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Here We Are

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

9 July – 29 September 2018

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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


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
FREE ENTRY

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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