Nuffield presents
Art at the Heart

2 - 17 August 2014
at Nuffield Playing Field in Guildhall Square, Southampton

A summer festival of events n partnership with Art Asia, City Eye, John Hansard Gallery, Mayflower Theatre, Turner Sims and Apples and Snakes.

This summer Nuffield presents a city celebration like no other with a festival of theatre, film, music, visual art and dance. Art at the Heart, celebrates the 50th anniversaries of both Nuffield and the City of Southampton and will take place at Nuffield’s unique pop-up venue, Nuffield Playing Field, located in Guildhall Square at the heart of Southampton’s Cultural Quarter. The festival and pop-up venue are precursors to the opening of the new arts complex in 2016.

Festival events include:

The Saints
2-17 August
Charting the highs and lows of being a Southampton Football Club fan

The Best Christmas Present in the World
14 - 17 August
Hampshire Youth Theatre's production of the Michael Morpurgo short story

Film screening series presented by City Eye
Seating is available to each side of the screen or bring a rug, cushion or small chair to enjoy a selection of summer film screenings from the Playing Field floor. Picnic welcome!
3 August : Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
15 August: The King & the Mockingbird
11 August: Brazil
15 August:

Red Priest
3 August

Turner Sims presents the only early music group to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and the Cirque du Soleil!

Global Rhythms
8 August

Art Asia presents an afternoon of global music featuring Indian Classical, Bhangra, Afghanistani, African, Fusion and world music.

Five of the Best
9 August 
Celebrating 50 years of the musicals performed by Mayflower Theatre Summer Youth Project

Fapy Lafertin Quartet
10 August
Turner Sims presents the most celebrated gypsy guitarist of the last 30 years

Stolen Wishes
11 August
Contemporary dance performed by ZoieLogic, featuring local young dancers, commissioned by Mayflower Theatre and The Point.

451 presented by Apples and Snakes
11 August

Open Mic
A chance to strut your poetry stuff. Sign up on the door from 6.00pm.
Spaces limited - first come, first served.


By David Ward, presented by John Hansard Gallery

This audio artwork, installed as part of Nuffield Playing Field, brings the sounds of the sea into the centre of the city: so strongly associated with the oceans and yet physically separated from the waters' edge.      

Art at the Heart is supported by Southampton City Council, The Sackler Foundation and Arts Council England. It forms part of the City’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. The Playing Field venue is supported by Fonix and Will Box part of Williams Shipping.

The Festival features the partnership of Art at the Heart Southampton arts organisations in the City who make inspirational creative projects for Southampton's Cultural Quarter. The festival is a precursor to the opening of the new arts complex in 2016.