Our Historic Alleyways

Alleyways are key features of the High Street and legend has it were favoured haunts of the C.19th naval press gangs.

However, they have much changed over time. Whereas from the C.18th to the early C.20th many would have led to courtyards and workshops today they largely lead into car parks or open spaces.

This project, funded by Arts Council England and in collaboration with the Sustainable Conservation Trust, Ankle Deep studios and Imagination Refinery will celebrate the history and stories of the alleyways and explore the meaning behind their local names such as ‘Carters Yard’ ‘Hobbs Passage’, ‘Wises Alley’ and ‘Black Bear Yard’.  It’s a unique collaboration rooted in professional expertise and community-centred creativity.

The Sustainable Conservation Trust (https://www.sustainableconservationtrust.com/) and Ankle Deep (https://www.ankledeep.co.uk/) are working together as a force for positive change within Gosport. Their innovative approach is to collaborate with local artists and budding creative students on projects, delivering work that is both place-based and of the highest quality.

The project’s heartbeat lies in revitalizing four alleyways through mixed media installations. These installations are not just decorative pieces, they’re born out of community workshops, ensuring a deep-rooted connection to the place and its people.

This project has it’s own website and will be regularly updated by SCT and Ankle Deep https://www.alleywaysofgosport.com

Where are we now?

Watch out for artistic interventions in Gosport’s Alleyways.  An exhibition of the workshop creations can be seen in the Discovery Centre from 25 November until 8 December 2023.