2022 Open Exhibition – Southampton City Art Gallery

2022 Open: What does Culture mean to you?

02 July – 10 September 2022

For this year’s biennial ‘open exhibition’, artists from across the region were invited to respond to the question ‘What does culture mean to you?’

Southampton recently reached the final four in its bid to become UK City of Culture in 2025, which galvanised artistic and cultural activity across the city and wider region. We want to explore and celebrate what culture means to everyone across the region in all its vibrant and diverse forms.

Everyone’s culture is unique to them, and it can mean many different things to different people. It might be playing or watching sport, singing, music or dance. It might involve books, paintings, theatre or television. It might be different histories, religion or spirituality, or the food we love, how we style our hair, or our sense of fashion and what we wear.  It can be about the special or our everyday lives. It’s part of what makes us human. There is no right or wrong way to enjoy culture – it belongs to everybody and it is constantly evolving and changing.

The final selection was made by a judging panel and includes prizes for painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, textiles, and new media.

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