For 8 days in September, to coincide with National Heritage Open Days the historic St Denys Church will host our ‘HeArt of Heritage’ Urban Art Culture event in its buildings and grounds. During the week you can expect to see a collaboration of local artists, celebrating the vibrant abundance of the many art forms in Southampton.
Event photos coming soon!
A massive thanks to all those who took part in our event.
To all the volunteers another big big thank you. We couldn't have done it without you!
An 8 day Exhibition of many visual art and design forms, Graffiti art, Installation being built and used for a display of movement using skateboards, demonstrations of photo realism using spray cans, classic motorbikes, crafts from around the city hosting a one day exhibit of local artisan craftsmanship, music of all genres, performance artists, art based workshops for all ages, body painting, Tours with See Southampton and so much more!
History of St Denys Church & Area
St Denys Church was built in 1868 and designed by Gilbert Scott, a leading architect and designer of his time. He was best known for his design of Gothic Revival churches across Europe. His impressive 800 building resume also included St Pancras Station in London.
The area of St Denys is named after the 12th century St Denis Priory which once stood close to the site, many artifacts from the priory can be found around the church which had been saved from the original Priory site. St Denys was also home to many victims and survivors of the Titanic disaster in 1912.
St Denys Church Organ is of historical interest and it is believed to have been played by the great composer Handel. The instrument dates from 1690 and built by Father Smith. It is not clear where the organ originated although research suggests it might have been one of the two instruments known to have existed at Cannons, the house of the first Duke of Chandos, an instrument that Handel may well have played during his friendship with the Duke. The other is now at Holy Trinity Church in Gosport.