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element arts came about after a chance meeting on a park bench, a long friendship and many years of discussing, thinking and dreaming about setting up a small arts space in an “interesting” building, preferably by the sea.

It was this, and more recently, a host of happy coincidences, that led element arts to be able to set up such a space in The Wool House, Town Quay, Southampton.

element arts aim is to bring together and enable artists from all art forms to be in their ‘element” to discover or re discover new depths to their talent and creativity, and to be inspired by one another and their surroundings; for emerging artists to have a platform for their work and above all for the work to be shared with public audiences.

element arts is about ‘space’; space physically to evolve and create in, as well as philosophically to enable freedom – for artists to make connections with one another and their environment and community and to create new unexpected work.

element arts  is Sharon Lawless and Claudia Friend

with Steph May, Peter Hunter and Rob Iliffe


The Wool House Project


The Wool House, which had been closed for two years, was coated with dust and medieval grit from the walls which had to be cleared. Things had to be re-arranged, and set up before exhibitions could be installed, making the space what it is now. Everyone who has worked on this project has generously given their time, skills and resources freely and there are almost now too many people to thank individually.

The Wool House Project is an entirely unfunded venture. We are simply doing this because we want to see this project succeed, for the Wool House to be publicly accessible again and to add to the spectrum of arts activities and opportunities available in Southampton.

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We are very grateful to Southampton City Council for allowing us use of this building.

Special thanks also goes to sb for help with the launch of this project.