Southampton Celebrates the launch of Studio 144
On Friday 16 February, Southampton celebrated the launch of Studio 144, purposely designed and built to support and promote culture, through theatre, visual arts, film and music within the city centre. The opening of Studio 144 is a significant development in Southampton’s cultural regeneration programme and is the latest VIP project in the £3 billion City Centre Master Plan to be completed.
An integral part of the Cultural Quarter, Studio 144 is situated at the heart of the city on Above Bar Street, Guildhall Square, and will be home to the award winning Nuffield Southampton Theatres, City Eye and John Hansard Gallery. It has been designed to ensure the space is versatile enough to accommodate a range of art forms that will appeal to a broad spectrum of cultural and artistic tastes.
Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Leisure commented “Southampton is on a journey to becoming the cultural destination in the south and the opening of Studio 144 is an important milestone of this journey. Not only will Studio 144 boost the local economy, creating hundreds of new jobs and bringing in thousands more visitors into Southampton, but is also great for city pride and will put Southampton on the map.”
Brad Roynon, Chair of Southampton Cultural Development Trust also commented “It is through Southampton City Council’s sheer dedication to delivering the new arts venue that the city centre's Cultural Quarter is about to become a reality. We now have a resilient and exciting partnership between the local authority, the University of Southampton and our cultural partners.”