Artist’s inspired by rare opening of Fort Brockhurst

EXHIBITION Visitors enjoy a rare look inside Fort Brockhurst
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More than 1,000 visitors come to art exhibition looking back at Gosport fort’s extensive history

Fort Brockhurst recently opened its doors to visitors for a three-day modern art exhibition.

The Space Interrupted art group brought together six artists and filmmakers who created unique installations, each inspired by the Gosport fort’s history.

Held at the rarely open English Heritage location, more than 1,000 people visited the site to catch a glimpse of the display, which included sound, films and sculptural pieces.

Each piece was designed to enhance or transform the viewer’s perception of the fort.

The project was a collaboration between curator Clare Sheppard and artist Sharon Haward.

Sharon, who recently graduated with distinction with an MA in Digital Media Arts from the University of Brighton, has had her work displayed at several projects across Europe and the UK over the past 20 years.

The Space Interrupted project saw artists from the surrounding area and further afield come together to create this unique experience.

‘Each artist created something that added another dimension to the experience of visiting Fort Brockhurst,’ said Clare.

‘The artists’ work focused on specific and perhaps lesser known narratives of Fort Brockurst’s history, which I hope the audiences engaged with.’

The fort was built in the 1850s and 1860s to protect Portsmouth and its harbour against a French invasion.

‘As the building is listed there were restrictions,’ added Clare.

‘I have worked in a number of historic buildings before so am aware of these challenges. This type of challenge required myself and the artists to be sympathetic to working in the building.’

Alongside the exhibition the group ran two guided tours of the displays.

Clare said that the staff at the fort were really helpful in making everything run smoothly over the three-day period.

For more information about Fort Brockhurst visit english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/fort-brockhurst.