A project to transform the street-facing windows of homes in the Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound local area gets under way this weekend with a workshop where local residents can exercise their creative talents.
The Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound Local Area Committee is hosting a local Window Wanderland, a fantastically creative project that urges householders to get involved to help create a magical neighbourhood night-time gallery that can be explored and enjoyed by the whole community. Windows can be in a home, shop, local business, or even a caravan or car!
Born in Bristol pre-pandemic, Window Wanderlands have been replicated throughout the last two years to bring some community joy to participating streets. The Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice & Hound Local Area Committee and the Council's Arts & Culture team are joining forces to bring the community together in the south of the Borough.
The theme was decided by community poll in December:
My favourite things - what things cheer you up or fill you with joy in tough times?
The date to display window designs is Saturday 19 February, 5 - 9pm
Three local venues will host free public workshops, which residents are welcome to drop in on, pick up some free materials, and get tips on how to make a smashing display:
- Mercury Hub, Hamble – 22 January, 10am-12pm
- Royal Victoria Country Park – 5 February, 10am-12pm
- Bursledon Windmill – 12 February, 11am-1pm
There will also be an instructional video by local artist and puppeteer Claire Harvey and a resource pack, which will be available on the central event page where you can sign up to take part.
All displays will be family friendly and suitable for all ages, with the intention of bringing communities together in a kind and inclusive way. You don’t have to be the ‘next Picasso’, it can be as easy as balloons and fairy lights. Examples of previous Window Wanderlands.
Chair of Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound Local Area Committee, Councillor Tonia Craig, said: “We are excited to bring together the south of the Borough for this community exhibition. There is something for every ability and creative talent and we invite everyone to try something different and express their ‘favourite things’ using innovative window displays to light up the night”.