Residents to create a magical community night-time gallery
A project to transform the street-facing windows of homes in the Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound local area gets under way over the last weekend in February.
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!
The Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice & Hound Local Area Committee and the Council's Arts & Culture team are joining forces again after the 2022 project brought the community together in the south of the Borough.
The dates to display window designs around the theme of ‘Exploring’ are Saturday 25 February for Hamble residents and Sunday 26 February for Bursledon and Hound residents, 5 - 9pm.
There will be workshops in schools, and a community workshop for the public is planned so local residents can get tips on how to make their own display
UPDATE: The community workshop has been confirmed at The Mercury Library & Community Hub in Hamble, Saturday 18 February, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The team can help start displays or provide supplies to take home.
An instructional video by local artist and puppeteer Claire Harvey is 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.
Born in Bristol pre-pandemic, Window Wanderlands have been replicated throughout the last three years to bring some community joy to participating streets.
Chair of Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound Local Area Committee, Councillor Tonia Craig, said: “After the success of the project last year, we are excited to see how residents interpret the new theme of ‘exploring’. We urge Borough families in these areas to engage with the workshops and support available to be inspired to create their own window designs to make the local community think or smile. No need to be an artist – this is for everyone!”
Pictured: creations from the 2022 event