Canute’s Palace given new lease of life as part of ArtVaults: Live

ArtVaults Live general-460Canute’s Palace in Southampton is set to undergo a temporary transformation as part of ArtVaults: Live, and become the backdrop for a programme of live art events across five weekends throughout September.



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This from 'a space' arts in their own words:

The now ruined merchant’s house was constructed around 1160 and is being adapted by artist Amanda Moore with an ambitious installation that reimagines the building’s roof line.

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Photo: Alex Batten

The structure will make use of tensile strings, strung across at a high level to support vessels filled with water from the nearby Solent, suspended above the heads of the viewer. As daylight shines through the water receptacles, reflections are cast onto the floor, which change throughout the day, producing extraordinary light effects within the architecture.

The installation will be in place for one month and will become the backdrop for a programme of exciting live art events across five weekends throughout September.

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Photo: Alex Batten

ArtVaults: Live will launch at 6pm on Saturday 1st September with a spectacular performance of music, poetry and comedy by Mad King Ludwig. Local micropub, the Butcher’s Hook, will be on hand to provide refreshments for the opening night. The following day sees artist sarah filmer lead a relaxed knitting and wondering session as part of her on-going Knit the Walls project.

Performances and collaborative events then follow for the next 4 weekends by artists Vivian Chinasa Ezugha, Wilfred Tomescu, Noemi Lakmaier, Amy Scott-Pillow, Daniel Tebano, Sarah Siddons Fan Club, and Svetlana Ochkovskaya. The programme culminates with a collaborative project, Spontaneity Knotting, by artists Robin Price, Kane Applegate & Andy Jones on Sunday 30th September.

‘a space’ arts have previously organised four seasons of ArtVaults that attracted over 70,000 visitors. Following a ten year hiatus, this new programme focuses solely on Canute’s Palace as they prepare to reopen God’s House Tower as a new arts and heritage venue in 2019.

For full details of the programme, including where to book free tickets for certain events please see the ‘a space’ arts website at

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