Our inaugural exhibition and summer activity programme takes inspiration from South Square’s roots as a DIY, community-led arts space born in 1982. Originally renovated by unemployed graduates on a Manpower services scheme, South Square Centre’s early years were defined by three eventful parties with distinct themes; Paris Thornton, Chinatown and Titanic – being the event which sticks in most revellers’ memories. Large-scale props such as a giant iceberg, lighthouse and ships funnel hoped that the maiden voyage of South Square would not end in a similar fate to the infamous ship.
Raven staging recreated iconic large-scale 1980’s props in our garden and courtyard spaces. Raven’s own background has affiliation with Raise The Roof, the company who created the original 1980’s props. Backdrops mimic those seen at the original party and include an iceberg, lighthouse, sea gulls and a ships wheel.
As a finale to the summer programme a team of staff, alumni and students from Bradford Collage have recreated costumes from the Titanic party including a corn the cob, a carrot and a lobster! These will be unveiled as part of a closing event.