We have strong partnerships with regional and national arts agencies. You will have opportunities to exhibit your work in professional art galleries, run curatorial projects, deliver educational workshops and provide arts-based therapeutic workshops within the local community.
We have a vibrant programme of visiting speakers and regular live art events, which bring artists and performers into the fine art studios to perform just for you, while the professional development unit in year two provides a unique opportunity to work alongside professional artists and curators to organise and curate a show for a public space in Southampton city centre.
We also work with partners such as Lower Hewood Farm arts organisation to offer an ‘artist in residence’ experience for our students, so they can test ideas in a rural environment where students and professional artists can come together to concentrate on their creative activities.
IMT Gallery in London has been showcasing challenging artworks for the last ten years, and now works closely with Solent students, while Southampton-based ‘A Space’ provides residencies and other professional and creative opportunities for our students and graduates.
The University’s Showcase Gallery also offers an opportunity to work at the gallery whilst studying, which offers invaluable insight into how a gallery operates and the role of an arts administrator. We also run a graduating student residency at Showcase, where selected artists from our third year graduates receive professional exhibition space.