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Solent Showcase is the first major addition to Southampton’s cultural quarter and is located on Guildhall Square, near the Civic Centre and the City Art Gallery. The Solent Showcase gallery features contemporary visual art that encourages engagement, discussion and participation with the whole community. The space hosts a range of events and activities for young learners throughout the year.

The creation of Solent Showcase coincided with the expansion of the art courses at Solent, generating a new era of visual creativity at the University. As part of its educational outreach programme, each installation comes with a set of workshops (often involving the artist themselves) exclusively for schools and colleges. 

See below to find out more about upcoming events at Solent Showcase.

Free textile workshops for schools and colleges

Southampton-based artist Jilly Evans will be running workshops based on her part of the gallery exhibition ‘Right Here: The City as Muse’, which is about local artists who are inspired by the city of Southampton to make work. Jilly has created a large scale knitted textile installation that celebrates the often unseen efforts of women during both World Wars and in today's conflicts.  

Workshops include:

  • Guided tour of the 'Right Here: The City as Muse' exhibition.
  • Artist-led talk about Jilly’s art work and the important role women and knitting played during both world wars.
  • Knitting session teaching students the basic techniques of knitting (including a finger knitting workshop for younger students).
  • Potential for end results to be displayed in the gallery’s foyer space.

Available dates: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 22, 23, 29, 30 April 2015.

Free urban sketching workshops for schools and colleges

Two workshops available for Year 7 - Year 13.
10-15 pupils per workshop.

Urban sketching by two artists, indoors and outside, exploring different styles of drawing from detailed realism through to freestyle, quick sketches. Artist and Solent University lecturer Pete Jarvis, assisted by artist and Solent University graduate Julia Soboleva, will be running workshops inspired by the ‘Right Here: The City as Muse’, and work by Alys Scott Hawkins, who will be creating a large scale mural on the gallery wall. Pete and Julia will be offering a unique workshop teaching the trending techniques of outdoor urban sketching; themed around the urban landscape and activity of people in Southampton. 

Workshops include:

  • Guided tour of the 'Right Here: The City as Muse' exhibition with a Q&A session.
  • Introduction to outdoor drawing and discussion about the rise in popularity of urban sketching.
  • Urban sketching session with both artists in Guildhall Square and local parks.
  • Ability to work from gallery front windows if weather is poor. 
  • Potential for end results to be displayed in gallery’s foyer space.

Varied dates available during April 2015.

Free photography collage workshops for schools and colleges

Available for Year 3 - Year 13.
10-15 pupils per workshop.

These workshops explore different techniques of photography and collage, looking at light, shape and colour, and experimenting with new ideas ways of making work. Inspired by the experimental photography on display in the Solent Showcase exhibition ‘Eventually Everything Connects’, by Mandy Lee Jandrell and Melanie Stidolph. 

Workshops include:

  • Guided tour of the Solent Showcase art gallery, with Q&A session.
  • Experimental photography and collage making session with the artist. 

Varied dates available during April 2015.

Free photogram and darkroom workshops for schools and colleges

Two workshops available for Year 11 - Year 13.
10-15 pupils per workshop.

Artist and Solent University photography lecturer Mandy Jandrell will be offering two experimental photography workshops with darkroom experience.

Workshops include:

  • Guided tour of the University’s School of Art and Design, including the University final show exhibitions at the Below Bar and John Millais buildings.
  • Artist-led guided tour of the Solent Showcase art gallery, with Q&A session.
  • Photography session with Mandy Jandrell in the University darkroom – learning how to make photograms. 

Available dates: 15, 16, 17 (am only), 18 June 2015.

How to apply

If you would like to take part in any of these upcoming activities, please contact Solent Showcase’s education coordinator, Eleonore Pearson, via partnerships@solent.ac.uk, or call the partnerships team on 023 8201 3938.

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