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Make Your Mark: An Alternative Mapping Project

18 January - 30 March 2019

11am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday


Nathan Evans working on the Ordance Survey map of Southampton for the Make Your Mark exhibition

Southampton. The largest city in Hampshire, home to over 200,000 residents and a major port. But what is it really like to live here? What are the memories and experiences of the people who reside and work in the city? How do we really feel about this place? What makes it home?

Make Your Mark is an interactive map that you can walk through and contribute to. We invite you to share your thoughts, stories and experiences of the city writing directly onto the piece to build an alternative map of Southampton. Scratch the surface of any place and you will find a host of experiences and hidden histories waiting to be revealed; the smallest, most non-descript spaces can be brought to life by the people and stories that inhabit them; and they can change the way we think about that place and the city itself.

The project was supported by Ordnance Survey - whose head office is based in Southampton - from a technical standpoint. Solent Showcase Gallery commissioned local artist Nathan Evans to design and present the map, creating an installation in its own right.

Aside from the navigational, instructional experience, maps can be used to peel back the layers of social, cultural and environmental history of a place. Part oral history, part folklore, part personal homage, Make Your Mark will, over time, be an exploration of what Southampton means to its citizens, drawing on its hidden experiences, its contemporary social geography and its future. A melting pot of all those stories; an urban adventure into how people feel about this place. Help us capture the spirit of Southampton. 

Follow the stories added to map on our social media with hashtag #makeyourmarksoton

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Image credit: Ade Adesina 'The View After The Questions', 2018, Linocut

Image credit: Ade Adesina 'The View After The Questions', 2018, Linocut

Black to the Future

A discussion of the Arts Through a Black Cultural Lens

12 October – 8 December 2018

Featuring artists:
Ade Adesina, Carleen De Sözer, Harold Offeh and Leyla Reynolds

11am-6pm Tuesdays to Fridays
11am-5pm Saturdays

As part of Black History Month, Southampton race and diversity consultant, Don John, and Showcase Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of exciting UK artists who are exploring art through a black cultural lens. Dismantling stereotypes, fusing cultures, and imagining futures are ways in which these artists are providing a starting point in the gallery for a range of open and discursive events between October and December about Afrofuturism and how it connects to the city.

From Badu to Barack Obama, through Beyonce and Black Panther, Afrofuturism is making gains into the American mainstream and further afield. How do we connect with this movement? How do these representations speak to us in Southampton? We invite you to imagine how black individuals and communities can defy the norms of documented black histories to spur social change.

Showcase Gallery will host a series of cross disciplinary activities, collaborations, screenings and events. We invite communities to stake a claim in the larger Afrofuturism exhibition project, planned for 2020/21.

The title, Black to the Future, comes from an influential essay by US author Mark Dery

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Here We Are

Solent University School of Art, Design and Fashion Graduate Show Selection 2018 

9 July – 29 September 2018


Showcase Gallery is here to shed light on the creative courses across Solent University’s School of Art, Design and Fashion, selecting artists who are responding to today’s world and the host of challenges we face. 2018’s final year cohort are touching upon endlessly engaging subjects, from self-identity and the pilgrimage of its exploration, to tacking the deeply unsettling issue of our human impact upon the planet we inhabit. This year’s selection show in Showcase Gallery is about calling people to stand up, speak out, and claim the future that lies ahead of us. 

To support the professional development of students, Showcase has offered a funded award to two graduates to create new site specific work for the gallery windows. Kane Applegate (  BA (Hons) Fine Art) and Miriam Amankwe ( BA (Hons) Illustration) will be developing some eye catching work over the summer to be shown from 22 August – 29 September.

Course list within the show:

Graphic Design, Illustration, Fine Art, Photography, Fashion Photography, Fashion Graphics, Interior Design, Hair + Make Up Design, Fashion Styling with Creative Direction

Admission is free.

Opening hours:
Monday – Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 5pm

Under Between

A project video mapping exhibition by Rencontres Audiovisuelles and composer Matt Salvage

1 May - 23 June 2018

Solent Showcase Gallery presents a new interactive exhibition: Under Between by Rencontres Audiovisuelles, an artist projection video mapping collective from the Lille Region, France. With sound design by musician and composer Matt Salvage. 

An emergent technology, projection video mapping is rapidly growing in popularity and Rencontres Audiovisuelles are at the forefront of this development. Now they are inviting Southampton to experience their new experimental creation as they bring projection mapping indoors, to the interior space of the Showcase Gallery. 

Rencontres Audiovisuelles are pushing the boundaries of the mapping medium to create an intimate immersive experience that is responsive to those who walk about the space. The use of a website: on a smartphone will enable the visitor to create the artwork - an amoebic ‘form’ appears on the gallery windows and then moves to the floor to explode into a myriad new creatures, all with different ‘attributes’. These creatures react and merge with others and with the viewer as they walk across the gallery floor - some will swarm and flock over and around objects and people, others will hide under speakers until it is quiet and then populate the gallery floor once again.  

Matt Salvage has created a sympathetic soundscape that also responds to interaction. Sounds collected from the UK and Lille, France, as well as online are designed to create an ambient soundscape.

We invite visitors to interact with the work and feedback their views on this experimental artwork that is still in development. We will host some special evening events to make the most of darker hours to experiment with these intriguing creatures some more.

Street Jam Live 2018

Saturday 9 June 2018, 11am-5pm

Guildhall Square

A chilled out creative day for all ages in the heart of the City

Street Jam Live 2018 logo

For the fourth year running, Solent Showcase Gallery brought back Street Jam Live, kindly supported by Go! Southampton.

Street Jam Live 2018 is a free event, open to everyone, and took place in the heart of Southampton's Cultural Quarter, celebrating street art, music and creativity.

Artists Bonzai, Kev Munday, Latchkeykid, Jinks, Nathan Evans transformed Southampton's Guildhall Square into a real street art and illustration showcase - a great testimony to Southampton talent, with all artists having a Sotonian link.

Leading international graffiti artists, street artists and illustrators showed off their skills to the public, creating new work on large scale canvases of perspex, board and industrial cling film (cellograff) live throughout the day. To add to the street vibe, SOCO Music Project were in residence, soundtracking the day with fine beats, as well as the Mayflower ZooNation Academy with hip hop-style performances and dance workshops.

It was a great opportunity for all ages to see artists and musicians working live. There were also activities for all ages to join in and learn some skills, including:

  • Live music making
  • Kids chalk area
  • Community stencil wall

More about technique and groups

Industrial clingfilm canvases (cellograff) is a technique developed in France in 2009 by Astro and Kanos. It involves using spray paints on a cellophane surface to create a wall-free, legal graffiti piece.

SOCO music project is a local organisation that engages people of all ages in music and creative projects.

Artists and illustrators taking part

Stand Together

Kev Munday - artist in residence

2 February - 14 April 2018

Solent Showcase Gallery, with support from Arts Council England, was delighted to host Kev Munday's homecoming exhibition, Stand Together.

A Solent University alumnus, Munday is listed by The Telegraph as one of the top five British artists to invest in. Showcase was honoured to support the creative development of this already highly successful artist, with a three-month residency in the gallery.

Kev Munday - Squash

Using bold lines and block colours, the vibrancy of Munday’s style creates an enthralling visual experience. Munday’s iconic crowd paintings depict a sea of unique individuals which pays tribute to the beauty found in diversity. Each individual portrait is equally valued, taken altogether, the effect is a striking vision of community which is more than the sum of its individual parts.

Stand Together was a living exhibition that evolved over the three month residency. Munday created work directly onto the walls of the gallery and responded directly to input from the public, schools and groups from the area. Repeat visits enabled visitors to watch the exhibition as it developed, and for anyone wondering what an artist gets up to in their studio all day, Stand Together gave them the opportunity to go and see. Alongside the works, the exhibition also included a number of ways to get involved; our co-creation space offered activities and workshops for everyone. Throughout the exhibition there were performances, music, and the chance to connect with others and experience what our community can be when we Stand Together.

Beyond the gallery walls, Munday took his work to the streets of Southampton. Large scale pieces, the artwork of which was inspired by school children’s response work, were presented on billboards around the city. There was also a series of bins designed and painted by Munday, making a trail through the city centre, funded by Go! Southampton.

Southampton had already started to Stand Together. In December 2017, residents of Southampton and beyond were invited to contribute to the #StandTogether Selfie Mural. Participants submitted their selfies for inclusion in one of Munday’s crowd paintings in the window of the gallery throughout January and February, together with a line of text about themselves. Many applicants used the call as an opportunity to voice what Southampton means to them, eg, “I was born in Russia, but moved to Southampton about 10 years ago and have made the city my home.”

During the exhibition there were the exciting ‘gallery takeovers’. We handed over the gallery to a number of interdisciplinary artists for a week each where they programmed and created a series of workshops, performances and events.

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