at the 2022 and 2023 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her second show 'I Can't Believe You've Done This' was ranked #1 in Time Out's The 11 best comedy shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 list.  Ania has previously supported Marc Maron, Cat Cohen and Ed Gamble on tour and writes for Amelia Dimoldenberg's Chicken Shop Date. 



Mark Thomas: Gaffa Tapes: Warm up

Friday 24 May, 8pm. 

Join Mark as he tries out material for his brand-new show. Jokes, rants, politics, play and the occasional sing-song.

£15, £10 concession.


Catherine Bohart: Again, with feelings

Friday 31 May, 8pm.

Join one of the UK and Ireland’s most-exciting comics for a hilariously twisted second coming-of-age saga as she reckons with death-obsessed parents, queer reproduction and how adulthood, frankly, isn’t living up to her expectations.





Make a clay pot like Grayson Perry using air-drying clay

Monday 27 May, 2pm. 

Get inspired by the artist Grayson Perry and his ceramic creations! Our friendly Arc instructors will guide you through the step-by-step process of moulding and shaping your clay pot using air drying clay.

This workshop is all about self-expression- add your personal touch by choosing patterns and textures that reflect your personality.  Suitable for children aged 9-16 years

£22 per child. 


Lino print tote bags

Tuesday 28 May, 1pm.

Learn the exciting art of lino printing, a technique that lets you carve your designs onto linoleum blocks. You will be guided through creating your very own unique design that reflects your personality and style. Get hands-on with carving tools and experience the joy of transforming your design onto the lino block. Watch your creation come to life through the magic of printing! Next you will choose from a vibrant array of high-quality, child-friendly inks to add a burst of color to your tote bag. Mix and match to create stunning effects!

£22 per child. 


Weave your own bracelet for ages 6+

Wednesday 29 May, 10am. 

In this hands-on workshop, children aged 6 and above will learn the art of bracelet weaving. Guided by our experienced instructors, children will explore different weaving techniques, experiment with vibrant colours and create unique bracelets that reflect their personality and style.

£8 per child




Chasing The Sun film screening 

Saturday 18 May, 4pm and 7pm. 

Chasing The Sun is the new film from 2x BAFTA-winning director Michael B.Clifford. In 1973 a professor in a little-known American university set out to discover the most energy-efficient creature on earth: turns out, it’s a human being on a bicycle! The experiment has since entered into legend and is now more relevant than ever before. We explore extraordinary personal stories of ordinary cyclists chasing the sun, revealing the power of the humble bicycle to transform lives and help save the planet.

£10 adults, £5 children. 



More information about The Arc and the full programme of events and activities is available at https://www.arcwinchester.org.uk/

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