ArtVaults exhibited contemporary works of art by emerging artists throughout the medieval vaults of Southampton’s old town. It was an innovative partnership project that grew over four summer seasons between 2004 an 2008. ArtVaults was a popular event, attracting over 69,000 visitors to explore Southampton’s heritage and to discover site-specific art.

The 88 concrete pillows that make up Claire Barber's piece were initially created in 2004 to allow people to step 'lightly' around the base of trees to avoid land compression. The pieces were re-placed in the ruins of King John's Palace, creating new ways of exploring the work.

FOSMAG, Southampton City Council, INEOS and Arts & Business supported the project.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSouthampton
Media of outputInstallation
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2008
EventArtvault: Season 4 - Canute’s Palace, Southampton, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Jul 200821 Sep 2008


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  • Stepping Lightly on 88 Pillows

    Barber, C., 4 Jun 2004

    Research output: Non-textual formArtefact

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