Below are some of the projects we have been proud to support and attend.

Trout n About 2022

The sun was shinning and Stockbridge was buzzing for this years Trout n About.  It was the return of this much loved event after three years and the turn out was amazing.

Amanda Kane-Smith from Merry-go-round Storytelling told her wonderful stories from Test Valley Tales book and sold copies of the newly printed second edition.

Lou Dixon from Chapel Arts Studios held free bookmaking workshops for children and adults.  

What a great way for TVAF to connect with families and explain what we do across the Test Valley.  Here are some wonderful photos from the day, including lots of creation from Lou’s workshops.

Eastleigh Mela 2022

What a wonderful day we had at the Eastleigh Mela on Sunday 24th July this year. 

Amanda Kane-Smith from Merry-go-round Storytelling told her wonderful stories.

Caroline Perkins from Chapel Arts Studios held a wonderful craft printing workshop for everyone to join in.  Photos can be found here.

 

Andover Jubilee Street Festival

Our vibrant street festival will showcase what it means to be a resident of Andover through street food, live music & an arts trail. Join us on Friday 3rd June in the Town Centre for a free event made for and by the local community.

For more information click here

What an amazing event and so much going on across Andover.  We have started to collect photos from the day.  More will be added as they arrive.  Click here to view.

Finding Friends

Finding Friends is a community consultation project which aims to build bridges between cultures – including the voice of culturally diverse communities in the local cultural offering. Led by creative consultation agency.

 

For more information click here.

Make It Expressive

 

Make It Expressive is a project led by artist and educator Elizabeth Hammond.

Four days of creative workshops were held with students who have severe learning difficulties and staff from Icknield School in Andover and with residents with physical and learning difficulties and staff from Enham Trust in Andover.

Works produced during the workshops are to be displayed at The Lights Theatre in Andover between 27th Sept – 29th Oct 2021. for more information click here.

The Monologues Project

 

Test Valley Arts Foundation launched a competition inviting entries of ten-minute monologues inspired in some way by a place, a character or an incident in Test Valley.

Competition judge Penny Gold, (former head of radio 4 drama) selected stories including a returning lover and an abandoned husband; a gentleman of the road and a Romany in an apocalyptic future; the Millennium Man and a discriminated schoolgirl which was performed at the Salisbury Fringe in September 2021.

To watch the full performance, click here

TV Capsule

 

In 1983, the people of Test Valley made a time capsule tapestry with thread, capturing a moment in the borough’s history for future generations. Now, nearly 40 years later in 2020, we’re doing it again, but this time, instead of thread, we’re using video to create a ‘digital’ tapestry.

It’s a similar idea – to weave together what makes us who we are – the things we care about, the people and places we care about. How will we look back at our lives in Test Valley today? What will we remember and what was most significant?

Visit https://www.tvcapsule.co.uk for full details.

The Bus of Many Things

For several years Test Valley Arts Foundation owned a vintage library bus, lovingly named the ‘Bus of Many things’ which we drove around the Test Valley over the summer months, bringing free family Arts activities to festivals, fetes, open days and events. Venues we have regularly visited include the Romsey Show, the Romsey festival, Andover’s Four Fun Fridays, the Eastleigh Mela and Stockbridge Trout & About. The bus has sadly now retired from the road.

Test Valley Arts Trail for Hampshire Open Studios

In 2021 as part of Hampshire Open Studios Annual event, TVAF sponsored a Test Valley Trail. Helping to promote over 40 local artists and venues. 

The trail map was available at all of the Test Valley Venues during Hampshire Open Studios.

Download the 2021 trail here 

George Gammer Sprat & Winkle

Sprat & Winkle Photography exhibition

We were delighted to support local photographer George Gammer with his exhibition at the Andover Museum of black and white analogue photographs depicting the ‘Sprat & Winkle’ railway line that used to run from Southampton to Andover.

Romsey Chamber Music

Romsey Chamber Music Festival

Test Valley Arts Foundation are delighted to regularly support the Romsey Chamber Music Festival, with their annual celebration of classical music. Each year their festival provides an opportunity for world class music to be performed in the Test Valley with inclusive and accessible concerts held in Romsey and an education program running alongside.  

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It Happened in Hampshire

Test Valley Arts Foundation were proud to sponsor Roy Chatfield’s play – It Happened in Hampshire. This professional production was performed in nine local Andover schools alongside a sellout out public performance at The Lights in Andover. The piece provided a light hearted romp through Hampshire’s long and varied history over the last thousand years ago.

Test Valley Arts Foundation would like to thank sponsors Be Wiser, Hampshire County Council, Test Valley Borough Council and The Lights for their support with this project.

Romsey the Movie

We were proud to support Kate Jackson’s hilarious romp through the history of Romsey.

Chairmans Report

One of the huge joys of the Test Valley is the ‘get up and go’ of small local communities who want to make things happen. Such was the ‘Over the Top’ project of St Johns in North Baddesley who draped their ancient church tower in red knitted poppies. This fantastic local project was their tribute and contribution to the one hundred years anniversary of World War One. The end result was stunning, beautiful and moving, attracting the attention of the national press. Test Valley Arts Foundation (TVAF) is delighted to have invested in this excellent venture.

Click Here to view our Chairmans annual report 2018-19.

Click Here to view our Chairmans annual report 2019-20

Click here to view our Chairmans annual report 2020-21