The International Conference on Evolving Cities (ICEC 2021) will be held at joint venues situated within Guildhall Square in Southampton city centre; the MAST Mayflower Studios and the John Hansard Gallery (JHG). Guildhall Square is well known as the Cultural Quarter of the City and is the hub of live music venues, museums, galleries, bars, cafes and restaurants, playing host to many events, installations and exhibitions.
The venue (within the theatre and arts complex) was opened in 2018 as part of a £30m Cultural Quarter development in Guildhall.
MAST includes the 450-seat theatre, a 133-seat studio, rehersal rooms and three workshop spaces and the John Hansard Gallery, which is part of the Univeristy of Southampton, is one of the UK’s leading contemporary art galleries
The contemporary buildings sit within a mixed use development of residential and retail units with the site. ICEC 2021 will be held within these side-to-side buildings with more information about the buildings given below.
MAST Mayflower Studios
MAST Mayflower Studios is a multi-art form cultural hub presenting and producing theatre, dance, musicals, music, comedy, circus, cabaret, spoken word, visual arts and family shows.
It is community-led, with engagement and consultation, working with touring companies and local artists to present a vibrant, high-quality artistic programme, alongside MAST produced productions and co-productions.
MAST’s Community and outreach programme – Engage – works throughout the community giving opportunities to take part and developing both future audiences and future theatre makers. In addition, their Creative hub has 7 resident companies from different art forms whom they work with closely to create exceptional cultural opportunities for the region.
John Hansard Gallery
The John Hansard Gallery is a contemporary visual art gallery and part of the University of Southampton. It is one of the UK’s leading contemporary art galleries supporting, developing and presenting art by outstanding artists from across the world.
The arts complex offers an environment that moves, entertains and inspires people of all ages, pairing local roots with global ambition. A magnet for people across the city, region and beyond, and provides a lively, creative ambience unique in Southampton.